Politics

Norman Geras - the man who changed the way I think

By Martin Bright, October 24, 2013

Following the news of the untimely death at the age of 70 of thinker, teacher, writer and pioneering blogger Norman Geras, I have been re-reading his essay, The Contract of Mutual Indifference, first published in 1998.

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Why did Alastair Burt lose his job?

By Martin Bright, October 18, 2013

Reshuffles are a funny business. At times during the New Labour years it seemed as if the ministerial cards were thrown in the air for the mere amusement of the Prime Minister.

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David Ward’s aide worked for anti-Israel group

By Marc Goldberg, October 18, 2013

Controversial Liberal Democrat MP David Ward is employing a man who has also worked as the media spokesman for the virulently anti-Israel organisation, Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK, it can be revealed.

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Knesset sits down for a stormy winter session

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 17, 2013

The long winter session of the Knesset began this week with a feeling of trepidation within the ruling Likud party on two accounts.

The first is the lingering suspicion of many MKs that a peace treaty with the Palestinians is being hatched behind their backs. They were not reassured by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu’s hawkish speech last week at Bar-Ilan University.

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MPs' anger in benefit dispute

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 17, 2013

An MP has described as farcical the situation facing Jewish job seekers who have been denied benefits for saying they will not work on Shabbat.

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George Galloway in new row at Oxford Union

By Marcus Dysch, October 16, 2013

The tables were turned on George Galloway this week after a student launched a protest and then walked out as the Respect MP gave a lecture at the Oxford Union.

Jonathan Hunter unfurled an Israeli flag and began to speak in Hebrew in front of Mr Galloway before storming out.

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Student walks out of George Galloway lecture

By Rosa Doherty, October 16, 2013
The tables were turned on George Galloway this week after a student launched a protest and then walked out as the Respect MP gave a lecture to the Oxford Union.

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Concern over policing after fan’s Y-word arrest

By Charlotte Oliver, October 10, 2013

A Tottenham Hotspur fan was arrested in connection with chanting the word “Yid” at Spurs’ home game against West Ham United at the weekend.

The unnamed 51-year-old man was arrested at half-time in the east stand at White Hart Lane stadium. He was held in custody at a north London police station and subsequently bailed to appear in November while the police carried out an investigation.

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Burt out but Berger’s new health role

By Charlotte Oliver, October 10, 2013

Israel supporters have paid tribute to Alistair Burt’s fairness in dealing with Middle East affairs after his departure from the Foreign Office in David Cameron’s reshuffle this week.

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Labour and Lib Dems in Israel visits

October 10, 2013

Delegations of senior party officials from both Liberal Democrat and Labour parties have returned from trips to Israel.

Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes led an 11-strong group on a visit organised by the Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel. The group went to the Golan Heights, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and also held meetings with Palestinian groups in Ramallah.

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