Politics

Board has let David Ward ‘off the hook’

By Marcus Dysch, November 28, 2013

The community’s response to the latest controversy involving David Ward has been called into question amid claims the Board of Deputies scuppered efforts to secure disciplinary action against the Liberal Democrat MP.

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Employment Minster acts to end benefit row

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 28, 2013

Employment minister Esther McVey is backing new regulations to stop discrimination against unemployed Jews who refuse to work on Shabbat.

Ms McVey and Jobcentre national director Neil Couling have told the Jewish employment charity JCom that rules would be “tweaked” to end the practice of denying job seekers allowance (JSA) to observant Jews.

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Britain’s political leaders get festive for Chanucah

By Marcus Dysch, November 28, 2013

Britain’s political leaders have praised the Jewish community at the start of Chanucah.

Labour leader Ed Miliband called the festival a “very special week”. Referring to the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht earlier this month, he said: “There could not be a greater contrast between the darkness of Kristallnacht and the enlightenment of Chanucah.

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Herzog replaces Yachimovich as leader of Israel’s Labour Party

By Rosa Doherty, November 22, 2013

Isaac Herzog has been elected new chairman of Israel's Labour Party with 58 per cent of the votes.

Mr Herzog replaces Shelly Yachimovich as the leader of the largest opposition party in the country.

Mrs Yachimovich has led the party since 2011.

He said: "We are embarking today on the real journey to change the face of the state."

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Do British Jews have a duty to welcome new immigrants?

November 22, 2013

JC readers have their say

David Finlay, member of Alyth Reform Synagogue

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Split over using synagogue resources to help new immigrants

By Sandy Rashty, November 22, 2013

Divisions in the community over its attitudes to immigrants have been revealed in the wake of Baroness Neuberger’s comments about the Bulgarians and Romanians expected to arrive in the UK next year.

Baroness Neuberger, rabbi of the West London Synagogue, said last week that British Jewry should speak out more on behalf of new arrivals, given its own history as an immigrant community.

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Why we should mourn Denis MacShane’s fall from grace

By Martin Bright, November 22, 2013

What are we to make of Denis MacShane’s fall from grace? This week, the former Europe Minister pleaded guilty to filing nearly £13,000 of false expenses claims from his think tank, the European Policy Institute.

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Lib Dems refuse to act on Ward’s Board remark

By Marcus Dysch, November 21, 2013

No action is to be taken by the Liberal Democrats following the latest in a series of controversial comments made by one of the party’s MPs.

Backbencher David Ward wrote on Twitter this week that it was a “shame there isn’t a powerful, well-funded Board of Deputies for Roma”.

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Former MP Denis MacShane admits false expenses claims

By Marcus Dysch, November 18, 2013

Former Labour MP and campaigner against antisemitism Denis MacShane faces a possible jail sentence after admitting making false expenses claims.

Dr MacShane, who chaired the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism, faked receipts for £12,900 of research and translation services.

He used the money to fund trips to Europe which were connected with his work on antisemitism.

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Disraeli the cad, Disraeli the bounder

By David Cesarani, November 17, 2013

To many Jews there was a pleasing symmetry when Ed Miliband invoked Benjamin Disraeli in a much-trumpeted speech in Manchester in October 2010. Here was a Jewish leader of the Opposition Labour Party, with a fair chance of becoming the next prime minister, recalling the vision of Britain articulated by the country’s sole Jewish-born premier.

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