Politics

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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No slapped wrist

November 4, 2015

There is an argument that we should somehow be grateful that Jeremy Corbyn has condemned Sir Gerald Kaufman’s antisemitic rant, describing it as “unacceptable and deeply regrettable”. An argument, yes, but a bad one.

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Labour veteran Sir Gerald Kaufman claims 'Jewish money' has influenced Conservatives

By Josh Jackman and Sandy Rashty, October 28, 2015

Veteran Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman has accused Israel of fabricating the recent knife attacks in the country and claimed the Conservative Party has been influenced by “Jewish money”.

Speaking at a Palestine Return Centre event in Parliament on Tuesday, Sir Gerald said that the British government had become more pro-Israel in recent years.

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Police apologise over Lord Brittan case

By Marcus Dysch, October 9, 2015

Scotland Yard has apologised to the widow of former Home Secretary Leon Brittan after police failed to clear him of a false historic rape claim.

Three years ago a former Labour activist with severe mental health issues accused Lord Brittan of raping her in 1967.

Lord Brittan died aged 75 in January after repeatedly denying any wrongdoing.

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Jewish Tory delegate abused by protesters outside party conference

By Rosa Doherty, October 8, 2015

A Conservative Party delegate has told how he was subjected to antisemitic abuse from protestors outside the conference in Manchester.

Stephen Woods, chairman of the Conservative Sale East and Wythenshawe Association, was leaving the centre with a group of Jewish friends, wearing kippot, on Sunday.

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