Politics

German MPs do business with Iran

By Benjamin Weinthal, November 2, 2012

V European politicians in Brussels and Berlin have unleashed a storm of criticism over their planned trips to meet representatives of Iran’s regime.

A group of five left-wing MEPs had been slated to go to Tehran last Saturday to meet Iranian lawmakers.

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The man who's already won the US election - satirist Jon Stewart

By Dan Friedman, November 1, 2012

With little more than a hair’s breadth between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, the US election is too close to call. However, whatever the outcome, there is already one certain winner – Jon Stewart.

The presenter of The Daily Show and American television's satirist-in-chief has had a good campaign.

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Could New Jersey elect first rabbi to Congress?

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2012

In a little over a week, Shmuley Boteach will find out whether his mission to become the first Orthodox rabbi to serve as a United States Congressman has been successful.

He is vying for a typically Democrat-held seat in New Jersey. His chances are not great; his opponent has been endorsed by former president Bill Clinton and the district does not tend to vote for the Grand Old Party.

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Praise where due

October 11, 2012

This year's conference season did not start well, with a TUC motion calling for a union delegation to Gaza. But as it concludes, supporters of Israel can let out a small sigh of relief.

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Ethical lobbying does not an all-powerful lobby make

By MatthewHarris, October 4, 2012

As conference season unfolds, the role of interest groups in the political process is again under the spotlight. For the Jewish community, the term "lobby" rarely has favourable connotations.

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Former Israel PM Ehud Olmert handed suspended sentence

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2012

Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been handed a suspended jail sentence and a fine for breach of trust.

A Jerusalem court convicted Olmert in July of being improperly involved in directing contracts to friends of a business associate.

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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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