Martin Bright

Review: The Third Man

By Martin Bright, April 18, 2011

By Peter Mandelson
Harper Press, £8.99

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How a humble policeman backed Islamism

By Martin Bright, April 14, 2011

The role of "Islamist cop" Robert Lambert, in Muslim radical politics, has been an intriguing sideshow for some time now. As head of the Muslim Contact Unit at the Metropolitan Police, Mr Lambert promoted the view that national security was best served by talking to people on the wilder fringes of political Islam, because they were the authentic voices of the Muslim "street".

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New questions on Exeter's Middle East funding

By Martin Bright, April 14, 2011

An MP campaigning on the funding by the Arab world of British universities has demanded an explanation from Exeter University over a donation from the Middle East broadcaster Al-Jazeera.

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Breathtaking, but will Goldstone silence the critics?

By Martin Bright, April 7, 2011

Richard Goldstone's partial recantation over his report into Operation Cast Lead in Gaza should be a defining moment in the relationship between the British political class and Israel.

The judge's withdrawal of his claim that the IDF targeted civilians removes one of the central arguments for describing those who ordered the attacks as war criminals.

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Arrest warrant bill passes first hurdle

By Martin Bright, March 31, 2011

A further milestone towards the reform of the law on universal jurisdiction was passed on Wednesday with the government seeing off two Labour amendments to its new Police Bill.

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Britain's former spy chief: MI6 kept secrets from Israel, Hamas Iran's puppet

By Martin Bright, March 31, 2011

One of Britain's top spies has described the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood as "at heart a terrorist organisation" and labelled Hamas and Hizbollah as surrogates of the Iranian state.

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Gerald Kaufman's 'disturbing' Jewish jibe at Labour MP

By Martin Bright, March 31, 2011

Veteran Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman is under attack for incendiary comments about a fellow Jewish MP during Wednesday's debate on universal jurisdiction.

Sir Gerald turned to a neighbour on the Commons green benches, as pro-Israel MP Louise Ellman rose to speak, and muttered: "Here we are, the Jews again".

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Universal jurisdiction reform goes to Lords

By Martin Bright, March 30, 2011

A further milestone towards the reform of the law on universal jurisdiction passed on Wednesday with the government seeing off two Labour amendments to its new Police Bill.

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Eleventh hour change to war criminal arrest bill

By Martin Bright, March 30, 2011

A last-minute amendment to the Police Bill, tabled by the Labour front bench, proposed the establishment of specialist units with the Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police to speed up decisions about the arrest of war criminals.

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Ron Prosor: Israel hate at UK universities worst ever

By Martin Bright, March 30, 2011

Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor has delivered a devastating attack on British universities for their role in educating members of the autocratic elites of the Middle East, tolerating extremism on campus and becoming the focus of the boycott movement against Israel.

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Sudden amendment for war crime arrest law

By Martin Bright, March 29, 2011

A last minute amendment to the Police Bill proposed by the Labour front bench would establish specialist units with the Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police to speed up decisions about the arrest of war criminals.

The amendment has been tabled by Shadow Police and Criminal Justice Minister Vernon Coaker.

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Could extremists benefit from AV?

By Martin Bright, March 24, 2011

Campaigners against the reform of voting system have warned the Jewish community that a switch to the "alternative vote" system will encourage extremist groups and force mainstream parties to pander to the anti-immigrant vote.

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MP Robert Halfon faces Libya libel suit

By Martin Bright, March 24, 2011

The tory MP campaigning for an inquiry into the funding of British universities by authoritarian Middle Eastern regimes has been threatened with a libel action by one of his targets.

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Quilliam must take care over its funds

By Martin Bright, March 17, 2011

After our article last week about the importance of saving the anti-extremist think tank, the Quilliam Foundation, from closure, following Home Office cuts, the JC was contacted by a source close to government, warning us off.

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More universities quizzed over Middle East funds

By Martin Bright, March 17, 2011

Further details emerged this week about the funding of British universities from authoritarian regimes in the Middle East.

As the JC reported last week, 100 of Britain's top universities have now come under increased scrutiny as a result of Freedom of Information requests, early day motions and parliamentary questions from the Harlow MP Robert Halfon.

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Interview: Liberty's Shami Chakrabarti

By Martin Bright, March 17, 2011

I had been talking to Shami Chakrabarti, the telegenic director of Liberty about her organisation's predecessor, the National Council for Civil Liberties, and the work it had done for Jews attacked by neo-Fascists immediately after the war, when she suddenly turned the conversation to contemporary antisemitism.

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Questions over extremism monitor Quilliam and Saif Gaddafi

By Martin Bright, March 14, 2011

Since writing a piece for this week’s Jewish Chronicle urging people to back the anti-extremist think tank Quilliam, I received some disturbing information warning me off. I believe this came from a source close to government. The claims made against Quilliam were serious and my support for the organisation needs to be examined in the light of what they said.

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Quilliam's Libyan Connection

By Martin Bright, March 12, 2011

Since writing a piece for this week’s Jewish Chronicle urging people to back the anti-extremist think tank Quilliam, I received some disturbing information warning me off. I believe this came from a source close to government. The claims made against Quilliam were serious and my support for the organisation needs to be examined in the light of what they said.

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Labour Friends lean to the left

By Martin Bright, March 10, 2011

Labour Friends of Israel is relaunching itself as a membership organisation at a debate in Westminster next Tuesday.

The panel discussion, Making the Progressive Case for Israel, will bring together supporters of Israel on the left to discuss how to develop a more proactive approach.

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The true message of the PM's CST speech

By Martin Bright, March 10, 2011

David Cameron's speech to the Community Security Trust last week was an important restatement of his support - up to and including Israel's right to search vessels bringing cargo into Gaza.

This was something of a shift from his indignant remarks during his "prison camp" speech in Turkey last summer when he described the boarding of the Gaza flotilla as completely unacceptable.

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