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  • It's good to talk (if you're a Jewish MP)

    Jennifer Lipman
    Jul 12, 2011

    They say Jews like to talk, and it seems Jewish politicians are no exception.

    Parliamentary monitor They Work For You have compiled a list of the most chatty MPs in the class of 2010.

    On the Conservative side of the bench, Robert Halfon is the overwhelming winner of the "most likely to talk in a debate award". He's spoken in a whopping 160 debates since he entered parliament for Harlow – 26 more times than the next talkative Tory.

  • Haneen Zoabi's black and white argument

    Jennifer Lipman
    Jun 30, 2011

    Haneen Zoabi, the Israeli Arab MK, writes a vitriolic piece for Comment is Free on the deportation of banned Israeli Raed Salah. I won't go into the details – you can peruse the contents as you wish – but there was one point that particularly jarred.

    She says: "There is no other meaning to a "Jewish state" except the recognition of the legitimacy of granting privileges to Jews in Israel at the expense of Palestinian citizens, annulling the legitimacy of our struggle for real democracy."

    So, question from the class. If there is "no other meaning" to a Jewish state than the denial of privileges to its non-Jewish citizens, what exactly would a Palestinian state amount to?

  • Foreskin Man: the movie

    Jennifer Lipman
    Jun 30, 2011

    The comic book into movie formula has become a tried and tested staple of summer cinema. But who would play the mohel-hunting superhero Foreskin Man in a big screen adaptation?

    That chiselled face, that blonde hair, those blue eyes. Perhaps Brad Pitt could take on the role of the ultimate American hero? Or Ryan Reynolds, after he hangs up his Green Lantern costume? Or what about Leo?

    But we're in luck. Foreskin Man creator Matthew Hess has revealed exactly who he'd choose to play his eponymous character.

  • Your message to Gilad Shalit

    Jennifer Lipman
    Jun 23, 2011

    To mark the five years of his captivity, the JC wants to give readers the opportunity to leave a message for Gilad Shalit.

    Please post your thoughts and feelings in the space below.

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  • Steady as you go!

    Geoffrey Paul
    Jun 14, 2011

    It is depressing how all the evidence is building for a summer, autumn and winter of discontent and we, the everyday victims, have little choice but, Canute-like, to sit there at the edge of the threatening ocean of strikes and allow them to wash over us. If you are as old as I am, you will have been here before and you will know that, at some point, strikers and their intended target, government, will have to sit down and thrash out some sort of compromise which will require both to give a little. I ask now, as I have asked over many years before, why does it have to get to this point before intelligent leaders on both sides sit down and thrash out the solution which is going to be the end point of this tragic game? Why the need for self-inflicted suffering when there is so much unavoidable sacrifice ahead for all of us?

  • On Assad, Israel and external enemies

    Jennifer Lipman
    Jun 6, 2011

    In his 2004 book The Case for Democracy, Natan Sharansky says it better than I ever could:

    "Non-democratic regimes always need to mobilise their people against external enemies in order to maintain internal stability."

    It is undoubtedly terrible to think of the 20 people who were said to have been killed yesterday on the border between Syria and Israel.

  • Sarah Palin's Jerusalem Day fashion statement

    Jennifer Lipman
    Jun 2, 2011

    Israelis may not be overly fussed about Jerusalem Day, but at least there's one person out there who took yesterday's festivities seriously.

    Not that she's from Jerusalem of course. But Sarah Palin wanted to mark the date of the reunification of Jerusalem, so she decided to make a statement. A fashion statement.

    She was spotted in New York by her battle bus yesterday, sporting the glitziest of Magen David necklaces. When questioned on it, she explained: "Today is the 44th anniversary of Jerusalem being reunited," she said.

  • On the festival of cheese, a vegetarian's perspective

    Jennifer Lipman
    Jun 1, 2011

    This time next week, we will be celebrating the festival of Shavuot, the point in the Jewish calendar when we mark the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

    Obviously, this is a time of spiritual significance, and the week before should be one of Jewish learning and examination.

    But as a vegetarian, Shavuot isn't really about those things. For those of us who don't eat meat (yes, really, not every Jew enjoys chicken soup) this festival is like manna in heaven.

  • Obama's major dilemma

    Geoffrey Paul
    May 20, 2011

    “The key problem is this: American support to the Peace Process requires American public support to Israel.  American public support to Israel infers defense commitments directed against Arab states (and Iran).  Defense commitments directed against Arab states inherently undermine the construction of a new relationship with the Arab world.”

  • France's Jewish problem: Strauss-Kahn

    Jennifer Lipman
    May 20, 2011

    The Daily Beast offers an interesting follow-up piece to Bernard-Henri Lévy's bizarre defence of the disgraced DSK.

    In it, academic Eric Alterman argues that the case is "primo fodder for anyone wanting to lob anti-Jewish comments in DSK’s direction, or even issue antisemitic broadsides about Jews inevitably rising to the defense of one of their own, regardless of the circumstances".

    He's right. DSK, for those who hadn't worked it out from the surname, is Jewish, as is his wife. The crime he is accused of is, by anyone's standards, shocking; arguably made all the more so by virtue of his status as a powerful and influential person.