More entry rules trouble for schools

By Simon Rocker, December 23, 2014

Yet another Jewish school has been forced to tear up its entry policy after the government’s regulator ruled it unacceptable.

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) has now ordered the Hasmonean High School in London to make changes, just days after its decision against the King David High School in Manchester.


Prepare to be wooed as polling day approaches

By Marcus Dysch, December 18, 2014

How do you know an election is on the way?


Could Herzog haul Labour back to top?

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2014

Israel's Labour Party has rarely seen such a demonstration of unity in recent years.

For an hour on Sunday evening, those sitting on the party's central committee hid their reservations over the agreement party leader Yitzhak Herzog had reached with former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.


Architects rebuilding

By Marcus Dysch, December 11, 2014

As damage limitation exercises go, Riba's unexpected U-turn on its Israel policy may prove to be too little, too late.

There were a number of factors behind the decision announced by the institute's president, Stephen Hodder, but whether remorse was among them remains unclear.


Power couple who may yet lead Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

On Monday night, the Knesset overwhelmingly voted to dissolve itself, putting paid to the theories of a last-minute, alternative coalition.

Elections on March 17, 2015 are now unavoidable, and the next few weeks will be focused on primaries, alliance-building and selecting candidates as each party scrambles to build a list it hopes will be attractive to the Israeli voters.


Curious Kippers are unpalatable

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2014

When people discuss Ukip's "odd bedfellows" they are usually referring to the party's questionable partners in the European Parliament.


To downgrade Arabic is to play with fire

By Tim Marshall, November 27, 2014

The first bill passed by the new Ukrainian parliament after the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych this year removed Russian as one of Ukraine's official languages. That was in February.


There are no easy fixes

By Toby Greene, November 20, 2014

Tuesday's sickening attack marks a new peak in the growing tide of violence in Jerusalem. The murder of Arab teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir in July - revenge for the killing of three Israeli teens - was the principal trigger, and extremists on both sides challenging the status quo on Temple Mount (Haram-al-Sharif) have contributed to the tension.


Terror shatters Europe's open border dream

By Michael Goldfarb, November 20, 2014

When Mehdi Nemmouche walked into the Jewish Museum in Brussels last May and opened fire, he did more than kill four people - including two Israeli citizens. He refocused an intense debate about the open borders within the European Union.

Nemmouche, a French citizen, had only recently returned from Syria, where he had been fighting with jihadi groups.


Despite opposition, this is a trend that's not going away

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2014

It is less than a year-and-a-half since the UK's first openly advertised a partnership minyan, where Orthodox women could enjoy a public role in the prayer service.

Before then, such gatherings were virtually underground activities, below the rabbinic radar.