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.


Israel - it's a Scottish issue now

By Robert Philpot, November 6, 2014

Within hours of the former Scottish Labour leader, Johann Lamont, announcing her resignation, a cartoon began to circulate on Twitter attacking the frontrunner in the race to succeed her.

Halloween themed, it depicted a ghoulish-looking Jim Murphy wearing a badge simply stating "I love Israel".

Supporters of the shadow international development secretary know his opponents will "go with ever


Cracks deepening in Israeli coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 6, 2014

Less than two years old, the ruling coalition in Israel already looks as if it is on its last legs.

Riven by personal rivalries and ideological divides, the glue holding it together is a collective fear of early elections, which most coalition parties fear could lead to them losing Knesset seats.


Conversion reform makes history

By Nathan Jeffay, November 6, 2014

Israel's government has enacted one of the most important conversion reforms in the history of the state, potentially making it far easier for citizens to become Jewish.

The law could have a direct bearing on around 330,000 "olim", mostly from the Former Soviet Union, who are not Jewish but entered Israel under the Law of Return, which grants citizenship to people who have Jewish ancestry but w


All hail Tunisia, oasis of hope

By Michael Goldfarb, November 6, 2014

Tunisia is the "lucky country". That's usually a phrase associated with Australia - which is indeed fortunate as it is not all that far from China and possesses a whole empty continent full of natural resources the Chinese need and are willing to pay for.

But in the context of the Arab world - at least right now - Tunisia wins the "lucky" label hands down.


Why Qatar has never felt Britain's wrath

By Alex Brummer, October 30, 2014

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad al-Thani, gets a hero's welcome on visits to London. The billions his Gulf statelet has poured into British property and the support for the nation's energy policy, through long-term gas contracts, appeared to have made his country immune to political criticism.


This war is complex, long and maybe unwinnable

By Marcus Dysch, October 30, 2014

The rapid growth in online hatred poses a vast challenge to police, legislators and internet companies. The emergence of sites including Twitter and Facebook has provided trolls and racists with direct lines of communication to their targets.


Could Bennett be PM?

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2014

It was no coincidence that as the report emerged that a senior American had called Benjamin Netanyahu a "chickenshit", the first member of the prime minister's cabinet to leap to his defence was the man often portrayed as his main rival.


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.