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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Former Conservative councillor is Ukip hopeful

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2013

A Lubavitch ex-councillor has been selected as one of the UK Independence Party’s highest-ranked European parliamentary election candidates.

Shneur Odze was previously a Conservative Party councillor in the London borough of Hackney, but will bid for a seat in Brussels at next May’s elections.

Defending shechita and circumcision would be key priorities if elected, said Mr Odze.


‘Anti-Israel MPs can hijack new All-Party Group’

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2013

Parliament’s new group to promote Jewish issues could be hijacked by anti-Israel campaigners, MPs and peers have warned.

The fallout from the revelation that the Board of Deputies will form the secretariat to a new All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews continued this week.


Tories attack Warsi Israel slur

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2013

The Foreign Office this week refused to apologise after Baroness Warsi gave Parliament a vastly inflated figure for the number of Palestinian civilians killed by Israel.

After more than 24 hours, a spokesman eventually conceded that the figures were wrong.