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PMQ: Labour anti-semitism

yesterday morning (thursday 20th), 12.09-12.10am, on bbc parliament tv
prime minister’s questions includes …

Oliver Dowden (Hertsmere) (C):
… does the Prime Minister also agree that we must ensure that all parties do not allow a situation to arise in which it appears that an environment is created where anti-Semitism is tolerated?
The Prime Minister:
… I have been concerned about the rise in the number of incidents of anti-Semitism in this country.
I say to the Leader of the Opposition that given the report of the Home Affairs Committee about anti-Semitism and the approach to anti-Semitism in the Labour party, he needs to think very carefully about the environment that has been created in the Labour party in relation to anti-Semitism.”

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PMQ: Naz Shah 27/4/2016

yesterday afternoon (wednesday 27th), 12.25-12.26pm, on bbc parliament tv
prime minister’s questions includes …

The Prime Minister: (Q7.) “It is very simple: anti-Semitism is effectively racism, and we should call it out and fight it wherever we see it. Frankly, the fact that a Labour Member of Parliament, with the Labour Whip, made remarks about the ‘transportation’ of people from Israel to America, talked about a ‘solution’ and is still in receipt of the Labour Whip is quite extraordinary.
The shadow Chancellor said** about these people: ‘Out, out, out. If people express these views: full stop they’re out. People might be able to reform their views and the rest of it. On this? I can’t see it.’
‘…I’m not having it. People might say “I’ve changed my views” – well, do something in another organisation!
Frankly, there will be too many hours in the day before that happens to the MP in question.”

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PMQ: anti-semitism

last wednesday afternoon (23rd march), 11.45-11.47pm, on bbc parliament tv
prime minister’s questions includes …

Mike Freer (Finchley and Golders Green) (Con): I am sure the Prime Minister is as appalled as I am that incidents involving anti-Semitism are on the rise. Does he agree that all organisations, public and private, should root out anti-Semitism, without hesitation?
The Prime Minister: I completely agree with my hon. Friend; anti-Semitism is an absolute cancer in our societies and we should know that when it grows it is the signal of many even worse things happening to ethnic groups and different groups all over our country. There is, sadly, a growth of anti-Semitism in our country and we see it in terms of attacks on Jewish people and Jewish students—it absolutely has to be stamped out. We should all, whatever organisation we are responsible for, make sure that happens. I have to say that we do see a growth in support for segregation and indeed for anti-Semitism in part of the Labour party, and I say to its leader that it is his party and he should sort it out.”

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PMQ: East Jerusalem

yesterday afternoon (wednesday 24th), 12.29-12.31pm, on bbc parliament tv
prime minister’s questions includes …

“Q,12 Imran Hussain (Bradford East) (Lab):
Last week, together with several of my hon. Friends, I visited Palestine, where we went to the home of Nora and her family, who have lived in the old city of East Jerusalem since 1953. Israeli settlers, however, are now trying to force Nora from her home of over 60 years. There are many other cases like that. Does the Prime Minister agree with me that illegal settlements and constructions are a major roadblock that hinder peaceful negotiations? What are this Government doing to help prevent these infringements into Palestinian lives and land?
The Prime Minister:
The hon. Gentleman’s question is incredibly important. I am well known as a strong friend of Israel, but I have to say that the first time I visited Jerusalem, had a proper tour around that wonderful city and saw what has happened with the effective encirclement of East Jerusalem—occupied East Jerusalem— I found it genuinely shocking. What this Government have consistently done and go on doing is to say that we are supporters of Israel, but we do not support illegal settlements and we do not support what is happening in East Jerusalem. It is very important for this capital city to be maintained in the way it was in the past.”

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