Analysis

A closely fought contest

By Simon Rocker, May 14, 2015

When the Board of Deputies' would-be presidents make their final pitch for votes on Sunday, they will have already taken part in four hustings in a fortnight.

No Jewish community election in recent history has been so closely fought or demanded such commitment from its candidates.

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Labour Party must now pass 'Israel test'

By Robert Philpot, May 14, 2015

When Ed Miliband was elected Labour leader in 2010, a delighted Neil Kinnock proclaimed: "We've got our party back." The consequent demise of New Labour produced a defeat last Thursday akin to those which Kinnock presided over.

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How the Tories managed to hold on to the heartland

By Marcus Dysch, May 14, 2015

One of the few bright spots for Labour on election night came in the capital, where it bucked the trend and took seats from the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

But not in the two constituencies with more Jewish voters than anywhere else in Britain: Finchley and Golders Green, and Hendon.

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Families under strain must keep talking

By Lucille Balcombe, May 14, 2015

The mental health of children and young people is everyone's issue - parents, professionals and the youngsters themselves.

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Election 2015: Why British Jews will welcome Tory win

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2015

When the rosettes and the placards are packed away, the winners have caught up on sleep, and the losers have drowned their sorrows, what messages will British Jews take away from the 2015 election?

A couple of points are blatantly clear, even so soon after the declarations.

It sounds like a broken record, I know, but Ed Miliband’s stance on Israel did hurt Labour.

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Sufferers go untreated - it wouldn't happen if they were cancer victims

By Professor Gary Kupshik, May 7, 2015

My interest in mental health was first piqued by a statement made by Lady Tebbit in the wake of her paralysis following the IRA bombing of the Conservative Party conference in 1984. She was confined to a wheelchair, faced with flashbacks from the trauma, and had minimal movement in any of her extremities.

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Israel playing nuanced game in Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 30, 2015

for the past four years, report after report has emerged attributing air strikes on Syrian military targets to Israel. The Israeli government has not acknowledged a single one - not even when the remnants of bombs with labels in Hebrew were found on the scene. However, Israeli officials have developed a way of taking indirect responsibility that - theoretically - serves the country's interests.

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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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