Politics

Bedouin resettlement plan sparks worldwide protests

By Rosa Doherty, December 2, 2013

Thousands of people around the world have taken part in protests against Israeli government plans to force Bedouin Arabs to move from their scattered villages in the Negev desert to a number of designated towns and settlements.

The Prawer plan, expected to be passed into Israeli law by the end of the year, will authorise the demolition of 35 "unrecognised" Bedouin villages.

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Dear Nick Clegg, we need to talk about David Ward

By Daniel Finkelstein, November 29, 2013

Dear Deputy Prime Minister,

As I hope you know by now, I have great respect for you. I believe it took substantial courage and imagination to agree to the coalition deal and to see it through in the way that you have.

So I write now in full confidence of your goodwill and your willingness and ability to do what is right.

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Board has let David Ward ‘off the hook’

By Marcus Dysch, November 28, 2013

The community’s response to the latest controversy involving David Ward has been called into question amid claims the Board of Deputies scuppered efforts to secure disciplinary action against the Liberal Democrat MP.

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Employment Minster acts to end benefit row

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 28, 2013

Employment minister Esther McVey is backing new regulations to stop discrimination against unemployed Jews who refuse to work on Shabbat.

Ms McVey and Jobcentre national director Neil Couling have told the Jewish employment charity JCom that rules would be “tweaked” to end the practice of denying job seekers allowance (JSA) to observant Jews.

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Britain’s political leaders get festive for Chanucah

By Marcus Dysch, November 28, 2013

Britain’s political leaders have praised the Jewish community at the start of Chanucah.

Labour leader Ed Miliband called the festival a “very special week”. Referring to the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht earlier this month, he said: “There could not be a greater contrast between the darkness of Kristallnacht and the enlightenment of Chanucah.

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Herzog replaces Yachimovich as leader of Israel’s Labour Party

By Rosa Doherty, November 22, 2013

Isaac Herzog has been elected new chairman of Israel's Labour Party with 58 per cent of the votes.

Mr Herzog replaces Shelly Yachimovich as the leader of the largest opposition party in the country.

Mrs Yachimovich has led the party since 2011.

He said: "We are embarking today on the real journey to change the face of the state."

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Do British Jews have a duty to welcome new immigrants?

November 22, 2013

JC readers have their say

David Finlay, member of Alyth Reform Synagogue

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Split over using synagogue resources to help new immigrants

By Sandy Rashty, November 22, 2013

Divisions in the community over its attitudes to immigrants have been revealed in the wake of Baroness Neuberger’s comments about the Bulgarians and Romanians expected to arrive in the UK next year.

Baroness Neuberger, rabbi of the West London Synagogue, said last week that British Jewry should speak out more on behalf of new arrivals, given its own history as an immigrant community.

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Why we should mourn Denis MacShane’s fall from grace

By Martin Bright, November 22, 2013

What are we to make of Denis MacShane’s fall from grace? This week, the former Europe Minister pleaded guilty to filing nearly £13,000 of false expenses claims from his think tank, the European Policy Institute.

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Lib Dems refuse to act on Ward’s Board remark

By Marcus Dysch, November 21, 2013

No action is to be taken by the Liberal Democrats following the latest in a series of controversial comments made by one of the party’s MPs.

Backbencher David Ward wrote on Twitter this week that it was a “shame there isn’t a powerful, well-funded Board of Deputies for Roma”.

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