Analysis

Jail sentence strikes right balance in tackling online abuse

By Julian Hunt, October 24, 2014

This is the latest in a series of recent cases where magistrates have given prison sentences to those sending grossly offensive messages through the internet.

Those individuals who posted vile tweets against Stella Creasy MP and the footballer Fabrice Muamba, and who advocated the bombing of mosques after the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, have all been jailed.

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A bad defeat but that's not the whole story

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2014

A senior Israeli diplomat told me, in the weeks leading up to the parliamentary vote on Palestine, that Israel supporters should not be too disheartened by the events of the past year.

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Faith schools' battle over British values

By Simon Rocker, October 23, 2014

Over the past few weeks, we have reported growing concerns about a possible backlash against faith schools, following the so-called "Trojan Horse" inquiry into Islamist indoctrination in a number of state schools this summer.

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I was shocked by peeping rabbi arrest

By Alex Brummer, October 23, 2014

The Kesher Israel modern Orthodox community in Georgetown has been part of my life for several decades. During my ten years as the Guardian's correspondent and then bureau chief in Washington, I was a member and frequent presence along with my young family.

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Alarm bells ring in France as pro-Vichy book is bestseller

By Roger Sloan, October 23, 2014

Eric Zemmour is, without a doubt, the superstar of right-wing journalism in France.

The 56-year-old is a columnist for weekly magazine Figaro and a news pundit for RTL, a major private radio station, as well as a frequent guest on political talkshows.

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Bravado before the fall

By Michael Sophocles, October 14, 2014

Every Apprentice candidate arrives in Lord Sugar's boardroom with the same bravado and the same boasts of business brilliance.

The fun is, of course, watching them fail to live up to their own billing. This year will be no different.

So what chances do the two Jewish contenders have of showing Lord Sugar there is some substance behind the bluster?

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Rabbi race is a battle for soul of Jerusalem

By Nathan Jeffay, October 14, 2014

A new battle for the character of Jerusalem is taking shape - and, for a change, this one has nothing to do with construction or settlements.

On Tuesday, an electoral panel will choose two chief rabbis for the city. The move will come after a decade-long hiatus during which, for bureaucratic reasons, top clerical posts have remained empty.

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Iranians' anger is fuelled by 'Rich Kids'

By Meir Javedanfar, October 14, 2014

"Never mind what the politicians say. What are the real aspirations of the people of Iran for their country?", I am often asked.

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Spy post reveals scale of threat that Israel faces

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2014

The existence of a Syrian electronic surveillance base at Al-Hara, just a few miles from the Israeli border on the Golan, has been known about for decades. And the close ties between the Syrian regime and Russia's military and intelligence agencies were never much of a secret.

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'Repentance' from Germany offers new hope for justice

By Efraim Zuroff, October 7, 2014

The announcement that the Simon Wiesenthal Center has submitted the names of 80 of the youngest men and women who served in the infamous Einsatzgruppen to the German authorities was not purposely planned for the period between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

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