Blind faith of brothers and others in law

By Martin Bright, July 16, 2012

When the political class loses faith in its ability to make moral judgments, what does it do? It calls in the lawyers. The present fashion for judge-led inquiries in the UK has given us the Leveson inquiry into the ethics of the press, and may yet lead to a similar examination of the ethics of banking.


Jewish stereotypes revealed in ugly Chuch of England debate

By Jonathan Arkush, July 12, 2012

The Church of England’s decision to endorse the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel left a bitter taste in my mouth. The Jewish community and Christian friends expressed genuine concerns about EAPPI, and Synod disregarded them. But what troubled me as much was the language used in the debate.


My Church’s actions are shameful

By Ruth Gledhill, July 12, 2012

Once again the actions of my Church over Israel have reduced me to shame.

I agree that Palestinians need justice and support a two-state solution. And I share the frustrations of many that both these objectives seem as remote as ever.


Ed Balls shows he is ready to learn from Israel

By Martin Bright, July 5, 2012

Ed Balls may have his problems persuading the wider public of his charms, but he has always been a popular figure in the Jewish community.

He is a consistent supporter of Israel who spent considerable time working on the economic situation in the occupied territories on behalf of the G8.


My grandmother the 'Shabbos goy'

By Martin Bright, July 5, 2012

I wasn’t entirely surprised to read about the almost utopian vision of East End life in Arnold Circus.

My grandmother, Irene Bevan, grew up in Bethnal Green and lived not far from the street mentioned in the BBC programme.

A mongrel East End gentile of uncertain origins herself, she always talked of the warmth between the Jewish and non-Jewish communities.


Morsi wins but peace will hold

By John R Bradley, June 28, 2012

When Egypt's newly elected President, Mohammed Morsi, moved into fallen dictator Hosni Mubarak's former office this week, some Israeli officials openly worried that now that the land of the pharaohs has a Muslim Brotherhood figure at the helm, long-standing ties between the two countries could be at risk.


Liberal Democrats celebrate successful Israel mission

By Gavin Stollar, June 21, 2012

I have just returned from leading the first Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel (LDFI) delegation to the Middle East in over four years.


Church scheme only shows one side of Middle East debate

By Jon Benjamin, June 21, 2012

It’s a wet night in February. The local parish church is hosting a speaker, and as the clink of cups and saucers subsides and the last Hobnob is dunked, the audience is taken of a tour of the Holy Land.


Camel Corps gone but FCO still out of touch

By Martin Bright, June 14, 2012

This week I came to the conclusion that the Foreign Office genuinely believes it is in tune with mainstream Jewish opinion in this country. The convention of background briefings to journalists means that I can only state that I "understand" this. I cannot identify or quote my sources. But, believe me, I do understand this to be the case.


Analysis: The monarchy helps political stability

By Vernon Bogdanor, May 31, 2012

The Queen is a constitutional monarch who reigns but does not rule. Constitutional monarchy is, I think, a Jewish invention.