Politics

Israel’s unexpected friends in Parliament

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2013

There is a commonly-held belief among Israel supporters in Britain that the Houses of Parliament are a hotbed of seething anti-Zionist sentiment from which no political good can come.

A number of high-profile incidents and the regular raising of parliamentary questions and early-day motions which attack Israel have bolstered that feeling in recent years.

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Why the Syria vote was all about Iraq

By Martin Bright, September 3, 2013

The events of the past week should leave no one in any doubt that the Iraq War is the defining event for the present political generation.

Neither 9/11 and the rise of Islamic extremism, nor even the economic crisis, which both have had more direct and visible consequences on the streets of Britain, have scratched scars as deep as the decision to go to war in 2003.

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Lawyer wins Labour candidacy for Finchley and Golders Green

By Marcus Dysch, September 2, 2013

Lawyer Sarah Sackman will be the Labour candidate in the Finchley and Golders Green constituency at the 2015 general election.

Ms Sackman was selected at a party meeting at Finchley Progressive Synagogue on Sunday.

Among the candidates she beat was Alon Or-Bach, who could have become the first Israeli to be a British MP.

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Rabbi poised to reshape politics in Argentina

By Jonathan Gilbert, September 1, 2013

A prominent rabbi is set to win a seat in Argentina’s congress after storming to victory in primary elections.

Sergio Bergman would be the first rabbi in the history of the South American country to represent voters in national parliament.

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Peerage for Thatcher aide

By Sandy Rashty, August 31, 2013

Sir Stephen Sherbourne will take up his seat in House of Lords in October after a longstanding political career in Westminster and public affairs.

The newly-created peer, who will sit on the Tory benches, served as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s political secretary and chief of staff to Conservative leader Sir Michael Howard.

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Nick Clegg lauds kind, just community in Rosh Hashanah message

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2013

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has issued Rosh Hashanah greetings to the Jewish community.

The Liberal Democrat leader said the New Year was a time to “reflect on the past and celebrate what’s to come”.

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Board merger talks still on despite JLC row

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2013

Merger talks between the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council are due to resume the week after Rosh Hashanah despite the row between them over a new political group.

JLC leaders were furious last month at not being consulted over the Board’s decision to form the secretariat of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews, set to launch in the autumn.

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Fears over Israel influenced MPs in Syria vote

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2013

Parliament's rejection last night of possible British military action in Syria followed hours of debate on the use of chemical weapons.

MPs defeated a government motion and led Prime Minister David Cameron to rule out British involvement in potential US-led strikes.

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Mayoral race that all Israel is watching

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 30, 2013

Local elections in Israel are normally just that — local.

While the national parties have representatives at the municipal level, many of the country’s mayors and council leaders are political independents, leading lists consisting of candidates from across the spectrum. Campaigns are generally fought out over issues closer to home, not the left-right divide.

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Bundestag votes to probe failings over neo-Nazi cell

By Bernard Josephs, August 29, 2013

A parliamentary inquiry has begun in Berlin following a series of racism-motivated murders carried out by a neo-Nazi cell which has been active for almost ten years.

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