UK government

MP opens new parent-promoted Jewish school

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2011

JCoSS, the UK's first cross-communal Jewish secondary school has been officially opened by the undersecretary of state for children, Tim Loughton MP.

More than 200 people marked the opening of the voluntary-aided, co-educational school in Barnet, including former Schools Secretary Ed Balls, JCoSS president Gerald Ronson and headteacher Jeremy Stowe-Lindner.

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Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt calls for immediate release of Gilad Shalit

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011
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A plea for the release of kidnapped soldier Corporal Gilad Shalit five years after he was taken by Hamas

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Britain's line on Israel is a cover for its impotence

By Douglas Murray, June 16, 2011

"When you can, you should." That was Tony Blair's opinion on intervention, as boiled down for a journalist a few days before sending British forces into Iraq.

The world has no shortage of dictators and despots. The Blair formula was that when such human-rights violators looked vulnerable, and provided you had the military capability and political will, you should seize the opportunity.

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Asylum groups warn Jewish community over London Citizens

By Martin Bright, June 10, 2011

Campaigners working to end the detention of the children of asylum seekers have warned the Jewish community against collaborating with Citizens UK, the controversial "community organisers" currently running a campaign to win over synagogues and Jewish organisations.

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UK urged to follow US and boycott Durban review

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

British Jewish organisations have called on the UK government to follow in the footsteps of the United States and boycott the follow-up to the Durban conference.

The US said on Wednesday that it would not attend the United Nations event in September, because it would be wrong to commemorate the "ugly displays of intolerance and antisemitism" of the conference of September 2001.

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Netanyahu plans political talks in London

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to visit the UK next week for meetings with British politicians.

The Israeli Prime Minister’s office would not say what was on the agenda beyond “political matters”.

Mr Netanyahu is also expected to visit France while in Europe.

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Zionist gang plotted to kill Churchill

April 7, 2011

Jewish militants were planning in 1946 to assassinate leading British politicians including the then Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, and the fiercely anti-Zionist Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin, according to MI5 files released from the National Archives this week.

An attempt on Bevin's life was "almost a topic of household conversation in the Middle East," said one top secret cable.

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Foreign Office still backing Goldstone Report

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2011

The British Foreign Office has expressed continued support for the controversial Goldstone Report into IDF actions in Gaza two years ago, despite its author's recent statements questioning the findings.

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Britain's policy on Israel a total mess

By Robin Shepherd, March 31, 2011

The bizarre, contradictory mess that is British foreign policy towards Israel was on display yet again last week with that great stage of fools, the United Nations Human Rights Council, providing the setting.

It rarely makes a difference what's on the charge sheet these days. If it's about slamming Israel, Britain's usually either turning a blind eye or heartily voting in favour.

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End of Arts Council funding for London Review of Books

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2011

A literary magazine described by historian Benny Morris as sometimes being "no more than pro-Arab propaganda" will no longer receive any government funding.

The London Review of Books (LRB), published once a fortnight, had received £767,000 of public money to pay contributors since it was founded 31 years ago. However it did not apply for Arts Council support this year.

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