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Hendon in Haaretz

By MatthewHarris, May 3, 2010

One of Israel's top newspapers has fairly covered our British General Election campaign, including re:- Hendon: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/british-candidates-court-u...

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Jabs against the viral emails

By MatthewHarris, May 2, 2010

So there are some filthy viral emails circulating telling people not to vote Lib Dem for various utterly spurious reasons. Many Jewish people have contacted me to say how offended they are by this rubbish and how they most certainly intend to ignore the lies and vote Lib Dem. Some of the emails claim that a particular person is a donor to the Liberal Democrats (he isn't) and that his organisation organised a fundraising dinner for Nick Clegg (the dinner was not a fundraiser).

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The Lib Dems and our community - the positive side

By MatthewHarris, April 27, 2010

A lot of people in Hendon are contacting me to say that they are voting Liberal Democrat this time, including many people in our community. With all the publicity that my party has received over the less positive aspects of its relationship with the Anglo-Jewish community, here is a list of some rather more positive achievements

1. Nick Clegg opposes UK participation in anti-Semitic UN conference

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Shall we remove the Lib Dem whip from Haaretz?

By MatthewHarris, April 25, 2010

From the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, an article (from 20 April 2010) by a sergeant in the IDF reserves, saying precisely the sort of things that some people condemn British Liberal Democrats (I don't mean Baroness Tonge, I mean others) for saying. Perhaps we should invite Sergeant Burston to address the Board of Deputies? His piece is written in anger, rather than being a dispassionate analysis with which one is intended to 'agree' or 'disagree', but I can strongly see where he is coming from.

Declare Independence. Free Israel. End the Occupation.

By Bradley Burston

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Rabbis right to raise war in Congo

By MatthewHarris, April 24, 2010

I am pleased to see that more than 50 British rabbis have written a letter (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/23/victims-of-war-in-congo) warning that we must not forget the victims of the war in Congo. I wholeheartedly agree with them. Britain needs a just, liberal foreign policy that attends to often forgotten concflicts such as this one. It is precisely because I believe in such a foreign policy that I am a Liberal Democrat.

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Celebrating Israel's 62nd birthday

By MatthewHarris, April 23, 2010

I was delighted to see the following in the latest weekly bulletin from Sarah Ludford, London's Lib Dem Member of the European Parliament:

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Baroness Tonge/Palestine Telegraph

By MatthewHarris, April 22, 2010

Various blogs have reported that the disgusting David Duke of Ku Klux Klan notoriety has posted a video or some other content on the Palestine Telegraph website. Baroness Tonge is known to have previously been a patron of this website and, earlier today, was still listed as such on one of its pages. Following the news re:- Mr Duke, I have received definite confirmation that Baroness Tonge has emailed the Palestine Telegraph to say that she no longer wishes to be a patron and wants her name to be removed from their website.

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Lord Wallace

By MatthewHarris, April 21, 2010

I have to declare an interest. Although I do not know William Wallace very well, I have met him a few times, and I both like him and respect him. When I heard that he had addressed the Board of Deputies on Sunday, I was naturally very interested to hear what he had said as he is my party's Deputy Leader in the Lords and a foreign affairs spokesman. Especially amid claims of a "walk out by Deputies". Well, one friend says that six out 150 Deputies walked out; Jonathan Hoffman writes that it was four. Is four Deputies leaving out of 150 a "walk out"?

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Street theatre with Lord Levy

By MatthewHarris, April 18, 2010

OK, I have a confession to make. As a largely secular Jew (a small-l liberal Jew, perhaps), I am not shomer shabbat. So, on Saturday, I was out and about in the glorious sunshine with my Lib Dem team, handing out leaflets and talking to people locally. We got a very positive reception from a lot of people and the weather made it great fun. And then who should I see walking towards me but Lord Levy himself.

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Not the Leaders' Debate - Hendon Parliamentary Hustings video

By MatthewHarris, April 16, 2010

OK, so the first TV Prime Ministerial Debate has been and gone, with the opinion polls declaring my Leader Nick Clegg to have done best. I do think that the debate was great political television and that Nick Clegg was indeed the winner. Anyway, if you're in the mood for TV debates, here is a video of the Hendon Parliamentary Hustings organised by Hendon Muslim Forum a few weeks ago: http://vimeo.com/10744722. The three main candidates spoke and we covered many issues that will be of interest to JC readers, including Israel/Palestine.

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A hilarious piece of political parody

By MatthewHarris, April 13, 2010

Somebody produced a very funny parody of Cameron Conservatism, a spoof manifesto that was so trendily pretentious as to sum up the marketing guff of David Cameron. I couldn't read it without bursting out laughing at several points. I assume it's meant to have been written by the Conservative spin doctor character from The Thick of It. Either way, it's very funny, so I really urge you to take look: http://media.conservatives.s3.amazonaws.com/manifesto/cpmanifesto2010_lo....

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What Cameron (and Harris) REALLY think about Israel

By MatthewHarris, April 10, 2010

So, it's been a few months since my one and only previous post on this website. Well, what can I say? I've been busy, including campaigning for election as Hendon's next MP. I could say that the blog ate my homework, but you don't want endless politician's excuses. In fact, I am now about to start a new blog on the Hendon Times website, in addition to this JC one and my main campaign website, so I shall shortly have three blogs. Perhaps I should run as three different candidates, promoting each of them with one of the blogs, and see which candidate gets elected? But I digress.

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How not to manage a major political row

By MatthewHarris, October 18, 2009

As a communally active Liberal Democrat, I have lived through more than the occasional Jewish political row. Letters from the Board of Deputies, front page headlines in the JC - I don't so much have that T-shirt, as a whole wardrobe full of them. The latest such row, about the Tories' new allies in the European Conservatives and Reformists group, is like a greatest hits compilation of this ever-expanding genre, prompting me to offer the Tories some entirely unsolicited tips on how to manage (and how not to manage) the fallout:

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