Analysis

They are the forgotten heroes of global Jewry. It is our duty to remember them

By Colin Shindler, April 30, 2015

Last week saw the passing of two former Soviet Jewish refuseniks, Vladimir Slepak and Vladimir Prestin, who were not permitted to leave the USSR for almost 20 years. It was only when Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in 1985 that the gates were finally opened for a small group of long-term Moscow activists.

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Policies prompt a mixed outlook

By Simon Rocker, April 23, 2015

"Inclusive" may seem a welcoming word - but not to Jewish schools. When the Liberal Democrats pledge to introduce "inclusive" admissions policies, they mean that faith schools will no longer be able to give priority to children from their own community.

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Le Pens at war over Jew-hate? Think again

By Michel Gurfinkiel, April 21, 2015

The famous TV series Game of Thrones has roots in French history: it was modelled on The Accursed Kings, a novel by Maurice Druon about the medieval French monarchy.

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It’s no surprise we’re voting Tory

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 18, 2015

No one who has traced, however crudely, the developing political sociology of British Jewry over the past quarter-century should be the least bit surprised at the findings of the Survation poll of Anglo-Jewish voting intentions, commissioned by the JC and published last week.

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Republican number one Rand Paul decides he is pro-Israel after all

By Robert Philpot, April 16, 2015

It was perhaps the worst insult South Carolina's hawkish senator, Lindsey Graham, could have directed at a fellow Republican. On the day his Senate colleague, Rand Paul, officially announced last week he was running for President, Mr Graham declared him to be "in many ways to the left of Barack Obama".

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Ofsted inspectors need to be more consistent

By Simon Rocker, April 16, 2015

In less than a year, no fewer than seven Jewish schools have been rated as inadequate by Ofsted — the lowest of the four inspection grades. All but one of the schools is Charedi and most are independent.

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For Bibi, Clinton is a light in the tunnel

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 16, 2015

January 20, 2017 is a date already marked by a red circle on the calendar in Benjamin Netanyahu's office - that is the day Barack Obama will finally leave the White House. It would be hard to imagine a leading US politician the Israeli Prime Minister would less like to see occupying the Oval Office than the incumbent.

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For what they’re worth, you can take comfort from these paper promises

By Marcus Dysch, April 16, 2015

Election manifestos rarely throw up great surprises. Almost every detail is stage-managed, policy-advised, and leaked to the media.

But pro-Palestinian voices in Labour could be forgiven for thinking they had been short-changed when they read their party’s policy document on Monday morning.

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Blame toxic Ed for Labour's loss of support

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2015

Even though, anecdotally, Ed Miliband’s unpopularity with the Jewish community has long been the received wisdom, these figures are jaw-dropping.

Few would have predicted that his personal polling would be quite so disastrous. How, after all, could a Jewish politician make such a terrible fist of attracting Jewish voters?

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For Mid East future, look at Yemen

April 2, 2015

One of the less noticed resolutions of the Arab League summit on Sunday in Sharm el-Sheikh was the condemnation of Israel and Iran for "occupying Arab land".

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