Rescuing a refugee was her ‘great achievement’

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 11, 2013

Margaret Thatcher was arguably the most philosemitic Prime Minister this country has ever had. The daughter of a Grantham grocer who was also a Methodist lay preacher, her strict religious upbringing instilled in her a deep respect for the Jewish people.


She liked us because we were outsiders too

By Daniel Finkelstein, April 11, 2013

When, many years ago, Harold Wilson was delivering an election speech in the Chatham docks, he explained his support for a strong navy. “And why am I saying all this?” he asked rhetorically. “Because you’re in Chatham,” came a voice from the back of the hall.


Hacker collective fails to take a byte out of Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 11, 2013

The much-heralded #OpIsrael, a campaign by the hacker collective Anonymous to “wipe Israel off the face of the internet”, created a good deal of media hype but failed to cause much more than a nuisance to Israelis.


Lebanon turmoil sign of growing peril in region

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 4, 2013

The resignation of Lebanese prime minister Najib Mikati late last month has not only plunged the country once again into political turmoil, but is also a sign that Hizbollah is seeking to tighten its control of Lebanon and parts of Syria.


Tribunal had same attitude as UCU

By David Hirsch, April 4, 2013

The Tribunal found against Ronnie Fraser on everything: on technicalities, legal argument, issues of substance and of fact.

It found everything significant that the UCU said in its defence persuasive and nothing said by Mr Fraser or any of his witnesses about antisemitism to be of any value.


Panic and anger over ‘anti-Charedi’ coalition

By Nathan Jeffay, March 28, 2013

Even for Jerusalem, where Jew-against-Jew tensions often get bitter, this attack is harsh. On unsigned posters across the city’s religious neighbourhoods, posters draw a parallel between one of Israel’s political parties and the ancient enemy of the Jews, Amalek.


Obama leaves sweet taste, but little more

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 28, 2013

President Barack Obama’s high-profile, 48-hour visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority last week appeared to end on a low-key note.


How burning Syria drove Israel and Turkey together

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 27, 2013

Four weeks ago, when Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan equated Zionism with fascism and called it a crime against humanity at a conference in Vienna, it seemed that relations between Israel and Turkey had reached their lowest ebb.

But without meaning to, Mr Erdogan had created an opening for a new American initiative to bring the two nations back together.


Jewish identity project will stand the test of time

By Raymond Simonson, March 22, 2013

On Wednesday March 6 I attended a Jewish burial. It wasn’t at Bushey, Willesden or Waltham Abbey, and no, I wasn’t consigning a sefer Torah to its final resting place either.

It was, in fact, a joyous occasion; the burial of a time capsule under the piazza on the site of the new JW3 Jewish Community Centre on London’s Finchley Road.


‘No other pope has been so engaged with Jews’

By Ed Kessler, March 22, 2013

As the first Argentine Pope, Francis I comes from a country where there are 230,000 Jews in a country of 37 million, of whom 80 per cent are Catholic.

The new Pope is likely to follow in the footsteps of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. He was appointed cardinal by John Paul II in 2001 and is a Latin American with Italian roots, who studied in Germany. His spoken English is good.