How the great halva boycott backfired

By Nathan Jeffay, September 1, 2016

Rarely have desserts been so controversial. The content of one of Brussels Airlines's vegetarian meals unexpectedly became the focus of international lobbying and top-level diplomacy last week.

It all started when a pro-Palestinian activist boarded a plane from Tel Aviv to Brussels and found that the meal contained a bar of vanilla halva.


Polish government rewrites history

By Tim Marshall, August 25, 2016

The passage of time is supposed to be a great healer. It can also expose wounds which were only partially covered. In Poland, we see the latter.

The governing right-wing Law and Justice Party (PiS) has announced legislation which, if enacted, will make it a crime to refer to "Polish concentration camps" or "Polish death camps".


Trotskyites and the talmudic tendency

By Colin Shindler, August 18, 2016

The assertion of Tom Watson, Labour's deputy leader, that Trotskyists were attempting to join his party, has been a refrain voiced for the best part of a century.

The total failure of far-left groups such as the Communist Party to appeal to the British working class meant that entryism into the Labour Party was the only option.

Trotskyism has always interested Jews because of its almost Talm


Top lawyers face scandalous attacks on integrity

By Adrian Cohen, August 18, 2016

Jews have always been prominent in the legal profession and no more so than at the bar and bench. Lord Neuberger, the President of the Supreme Court, and Sir Terence Etherton, the Master of the Rolls, spring to mind.


Media: the next bogeyman

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 18, 2016

Few politicians enjoy long honeymoons with the media.

Few remember that Benjamin Netanyahu enjoyed a relatively prolonged one when he entered politics in 1987.


The Olympic judo lesson: Arab leadership has huge fight on its hands

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 16, 2016

Islam al-Shehabi lost twice on Friday in Rio. His first defeat was when Israeli judoka Ori Sasson succeeded in pinning him to the mat in their first-round match. The second time was when he refused, in front of a booing audience, to shake his Israeli opponent’s hand, in a sport which is supposed to be based, first of all, on respect.


Black Lives Matter scores an anti-Israel own goal

By Tim Marshall, August 11, 2016

The decision by the Black Lives Matter coalition (BLM) in the USA to link the issue of American police brutality with what it calls the "genocide" of the Palestinians by "apartheid" Israel is disappointing but not surprising. It follows a long line of antisemitism in radical black American thought.

The BLM has issued a 40,000-word manifesto of its beliefs entitled "A Vision for Black Lives".


Wallenberg 'revelation' solves little

By Colin Shindler, August 11, 2016

"I have no doubts that Wallenberg was liquidated in 1947."

So noted the newly emerged diary of Ivan Serov, head of the KGB between 1954 and 1958 during the post-Stalinist thaw, regarding the fate of the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews in wartime Budapest.


Egypt's initiative is only game in town

By Gershon Baskin, August 4, 2016

Once again, Israel and the Palestinians are negotiating about negotiations.


Blame the general rise in racism

By David Delew, August 4, 2016

Reports of antisemitic incidents to the Community Security Trust and the police are one of our most important tools for understanding anti-Jewish hatred.