Politics

Board warning over peer’s Bill to control religious courts

By Simon Rocker, January 19, 2016

The House of Lords has given further support to a private members bill to regulate religious tribunals which the Board of Deputies warns could hit Batei Din.

Cross-bencher Baroness Cox wants to force religious courts which arbitrate disputes to comply with equality law.

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Jewish MP promoted to shadow minister says he can work with Jeremy Corbyn despite Israel differences

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2016

One of Labour’s new shadow foreign ministers has said he believes he can work under Jeremy Corbyn despite their differences of opinion on Israel.

Fabian Hamilton, a vocal critic of the party’s approach to the issue of Palestinian statehood during Ed Miliband’s leadership, said he knew there would be “difficult bridges to cross” in his work alongside Mr Corbyn.

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Israel supporter Michael Dugher sacked from shadow cabinet by Jeremy Corbyn

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2016

One of Labour’s leading supporters of Israel has been sacked from Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet as part of a New Year reshuffle.

Michael Dugher, a Labour Friends of Israel vice-chair, said he had been removed as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on Tuesday morning.

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How Michael Winner helped direct Margaret Thatcher in tribute role

By Jennifer Lipman, December 31, 2015

Michael Winner persuaded Margaret Thatcher to unveil a memorial for a victim of terror against the wishes of her advisers, confidential papers released this week by the National Archives have revealed.

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Oliver Letwin apologises over remarks about black community made in 1980s

By Josh Jackman, December 30, 2015

Cabinet member Oliver Letwin has apologised “unreservedly” for comments he made about black people in a memo after the 1985 Broadwater Farm riot.

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Funeral takes place for Lord Janner

By Charlotte Oliver, December 21, 2015

Mourners gathered to attend Lord Janner’s funeral on Monday afternoon.

The former Labour peer was laid to rest at a United Synagogue cemetery in Willesden, north-west London, in front of family, friends and colleagues from the community. One mourner estimated that there were around 300 people in attendance.

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UK-Israel parliamentary group launched

By Naomi Firsht, December 15, 2015

The Deputy Speaker of the Knesset said a new UK-Israel parliamentary group would build on the “historic connection” between the two countries at the launch on Tuesday.

The group, headed by Deputy Knesset Speaker Hilik Bar and MK Yoav Kisch, aims to build ties between members of parliament in the two countries and will focus on co-operation in trade, science, education and technology.

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Explicit antisemitism remains rare in media and political discourse, says CST report

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2015

The use of Nazism to attack Jews and Zionists in Britain is on the rise, according to a leading antisemitism watchdog.

A report published by the Community Security Trust, which monitors antisemitism in Britain, revealed an unprecedented level of Jew-hatred.

The growth of social media was having a clear impact on the spread of antisemitic discourse, threats and themes than ever before.

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Injection of youth for Board’s executive committee

By Josh Jackman, November 16, 2015

The Board of Deputies has elected four delegates to its executive committee.

There were 18 candidates for the committee, which is responsible for making recommendations on policy and working with the president and vice-presidents.

The winners were deputies Tal Ofer, Gabriel Webber, and Noemi Zell, and Scottish Council of Jewish Communities director Ephraim Borowski.

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MPs acknowledge link between Israeli-Palestinian conflict and rising antisemitism in Britain

By Marcus Dysch, November 5, 2015

More than 30 MPs have signed a Parliamentary motion noting the links between rising antisemitism in Britain and violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

It acknowledged that the single biggest contributing factor to the growth of Jew hatred in 2014 had been the Gaza conflict.

Philippa Whitford, Scottish National Party MP for Central Ayrshire, tabled the Early Day Motion on Wednesday.

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