Politics

Lib Dem MP David Ward told to meet peers over Shoah remark

By Marcus Dysch, May 30, 2013

An MP who accused Jews of failing to learn the lessons of the Holocaust is expected to meet senior Jewish peers to discuss the offence caused by his remarks.

Liberal Democrat David Ward was condemned by politicians, Jewish groups and Shoah survivors in January after using his blog to equate Jewish suffering in the Holocaust with Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

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Who will win Iran’s election? Ask ayatollah

By Meir Javedanfar, May 30, 2013

At a speech on May 27 at Tehran’s Imam Hussein University, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, said: “We don’t know who is going to be the president. We also don’t know in which direction the almighty will direct the hearts of the people.”

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MP Lee Scott: I cried over death threat

By Marcus Dysch, May 23, 2013

A Jewish MP has described how he cried after being subjected to an antisemitic death threat while campaigning for re-election.

Tory Lee Scott said he needed police protection in his Ilford North constituency following the incident during the general election in 2010.

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Los Angeles elects first Jewish mayor

By Zoe Winograd, May 22, 2013

Los Angeles has elected its first Jewish mayor.

Eric Garcetti, 42, defeated his opponent Wendy Greuel by six percentage points.

The Liberal Democrat tweeted after hearing the result : “Thank you Los Angeles – the hard work begins but I am honored to lead this city for the next four years. Let’s make this a great city again.”

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Lord Ahmed quits Labour Party before "Jewish conspiracy" hearing

By Zoe Winograd, May 14, 2013

Lord Ahmed has resigned from the Labour Party ahead of a disciplinary hearing into claims he made comments about a Jewish conspiracy.

He was due to face party executives tomorrow after being suspended by the party in March.

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Stirling MP Anne McGuire to chair Labour Friends of Israel

By Marcus Dysch, May 9, 2013

Stirling MP Anne McGuire is to be the new chair of Labour Friends of Israel.

Mrs McGuire, the Shadow Minister for Disabled People, is a former parliamentary private secretary to party leader Ed Miliband.

She has taken part in several LFI trips to Israel and has regularly raised the Middle East peace process in the Commons.

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BNP loses only county council seat

By Zoe Winograd, May 3, 2013

The British National Party has lost its only county council seat.

BNP candidate Paul Robinson polled only 358 votes in defence of his seat in the Padiham and Burnley West division in Lancashire, trailing last behind winner, Labour's Marcus Johnstone , in this week's local elections.

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Lord Ahmed 'will not get fair hearing' claims lawyer

By Marcus Dysch, May 2, 2013

The lawyer representing controversial peer Lord Ahmed has reportedly suggested his client will not get a fair hearing from Labour Party chiefs who are investigating claims that the peer made comments about a Jewish conspiracy.

Lord Ahmed will appear before a Labour National Executive Committee meeting on May 15.

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Olmert to run for Knesset in next election

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 25, 2013

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert announced in a meeting in London two weeks ago that he is aiming to secure the top job in Israeli politics once again.

At a charity fundraising dinner held at the Goldman Sachs offices in Canary Wharf, Mr Olmert welcomed the success of Yesh Atid and other new political forces in January’s Knesset election.

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William Hague backs Israel over Uefa football tournament

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2013

Foreign Secretary William Hague has backed Israel’s right to host this summer’s Uefa under-21 football tournament.

He said the flagship competition – due to take place at stadiums in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Netanya and Petah Tivka in June – would not obstruct peace efforts in the region.

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