Politics

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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Sex-charge Filner quits as mayor

By Tom Tugend, August 29, 2013

Robert Earl (“Bob”) Filner resigned as mayor of San Diego last Friday, becoming the latest in a string of Jewish politicians laid low by their sexual improprieties.

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Lobbying legislation brings communal fears for security and shechita

By Marcus Dysch, August 29, 2013

Senior community figures fear that Jewish organisations could cease to function if government plans to curb political lobbying become law.

An internal Jewish Leadership Council briefing paper, seen by the JC, warns its members of the implications of legislation aimed at regulating charities’ political campaigning before general elections.

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Australian MP provokes anger over pro-Orthodox voting guide

By Josh Jackman, August 28, 2013

An Australian MP’s attempt to curry favour with Orthodox Jews appears to have backfired.

Michael Danby, the Labour MP for Melbourne Ports in Victoria, has created two voting guides which provide examples of how to fill in ballots, the second of which relegates Australian Sex Party candidate Melissa Star from second voting preference to last.

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Why Finchley is a litmus test for Labour’s election hopes

By Martin Bright, August 23, 2013

One of the first things to strike the outsider who comes into contact with Britain’s Jewish communities is the way the ultra-local is often combined with the uber-global.

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Rosh Hashanah wishes from the PM

By Zoe Winograd, August 23, 2013

The Jewish community has received early Rosh Hashanah greetings from British political leaders.

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The irrational hatred behind brutal acid attack

By Martin Bright, August 16, 2013

The coverage of the acid attack in Zanzibar has been hard to fathom at times.

Reporters have struggled to find a rational explanation for the atrocity in which the attackers planned to disfigure two young women at the very beginning of their adult lives.

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Green MP Caroline Lucas in Israel meter row

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2013

The Green Party’s only MP has been criticised after she backed campaigners calling for a boycott of an Israeli eco-friendly company.

Caroline Lucas has lobbied Southern Water over its deal with Arad Technologies, one of the world’s leading producers of hi-tech water meters.

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Former MP Andrew Dismore attacked over union ties

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2013

A Parliamentary candidate has denied that his links to an anti-Israel trade union are hypocritical.

Andrew Dismore, the former Labour MP for Hendon, has a long-standing association with the Fire Brigades Union, which has repeatedly campaigned for a boycott against Israel.

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