Flotilla sends Greece and Turkey into arms of Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2011

Both Israel and Turkey are eager to put the last two and a half years behind them. All that is needed now, according to Turkish daily Hurriet, is "to find a word that sounds in Turkish like an apology but not in Hebrew".

This weekend could prove critical.


Pivotal moment for unions and Labour

By Martin Bright, July 7, 2011

The decision by Ronnie Fraser to fight back against the anti-Israel stance of the University and College Union is not just an act of considerable personal courage. It is also a hugely important political moment.

For many years, too many trade union members have stood by as their officers expended significant time and money on international "solidarity" campaigns.


Labour Friends of Israel name new chair

By Marcus Dysch, July 5, 2011

Labour Friends of Israel has selected John Woodcock as its new chairman.

Mr Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness, had been a vice-chair since September last year and takes on the role following the death of David Cairns in May.


The nasty things in Green leader's PC

By Martin Bright, June 30, 2011

The Green Party could be "more sensitive" in its use of the language of boycott in its policy towards Israel, according to its leader, Caroline Lucas.

The MP for Brighton Pavilion, the first Green to sit in the House of Commons, said she had come to this conclusion after discussions with a rabbi in her constituency, Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue.


Glenda Jackson will not fight 2015 election

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011

Glenda Jackson has announced that she is to retire from politics before the next election.

The MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, who was re-elected in May 2010 with just 42 votes, said she would be too old to stand again in 2015.

She told the Hampstead and Highgate Express: "I will not be putting myself forward for re-election in 2015. I will be nearly 80."


He's angry, then hugging Shakira: is Peres all right?

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2011

Shimon Peres is a president for all occasions.


Board president hits right note over mood music change

By Martin Bright, June 23, 2011

So the President of the Board of Deputies has said the leadership of the Jewish community has access but no influence. Isn't this just as it should be?

This newspaper and the Board are the first to cry foul when there is any suggestion from conspiracy theorists that the tiny British Jewish community can fix government policy on Israel or radical Islam.


Commons voice for 'blood libel' man

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2011

An Islamic leader who has invoked the antisemitic blood libel is to share a platform with MPs in the House of Commons.

Raed Salah, a leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, is speaking at a June 29 event, Building Peace and Justice in Jerusalem, hosted in Parliament by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

During a protest in East Jerusalem in 2007, Mr Salah was reportedly arrested for incite


Baroness Deech: Universities should break with UCU

By Simon Rocker, June 10, 2011

Universities should consider breaking off links with the union representing academics in the wake of its new policy on antisemitism, Baroness Deech told the House of Lords this week.

The peer, a former principal of St Anne's College, Oxford, launched a scathing attack on the University and College Union for rejecting a definition of antisemitism adopted by the European Union.


MPs face the chop in boundary changes

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 10, 2011

Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger has said she will fight boundary changes which could see her lose her parliamentary seat.