Politics

Hamas gets a hearing in House of Commons

By Jessica Elgot, June 14, 2012

An organisation which has featured Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh at a seminar is to hold a meeting at the House of Commons, with the support of five Labour MPs.

MPs Sir Gerald Kaufman, Andy Slaughter, Jeremy Corbyn and Andy Love are the guest speakers at the Palestinian Return Centre's (PRC) meeting on June 18 at the House of Commons to mark International Refugee Day.

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Street wars as pro-Palestinians take anti-Lieberman rage to Hendon

By Bernard Josephs, May 24, 2012

Pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian demonstrators came eyeball to eyeball on Tuesday as they staged rival rallies in Anglo-Jewry’s heartland where Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was addressing a JNF meeting.

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Test for Israeli coalition over IDF law

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 17, 2012

The new Netanyahu-Mofaz coalition got off to a rocky start this week with major disputes over a new law on national service for yeshivah students and the future of settler outposts in the West Bank.

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‘Brainwashed’ councillor is former Nazi

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2012

A former neo-Nazi who once daubed buildings with swastikas has been elected as a local councillor.

Margaret Burke won a seat on Milton Keynes Council earlier this month after demonstrating her remorse to local Labour Party officials and describing her earlier activities as those of a “brainwashed idiot”.

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Lapid's new party says all must serve

By Ben Hartman, May 3, 2012

Former TV journalist Yair Lapid has unveiled his new plan to get strictly Orthodox teens active outside their communities.

Mr Lapid, who announced the formation of a new political party, Yesh Atid (There is a Future), this week, launched the plan at a rally in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

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Israeli ambassador made to feel secure on Liverpool campus

By Marcus Dysch, May 3, 2012

Israel's ambassador to Britain has defied attempts to ban him from a university campus by successfully delivering a lecture in Liverpool.

Daniel Taub spoke amid stringent security measures at Liverpool University on Wednesday after the Israeli Embassy "upped the ante" by sending him to appear in place of his deputy, Alon Roth-Snir.

Students, academics, alumni and trade union members had last

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How far can Jewish tolerance stretch?

March 29, 2012

'I think you're wrong, but I'll put up with it. I'll accept our differences - but don't be fooled. I still think you're wrong."

Tolerance is required only for what we don't agree with, for what is by definition intolerable. As a minority in Britain, understanding our position - whether we are "tolerated", or something beyond that, is existentially important.

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Police probe Beitar anti-Arab riot

March 29, 2012

Israel's Police Commissioner Yochanan Danino vowed on Sunday to prosecute those responsible for the mayhem last week when hundreds of Beitar Jerusalem fans ran wild in a shopping mall, chanting anti-Arab songs and allegedly attacking several of the mall's Arab employees.

Mr Danino also admitted that police made some mistakes in how the incident had been handled in the Malha mall, following repo

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Baroness Tonge: I got great support over my Israel line

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

Baroness Tonge has told the House of Lords she has received hundreds of letters of support following her resignation of the Liberal Democrat whip last month.

The controversial peer, now sitting as an independent, claimed 700 letters had arrived since she made anti-Israel comments at an Israel Apartheid Week event.

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London Mayor 2012: Siobhan Benita

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

In a campaign dominated by two candidates so well-known that they are immediately recognisable by their first names alone, it is a new face in London politics which appears to have caught attention.

Independent candidate Siobhan Benita has walked away from a 15-year career as a senior civil servant to take on Boris and Ken and run to be Mayor of London.

She has the backing of former cabinet

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