Politics

MPs question support for Ariel

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2013

Two Labour MPs have said that people who financially support charities outside Israel’s Green Line should not be entitled to British tax benefits.

Richard Burden and Jeremy Corbyn have asked Parliament to prevent the tax benefits, which apply to all charities registered in Britain, extending to organisations such as British Friends of Ariel University (BFAU).

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British supporters of Israel join Zionist Federation and New Israel Fund election night debates

By Marcus Dysch and Simon Rocker, January 23, 2013

The impact of Israel’s elections on the country’s peace prospects and social cohesion were high on the agenda at special events held by the Zionist Federation and the New Israel Fund on Tuesday night.

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David Cameron reassures Jewish community leaders

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron has reassured Jewish community leaders of the government’s opposition to boycotts of Israel and determination to protect religious slaughter.

In a Downing Street meeting on Thursday, Mr Cameron also told members of the Jewish Leadership Council about the government’s position on the Iranian nuclear threat.

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Mixed response in Israel to Chuck Hagel nomination

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 10, 2013

President Barack Obama’s decision to nominate former senator Chuck Hagel as his administration’s next secretary of defence has elicited mixed responses in Jerusalem.

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Community politics are not ghetto politics

By Martin Bright, January 10, 2013

One of the first meetings I had when I took the job as political editor of the JC was with the Board of Deputies of British Jews. The chief executive and president were curious to know why a gentile had taken the job and who I believed I was writing for. At the time, I thought this a rather peculiar question as I thought one clue at least lay in the title of the newspaper.

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Intrigue worthy of Shakespeare

By Jonathan Freedland, December 24, 2012

Some people love politics the way others love soap opera. They follow the plots and intrigue not out of a worthy interest in this or that policy but for the sheer human spectacle. For those so inclined, I often recommend an obsessive interest in the US: the outsized egos, the extravagant characters, the perennial culture wars are all reliably gripping.

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High Court quashes Hillsborough inquest verdicts

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2012

A panel of High Court judges has ruled that new inquests will take place into the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans in the Hillsborough disaster.

The findings of the original coroner, Stefan Popper, were quashed after the judges said new evidence was sufficient to justify rejecting his verdicts.

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Respect unsuccessful in Rotherham by-election

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2012

The Respect Party was unsuccessful in its by-election campaign in Rotherham on Thursday, with the seat remaining in the hands of the Labour Party.

Sarah Champion enjoyed a comfortable victory in Denis MacShane's old seat, in a vote that was called after the long-serving MP departed politics following a scandal over his expenses.

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Meridor and Begin off the Likud list but Feiglin is on

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 29, 2012

Likud took a sharp turn to the right this week as the party members elected the Knesset candidates list for the elections on January 22.

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Morsi pulls off an Islamist coup

By John R Bradley, November 29, 2012

Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi this week pulled off an Islamist coup, issuing a decree banning anybody from challenging any of his personal decisions. He placed himself, and the Muslim Brotherhood (from which he hails), above any kind of independent judicial or legislative oversight, something even deposed President Hosni Mubarak had not dared to contemplate.

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