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  • 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.

  • The women-only Bin Laden White House pic

    Jennifer Lipman
    May 17, 2011

    By now, everyone's seen that photoshopped White House picture - you know, the one where Hillary Clinton mysteriously disappeared from view.

    Thanks to blogger Erica Sackin (on a very different Brooklyn site -, we now know what the scene would have looked like had it been only women in the room.

    Whether there would have been the scene in the first place had Hillary been charged with making the decision on Bin Laden is a different matter, though Mrs Clinton's shocked face suggests things could have played out very differently.

  • 'Pinkwashing': Israeli pride and the peace process

    Jennifer Lipman
    May 13, 2011

    If I asked whether the Obama administration was using its record on healthcare reform to excuse its policy on Syria, what would you think?

    You might well have strong opinions on either subject – perhaps that healthcare reform was a brave but costly step, or that the White House should put its money where its mouth isn't quite on Syria. But looking at the two together? For most people, the one has very little to do with the other.

    Now, change the Obama administration to "Israel", healthcare reform to "gay rights" and Syria to "Palestine", and ask the question again. Except that you don't have to: Time magazine has helpfully done it for you in this week's issue. Writes one David Kaufman:

  • Cheryl Cole's Jewish hair

    Jennifer Lipman
    May 10, 2011

    Of all the showbiz stars about, Cheryl Cole isn't usually one mistaken for being Jewish.

    But according to OK magazine, the X Factor presenter has got one kosher credential.

    Discussing her styling in a new advert for L'Oreal and her look at the US X Factor auditions, the fashion pundits write: "Chezza has hit Hollywood with hair the size of a Jewish grandma."

  • Bin Laden's death shouldn't be a kodak moment

    Jennifer Lipman
    May 6, 2011

    A couple of months ago I opened an email that I later wished I hadn't. It contained photographs, grisly, explicit photographs of the victims of the Itamar massacre.

    Yuli Edelstein, Israel's Minister of Information explained the decision thus: "our goal in sending out the photos was clear: to show that this attack crossed all lines."

    A fair point, surely. Israelis – sadly – are perhaps more desensitized than others around the world to scenes of horror and devastation, yet what happened to the Fogels was incomprehensible.

  • Julian Assange finds another Jewish conspiracy

    Jennifer Lipman
    May 3, 2011

    Never knowingly under-paranoid, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has found a new Jewish bogeyman.

    Following on from his "Jewish conspiracy at the Guardian out to get me" meltdown, I give you Assange v Zuckerberg.

    As told to Russia Today, Assange thinks Facebook is "the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented".