Was Netanyahu right to urge mass-immigration to Israel?

By Uri Dromi, February 19, 2015

It is too easy to dismiss Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's appeal for a "mass-immigration" of European Jews to Israel, following the recent terrorist attacks, as another one of his election campaign gimmicks.


For terrorists, UK is tough nut to crack

By Andrew Silke, February 19, 2015

There is a growing sense across Europe that the threat from Islamist extremists is escalating. Recent weeks have seen dramatic attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, violent shoot-outs in Belgium, and thwarted attacks in Germany, and elsewhere. The UK has been on the front line of Islamist terrorism for over a decade.


Israeli premier needlessly offended European Jews

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 19, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu's call on Sunday for a "mass-immigration" is a direct extension of his personal belief that he is the "representative of the entire Jewish people".

That is how he described his role at an election event with French-speaking Likud members two weeks ago.


Ultimately, we can only uproot this ideology with education

By Anthony Glees, February 19, 2015

There were two sorts of victim in Copenhagen, exactly as in Paris: one was free speech under the law, the other the Jews.

In the case of Paris, the attack on Charlie Hebdo followed many earlier attacks on French Jews and then, before Christmas, on shoppers in various parts of the Republic.


Rafah, the story nobody wants to tell

By Robert Philpot, February 19, 2015

In a bid to snuff out terrorism, more than 2,200 families on the Gaza Strip border are being forcibly evicted, with hundreds of homes bulldozed and bombed to ensure the creation of an ever-increasing "buffer-zone".

Warning that the action flouted "international and national law", Amnesty International's deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa, Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, talked of "shoc


Why the real threat comes from EU labelling proposal

By Simon Rocker, February 5, 2015

A few weeks ago the Supreme Court of Poland slapped down a parliamentary recommendation to introduce a ban on shechita, declaring that it would contravene human rights and amount to discrimination against the country's Jews. Shechita defence campaigners consider it a gold-standard ruling in protecting religious freedom.


Resignation of Gaza investigator is big blow to Palestinian lawfare campaign

By Gerald Steinberg, February 5, 2015

The sudden resignation of William Schabas, the anti-Israel professor of law who headed the UN investigation into alleged Israeli "war crimes" in the recent Gaza war, has further highlighted the farcical attempts to indict Israel taking place under the façade of international law.

Mr Schabas was forced to quit after Israel informed the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that he had omitted to ment


Germany and Israel: a very special relationship

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 5, 2015

In a recent New Yorker profile of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, interviewees who know her well said that nearly all her principles were "negotiable". They also said that one of the few values on which she is unbending is her support for Israel.


Bibi, the guest in by the back door

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 29, 2015

In some ways, Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled speech to Congress, bypassing the normal protocol of co-ordinating head of state visits through the White House and State Department, is testimony to the strength of those ties.

What other world leader could imagine organising such a trip with the House Speaker while keeping the President out of the loop?


Why UK goverment and press failed to report the atrocities

By Michael Fleming, January 22, 2015

During the Second World War, news of German atrocities, especially those committed against Jews, did not circulate freely in the British press.