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Parliamentary event cancelled after complaint over anti-Israel speaker

By Marcus Dysch, February 2, 2016

A Parliamentary event due to be hosted by a controversial Palestinian journalist has been cancelled after a pro-Israel group complained to the organisers.

Abdul Bari Atwan, former editor of the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, had been expected to chair a session in Portcullis House on Tuesday night featuring Palestinian students speaking on Skype from Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon.

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What’s really strange is Khan looks a better bet

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2016

So far the London mayoral election has attracted the attention only of die-hard politicos, but with fewer than 100 days to go to polling day, it's about to get more interesting.

The choice between Labour's Sadiq Khan and Conservative Zac Goldsmith provides Jewish voters in the capital with something of a predicament.

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Tory mayor candidate Zac Goldsmith out to stop ‘weird’ Labour

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2016

Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate for the London mayoral election, has called Labour "aggressively extreme" with its leader Jeremy Corbyn representing a "real danger" to the Jewish community and the country.

Mr Goldsmith, whose late father Sir James Goldsmith and grandfather were Jewish, will take on Labour candidate Sadiq Khan in May.

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Labour amends G4S boycott to remove Israel reference

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2016

A planned boycott of global security giant G4S by the Labour Party will no longer make reference to the firm’s work in Israel.

Members of Labour’s national executive committee agreed to remove all mentions of Israel from the record of its discussions on G4S at a meeting on Tuesday.

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Cameron: New national Shoah memorial to be built next to Parliament

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2016

David Cameron has marked Holocaust Memorial Day by announcing that the new national Shoah memorial will be built next to Parliament.

The Prime Minister told the Commons that the memorial would be located in Victoria Tower Gardens, the public park area on the north bank of the Thames.

Mr Cameron said it would be a “striking national memorial”.

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Labour Party urged by Israeli counterpart to drop G4S boycott

By Marcus Dysch, January 26, 2016

The future of Labour’s proposed boycott of a leading security firm over its work in Israel remains unclear as the party’s executive members prepare to meet for the first time since backing the initial decision.

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The peer raising millions for Jerusalem

By Marcus Dysch, January 25, 2016

Howard Leigh's well-appointed but understated office is the perfect place from which to direct the charity he now heads.

Appointed as chairman of the Jerusalem Foundation UK this week, Lord Leigh has the task of encouraging high-level donors to supply much-needed funds to finance cultural, educational and welfare projects in Israel's capital city.

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Swastika graffiti daubed on Manchester tram

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2016

Antisemitic graffiti has been daubed on a tram, leaving transport bosses searching for the culprit.

Swastikas and the word “Nazi” were drawn onto a seat in Manchester.

The vehicle was taken out of service after a passenger spotted the graffiti during a journey to the city centre earlier this week.

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Labour is 'aggressively extreme' under Jeremy Corbyn, warns Tory London mayor hopeful Zac Goldsmith

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2016

Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate for the London mayoral election, has launched a wide-ranging attack on Labour, describing it as “aggressively extreme”.

Jeremy Corbyn represented a “real danger” to both the country and the Jewish community, he suggested.

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Lord Weidenfeld dies aged 96

By Marcus Dysch, January 20, 2016

Publisher and philanthropist Lord Weidenfeld has died aged 96.

The peer died "peacefully in his sleep" on Wednesday morning following a brief illness, his family said in a statement.

He is expected to be buried in Israel.

In a tribute, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Lord Weidenfeld had traveled "a unique path from refugee to peer".

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Knives are out as butchers attack meat price study

By Marcus Dysch, January 14, 2016

Kosher meat producers have reacted furiously to a study which claimed their prices had soared in the past decade.

Butchers said the figures had been "manipulated" to ignore market forces and increased production costs.

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Jewish MP promoted to shadow minister says he can work with Jeremy Corbyn despite Israel differences

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2016

One of Labour’s new shadow foreign ministers has said he believes he can work under Jeremy Corbyn despite their differences of opinion on Israel.

Fabian Hamilton, a vocal critic of the party’s approach to the issue of Palestinian statehood during Ed Miliband’s leadership, said he knew there would be “difficult bridges to cross” in his work alongside Mr Corbyn.

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Rock-throwing Palestinians have killed Israeli children, embassy tells Labour MP

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2016

The Israeli embassy in Britain has complained to a Labour MP about her claim that no Israeli children have been killed by stone-throwing Palestinians.

During a parliamentary debate on child detainees and prisoners in the Palestinian territories, Naz Shah claimed it was “absolutely unacceptable” to arrest children.

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Joshua Rozenberg made an honorary Queen's Counsel

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2016

The lawyer and journalist Joshua Rozenberg has been appointed an honorary QC.

A non-practising solicitor, Mr Rozenberg was acknowledged by the Queen as the “pre-eminent legal analyst of modern times”.

He is best known as a leading law journalist and commentator and was the BBC’s first legal correspondent.

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Chief praises 'vital, exciting' India

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis hopes his historic visit to India this week will act as a catalyst for Jews to support literacy and aid programmes in the developing world.

During his 10-day tour of the country, Rabbi Mirvis visited 19 synagogues and met leaders of India's Jewish community.

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Dramatic rise in hate incidents in London

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2016

Antisemitic incidents almost doubled in one of the country's most Jewish populated boroughs in 2015, according to police figures.

There were 122 reports of such incidents in Hackney, the area of north-east London which is home to Britain's largest strictly Orthodox community, in the year from November 2014.

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Jeremy Corbyn promotes Israel supporter Fabian Hamilton to junior shadow foreign role

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet reshuffle has seen the promotion of a veteran Jewish Labour MP to a junior shadow Foreign Office role.

Fabian Hamilton has previously been highly critical of his party’s approach to Israel, accusing former leader Ed Miliband of “betraying” Israel with his position on the 2014 Gaza conflict.

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Britain needs watch-list of Israeli 'war criminals', says Labour MP

By Marcus Dysch, January 6, 2016

The government must set up a “watchlist” of Israelis who have committed war crimes by detaining and interrogating Palestinian children, a Labour MP has claimed.

Sarah Champion said the Israeli Defence Forces were guilty of "mass intimidation and collective punishment" of Palestinians in order to protect Israeli settlers in the West Bank.

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Angela Merkel to address major international conference on fighting antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, January 6, 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to address a major international conference against antisemitism, it has been announced.

The conference will be co-hosted by the German government in Berlin in March.

Mrs Merkel’s intention to speak about Jew hatred was unveiled by Bundestag vice-president Petra Pau during a visit to London this week.

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Co-op Bank to close account of anti-Israel group

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2016

An anti-Israel group has accused the Co-operative Bank of “institutional bullying and racism” after it was told its bank account would be closed.

Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA) was informed last month that its account with the Co-op would be closed after a 60-day notice period.

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