Answer questions about links to antisemites, Board leader tells Jeremy Corbyn

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has called on Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn publicly to reject Hamas and Hizbollah if he is to gain the trust of British Jews.

Mr Arkush said Mr Corbyn’s comments about the terrorist groups were one of the causes of the community’s concerns about the likelihood of him becoming leader.


Lubavitcher Shneur Odze wants to be Ukip’s London mayor candidate

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2015

A former Conservative councillor has said he wants to be Ukip’s candidate in next year’s London mayoral election.

Shneur Odze will run to be the party’s candidate for City Hall, and to be a London Assembly member when voters go to the polls in May 2016.

He stood for Ukip in last year’s European elections and was the only strictly Orthodox candidate in Nigel Farage’s party.


Conservative Friends of Israel director Stuart Polak receives peerage

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2015

Amid the rumours and rows surrounding the announcement of the long-awaited dissolution honours list, one name was repeatedly highlighted as an inevitable inclusion.

Stuart Polak, the veteran Conservative Friends of Israel director, was handed a seat in the House of Lords when David Cameron finally revealed the names on the list today, months behind schedule.


Jeremy Corbyn addressed LaRouche front organisation

By By JC Reporter, August 20, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn spoke by video at a meeting held earlier this year by a group fronting for the far-right LaRouche organisation, it has emerged.

The frontrunner in the Labour leadership race addressed the annual conference of the Citizens Electoral Council (CEC) in Melbourne, Australia in April.


Corbyn quizzed on antisemitic ties

By Marcus Dysch, August 17, 2015

Labour leadership contest frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has spoken in detail for the first time about his links to a charity run by a Holocaust denier.

He told Channel 4 News he had previously met self-confessed Shoah denier Paul Eisen, who had claimed Mr Corbyn had “put his chequebook on the table” to support him.


Labour to investigate after MP called ‘Zionist scumbag’ for opposing Jeremy Corbyn

By Marcus Dysch, August 17, 2015

Labour will investigate after dozens of antisemitic messages were sent to non-Jewish MPs who have criticised party leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn.

John Mann, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, said he had received more than 40 abusive emails and tweets in the past six weeks.

They referred to him as “utter filth” and a “Zionist stooge”.


Departing Jon Stewart leaves US feeling bereft

By Josh Jackman, August 6, 2015

America's Jewish king of satire has only just vacated his throne - and many are missing him already.

Jon Stewart appeared as the host of the country's favourite political comedy programme The Daily Show for the last time on Thursday.


Sir Eric Pickles to lead MPs’ delegation to Israel

By Rosa Doherty, July 24, 2015

Conservative Friends of Israel has announced that its chairman Sir Eric Pickles will lead on a delegation of MPs to Israel.

The former cabinet minister will lead CFI’s new team of parliamentary officers on the high-profile trip next week.


David Cameron: We can’t fight the Islamist threat until we’ve tackled Jew-hate

By Marcus Dysch, July 23, 2015

● PM condemns conspiracy theories
● Attacks double-standards on Israel
● Says Paris terror was tipping point

David Cameron’s pledge to tackle antisemitism as a vital first stage of the government’s strategy to defeat Islamist extremism has been welcomed by Jewish organisations.


Ben Rich appointed interim chief of staff for Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron

By Marcus Dysch, July 22, 2015

The Board of Deputies’ communications consultant is to leave his role to run the office of new Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron.

Ben Rich, a public relations specialist, worked with Mr Farron during the party’s leadership contest during the past three months.