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Epping Forest: Election 2010

By Bernard Josephs, April 22, 2010

The far right British National Party has appointed its first ever Jewish parliamentary candidate.

But Patricia Feldman Richardson, leader of the four strong BNP group on Epping Forest Council, insists that the party is neither antisemitic nor racist. She describes the mainstream Jewish community's hostility towards it as "blinkered" and accuses it of "demonising" BNP policies.

Her campaign has been largely aimed against what her party claims is the growing number of Muslims in the leafy Essex constituency of Epping Forest, including Loughton, Chigwell and Buckhurst Hill.

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Anti-Israel Iraqi billionaire's dinner with Nick Clegg

By Martin Bright, April 22, 2010

A controversial Iraqi-British billionaire who funds one of the UK's most strongly anti-Zionist websites organised a banquet in honour of Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, and a fundraiser for Susan Kramer, the party's candidate in the high-profile seat of Richmond Park.

Nadhmi Auchi, 73, was convicted of fraud in the giant French Elf-Aquitaine oil company trial in 2003 and given a suspended sentence, although he is seeking to appeal the verdict.

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JC reporter picks up top journalism prize

By Simon Rocker, April 22, 2010

The JC's Middle East correspondent, Anshel Pfeffer, has been awarded the prestigious B'nai B'rith award for journalism.

Mr Pfeffer, 36, has worked for the paper for three years. He reported from Mumbai in the aftermath of the terror attacks and covered Operation Cast Lead, the Jerusalem riots and the Israeli elections.

He also covered the Israeli angle on universal jurisdiction in the UK after a warrant was issued in London for the arrest of Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

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Lib Dems defend Lord Wallace 'anti-Zionism'

April 22, 2010

The Liberal Democrats have insisted that the party remains a "friend" of Israel, despite uproar at comments made by its shadow deputy leader of the Lords, Lord Wallace, to the Board of Deputies on Sunday.

A number of deputies walked out of the meeting in Sheffield after Lord Wallace's criticism of Israel and defence of Baroness Tonge's "overemotional" support of the Palestinians.

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Gordon Brown: His JC interview in full

By Martin Bright, April 22, 2010

What would a new Labour government do to kick-start talks in the Middle East in order to bring about over a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict?

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Gordon Brown: Tory extremists betray British values

By Martin Bright, April 21, 2010

Gordon Brown has accused the Conservatives of compromising British values and British influence by allying with “marginalised” figures in Europe accused of holding extremist antisemitic and homophobic views.

In a fiercely worded attack in an interview with the JC, the Prime Minister said the Opposition leader had abandoned the mainstream grouping of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in order to appease a section of “fanatical” Eurosceptic backbenchers.

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Flights to Israel back on track

By Jessica Elgot, April 21, 2010

El Al, Easyjet and British Airways have all resumed flights to Israel today after the disruption to air traffic meant many Israelis missed Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations.

Of the two El Al flights due to leave Heathrow today, one will carry passengers originally booked on the flight and one has been cancelled. Two additional flights have been arranged for today departing from Luton.

Both the Easyjet flights to Tel Aviv from London Luton will run as normal but all online boarding has been cancelled and all passengers must now check in at the airport.

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Lib Dem Lords deputy leader causes Board walkout

By Simon Rocker, April 19, 2010

Lord Wallace, the Liberal Democrats’ deputy leader in the Lords, has defended Baroness Tonge’s “over-emotional approach” to Palestinian rights in a wide-ranging address to the Board of Deputies on Sunday.

He explained that she has not been expelled from the party because “we do sadly find the current Likud Party very intolerant of all criticism”.

His remarks prompted a number of Deputies to walk out in protest.

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BNP withdraws candidate from Scottish seat

By Jessica Elgot and Stephanie Brickman, April 19, 2010

The BNP candidate for East Renfrewshire, which has the largest Jewish population in Scotland, has dropped out of the election race.

A spokesman for BNP Scotland confirmed that candidate Gary Raikes, who was standing against Labour MP Jim Murphy, the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Mr Raikes, who has lived in Scotland for 18 years, was a local instructor in the Army Cadet Force until 2007. He has not yet given a reason for his departure from the campaign.

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ZF Yom Ha’atzmaut concert cancelled

By Jessica Elgot, April 19, 2010

The Zionist Federation has cancelled its Yom Ha’atzmaut concert, due to be held tomorrow, after the volcanic ash cloud stopped Israeli musicians travelling to London.

But the Israel 62 party will still go ahead with Israel food and dancing, including performances from a London-based Israeli band and a stand-up comedian.

Israeli singer Achinoam Nini and her band, plus five other musical acts, are unable to fly to London. Those who have bought tickets to the concert may attend the party free of charge.

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