UK government

MPs urge government to aid Israeli medical charity

By JC Reporter, April 27, 2016

A group of Conservative MPs have asked International Development Secretary Justine Greening to use UK aid to help fund an Israeli medical charity which treats critically ill children.

In a letter to Ms Greening, the 25 MPs described how Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) brings children from developing countries to Israel to undergo life-saving heart surgery.

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Zionist group wants UK government to label Hizbollah a terrorist organisation

By Josh Jackman, April 19, 2016

A campaign has been launched calling on the British government to classify Hizbollah as a terrorist organisation.

The Lebanese group’s military wing currently falls under this categorisation, but the Israel-Britain Alliance (IBA) - a creation of the Zionist Federation group - wants it to be extended to the whole of Hizbollah.

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Councillors get help to learn about Israel

By Josh Jackman, April 14, 2016

A new grassroots group will aim to tackle anti-Israel sentiment in British politics.

North West Councillors Friends of Israel has been set up with an initial membership of 22 representatives from councils in Liverpool and Manchester - all of whom are elected Labour members.

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Chasidic school takes on government

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2016

A Chasidic independent school has mounted a legal challenge against an order from the Department for Education restricting it from taking new pupils until standards improve.

Beis Aharon Trust, which runs a school for 347 boys aged from three to 13 in Stamford Hill, north London, is awaiting the outcome of an appeal to the Care Standards Tribunal.

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Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell ‘posted link to website honouring suicide bombers’

By Sandy Rashty, April 6, 2016

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor has been accused of promoting a website that pays “tributes to suicide bombers”.

A report in the Evening Standard claimed that John McDonnell used his own MP website to link to a webpage which paid tribute to terrorists in 2014.

It comes amid a rise of allegations of antisemitism within Labour party ranks.

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'UK government cash being paid to Palestinian terrorists'

By JC Reporter, March 28, 2016

Millions of pounds of British government money are being handed to convicted Palestinian terrorists.

The Department for International Development is expected to give up to £25.5 million this year to the Palestinian Authority, part of an aid package totalling over £70 million.

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MPs' group elects new leaders

March 23, 2016

The group which promotes Jewish issues in Parliament has elected co-chairs from both major parties.

Conservative MP Oliver Dowden and his Labour counterpart Wes Streeting will now lead the All Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews, taking over from Hendon MP Matthew Offord.

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Labour MPs attack government plans to stop councils boycotting Israel as ‘assault on local democracy’

By Marcus Dysch, March 16, 2016

Labour MPs have led a wide-ranging attack on the government’s plans to stop local councils and public bodies boycotting Israel.

They said guidelines unveiled by Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock last month, which leave authorities open to fines if they target Israel, were an attack on local democracy.

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Home Secretary Theresa May pledges £13.4m for community security at CST dinner

By Marcus Dysch, March 2, 2016

The government has committed to provide £13.4 million for security measures in the Jewish community in the coming year, Theresa May has announced.

The Home Secretary said the money would go towards security guards and further protection steps at independent and state Jewish schools, nurseries, synagogues and community sites.

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Anti-Israel activists protest against Knesset Speaker's address to MPs in Westminster

By Josh Jackman, March 1, 2016

Activists campaigned against Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein's meeting with members of Parliament in London this week.

The speaker - who lives in the West Bank settlement of Neve Daniel, south of Jerusalem - met British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on Tuesday and will address MPs at Westminster Palace on Wednesday, at the invitation of his counterpart in the House of Commons, John Bercow.

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