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Jewish UKIP members defend link with extremist

By Marcus Dysch, October 21, 2014

Leading Jewish Ukip members have defended the party’s defence of its alliance with an MEP whose party leader makes racial slurs and questions the Holocaust.

Nigel Farage’s Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group in the European Parliament recruited Polish MEP Robert Iwaszkiewicz.

Mr Iwaszkiewicz is a member of the Congress of the New Right led by Janusz Korwin-Mikke.

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Elie Wiesel chooses teenager to join David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission

By Marcus Dysch, October 20, 2014

Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has selected a teenager from Lancashire to join David Cameron’s commission on Shoah education.

Charlotte Cohen, 17, was one of a six-strong panel of youth ambassadors chosen earlier this month to work on developing educational tools to help future generations learn about the genocide.

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Shabbat UK video competition

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2014
Shabbat UK and educational resource group Jewish Interactive have launched a competition to promote Shabbat UK.

Entrants are asked to submit videos about Shabbat UK and the best video will win a tablet computer.

Maureen Lipman, Vanessa Feltz, and Ivan Lewis MP are among those to already make clips.

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Ex-Tory minister Sir Alan Duncan launches stinging attack on ‘extremist’ Israel

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2014

Former International Development Minister Alan Duncan has launched a blistering attack on the Israeli government’s settler policy, comparing it to Argentina’s invasion of the Falkland Islands and Saddam Hussein’s claim to Kuwait.

The situation in Hebron in the West Bank was akin to apartheid and supporters of settlements were “extremists”, he said.

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London march postponed

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2014

A Jewish solidarity march due to take place in London has been postponed.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism had called on grassroots supporters to walk through the capital wearing kippot or other Jewish symbols on Sunday.

But the event will now not take place, with organisers blaming insurance costs, liability issues and the need for permits.

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Parliament votes to recognise Palestinian state

By Marcus Dysch, October 13, 2014

Parliament has voted to recognise the state of Palestine following a symbolic and unprecedented debate in the House of Commons.

A motion calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state was passed by 274 votes to 12 after MPs spent five hours debating the issue.

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Labour confusion over Parliament's Palestine vote

By Marcus Dysch, October 13, 2014

MPs are preparing to vote on Palestinian statehood following a series of rows which have divided Labour’s shadow cabinet and threatened Israel's relationship with Britain's Jewish communal leaders.

The backbench debate on recognising Palestine alongside Israel will take place later this afternoon, with a vote expected to follow this evening.

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Israel supporters mobilise ahead of Commons Palestine vote

By Marcus Dysch, October 8, 2014

Pro-Israel groups have collected around 2,000 signatures on a petition urging MPs to vote against a motion on Palestinian statehood in Parliament next week.

The petition was drawn up earlier this week by the new grassroots group Israel Advocacy UK and the Zionist Federation, and is supported by other Israel-supporting organisations.

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UK minister meets victims of Hamas rocket attacks on Israel visit

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood has met members of the Israeli government during a visit to the country.

Mr Ellwood travelled to the rocket-hit south of Israel to meet communities affected by the Gaza conflict during his two-day stay which ended today.

He had earlier travelled to the Gaza Strip to meet Palestinian Authority representatives.

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Wake-up call over UK Palestine vote

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

Pro-Israel groups have responded too slowly to the impending parliamentary vote on Palestinian statehood and have lost valuable campaigning time, activists have admitted.

There are concerns that a tardy response from Jewish communal organisations has paved the way for a "propaganda coup" for pro-Palestinians next week.

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Secret Nazi-hunter who tracks suspects from the shadows

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

V Tucked away from the crowds in the back corner of a coffee shop, Stephen Ankier cuts an unassuming figure.But the man with the thick white hair is one of the country’s leading experts in the hunt for Second World War criminals now living in Britain. Not that he readily admits it.
“I normally shun publicity. I’m just an ordinary member of the community.

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Anglican vicar attacked over Iran conference

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

A controversial Anglican vicar has been criticised for speaking alongside panellists with convictions for antisemitism at an anti-Zionist conference in Iran.

Jewish communal leaders condemned the participation of Reverend Stephen Sizer as incompatible with his position as a minister and called on the Church of England to mount an investigation.

Rev Sizer took part in the New Horizon event wh

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Lib Dems on both sides of the divide

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

The Liberal Democrats wrapped up the party political conference season with events reflecting both sides of the Middle East conflict.

Lib Dem ministers had pushed for an arms embargo to be imposed on Israel during the Gaza conflict, but the issue was not discussed in any depth in the conference hall, with delegates in Glasgow concentrating on prospects for next year's general election.

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UK minister ‘profoundly shocked’ by visit to Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood has visited Gaza for the first time since the conflict with Israel this summer.

Mr Ellwood is the first British minister to travel to the Palestinian territory since the violence.

He visited the heavily damaged neighbourhood of Shujaiyya and a Commonwealth war cemetery, where graves were damaged in the fighting.

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Lord Levy criticises Ed Miliband over mansion tax

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

Lord Levy is among a series of Labour figures to question leader Ed Miliband’s economic policies.

The Jewish Care president and former close advisor of Tony Blair was highly critical of plans for a tax on homes costing more than £2 million.

Lord Levy told the Sunday Times he wanted to see the party back in government, but that he did not agree with the so-called mansion tax.

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Judges praises Shomrim volunteers for nabbing burglar

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2014

A judge has praised a Jewish volunteer security team which helped secure the conviction of a man who attempted to break into a flat.

Gary Mitchell was detained by members of the Stamford Hill Shomrim after he was seen opening a window at the property in Hackney, north London, using a pair of pliers.

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Youth envoys named for David Cameron's Holocaust Commission

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2014

David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission has announced a panel of young Shoah ambassadors who will work on developing educational tools to help future generations learn about the genocide.

The six students were chosen after they wrote essays outlining their plans for keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive.

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Revealed: Chief Rabbi’s message of support to Margaret Thatcher after Brighton bombing

By Marcus Dysch, October 3, 2014

A hand-written note from Lord Jakobovits to Margaret Thatcher in the aftermath of the Brighton bombing has been revealed for the first time.

In his letter, the then Chief Rabbi expressed his “shock and sorrow at this terrible outrage”, hours after the blast ripped apart the Brighton Grand Hotel during the Conservative Party conference.

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Lancet editor says sorry over Israel letter row

By Marcus Dysch, October 3, 2014

The editor of Britain’s leading medical journal has visited Israel and said he deeply regrets the controversy caused by his stance on a series of letters it published about the Gaza conflict.

Lancet editor Dr Richard Horton said he had been “horrified” to learn that some authors of the letter had also sent private emails which included antisemitic conspiracy theory videos.

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David Cameron takes tough line over Israel boycotts

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

David Cameron has again moved to reassure British Jews of the government’s commitment to tackling antisemitism.

He said he understood concerns following the rise in antisemitic incidents which followed the Gaza conflict in the summer, and reiterated the government’s opposition to boycotts of Israel.

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