Politics

William Hague tells UK Jews there is no need to leave

By Josh Jackman, January 12, 2015

William Hague has told the Jewish community that there is no need for them to leave Britain following recent terror attacks.

Speaking at JW3 community centre after four Jews were killed in a kosher supermarket in Paris, the former foreign secretary assured the Jewish community that the government was doing all it could to prevent similar atrocities occurring in the UK.

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2015: Election year of flux

January 2, 2015

Anyone who proclaims with certainty that they know what 2015 holds is either a fool or a liar. But one thing we do know is that there will be new governments in both Israel and the UK. As for the results, however… your guess is as good as anyone’s.

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Clegg: I’m aware of tensions

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2014

Nick Clegg has acknowledged the ongoing tension between his party and the Jewish community during a Chanucah reception at his official Whitehall residence.

He said he was aware of difficulties in the relationship following another year in which Liberal Democrat figures pushed for an arms embargo on Israel and made controversial statements about the country.

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London needs a mayor to govern for all

December 17, 2014

London is a dynamic, vibrant, successful, open, tolerant and exciting world city – a city I love and one I’m proud to have always called home. But it is a city facing great challenges: a housing crisis, rising living costs, rampant inequality, and a decline in community spirt.

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I’ve received five death threats, says Jewish MP

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2014

An MP has received multiple death threats in the last year, leading him to check his family’s cars for booby traps and close his drop-in surgery.

Lee Scott, the Conservative representative for Ilford North, said in parliament he’d had five threats made to his life, including a caller who told him he should be “stoned to death”.

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Nigel Farage: Muslims to blame for antisemitism

By Josh Jackman, December 5, 2014

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has blamed Muslims for what he called “a sharp rise in antisemitism” in Britain and Europe.

Speaking during his weekly phone-in show on London’s LBC Radio, Mr Farage told a caller from Highgate: “I have detected quite a sharp rise in antisemitism, not just in this country, but across the rest of Europe too.

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Knesset votes to dissolve in preparation for election

By Orlando Radice, December 2, 2014

The Knesset has voted to dissolve parliament, paving the way for elections.

The measure was passed unanimously by 84 votes to 0, with one abstention. The move will be finalised on Monday in second and third readings.

Knesset faction leaders agreed on March 17, 2015 as the date for the election.

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MPs call for economic sanctions on ‘apartheid’ Israel

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2014

Backbench MPs have called for a series of economic sanctions to be imposed on Israel in response to its policies towards the Palestinians.

During a debate in Parliament they said a major shift in British foreign policy was also needed to bring about a two-state solution to end the conflict.

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ANALYSIS: Hagel disproved doubters on Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 26, 2014

In the brief period in which Chuck Hagel served as the United States Secretary of Defence before being forced to resign this week he hardly left his mark on the Pentagon, America's armed services or the regions in which they operate.

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