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FA charge Dave Whelan over claim that Jews chase money

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

The Football Association has charged Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan with breaching its rules on racism.

The charge follows Mr Whelan’s comments last week in which he claimed Jews “chase money”.

After opening its investigation last week, the governing body received a submission from the club owner on Wednesday.

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Twitter: your case is so confidential, we can't discuss it

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Twitter has refused to talk to an MP about his experience of neo-Nazi cyber-hate despite him travelling to Dublin to speak to the social media company this week.

Labour MP John Mann said the internet giant's representatives would not discuss the abuse he had suffered.

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Stay alert as terror threat rises

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

The increased terror risk facing Britain may not include a specific threat to Jewish targets, but the community must be more alert than ever before, security experts have warned.

The Community Security Trust said it was aware of fears among British Jews that a series of attacks on Jewish communities abroad - including last week's synagogue murders in Jerusalem - could be replicated here.

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'Don't pay your fees'

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Grassroots supporters of Israel are threatening to withhold funding for the Board of Deputies in response to its reaction to the Gaza conflict.

Around 800 people have signed an online petition calling on the Board to take "overt and vociferous" action to challenge antisemitism.

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So, Dave, some of your best friends are Jews? We wondered what they looked like. Here are the ones we found:

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Football boss Dave Whelan's claim that he has "loads of Jewish friends" has been rubbished by senior figures in the game and by members of the Jewish community.

The Wigan Athletic owner is being investigated by the Football Association following remarks in which he claimed Jews "chase money more than everybody else" and said "Jewish people love money".

After apologising, Mr Whelan said he wa

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MPs on alert over Palestine debate

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Supporters of Israel have been asked to defend the state during the latest parliamentary session on Palestinian issues.

Backbenchers will take part in a Westminster Hall debate on Palestinian human rights on Monday.

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William Hague: Israel still listens to the UK

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Britain still holds sufficient global influence to play an effective role in the Middle East peace process, former Foreign Secretary William Hague believes.

But he warned that the continued growth of settlements was turning world opinion against Israel and would be to the country’s disadvantage.

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Pro-Israel MP in tweet row

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Veteran Labour MP Ivan Lewis has accused a party backbencher of "manipulating" internal party politics.

Mr Lewis, the Shadow Northern Ireland minister and a former vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel, appeared to claim Tom Watson had tried to influence the selection process for a new Scottish Labour leader.

Mr Watson wrote an article for the Sunday Herald newspaper warning against Scottis

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Ed Miliband defends Labour support for Palestine recognition

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband has defended his party’s support for the recognition of a Palestinian state.

Mr Miliband told pro-Palestinian activists that he was proud to support a backbench motion in the Commons last month which urged the government to acknowledge statehood immediately.

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FA investigating Dave Whelan’s Jew-hate remarks

By Marcus Dysch, November 21, 2014

The Football Association has opened an investigation into antisemitic comments made by Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan.

The governing body said it was “very concerned” to read the remarks attributed to him in which he claimed Jews “chase money”.

An investigation is now under way and the FA’s governance division has written to the former footballer turned businessman.

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Criticism of Dave Whelan grows as Jewish leaders wait for FA response

By Marcus Dysch, November 21, 2014

The Community Security Trust has accused Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan of reflecting “the persistence of dinosaur attitudes in football” after his antisemitic comments relating to Jews and money.

Mr Whelan issued an apology after he claimed the Jews “chase money more than everybody else” and said “Jewish people love money”.

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Memorial to Jewish fighters

By Marcus Dysch, November 13, 2014

The contribution of Jewish servicemen and women in the Second World War is to be recognised at a new museum in Israel.

The Museum of the Jewish Soldier in World War Two at the Yad Lashiryon armed forces memorial will open next May and will honour the more than one-and-a-half million Jews who served in the Allied forces.

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Jews' defection not because of Ed, say Labour

By Marcus Dysch, November 13, 2014

Claims that Jewish donors have deserted the Labour Party in response to Ed Miliband's stance on the Gaza conflict have been dismissed by leading Labour supporters.

They said financial support for the party from within the Jewish community had been declining for more than a decade.

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Pickles wants action on hate graffiti

By Marcus Dysch, November 13, 2014

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has urged councils across the country to do more to tackle antisemitic graffiti.

Mr Pickles has written to every local authority to highlight its responsibilities under anti-social behaviour laws for quickly removing and reporting "physical signs of hatred on any property".

In the letter, sent jointly with Community Security Trust chief executive David Dele

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BBC defends ‘mansion tax’ remark after viewers’ complaints

By Marcus Dysch, November 12, 2014

The BBC has received 33 complaints after a commentator referred to a “Jewish lobby” during a newspaper review.

The remarks were made by political observer and former spin doctor Jo Phillips during a broadcast on the BBC News channel on Saturday night.

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Ten arrested near Luciana Berger’s Liverpool office

By Marcus Dysch, November 11, 2014

Police have refused to link the arrest of a gang of suspected neo-Nazis close to an office used by Jewish MP Luciana Berger with the hate campaign being waged against her.

Ten people were questioned after being held yards from a site where Ms Berger regularly holds surgeries for local constituents.

Armed police and forensics teams searched a number of properties following the arrests.

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Anger after claims that Ed Miliband is losing Jewish support

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2014

Campaigners against antisemitism have attacked reaction to a Sunday newspaper story which suggested Jewish donors were abandoning Labour over Ed Miliband’s stance on the Gaza conflict.

The Independent on Sunday’s front page story carried the headline “Jewish donors drop ‘toxic’ Miliband” and claimed communal support for the party had ebbed away.

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No move to ban shechita, MP promises

By Marcus Dysch, November 6, 2014

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Animal welfare campaigners in the House of Commons will not seek a vote to ban shechita in Britain, a leading MP has promised.

There is no intention of following the example of anti-Israel backbenchers who forced through a ballot on Palestinian statehood, Neil Parish, chair of a group investigating kosher and halal slaughter, confirmed.

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Social media is failing to combat abuse

By Marcus Dysch, November 6, 2014

The MP leading efforts to combat online antisemitism has attacked internet companies for their "insufficient" response to the abuse.

John Mann said firms including Twitter and Facebook had not taken their responsibilities seriously and that "something is significantly wrong" with their approach to tackling hatred on their sites.

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Miliband joins in calls for action after 'shocking' Berger attacks

By Marcus Dysch, November 6, 2014

Ed Miliband has condemned the social media abuse directed at Luciana Berger.

The Labour leader said the "shocking attacks" on Ms Berger and fellow Jewish Labour MP Louise Ellman had "highlighted the new channels by which antisemites spread their vile views".

He called on social media sites to do "all they can" to protect users from online abuse.

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