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UK minister: Hamas Purim attacks 'unacceptable'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2011

Britain’s Foreign Office minister for the Middle East has condemned Hamas for sending more than 50 mortars into Israel in just a few hours, and called on the terrorist organisation to immediately halt its behaviour.

Alistair Burt said that the barrage from the Gaza Strip – the heaviest in two years – by a group allied to Hamas was “unacceptable”.

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Former MP denied expenses appeal

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

The former Labour MP for Leyton and Wanstead, Harry Cohen, has lost his appeal to keep the £65,000 “golden goodbye” he received when he left Parliament.

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Four to join new human rights commission

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

Four leading Jewish human rights experts have been appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to investigate a potential UK Bill of Rights.

Nearly half of all the members of the newly formed independent commission are Jewish.

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Rifkind praises UN Libyan vote

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

Libya has declared a ceasefire to comply with a United Nations resolution passed last night.

The announcement of a ceasefire by foreign minister Moussa Koussa came as Prime Minister David Cameron said RAF warplanes would be in places in the "coming hours".

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Baroness: let schools deal with hate speech

By Robyn Rosen, March 11, 2011

Communities minister Baroness Hanham has said the government expects schools and universities to tackle hate speech themselves — and that she believed that an adequate framework was already in place.

She answered questions on antisemitism on campus, online and at school during a session in the House of Lords yesterday.

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Glenda Jackson: calling Israelis Nazis is not hate speech - it's free speech

By Jessica Elgot, February 25, 2011

You can call Israelis Nazis and compare Gaza to a concentration camp - but that is not preaching hatred, according to Labour MP Glenda Jackson.

Ms Jackson, who won her Hampstead and Kilburn seat with a majority of just 42 votes in the general election, submitted herself to a grilling by Jewish constituents at London's Belsize Square Synagogue this week.

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Jews? Many are just prejudiced

By Jessica Elgot, February 24, 2011

Liberal Democrat peer Lord Phillips of Sudbury has said that "many" Jews are "deeply prejudiced" although "not lacking in intelligence."

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Islamists get a key role in parliament

By Martin Bright and Simon Rocker, February 17, 2011

Jewish organisations and politicians have expressed outrage at the decision by the new All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia to retain the controversial Islamist organisation iEngage as its secretariat.

Described by the CST as having "a troubling attitude to antisemitism", concerns about its Islamist politics had earlier led to the resignation of the group's Conservative chair Kris Hopkins MP, and one of its vice-chairs, Jewish Labour peer Greville Janner.

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Hague to Israel 'no time for belligerence'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2011

William Hague has warned Israel that for the sake of the Middle East peace process “this should not be a time for belligerent language.”

The Foreign Secretary, currently on a three day tour of North Africa and the Middle East, called instead for “bold leadership” from the United States and “equally bold steps by Israelis and Palestinians”.

He made the remarks in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments about being willing to "reinforce the might of the state of Israel" should it prove necessary.

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Liam Fox addresses the Herzliya Conference

By Jennifer Lipman, February 8, 2011
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Defence Secretary Liam Fox speaks in Israel on Middle East peace and Iran

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