Politics

Why Grillo is Farage’s new best friend

By Marcus Dysch, June 3, 2014

UIkip leader Nigel Farage has welcomed the possibility of a “magnificent” alliance with Beppe Grillo, the controversial Italian politician who has been widely accused of antisemitism.

Mr Farage met Mr Grillo, leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (5SM), in Brussels to discuss a possible deal between their parties in the European Parliament.

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Ukip man refuses to apologise for 'ethnic cleansing' tweet

By Marcus Dysch, June 3, 2014

One of the UK Independence Party’s most prominent Jewish activists has refused to apologise after suggesting white people had been ethnically cleansed from an area of London.

Jeremy Zeid, chairman of the party’s Harrow branch in north west London, wrote on Twitter after visiting a Ukip MEP in Essex: “The almost absence of white faces in Ilford is worrying.”

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Final list emerges for Israeli president race

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 28, 2014

Six contenders remained in the race to be Israel’s next president as the list closed on Tuesday.

The candidates, who managed to collect the necessary ten signatures of Knesset members, included three serving MKs.

Former Speaker Rubi Rivlin is widely regarded the front-runner, although he has not been endorsed as his Likud party’s official candidate.

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Economics only part of the solution

By Matthew Goodwin, May 28, 2014

Once again, the far right is dominating Europe’s media and political debate.

The latest set of European Parliament elections has seen significant gains by parties that are commonly included in the far-right family.

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European election: going backwards

By Michael Goldfarb, May 28, 2014

Symbolism. That’s what the European parliamentary elections are really about. Voting for representatives to a legislative body that has no real power but is a “symbol” of a united Europe.

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Jewish candidates prepare for local election battles across the country

May 15, 2014

HACKNEY - By Simon Rocker

A poster in a rather highbrow style of Yiddish appeared in Hackney this week, urging its large Charedi population to cast their votes for Labour in the council elections on May 22.

But the appeal comes in the teeth of one glaring fact: of the more than 20 Charedi candidates standing in the London borough, not one is from the ruling Labour administration.

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Baroness Warsi calls for ‘inventive’ Holocaust remembrance

By Daniel Easterman, May 15, 2014

Baroness Warsi revealed this week how a visit to Yad Vashem had sharpened her appreciation of the importance of Holocaust remembrance.

The minister for faith and communities told an audience at the Foreign Office in London on Tuesday: “I was really struck by the image of a young girl. She was the same age and a spitting image of my daughter.

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Shechita labelling move rejected by Parliament

By Marcus Dysch, May 15, 2014

A failed attempt by MPs to introduce stricter labelling of kosher and halal meat has boosted shechita campaigners.

A group of Conservative MPs had hoped to secure an amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill which would have called for all products containing halal and kosher meat to be labelled as such.

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Brown honours ‘great and good’ Sir Martin

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2014

Gordon Brown has praised renowned Jewish historian Sir Martin Gilbert’s contribution to Britain.

The former Prime Minister opened a library in the writer’s honour at Sir Martin’s former school, Highgate, in north London, on Tuesday.

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Ukip members try to answer suggestions that party has racist elements

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2014

Nigel Farage has predicted that Ukip will cause a “political earthquake” when voters go to the polls later this month. Arguably, shock waves are already being felt as support for the party grows within the Jewish community.

Ukip boasts the only British Lubavitch candidate in the European elections, but how does Anglo-Jewry’s immigrant history square with the party’s agenda?

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