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The collapse of Syria that has spawned ISIS and threatens to destabilise Lebanon and Jordan. The instability of the wider region. And the threats issued to Israel by Iran. No democratic government could, in the face of such danger, do anything but maintain a strong defence and security capability and be prepared to deploy it if necessary. That is why I – and the whole British Government – will always defend Israel’s right to defend itself.
Please support my PNR proposals ; on the table for nearly three years! We must give EU citizens more protection
European counter-terror plan involves blanket collection of passengers’ data
Exclusive: European commission plans to request 42 items of personal information about air passengers
Civil liberty campaigners say the revised European passenger name record plan – in the aftermath of the Paris attacks – breaches a recent European court of justice ruling that blanket collection of personal data without detailed safeguards is a severe incursion on personal privacy.
The European commission plan to be published on Wednesday would require 42 separate pieces of information on every passenger flying in and out of Europe, including their bank card details, home address and meal preferences such as halal, to be stored on a central database for up to five years for access by the police and security services.
The proposal, seen by the Guardian, describes itself as a “workable compromise” between European interior ministers, who want to see its swift adoption for all flights within Europe as well as flights in and out of Europe, and the European parliament’s civil liberties committee, which blocked the plan nearly two years ago.
European interior ministers, including the home secretary, Theresa May, who has been pushing the issue most strongly, agreed in Paris on the day of the “Je Suis Charlie” unity march that their main counter-terrorism priority in tracking foreign fighters was to overturn the European parliament’s opposition to the plan.
They issued a joint statement saying there was a “crucial and urgent need to move toward an European passenger name record system” and immediate progress will be on the agenda when EU interior ministers meet in Riga on Thursday.
The House of Lords has said the 42 pieces of passenger data that airlines need to hand over to the police and security services enable aspects of a passenger’s history, conduct and behaviour to be deduced
The 42 categories are:
• passport number
• country which issued passport
• passport expiry date
• given names
• last name
• date of birth
• passenger name record locator code
• date of reservation
• date(s) of intended travel
• other names on passenger name record (PNR)
• all forms of payment information
• billing address
• contact telephone numbers
• all travel itinerary for specific PNR
• frequent flyer information
• travel agency
• travel agent
• code share PNR information
• travel status of passenger
• split/divided PNR information
• email address
• ticketing field information
• general remarks
• ticket number
• seat number
• date of ticket issued
• no-show history
• bag tag history
• go-show information
• other service-related information
• special service requests, such as meal preferences
• received from information
• all historical changes to PNR
• number of travellers on PNR
• seat information
• one-way tickets
• any collected advanced passenger information system information
• automatic ticketing fare quote
Comment: Letter from UK Jews to the Guardian, 22 January 2015
WE ARE shocked and alarmed that the home secretary has been swept up in the wave of hysteria deliberately whipped up by the so-called Campaign Against Antisemitism, claiming that a quarter of British Jews were considering leaving for Israel and that 45% believed that Jews had no long-term future in Britain.
The CAA’s scaremongering report quotes from its own poll which, according to the Institute of Jewish Policy Research, was methodologically flawed and unreliable. Another poll by Survation, from a representative sample of more than 500 of Britain’s Jewish population, found that 88% of Jews had not considered emigrating.
The home secretary must know that the CAA was set up last summer, not to fight antisemitism but to counter rising criticism of Israel’s murderous assault on Gaza.
Its first big success was bullying the Tricycle Theatre into withdrawing its objection to Israeli embassy funding of the UK Jewish Film Festival.
The CAA and the home secretary conflate anti-Israeli and antisemitic views, convenient cover for her desire to legislate for a snooper’s charter and criminalise opinions she disagrees with.
Accusing critics of Israel and Zionism of antisemitism merely devalues the currency, while claiming the right for Jews to censor what others say about Israel is hardly the way to combat prejudice against them.
We do not deny that there are fears abroad among Jews in Britain, ourselves included, but we see far greater racist threats to other minorities in this country, in particular the beleaguered Muslim community.
Seymour Alexander, Craig Berman, Rica Bird, Prof Haim Bresheeth, James Cohen, Mike Cushman, Deborah Fink, Kenny Fryde, Carolyn Gelenter, Michael Gold, Tony Greenstein, Abe Hayeem, Selma James, Michael Kalmanovitz, Paul Kaufman, Rachel Lever, Dr Les Lewidow, Susanne Levin, Prof emeritus Moshe Machover, Miriam Margolyes, Diana Neslen, Roland Rance, Frances Rifkin, Sheila Robin, Prof emeritus Steven Rose, Prof emeritus Jonathan Rosenhead, Leon Rosselson, Michael Sackin, Miriam Scharf, Ruth Tenne, Stanley Walinets, Sam Weinstein, Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi