Politics

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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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The billionaire who raised money for Nelson Mandela

By Simon Round, July 19, 2012

Things have changed dramatically in South Africa over the past couple of decades. Ivor Ichikowitz discovered just how much a few years ago when his son asked him for help with a school project. “He said to me: ‘Dad, we’re learning about apartheid at school; can you explain it to me’. My first reaction was anger.

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Desperate man's self-immolation reflects Israel social protests

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 19, 2012

The self-immolation by a marcher at one of the social protests in Tel Aviv last weekend has refocused public attention on the movement that began exactly a year ago.

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UK will be ‘dragged in’ to Israeli strike on Iran

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2012

Diego Garcia, the British-governed island in the Indian Ocean, could be drawn into an Israel-Iran conflict, a Foreign Office minister has confirmed.

The territory has previously been used by the CIA for secret rendition flights and by the United States military as a base for long-range bombing missions on Iraq and Afghanistan.

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