Analysis

Miliband had a lot to prove and to a great extent did so

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2014

Everyone seems happy with Ed Miliband’s visit to Israel. The Israeli establishment got a good look at the man who may be Britain’s next prime minister and was assured that his heart was in the right place.

The leadership of the British Jewish community, who often sense a disconnect in Mr Miliband, got a chance to see him at ease in the Jewish state.

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This is not just about recession — Europeans must look much deeper

By Matthew Goodwin, April 10, 2014

For those who monitor Europe’s far right, these have been busy weeks.

Following her success in France’s municipal elections and her subsequent decision to ban halal and kosher food in schools under her jurisdiction, there are whispers that NF leader Marine Le Pen is considering running for president of the European Commission.

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Heidegger Revelations: This dishonours philosophy

By Havi Carel and Dagmar Wilhelm, March 20, 2014

The publication of excerpts from Martin Heidegger’s “black notebooks” aroused very different reactions within the world of philosophy.

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Big Bang? It’s kosher

By Nathan Aviezer , March 20, 2014

The scientific effort that led to the recent discovery of strong evidence for the Big Bang theory was miraculous in itself. A team from the Harvard-Smithsonian University Centre for Astrophysics, based at the South Pole, spotted “primordial gravitational waves”, long held to be an echo of the moment the universe exploded into being but never previously seen.

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Ukrainian Rabbis come out against Russia

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 14, 2014

World leaders are scratching their heads in an effort to divine Russian President Vladimir Putin’s next move. How far will he go? Will he annex Crimea? Will he send his troops further into eastern Ukraine?

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Jewish leaders have made a brave joint decision to overcome their disunity and publicly support the new government in Kiev.

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A shechita ban would cost votes

By Marcus Dysch, March 13, 2014

While Jewish campaigners have felt anxious about threats to religious slaughter for years, they have remained assured by politicians’ pledges to defend the practice.

Concern will now mount, however, that British Veterinary Association president-elect John Blackwell’s remarks have made shechita a talking point 14 months before a general election.

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There are fundamental differences between shechita and halal slaughtering

By Alan Montague, March 13, 2014

Whenever religious slaughter makes the headlines, both shechita and dhabihah (the term used for halal slaughter) tend to be considered as two sides of the same coin. Yet there are fundamental differences.

The vast majority of halal meat (between 80 and 90 per cent) is mechanically stunned just as it would be at a conventional slaughterhouse.

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Kosher slaughter does not cause more suffering

By Stuart Rosen, March 13, 2014

There is ample scientific evidence that shechita is at least as humane as conventional slaughter. The speed and precision of the incision results in immediate loss of consciousness.

Blood-flow to the brain is halted; blood empties rapidly from the brain and irreversible cessation of consciousness and insensibility to pain are achieved, providing a most effective stun.

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Cameron's Israel visit is all about the trade

By Alex Brummer, March 13, 2014

In the recent past, visits by British leaders to Israel have all been about diplomacy and gesture politics. David Cameron cannot ignore the peace talks during his brief visit to the Jewish state nor can he completely deviate from the Foreign Office’s agenda of halting settlement expansion.

But the reality of the Prime Minister’s visit is that it is all about trade and technology.

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Boy London is making the wrong kind of statement

By Tamara Corin, March 6, 2014

Fashion and statement go hand in hand.

Nazi, fascist and extremist symbolism in fashion are unfortunately not new things, so it comes to no surprise that the latest brand to cause controversy amongst the fashion set is Boy London.

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