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No entry to UK for extremist rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, August 12, 2011

An extremist rabbi has been denied entry to Britain because of a book in which he allegedly justifies terrorist violence.

Rabbi Yosef Elitzur, from Israel, has been told he cannot enter the UK for three years because of his controversial 2009 book Law of the King. The rabbi said he had no plans to visit Britain when he received the letter.


Israel an issue on new e-petitions website

By Jennifer Lipman, August 5, 2011

The government's new "e-petitions" website has already attracted attention from a number of pro and anti-Israel campaigners.

Launched this week, the site allows voters to register a petition on any subject. If they manage to attract more than 100,000 signatures, the point could be debated by MPs in the House of Commons.


Home Secretary banned from appealing Salah bail

By Marcus Dysch, July 27, 2011

The Court of Appeal has refused Home Secretary Theresa May permission to appeal the release of Islamic political activist Raed Salah on bail while he fights a deportation case.


Salah bailed, pending deportation hearing

By Marcus Dysch, July 15, 2011

Islamic political activist Raed Salah, detained last month after allegedly flouting a ban to enter Britain, has been granted bail while he awaits a deportation hearing.

Sheikh Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was arrested in London the day before he was due to share a platform with MPs in the House of Commons.


Grant Shapps to shut door on squatters

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

Homeowners may breathe a sigh of relief after the government announced it would make good on a pledge by Housing Minister Grant Shapps to demolish the rights of squatters.

Under the new plan, published by Justice Minister Crispin Blunt, moving into empty properties would be a crime and persistent offenders could be sent to jail.


Should we have reserved House of Lords seats?

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

Reform of the House of Lords is back on the political agenda, and not before time.


Welfare bosses fear reforms will be shelved

By Jessica Elgot, July 7, 2011

A leading Jewish welfare figure has voiced fears that the government will not "grasp the nettle" and implement reforms proposed this week by the Dilnot Commission.

Leon Smith, chief executive of Nightingale in south London, praised the report into long-term care, but believed the government was between "a rock and a hard place politically" on how to fund the recommendations.


Theresa May: 'Something went wrong' with Raed Salah at border

By Robyn Rosen, July 5, 2011

More details have emerged concerning the exclusion order against Islamic speaker Raed Salah, who is currently being detained after allegedly flouting a ban to enter the country.

Sheikh Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was arrested last month, a day before he was due to share a platform with MPs in the House of Commons.


Raed Salah supporters plan Downing Street demo

By Jennifer Lipman, July 4, 2011

Supporters of banned speaker Sheikh Raed Salah are planning to protest against his detention at Downing Street later today.

The Palestinian Forum, which was due to host Mr Salah at events in Brent and Manchester over the weekend, said it wanted to express anger at "the British government's attempt to silence" him.


Alistair Burt says Gaza is 'unsustainable'

By Martin Bright, June 30, 2011

Middle East minister Alistair Burt became the first Foreign Office minister to visit the Gaza Strip in five years on Tuesday, as he toured a United Nations school in Jabalia refugee camp and met business leaders in Gaza City.

Mr Burt said: "I was struck today by the need for further progress to allow imports by UNRWA and others to complete much-needed projects and to facilitate exports.