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.


Lib Dem MP calls for closer ties with high-tech Israel

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2013

A Liberal Democrat MP has pledged to increase links between high-tech businesses in Israel and his own Cambridge constituency.

Julian Huppert said there were a number of similarities between firms operating in Israel’s technology industries and those in Cambridgeshire’s so-called “Silicon Fen”. He felt that companies on both sides could benefit from better co-operation.


Iran won’t risk direct intervention

By Meir Javedanfar, September 3, 2013

It did not take long for the conservative news site Tasnim in Tehran to report David Cameron’s Commons defeat. The same article, published the day after the vote, relished the fact that this was the first time since 1782 that any British prime minister failed to win a vote on an issue of peace or war.


Israel ‘ready for every scenario’

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 3, 2013

As the US plans to attack Syria have been put on hold for at least a week, the IDF has completed its preparations for possible retaliation against Israel and allowed some of the reservists who had been called up to go home.

Israeli intelligence analysts do not expect the Assad regime to risk trying to strike Israel following the US attack.


George Galloway accused on Israel-Syria claim

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2013

Respect MP George Galloway has been accused of misleading the House of Commons over comments in which he appeared to claim Israel had supplied chemical weapons used in Syria.

During last Thursday’s Commons debate on Syria Mr Galloway clashed with Hendon MP Matthew Offord, who asked whether it was true that he had made the claim about Israel while hosting a show on Iranian-backed Press TV.


Exclusive: David Cameron welcomes new Jewish free schools

By David Cameron, September 3, 2013

Writing exclusively for the JC, Prime Minister David Cameron has said Jewish free schools can be a leading part of the "biggest shake-up of education in this country in a generation":