Politics

Board of Deputies 'manifesto' to assist European candidates

By Marcus Dysch, January 15, 2014

A draft “manifesto” aimed at informing European Parliament members about key areas of Jewish interest has been published by the Board of Deputies.

Published this week in preparation for May’s European elections, the 20-page document is intended to be a guide for MEPs.

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David Cameron set to make first official Israel visit within weeks

By Marcus Dysch, January 2, 2014

David Cameron is expected to travel to Israel next month for his long-awaited first official visit as Prime Minister.

Israeli Foreign Ministry sources reported that Mr Cameron would arrive in mid-February, within a week of a visit to the country from German chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Israeli embassy criticises British MPs over Gaza letter

By Marcus Dysch, January 2, 2014

The Israeli embassy in London has hit back at a group of parliamentarians who blamed Israel for the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

In a letter published in the Guardian on December 27 - marking the fifth anniversary of Operation Cast Lead - more than two dozen MPs and peers called for the British government to "to take immediate action to bring an end to the blockade on Gaza".

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Come clean on Aidan Burley

December 24, 2013

Two years ago Conservative MP Aidan Burley apologised for his participation in a Nazi-themed stag night. But many questions remain about both the incident and Mr Burley’s account of it — not least because the party has refused to make public the results of its own investigation.

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Questions raised over Tory MP’s role in Nazi-uniform stag party

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2013

A Conservative MP’s role in a Nazi-themed stag night has been questioned again after new evidence about the party was heard in a French court.

Aidan Burley offered an “unreserved, wholehearted and fulsome apology” after taking part in the event at a French ski resort two years ago.

The session included party-goers and friends of the MP dressing up as

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Police search Lord Janner's home in child abuse investigation

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2013

The home of Lord Janner has been searched by police in connection with allegations of historic child abuse.

Leicestershire Police searched a property owned by the former Board of Deputies president in the London borough of Barnet as "part of an ongoing criminal inquiry".

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Israel visit is dream come true for Michael Gove

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2013

Education Secretary Michael Gove said he had fulfilled a long-held ambition after visiting Israel for the first time.

During the trip, which took place last week, he signed a deal with Israeli counterparts to strengthen education links, a move he said was evidence of the increasingly strong bilateral relationship.

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The woman telling Google and Facebook how to delete the racists

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

In the fight against online antisemitism, Jardena Lande is an unsung heroine.

While David Cameron and other world leaders try to convince sites such as Facebook to do more to block users spreading hatred, Ms Lande and her colleagues at the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA) have already enjoyed notable success.

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Jewishly, David’s ahead of Ed

By Marcus Dysch, December 17, 2013

There’s a joke doing the rounds about the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition: one is a committed Zionist, eager to visit Israel and totally at ease in the company of British Jews; the other is Ed Miliband.

There will be plenty of talk during the next 18 months about the possibility of Britain electing Mr Miliband as our first halachically Jewish Prime Minister since Disraeli.

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Former Parliamentary candidate fails in Jewish blogger libel attempt

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2013

A former Parliamentary candidate has failed in his attempt to sue a Jewish blogger for libel.

Pro-cannabis campaigner Peter Reynolds claimed Sarah McCulloch had defamed him when she highlighted posts on his blog relating to homophobia, racism and sexism.

The High Court rejected Mr Reynolds’s claim and ordered him to pay Ms McCulloch’s costs.

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