Politics

Concern over policing after fan’s Y-word arrest

By Charlotte Oliver, October 10, 2013

A Tottenham Hotspur fan was arrested in connection with chanting the word “Yid” at Spurs’ home game against West Ham United at the weekend.

The unnamed 51-year-old man was arrested at half-time in the east stand at White Hart Lane stadium. He was held in custody at a north London police station and subsequently bailed to appear in November while the police carried out an investigation.

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Burt out but Berger’s new health role

By Charlotte Oliver, October 10, 2013

Israel supporters have paid tribute to Alistair Burt’s fairness in dealing with Middle East affairs after his departure from the Foreign Office in David Cameron’s reshuffle this week.

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Labour and Lib Dems in Israel visits

October 10, 2013

Delegations of senior party officials from both Liberal Democrat and Labour parties have returned from trips to Israel.

Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes led an 11-strong group on a visit organised by the Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel. The group went to the Golan Heights, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and also held meetings with Palestinian groups in Ramallah.

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Yellen closing in on biggest job in world economy

By Rosa Doherty, October 9, 2013

Janet Yellen was nominated today by President Barack Obama to head the US Federal Reserve.

If her selection is approved by the Senate, Mrs Yellen, who is Jewish, will become the first woman to head the central bank in its 100-year history.

Mrs Yellen is married to George Akerlof, a Nobel Prize-winning economist and professor emeritus at the University of California.

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Tommy Robinson quits as leader of English Defence League

By Rosa Doherty, October 8, 2013

English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson and party co-founder Kevin Carroll have quit the far-right group.

In a shock announcement, counter-extremism think tank Quilliam said the pair had left EDL "because they feel they can no longer keep extremist elements at bay".

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MPs from around the world and Holocaust survivors to attend memorial event at Auschwitz

By Charlotte Oliver, October 3, 2013

Over 200 members of parliaments from around the world will meet hundreds of Shoah survivors in Auschwitz next year to discuss combating antisemitism and to honour Holocaust survivors.

The gathering will take place on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27 2014, and will also mark the 69th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation.

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Party over for political Friends of Israel groups

By Martin Bright, September 23, 2013

When my old friend Sunder Katwala was head of the centre-left Fabian Society he had one of his many bright ideas.

Tired of the sniping and bitterness that had poisoned the debate over the Middle East in Britain, he suggested that no senior Labour politician should appear at a meeting held by Labour Friends of Israel unless it was jointly held with Labour Friends of Palestine.

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Turkey and Israel ‘will mend fences’

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 13, 2013

Turkish officials are predicting an imminent rapprochement between Ankara and Jerusalem. A senior official last week told the Turkish daily Zaman that he did “not see any political obstacle standing in the way of normalisation”.

This comes despite fury in Israel over Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent remarks that the Jewish state was behind the military takeover in Egypt.

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Australia vote good news for Jerusalem

By Dan Goldberg, September 12, 2013

Israel once again has a staunch ally in Australia following the landslide election of the conservative Liberal Party.

The Labour government was swept from its six-year term on Saturday as London-born Tony Abbott stormed into office pledging to upgrade bilateral relations between Canberra and Jerusalem.

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Aipac and Adelson back strike on Assad

By Nathalie Rothschild, September 12, 2013

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac), the main pro-Israel lobbying group in Washington, has launched a major campaign to convince members of Congress to vote in favour of US military intervention in Syria.

Aipac’s drive has included dispatching more than 250 leaders and activists to lobby Congress, starting from this week, Politico reported.

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