Martin Bright

Camel Corps gone but FCO still out of touch

By Martin Bright, June 14, 2012

This week I came to the conclusion that the Foreign Office genuinely believes it is in tune with mainstream Jewish opinion in this country. The convention of background briefings to journalists means that I can only state that I "understand" this. I cannot identify or quote my sources. But, believe me, I do understand this to be the case.

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The Jews who taught me to run

By Martin Bright, June 6, 2012

I have always been influenced by Jewish writers, from the biblical authors of my secular-Anglican childhood to an adolescence dominated by Franz Kafka and Leonard Cohen. One of the first books I reviewed in the mid-1980s was Primo Levi's The Drowned and The Saved, which probably did more to form my political outlook than any other work of non-fiction.

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Bugged conversations 'could reveal extent of Britain's Holocaust knowledge'

By Martin Bright, May 31, 2012

The author of a forthcoming book on the Jewish refugees who listened in on the bugged conversations of captured German PoWs believes that the work of this top secret operation could reveal the extent of British government knowledge of the Holocaust during the war years.

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'Be loyal to Israel' pleads foreign minister Lieberman

By Martin Bright, May 24, 2012

Diaspora Jews should support Israel’s government regardless of its political complexion, according to its controversial Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Jewish National Fund in London on Tuesday evening, Mr Lieberman said that Jews who organised a petition against his visit were a legitimate part of the debate about the future of Israel.

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Labour Palestine group comes of age

By Martin Bright, May 17, 2012

On Monday, Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East held its annual parliamentary reception. The usual backbench phalanx was there, including Jeremy Corbyn and Richard Burden.

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Ken pays price for sectarianism

By Martin Bright, May 10, 2012

At around 10 o'clock on Friday evening I received a call from a prominent figure in the Jewish community, a lifelong Labour supporter who had worked for the party in his youth.

The count for the London mayoral election was looking closer than anyone had predicted and my caller was getting twitchy.

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Boris and Ken: Like old drunks at a wedding

By Martin Bright, May 3, 2012

The London mayoral election has been the opposite of edifying. The grown-ups have been behaving like drunken relatives at a wedding reception.

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Ambassador: we must all be witnesses

By Martin Bright, April 26, 2012

Israel's ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, has called on the Jewish community to build on the success of this year's March of the Living and boost the numbers of British young people attending the event in the future.

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Even in Auschwitz, humanity did prevail

By Martin Bright, April 26, 2012

It was, without doubt, one of the proudest moments of my life. To stand at the memorial to those who suffered and died at Auschwitz-Monowitz, and pay tribute to the British prisoners of war who worked alongside Jewish slave workers in the IG Farben chemical works, was a deeply humbling experience.

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Corbyn won't back away from Salah

By Martin Bright, April 26, 2012
Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn has refused to condemn demands for an inquiry into the influence of the Israel lobby, or the antisemitic comments of a Palestinian activist whom he invited to tea on the Commons terrace.

Last week, the JC reported that Mr Corbyn backed calls by the lawyer for Raed Salah, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, for an inquiry into the influence of "pro-Israe

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Jeremy Corbyn calls for inquiry on 'pro-Israel lobby'

By Martin Bright, April 19, 2012

The left-wing Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn has backed calls for an inquiry into the influence of "pro-Israel lobbying groups" on government policy.

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A rare false step in Ken's dark arts. But will he overcome this lapse?

By Martin Bright, March 29, 2012

There are certain words you don't associate with Ken Livingstone. "Regret" is one, "sorry" is another and, as for "humility", it is hard to think of the concept in connection with Labour's veteran candidate for London mayor.

There is something historic about the article Mr Livingstone has written for the JC this week.

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How Ken went from total denial to unheard-of regret

By Martin Bright, March 29, 2012

It was all supposed to be so convivial. On March 1 a peacemaking dinner was convened at the London Jewish Cultural Centre to bring Ken Livingstone together with concerned Labour supporters within the Jewish community.

At the former mayor's side was Simon Fletcher, Mr Livingstone's longstanding lieutenant, known to have been concerned at the deterioration of relations with London's Jews.

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Contrite Ken Livingstone says 'I got it wrong'

By Martin Bright, March 29, 2012

Labour's candidate for London mayor, Ken Livingstone, has admitted that he can now see why comments made to Labour activists earlier this month were interpreted as saying Jews would not vote for him because they are rich.

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Mayoral candidates grilled by Jewish Forum

By Martin Bright, March 22, 2012

The London mayoral candidates have been invited to a series of breakfast meetings with representatives of the Jewish community to be hosted by the London Jewish Forum. The first to accept is Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick who will make his case on April 4 at an as yet undisclosed location in north west London.

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Jews won't vote for me because they are rich, Ken Livingstone tells Labour activists

By Martin Bright, March 22, 2012

Prominent Labour-supporting Jewish Londoners have written a devastating letter to Ed Miliband expressing their profound concerns about mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone.

The letter, a copy of which has been seen by the JC, was written in response to a meeting held on March 1 at which Mr Livingstone stood by his decision to embrace radical Islamic cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi and take money from the

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UK Culture Minister urges hi-tech dialogue

By Martin Bright, March 15, 2012

Britain should pursue partnerships with Israel in hi-tech and creative industries in open defiance of the boycott movement according to Culture Minister Ed Vaizey.

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Ken Livingstone: I am right - you are all wrong

By Martin Bright, March 15, 2012

Ken Livingstone, Labour's candidate for Mayor of London, held a secret meeting earlier this month with Jewish Labour supporters, the JC can reveal.

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Auschwitz files may have been destroyed

By Martin Bright, March 8, 2012

Crucial documents, including letters from British soldiers alerting the War Office to the Holocaust, may have been destroyed in the chaos at the end of hostilities.

These records are believed to have included coded messages from Sergeant-Major Charles Coward, the head of the British prisoner of war camp at Auschwitz about what he witnessed there.

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