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Zac Goldsmith promises to keep London’s Jews secure if elected mayor

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2016

Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate to be the next mayor of London, has pledged to protect the capital’s Jewish community if he is elected next month.

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Labour MP calls on Jeremy Corbyn to act against antisemitism in party

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2016

Veteran Jewish Labour MP Louise Ellman has repeated her criticism of the party’s failure to tackle antisemitism among its members.

She said some activists were being allowed to “get away” with Jew-hate comments online, and called on leader Jeremy Corbyn to take action.

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Report points to concern over speakers on campus

By Marcus Dysch, April 1, 2016

London universities hosted a series of controversial speakers in the first months of the current academic year, including one who had tweeted that “Jews are evil”, a counter-extremism group has revealed.

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Labour activist barred by party over ‘Jewish blood’ tweets could be re-admitted

By Marcus Dysch, March 30, 2016

A Labour activist who was suspended after posting tweets about the “Jewish blood” of companies including Tesco and Marks and Spencer has been told he could be re-admitted to the party in 2018.

Scott Nelson has previously written on Twitter that the companies had “Jewish connections”.

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Board issues manifestos for Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish elections

By Marcus Dysch, March 30, 2016

Manifestos of Jewish concerns have been produced aimed at assisting candidates standing for election to the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in May.

The documents were created by the Board of Deputies and the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, and Jewish representative councils in Wales and Northern Ireland.

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SS officer who was close to Hitler became Mossad assassin after the war

By Marcus Dysch, March 30, 2016

Mossad veterans have claimed a former senior Nazi SS officer worked for Israel as an assassin after the war.

One of Adolf Hitler’s favourite soldiers and a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, Otto Skorzeny was allegedly recruited by Israel.

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How Clegg's adviser came to run the go-to Israel think-tank

By Marcus Dysch, March 23, 2016

Eyebrows were raised when James Sorene was appointed as chief executive of research group Bicom last year.

He was billed as having been a key adviser to Nick Clegg during the former Liberal Democrat leader's time as Deputy Prime Minister - one of the most tumultuous periods in the now-diminished party's relationship with the Jewish community.

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Amnesty clowns around

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2016

Fire-eaters, clowns on stilts and jugglers were part of a circus-themed protest aimed at raising awareness of the case of a Palestinian performer detained by Israeli authorities.

The demonstration outside the Israeli embassy in west London on Monday, included a 20-minute "solidarity street show" organised by Amnesty International UK.

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Leading festival spot for film-maker's debut on the far-right MP with a secret

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2016

A film-maker's study of a far-right Hungarian politician who discovered he was Jewish is to premiere at one of the world's most prestigious festivals.

Alex Holder's film, Keep Quiet, about Jobbik party vice-president Csanad Szegedi, will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York next month.

Mr Holder, a former pupil of Hasmonean High School in north-west London, spent three years wit

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This is about targeting identity of a people: Gove

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2016

A large delegation of British Parliamentarians, including Justice Secretary Michael Gove, has attended the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA) conference in Berlin.

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Labour MPs attack government plans to stop councils boycotting Israel as ‘assault on local democracy’

By Marcus Dysch, March 16, 2016

Labour MPs have led a wide-ranging attack on the government’s plans to stop local councils and public bodies boycotting Israel.

They said guidelines unveiled by Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock last month, which leave authorities open to fines if they target Israel, were an attack on local democracy.

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British MPs unveil guide to tackling antisemitism at major Berlin conference

By Marcus Dysch, March 15, 2016

A large delegation of British Parliamentarians, including Justice Secretary Michael Gove, has attended the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA) conference in Berlin.

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Zac Goldsmith asked to apologise over comparing pig farms to Auschwitz

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2016

The Conservative candidate to be London Mayor, Zac Goldsmith, has been criticised by a Labour MP for past remarks in which he compared the conditions on pig farms to Auschwitz.

Mr Goldsmith, said he would only eat organic meat and remarked on the state of slaughtered pigs which he said were “riddled with tumours”.

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Labour candidate dumped over ‘Hitler is Zionist God’ comment is elected as local party vice-chair

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2016

A former Labour parliamentary candidate who claimed Hitler might be a “Zionist God” and claimed Daesh should attack Israel appears to have been reappointed to a leading position in her local party.

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LSE student who apologised over ‘Zionist’ comment fails to win union vote

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2016

A student who apologised to the Jewish community for claiming “leading Zionists” had tried to swing a university election has failed to win the poll.

Rayhan Uddin had been running for the post of general secretary of the London School of Economics student union.

But neither he, nor his rival candidate received the required percentage of votes, and voting will now be re-opened.

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Trainer's cancer cure promise to dying husband

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2016

A celebrity fitness trainer has told how she promised her dying husband that she would battle to help find a cure for cancer after they were both stricken with the disease.

Nicki Waterman, who has trained Denise van Outen, All Saints and Kelly Brook, is recovering from a highly invasive form of brain tumour.

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Labour kicks 'sickening' activist out

By Marcus Dysch, March 9, 2016

Labour has excluded from the party a Trotskyite whose website carries a series of anti-Zionist conspiracy theories.

Gerry Downing was thrown out on Wednesday night following complaints that he had been re-admitted as a member.

He had been let back in to the party recently by its national executive committee after he appealed against being expelled last year.

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Labour challenged over readmitting party member whose website carries antisemitic articles

By Marcus Dysch, March 9, 2016

A Labour Party member who was readmitted by its national executive committee runs a website which carries a number of antisemitic articles.

Gerry Downing runs the Socialist Fight group, which has defended Daesh and posted an article which stated: "Why Marxists must address the Jewish Question".

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Union director who pushed for Israel boycott to leave role

By Marcus Dysch, March 9, 2016

The political director of Britain's biggest trade union is moving from her role following a series of anti-Israel controversies.

Jennie Formby has been involved in a number of incidents at Unite in the past five months.

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Labour Oxford antisemitism inquiry told of fresh Jew-hate claims at second university

By Marcus Dysch, March 9, 2016

Labour’s investigation into allegations of antisemitism at a leading university has been made aware of similar Jew-hate claims at a second campus, the JC can reveal.

A complaint has been sent to Baroness Royall, who is leading the inquiry, about the actions of a candidate running to lead the London School of Economics’ students’ union.

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