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Philip Hammond tells Israel: West is losing sympathy

By Marcus Dysch, July 24, 2014

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has warned that the West is losing sympathy for Israel as the violence in the Middle East continues.

Speaking in Jerusalem after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr Hammond said he hoped a ceasefire could be brought to stop the fighting in Gaza.

He also held talks with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

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Lib Dems will discipline David Ward over Gaza tweet

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2014

The Liberal Democrats have condemned an MP who backed Hamas rockets being fired into Israel.

David Ward, the MP for Bradford East, tweeted on Tuesday evening: “The big question is - if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? - probably yes”

The statement was condemned by the party.

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Former soldier Tobias Ellwood appointed UK’s Middle East Minister

By Marcus Dysch, July 16, 2014

Tobias Ellwood has been appointed as the new Middle East Minister at the Foreign Office in David Cameron’s government reshuffle.

Mr Ellwood’s promotion was one of the last to be announced and came after former minister Hugh Robertson resigned.

The MP for Bournemouth East arrives in the midst of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

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Theresa May hails Israel's war on slavery

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May has visited Israel to see how the country's approach to tackling modern slavery and human trafficking can benefit Britain.

Mrs May said the Israeli government's work on the issue was an "international success story", but warned that legislation alone could not solve the problem.

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Leon Brittan defends role over Westminster sex abuse claims

By Marcus Dysch, July 2, 2014

Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has responded to calls for him to explain what he knew about allegations of paedophilia in Westminster in the 1980s.

Lord Brittan issued a statement after Labour MP Simon Danczuk said there should be a national inquiry into allegations of historic sex abuse.

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Government's animal slaughter mis-stunning figures 'woefully misleading'

By Marcus Dysch, April 10, 2014

Shechita campaigners have accused the government of presenting “woefully misleading” figures on the number of animals mis-stunned in British abattoirs.

Health Minister Jane Ellison told Parliament that, according to the Food Standards Agency, the number of mis-stuns for animals, including chickens, cattle and sheep, in 2013 had been 28, an increase of one on the previous year.

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Michael Gove: it's common sense to be a Zionist

By Marcus Dysch, April 1, 2014

Education Secretary Michael Gove spoke to hundreds of JC readers at a special event in London last night.

In a wide-ranging discussion with former JC editor Ned Temko, Mr Gove revealed his thoughts on issues including faith schools, the teaching of evolution and antisemitism on university campuses.

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Israel behaving like Russia in Crimea, say peers

By Marcus Dysch, March 25, 2014

Britain has "serious concerns" about Israeli activity in the Palestinian territories, Baroness Warsi has told the House of Lords.

The Foreign Office minister said on Monday that Britain had "raised cases with the Israeli authorities" relating to the killing and injuring of civilians, policing of non-violent demonstrations, and treatment of child detainees.

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Government wants law changed after Hatzola case

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 21, 2014

The government is seeking a change in the law following a High Court verdict which prevents the Hatzola Jewish emergency service from using blue lights on its vehicles.

The court ruled “with regret” last week that two Hatzola medics from Manchester must be convicted of illegally using the lights because their vehicles did not meet ambulance criteria set down nearly 40 years ago.

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Government denies aid money funds Palestinian terrorists

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2014

The government has denied that aid money sent to the Palestinian Authority is reaching convicted terrorists in Israeli prisons.

The Zionist Federation and Wizo UK have claimed that millions of pounds of British money was being used to pay “salaries” to jailed Palestinians.

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