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Labour suspends Ken Livingstone following Hitler comments

By Marcus Dysch, April 28, 2016

Ken Livingstone, the former Mayor of London, has been suspended from the Labour Party following a series of interviews in which he claimed that Adolf Hitler supported Zionism.

Dozens of the party’s MPs had called for Mr Livingstone to be suspended or ejected after a round of media appearances this morning.

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Suspend Ken Livingstone from Labour over ‘Hitler supported Zionism’ comment, say MPs

By Marcus Dysch, April 28, 2016

Labour MPs have called for former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone to be suspended from the party after he claimed “Hitler was supporting Zionism” in the 1930s.

During an interview to discuss the suspension of Naz Shah over her antisemitic social media posts, Mr Livingstone claimed the Nazi dictator had initially backed moving Jews to Israel “before he went mad”.

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Labour MP Naz Shah suspended by party following antisemitic posts

By Marcus Dysch, April 27, 2016

Labour MP Naz Shah has been suspended by the party following her Commons apology for a series of antisemitic social media posts.

The decision was taken this afternoon following a second meeting between Ms Shah and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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Naz Shah says sorry for ‘hurtful, inexcusable’ posts and pledges to win back trust of Jewish community

By Marcus Dysch, April 27, 2016

Labour MP Naz Shah has apologised for the series of social media posts she made about Jews and Israel which led to her resigning as a parliamentary secretary to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

Ms Shah, the Bradford West MP, said the “manner and tone” of her posts was “not excusable”.

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Labour MP Naz Shah hired ‘Zio tweet’ councillor as parliamentary aide

By Marcus Dysch, April 27, 2016

Labour MP Naz Shah employed as an aide a councillor who posted antisemitic remarks on Twitter.

The Bradford West MP employed Mohammed Shabbir as a member of her staff and gave him a parliamentary email address, it has been claimed.

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Naz Shah steps down as private secretary after Facebook posts about Israel and Jews

By Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2016

Labour MP Naz Shah has stepped down as private secretary to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell after a series of social media posts she made about Jews and Israel were revealed.

The Bradford West MP, who defeated George Galloway in last year’s general election, backed the spending of “transportation costs” to move Israelis out of the Middle East.

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Labour activist suspended for saying Israel uses Holocaust as ‘a political tool’

By Marcus Dysch, April 25, 2016

Labour has suspended a party member who posted a Facebook status claiming the Holocaust was “a political tool” used by Israel.

John McAuliffe, who writes for online publications and says he is a foreign affairs specialist, claimed Israel had established “a financial racket in the West”.

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‘Diverse’ UJS team will lead campus challenge

By Marcus Dysch, April 13, 2016

The new leadership team at the Union of Jewish Students will include a prominent political activist when it starts work later this year.

Liron Velleman will take on the role of campaigns officer, often seen as one of the most challenging and significant positions at UJS.

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New plan to tackle antisemitism in the Labour Party

By Marcus Dysch, April 13, 2016

The Jewish Labour Movement has unveiled a plan to tackle antisemitism within the Labour Party.

Working with MPs and activists around the country, the JLM wants to change party rules to ensure members who commit acts of Jew-hate are dealt with quickly and potentially banned for life.

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Playwright Sir Arnold Wesker dies aged 83

By Marcus Dysch, April 13, 2016

Leading British Jewish playwright Sir Arnold Wesker has died aged 83.

He passed away on Tuesday evening after a long illness, his wife, Lady Wesker, said.

Sir Arnold came to prominence in 1957 with his play Chicken Soup with Barley. It was part of his famous trilogy, along with Roots, which was first performed the following year, and I’m Talking about Jerusalem.

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Parliamentary committee to investigate growth of antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, April 12, 2016

An inquiry into the rise of antisemitism has been launched by a leading Parliamentary committee.

The Commons’ Home Affairs Select Committee announced this afternoon that it would carry out a “short inquiry” into Jew-hatred.

The probe will consider whether prejudice against the Jewish community has increased, and whether the dangers facing Jews have emerged from terrorism.

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Senior Conservative suspended amid 'antisemitism speech' allegations

By Marcus Dysch, April 12, 2016

A senior Conservative Party member has been suspended by the party after a Labour MP claimed he made antisemitic remarks at the launch of a local election campaign.

Abdul Zaman was said to have made inappropriate comments about Jews and women while speaking at a Bradford Conservative Association event.

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Police arrest gang after car driven by Orthodox man was ‘pelted with eggs’

By Marcus Dysch, April 8, 2016

Four men have been arrested after allegedly carrying out an antisemitic attack on a strictly Orthodox man in London.

It is understood eggs were thrown at his car as he travelled through the Blackwall Tunnel in east London last night.

Shomrim, the volunteer community security group, said antisemitic abuse had been shouted during the incident.

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David Cameron rejects review of UK's funding of Palestinian Authority

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2016

David Cameron has rejected an MP's call for an independent review of how British taxpayers' money is used to fund the Palestinian Authority.

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The loyalists standing their ground against Labour's tide of hate

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2016

It is not an easy time to be a Jewish supporter of the Labour Party.

What with activists being suspended over allegations of antisemitism, a more hostile approach to Israel, and the damage done to the relationship with British Jewry by Ed Miliband's leadership and Jeremy Corbyn's election as his successor, many long-standing Jewish supporters are deserting the party.

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Long-lost Terezin drama to be performed at York massacre site

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2016

The scene of a 12th-century massacre of British Jews will be the setting for a live performance of a play written in the Terezin ghetto during the Holocaust.

Clifford's Tower in York was the site of the infamous suicides and murders of hundreds of besieged Jews as antisemitic riots spread in 1190.

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Hard-left activists target Jewish MP in 'terrifying' campaign of abuse

By Marcus Dysch, April 6, 2016

A veteran Labour MP has been targeted by activists who are “hell-bent” on attacking her at meetings of her constituency party — reportedly because she is Jewish.

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Jeremy Corbyn says his brother was 'not wrong' to condemn Jewish MP’s antisemitism fears

By Marcus Dysch, April 6, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has defended his brother for tweeting that it was “absurd” for a Jewish MP to call on the Labour leader to do more to tackle antisemitism.

Mr Corbyn said his sibling, Piers, was “not wrong” to claim that it was preposterous to question the leader’s efforts.

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Mayor of London candidates outline plans for capital at Jewish hustings

By Marcus Dysch, April 5, 2016

The leading candidates in the race to be the next mayor of London have outlined their views on issues including rising antisemitism and faith schools during the only Jewish hustings of the campaign.

Front-runners Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate, and Labour's Sadiq Khan were on the five-strong panel at the JW3 centre in north-west London.

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Activists 'hell-bent' on attacking Jewish Labour MP at constituency meetings

By Marcus Dysch, April 5, 2016

A veteran Jewish Labour MP has been targeted by activists who are “hell-bent” on attacking her at meetings of her constituency party.

The orchestrated campaign against Louise Ellman, MP for Liverpool Riverside, from within her own local branch has created an “intimidating and hostile” atmosphere for Jewish members, a councillor said this week.

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