Party over for political Friends of Israel groups

By Martin Bright, September 23, 2013

When my old friend Sunder Katwala was head of the centre-left Fabian Society he had one of his many bright ideas.

Tired of the sniping and bitterness that had poisoned the debate over the Middle East in Britain, he suggested that no senior Labour politician should appear at a meeting held by Labour Friends of Israel unless it was jointly held with Labour Friends of Palestine.


Turkey and Israel ‘will mend fences’

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 13, 2013

Turkish officials are predicting an imminent rapprochement between Ankara and Jerusalem. A senior official last week told the Turkish daily Zaman that he did “not see any political obstacle standing in the way of normalisation”.

This comes despite fury in Israel over Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent remarks that the Jewish state was behind the military takeover in Egypt.


Australia vote good news for Jerusalem

By Dan Goldberg, September 12, 2013

Israel once again has a staunch ally in Australia following the landslide election of the conservative Liberal Party.

The Labour government was swept from its six-year term on Saturday as London-born Tony Abbott stormed into office pledging to upgrade bilateral relations between Canberra and Jerusalem.


Aipac and Adelson back strike on Assad

By Nathalie Rothschild, September 12, 2013

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac), the main pro-Israel lobbying group in Washington, has launched a major campaign to convince members of Congress to vote in favour of US military intervention in Syria.

Aipac’s drive has included dispatching more than 250 leaders and activists to lobby Congress, starting from this week, Politico reported.


Trade unionists warned over extremism threat

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2013

Trades unionists are being drawn into “the orbit of extremism”, a leading anti-boycott activist has warned.

Roger Lyons, chairman of Trade Union Friends of Israel, condemned plans to take a delegation of major union representatives to Gaza alongside the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.


Board merger on knife edge as JLC rift grows

By Simon Rocker, September 12, 2013

Plans to merge the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council were left hanging in the balance this week amid a deepening rift between them.

JLC leaders cancelled a scheduled meeting with the Board on Tuesday to discuss unification, following anger at the Board’s failure to consult them about the launch of a new parliamentary group on Jewish affairs.


Hendon MP Matthew Offord reselected for 2015

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2013

Hendon MP Matthew Offord will defend his seat after being reselected for the Conservatives for the 2015 general election.

He will take on the man he beat three years ago, Labour candidate Andrew Dismore, in what is likely to be one of the closest campaigns of the election.


Shut your cake hole: Weiner flips in bakery

By Nathalie Rothschild, September 12, 2013

New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, who exited the Democratic primaries this week with just five per cent of the vote, gave his car-crash campaign one final twist last week.

Mr Weiner lost his cool during a campaign trail stop at a kosher bakery in Brooklyn’s Borough Park when a customer heckled him for being “married to an Arab” and accused him of being “deviant”.


Why Ed Miliband needs Habonim Dror

By Martin Bright, September 12, 2013

As we enter the party conference season, thoughts inevitably turn to political leadership. These are not good times for the men who head up our major parties.


Parliamentary Jewish group set to launch

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2013

The new Parliamentary group to promote Jewish issues will launch next month, it has been announced.

The inaugural meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews will take place in Westminster on October 9 and will include the election of a chairman and officers.