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Israel's champion, but poor friend

By Martin Bright, October 19, 2011

With the resignation of Defence Secretary Liam Fox, Israel has lost its most powerful champion in government. Michael Gove may be the most vocal and eloquent Zionist in the Cabinet, but as Education Secretary he has no diplomatic or strategic role.

Dr Fox has been personally humiliated by the Adam Werritty affair.


Tories solicited cash for Werritty

By Martin Bright, October 18, 2011

Senior Conservatives actively sought donations from wealthy Jewish businessmen to fund organisations run by Liam Fox’s friend Adam Werritty, the JC can reveal.


Fox friend fixed key meetings in Israel

October 11, 2011

A meeting last year at the Ministry of Defence between Defence Secretary Liam Fox and the incoming UK ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, will form a key part of the inquiry into the relationship between Dr Fox and his best man, Adam Werritty.

Questions will also be raised about a dinner Mr Werritty helped arrange at the Herzliya Conference in February this year.

The JC can reveal that Mr W


Taub's masterclass in speechmaking

By Martin Bright, October 6, 2011

I went to the Labour Friends of Israel fringe in Liverpool last week to hear what Ed Miliband had to say about his decision to back the Palestinian bid for observer status at the UN. As a result, I heard one of the funniest, most moving and eloquent speeches of the conference season. Unfortunately, it was not made by the Labour leader, but by the new Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub.


Ambassador Taub makes new friends

By Martin Bright, October 6, 2011

Daniel Taub, the new Israeli ambassador to the UK, used events organised by Conservative Friends of Israel at the Conservative Party conference to thank the coalition government for "coming through" on amending the legislation on universal jurisdiction.


Schools out of Tottenham Palestine Literary Festival

By Marcus Dysch, October 3, 2011

Eight schools pulled out of a literary festival organised by pro-Palestinian campaigners after Education Secretary Michael Gove intervened.

Pupils from the primary schools in the north London boroughs of Haringey and Islington were due to attend workshops led by anti-Israel activists at the Tottenham Palestine Literary Festival last weekend.


Banned Sheikh Salah was wrongfully arrested

By Jennifer Lipman, October 3, 2011

An Islamic political activist who entered Britain despite a Home Office ban and was arrested has won damages for wrongful detention.

The High Court said that Sheikh Raed Salah, who was detained in London in June, should have been told in Arabic the reason for his arrest. But it was only a partial victory as the court said the rest of his detention was lawful.


Britain to back Palestinian UN bid 'on condition'

September 16, 2011

The British government will only back a Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN next week under stringent conditions, a Foreign Office official said today.


Universal Jurisdiction change becomes law

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2011

The British government has approved the change in this country's universal jurisdiction law.

Nearly two years after Israeli Opposition leader Tzipi Livni was forced to cancel a trip to the UK when pro-Palestinian activists applied for a warrant for her arrest, the change was given the Royal Assent and became law.


Luciana Berger: I've been unlucky in the House

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2011

Britain's youngest Jewish MP, Luciana Berger, is facing criticism over her record of defending Israel since being elected to Parliament.

Ms Berger, 30, was Labour Friends of Israel director for three years before stepping down last year to fight her election campaign in the Liverpool Wavertree constituency.

There was an expectation that she would be a leading pro-Israel voice in Parliament.