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Labour confusion over Parliament's Palestine vote

By Marcus Dysch, October 13, 2014

MPs are preparing to vote on Palestinian statehood following a series of rows which have divided Labour’s shadow cabinet and threatened Israel's relationship with Britain's Jewish communal leaders.

The backbench debate on recognising Palestine alongside Israel will take place later this afternoon, with a vote expected to follow this evening.


Israel supporters mobilise ahead of Commons Palestine vote

By Marcus Dysch, October 8, 2014

Pro-Israel groups have collected around 2,000 signatures on a petition urging MPs to vote against a motion on Palestinian statehood in Parliament next week.

The petition was drawn up earlier this week by the new grassroots group Israel Advocacy UK and the Zionist Federation, and is supported by other Israel-supporting organisations.


UK minister meets victims of Hamas rocket attacks on Israel visit

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood has met members of the Israeli government during a visit to the country.

Mr Ellwood travelled to the rocket-hit south of Israel to meet communities affected by the Gaza conflict during his two-day stay which ended today.

He had earlier travelled to the Gaza Strip to meet Palestinian Authority representatives.


Wake-up call over UK Palestine vote

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

Pro-Israel groups have responded too slowly to the impending parliamentary vote on Palestinian statehood and have lost valuable campaigning time, activists have admitted.

There are concerns that a tardy response from Jewish communal organisations has paved the way for a "propaganda coup" for pro-Palestinians next week.


UK minister ‘profoundly shocked’ by visit to Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood has visited Gaza for the first time since the conflict with Israel this summer.

Mr Ellwood is the first British minister to travel to the Palestinian territory since the violence.

He visited the heavily damaged neighbourhood of Shujaiyya and a Commonwealth war cemetery, where graves were damaged in the fighting.


Call to urge MPs not to agree to Palestinian state

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

Grassroots supporters of Israel have been urged to lobby their MPs ahead of a significant parliamentary vote on Palestinian statehood.

A group of pro-Palestinian MPs have secured a debate to call on the government to recognise Palestine as a state.


Concern over government plan that may force Jewish schools to teach Islam

By Charlotte Oliver, September 21, 2014

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has sparked controversy in Westminster with plans to change the way religion is taught in schools.

Her proposals, reported in the Mail on Sunday, would require every religious studies GCSE student to learn about two religions, rather than just one “world religion” as the course currently stipulates.


Rough ride expected by friends of Israel

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2014

The party conference season gets under way in Manchester this weekend with Labour supporters the first to gather.

While there is anticipation in Jewish and pro-Israel political circles that the fringe scene will be dominated by the repercussions of the Gaza conflict, the inevitable fall-out from the Scottish independence referendum will take the spotlight away from overseas affairs.


Leaders' Shanah Tovah

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2014

Britain's political leaders have extolled the virtues of the Jewish community in their annual Rosh Hashanah greetings.


Hammond rejects sanctions

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2014

Israel should not face economic or military sanctions following its campaign in Gaza, according to British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

But Mr Hammond accepted that the UK government had risked its reputation in refusing to take a stronger line against Operation Protective Edge.