Politics

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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Labour primaries barely register in Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 15, 2013

The leadership election for Israel’s Labour party will take place next week but has so far failed to attract much media attention.

Most observers are assuming that the current leader, Shelly Yachimovich, will win.

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Jewish community groups welcome lobbying bill delay

By Marcus Dysch, November 14, 2013

The government’s agreement to postpone a decision on new lobbying legislation has been welcomed by Jewish communal organisations.

Fears had been expressed in August that charities and other Jewish groups could cease to function if the plans to curb political lobbying became law.

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Douglas Alexander attacks critics who compare Israel to Nazis

By Marcus Dysch, November 14, 2013

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has attacked critics who compare Israel’s actions to those of the Nazis.

Following a tour of Auschwitz, the Labour frontbencher said people who liken Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to the suffering of Jews in concentration camps are “as offensive as they are ignorant”.

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Snowden files reveal tangled Israeli spy links

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 8, 2013

American National Security Agency (NSA) documents published by US and British newspapers in recent weeks reveal both the extent of American-Israeli intelligence co-operation but also the efforts by the Americans to keep tabs on Israeli operations.

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New Middle East minister attacks settlements

By Marcus Dysch, November 7, 2013

Britain’s new Middle East Minister has used his first visit to Israel to criticise settlement building and warn that it could hamper peace efforts.

Hugh Robertson said settlement announcements “erode public support” in Britain, and warned that building could “endanger the viability of a two-state solution and peace process”.

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Anger over Berlusconi’s Nazi comparison

By Rosa Doherty, November 7, 2013

Silvio Berlusconi has sparked anger by comparing his legal travails to Jewish suffering under the Nazi regime.

In an interview with Italian journalist Bruno Vespa, which was reported by the BBC, the former Italian prime minister said his children “feel like the families of Jews under Hitler’s regime”.

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Same old, same old

November 1, 2013

The idea that Jack Straw is an antisemite is risible. Some of his best friends are, no doubt, Jewish — and, having a Jewish maternal great grandmother, he was accused by former Labour MP Tam Dalyell of being part of “a cabal of Jewish advisers” who surrounded Tony Blair.

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Norman Geras - the man who changed the way I think

By Martin Bright, October 24, 2013

Following the news of the untimely death at the age of 70 of thinker, teacher, writer and pioneering blogger Norman Geras, I have been re-reading his essay, The Contract of Mutual Indifference, first published in 1998.

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