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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.


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.


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.


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.


Politicians' half-term getaway

By Sandy Rashty, February 18, 2016

Israel received an influx of British politicians this week in a series of cross-party delegations.

With Parliament in recess, the inaugural Britain-Israel Peers Group travelled to Israel and the Palestinian territories with 11 members of the House of Lords.

For many of the Peers it was their first ever trip to the country.


Britain and Israel will work together to combat cyber security attacks

By Sandy Rashty, February 16, 2016

Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock has announced that the UK and Israel will work together to tackle cyber security attacks on their national institutions.

During a visit to Israel today, Mr Hancock, who was joined by British business executives on the delegation, said: "I welcome this opportunity to forge even closer links in the field of cyber security with our Israeli partners.”


More teachers and more training needed for Holocaust education, say MPs

By Charlotte Oliver, January 23, 2016

More teachers need to be trained to teach the Holocaust, according to a report published today by the Education Select Committee.

It said that more attention should be paid to spreading Holocaust education to include other subjects in schools besides history, such as English, drama and PSHE.


Family’s anger at coroner over burial delay

By Josh Jackman, December 29, 2015

A coroner's office has been criticised over the delay in releasing the body of a Jewish woman for burial.

Holocaust survivor Ester Kestenbaum, 91, died on Sunday at a care home in Stamford Hill. Her family requested that she be buried the following day.


Board meets Justice Minister over review of coroner services

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2015

A delegation from the Board of Deputies has met Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage to discuss coroner services.

The meeting was part of an eight-week review into how the system has fared since a chief coroner was appointed in 2013, including whether services now better meet faith requirements.


Majority of Britons see Israel as key Middle East ally

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2015

Israel is seen as Britain’s leading Middle East ally by more than half of the British public, a poll has found.

Fifty-two per cent of Britons saw Israel as a key friend in the region, but only 19 per cent of the public feel “warm” towards Israel. Twenty per cent have positive feelings about Palestinians.