Politics

Half of UK voters want 'British values' prioritised

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2012

More than half of British voters would be willing to back a party that promised to "prioritise traditional British values over other cultures", a survey of the levels of support for UK extremist groups has revealed.

More..

‘I’m no antisemite’ says man contesting Corby by-election

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2012

A parliamentary candidate has defended himself against allegations of antisemitism after being accused of ranting about “evil Jews” in a series of blog posts.

Peter Reynolds is one of 12 candidates in the Corby by-election in November, called after the resignation of Tory MP Louise Mensch.

More..

Ex-MP Sir Irvine Patnick apologises for Hillsborough smears

By Marcus Dysch, September 14, 2012

A former Conservative MP has apologised for the part he played in repeating false allegations about Liverpool fans following the Hillsborough disaster.

Sir Irvine Patnick represented the Sheffield Hallam constituency when 96 Liverpool fans died at the FA Cup semi-final held at the stadium in April 1989.

More..

True cost of Hebrew lessons

By David Robson, August 20, 2012

Nick Boles, MP for Grantham and Stamford, is a member of Conservative Friends of Israel. In May 2011, he entered a civil partnership with an Israeli man. You can't get much friendlier than that. But Mr Boles is no friend of Anglo-Jewish parents with school-age children. Last week it emerged that he had claimed £678.80 in parliamentary expenses for Hebrew lessons.

More..

Netanyahu moves to boost his power over Israeli cabinet

By Ben Hartman, August 16, 2012

On Sunday, the Israeli cabinet approved procedural changes that will give Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu greater sway over ministerial decisions.

The changes will allow Mr Netanyahu to order or cancel ministerial committee meetings, veto committee decisions and overturn ministerial committee vetoes.

More..

Anger as anti-Israel video spoof claims Welsh Assembly backing

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2012

Anti-Israel campaigners have been using the stamp of the Welsh Assembly to give legitimacy to an offensive video attack on Israel.

The video on the Swansea Telly online channel is narrated by “Paul”, who describes himself as an “allegedly unbiased reporter for the BBC Zionist network, reporting from Zionist Games at the Gaza Strip”.

More..

Shmuley Boteach: ‘Gay relationships are no worse than smoking’

By Simon Round, August 9, 2012

Shmuley Boteach has never been what you might call shy. The man, whom others have described as a shameless self-publicist, would characterise himself slightly differently, as a shameless publicist for Jewish values — if he happens to become famous himself in the process, this merely means he is doing that job properly.

More..

Mayor of London Boris Johnson urged to take down bus ‘hate’ ads

By Simon Rocker, August 9, 2012

London’s public transport authority has said it will review its advertising policy after protests against a poster campaign on buses promoting an anti-Israel event next Friday.

More..

Fond farewell as feisty MP Louise Mensch leaves the UK

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2012

Louise Mensch has been wished well by colleagues and friends as she leaves the House of Commons to live in the US.

The Tory MP for Corby, who is not Jewish, has carved out a name for herself in her two years in parliament as a vocal supporter of Israel and Jewish causes.

More..

Mindy Meyer - the diva who aims to be a New York state senator

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2012

She’s 22, Orthodox, sports a sun tan, speaks with a nasal New York accent, and has a sparkly, shocking-pink campaign website — and she is hoping to become an elected representative in Brooklyn.

More..