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MPs call for economic sanctions on ‘apartheid’ Israel

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2014

Backbench MPs have called for a series of economic sanctions to be imposed on Israel in response to its policies towards the Palestinians.

During a debate in Parliament they said a major shift in British foreign policy was also needed to bring about a two-state solution to end the conflict.

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MPs on alert over Palestine debate

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Supporters of Israel have been asked to defend the state during the latest parliamentary session on Palestinian issues.

Backbenchers will take part in a Westminster Hall debate on Palestinian human rights on Monday.

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Lib Dem Lynne Featherstone takes Home Office job

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2014

Liberal Democrat Lynne Featherstone has replaced Norman Baker as crime prevention minister in the Home Office.

The Jewish MP has been moved from her role in the Department for International Development following Mr Baker’s resignation on Monday.

He quit after claiming a series of clashes with Home Secretary Theresa May over drugs policies.

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Parliament debates kosher and halal slaughtering methods

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2014

More animals slaughtered for food in Britain should undergo stunning before they are killed, an MP investigating kosher and halal practices has urged.

Neil Parish said the government must continue its research into shechita and other religious meat production procedures during a debate in Parliament.

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Peer who created the Barnett public spending formula dies

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2014

Lord Barnett, the Jewish peer who gave his name to a famous public spending formula, has died aged 91.

He served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the Wilson and Callaghan Labour governments of the 1970s.

During that time he oversaw the creation of what became known as the Barnett Formula, the mechanism used to split public funding between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Lord Mitchell attacks ‘hypocrisy’ of anti-Israel campaigners

By Marcus Dysch, October 31, 2014

Jewish peers have highlighted what they said was the hypocrisy of singling out Israel for blame in the ongoing troubles of the Middle East.

They voiced concerns over the focus on Israel’s actions in Gaza despite the growth of Islamic State, the continuing civil war in Syria, and Russian belligerence in Eastern Europe.

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An illiterate way to grab votes

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 23, 2014

When I read the text of the "Palestine" resolution passed by the House of Commons on October 13, my initial reaction was to laugh out loud.

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MP attacks supporters as 'virtually invisible'

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2014

A fundamental revolution in pro-Israel campaigning is required following the parliamentary vote to recognise Palestine as an independent state.

That is the view of Conservative MP Robert Halfon, who challenged the Jewish community to take a radical look at how it co-ordinates support for Israel.

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A bad defeat but that's not the whole story

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2014

A senior Israeli diplomat told me, in the weeks leading up to the parliamentary vote on Palestine, that Israel supporters should not be too disheartened by the events of the past year.

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Tactical blunders

October 23, 2014

Tory MP Robert Halfon’s damning verdict on pro-Israel organisations has to be heeded.

As he says, they are “outclassed and outgunned by an Olympic mile” and stuck in a 1970s time warp.

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