Antisemitism demo London; giddy Britain Israel 

Institutionalising antisemitism in the British Labour party

Britain’s Labour Party has a major problem with rampant antisemitism. It knows it has to deal with it. So what has it done? Dug itself so much further into this particular hole that some in the party fear it has now dug its political grave. On Tuesday, the party’s governing National Executive Committee (NEC) redefined antisemitism in such a way that it has legitimized it within its own ranks. In its new code of conduct on antisemitism, it adopted a definition which significantly differed from the one created by the…

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trump-putin-in-helsinki Global conflict 

The hysteria over Helsinki and the real threat to the free world

The behaviour of President Donald Trump following his meeting with Russia’s President Putin in Helsinki, and the reaction to what he said, illustrate two things: first, the flaws in Trump’s personality; and second the ever-more hysterical and misleading reaction and double standards (Obama’s “Russia reset”, anyone?) by a media and political class which views absolutely everything Trump says or does through a distorting prism of pure malice. The near-universal media story following the Helsinki press conference (echoed by Democrats and even some Republicans) was that Trump had kow-towed to Putin…

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fascist Britain 

It’s absurd to claim British justice is “fascist”

It’s absurd to claim British justice is “fascist” The word fascism is fast losing its meaning. For decades, it has been used as a boilerplate insult directed by the militant left against their opponents. In recent times, it has been used to describe anyone who opposes uncontrolled or illegal immigration, Islamist supremacism or the erosion of western culture and identity. It is also being used, however, by people on the other side of the political aisle. Tomorrow, the anti-Muslim activist Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) will appeal against his…

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Antisemitism demo London; giddy Britain 

Britain’s Brexit betrayal may put Corbyn’s Jewish problem into Downing Street

Until last Friday, whenever people asked me uneasily about the likelihood of the far-left U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn coming to power at the next general election, I replied that — with the exception of one set of circumstances — I thought the risk was overblown. This was because, although he did far better in the last election than anyone had thought possible, the reason for that was precisely because hardly anyone had thought his victory was possible. It was therefore considered safe to vote against the Conservative party…

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democracy Israel 

Betrayed Brexit voters will give up on democracy

Betrayed Brexit voters will give up on democracy Who can doubt the contribution to Friday’s Chequers debacle made by the storied ranks of Whitehall’s Sir Humphreys, skilled beyond measure in manipulating politicians into standing on their heads and swearing they are still the right way up? Right from the moment Britain voted to leave the EU, it was clear that the entire political establishment would unite to thwart this. On Friday, it won and the British people lost. With the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson, however, both the…

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crazy Videos 

Our crazy world: Brexit, PA textbooks, Labour party antisemitism

Our crazy world: Brexit, PA textbooks, Labour party antisemitism Please join me here as I discuss with Avi Abelow of Israel Unwired Britain’s increasingly tumultuous Brexit drama, the UK Foreign Office’s sudden qualms over funding Palestinian Authority textbook incitement (!), the Labour party’s ever-deepening mire over antisemitism, and more.

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Chequers Britain Europe 

The memorandum by Martin Howe QC on the Chequers position

The erstwhile leading Brexiteer, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove, was on TV today defending the UK government’s Brexit negotiating position reached at Chequers on Friday evening. You can read here my opinion that this represents a betrayal of the Brexit vote. Gove maintained that, although the government’s position wasn’t perfect, it upheld the spirit of Brexit. Specifically he claimed that “the draft deal would mean Britain was outside of the European Court…” and that “the common rule book would mean unified rules for 20 per cent of the British economy…

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Brexit Britain 

Faithless, craven and cowardly – the British government’s Brexit betrayal

We don’t yet know whether Brexiteers in the Conservative party will seek to bring down the Prime Minister Theresa May over the UK negotiating position that she forced through Cabinet on Friday. We don’t yet know whether the EU will accept her “compromise” package or will reject it with the contempt they have shown until now at any suggestion of a “pick and mix” approach to the EU’s customs union and rules. But what we can say with near-certainty is that what Mrs May has done is put in serious…

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Iran Global conflict 

The Iran opportunity and European infamy

A senior Iranian official has accused Israel of stealing its clouds. Yes, you read that right. Clouds as in the sky. Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization, has said: “Israel and another country in the region have joint teams which work to ensure clouds entering Iranian skies are unable to release rain. On top of that, we are facing the issue of cloud and snow theft.” His evidence? A survey showing that all mountainous areas higher than 2,200 meters between Afghanistan and the Mediterranean were…

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