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Universities minister Jo Johnson and host of MPs to appear at Limmud

Guests speakers at the annual event will include politicians from Britain and Israel.

    A host of MPs will address the issue of British antisemitism at this year’s Limmud Festival.

    Conservative minister Jo Johnson will be joined by Labour MPs Stella Creasy, John Mann, and Alex Sobel.

    Mr Johnson, brother to foreign secretary Boris, will discuss his part in the fight against antisemitism on British campuses as Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.

    John Mann, the MP for Bassetlaw, is the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Antisemitism and the chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism. He was a very public opponent of former London mayor Ken Livingstone, who was suspended by Labour following his comments on Hitler, antisemitism and Zionism.  

    Stella Creasy and Alex Sobel, the only new Jewish MP to be elected in 2017, will be speaking on panels with Jon Lansman, the founder of pro-Corbyn campaigning group Momentum.

    Participants at the annual festival, running from December to 24 to 28 in Birmingham, will also have the opportunity to hear Israeli Member of Knesset Aliza Lavie speak about improving the relationship between Israel and the diaspora.

    Abi Jacobi, co-chair of Limmud, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming such an impressive collection of presenters from the UK and Israel to Limmud Festival.

    “We look forward to discussing these important issues with Members of Parliament. We are sure that this will be a uniquely enriching and engaging conversation.”

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