Leeds JSoc row symbolises wider campus split

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

The squabbling over Leeds JSoc's withdrawn invitation to American lawyer Brooke Goldstein is a further symptom of an as yet unreported broiges bubbling away under the surface of intra-community relations.

For some time now the traditional Jewish communal bodies of the Union of Jewish Students and Board of Deputies – the "establishment" if you will – have experienced some feather-ruffling fr


Rabbi Sandler: 'He was a wonderful teacher'

March 22, 2012

The rabbi who lost his life at the age of 30 on Monday morning was a much-loved teacher who touched the lives of those he taught.

Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, who was murdered alongside his two sons and another young girl, had returned to France to teach at the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse last year.


Jews and Muslims must show unity against jihadists

By Ed Husain, March 22, 2012

"God forbid that the recent killer of Jewish children and a rabbi in France be a Muslim or of Arab descent," I tweeted a day before the French authorities named Mohamed Merah as the prime suspect in last week's terrorist atrocity. People on Twitter responded to me saying: "He also killed Muslims".


Baroness Ashton speech attacked

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

The European Union's High Representative has been criticised for attempting to "draw parallels" between the killings in France and the situation in Gaza.


Don't panic - in the UK we make security a priority

By Richard Benson, March 22, 2012

It seems almost wrong to stress, while the horrors are still so fresh, that Jewish life here continues. Nevertheless, it does continue. We had security before Toulouse and we will, most certainly, have it after Toulouse. But there is a moral and practical imperative to learn what we can from the attack.


It's clear: Hamas has left Iran's axis of madness

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 15, 2012

The latest round of violence around the Gaza Strip has brought out into the open one of the major results of the last year's strategic shift throughout the region.

While Israel officially continues to hold Hamas responsible for every attack emanating from Gaza, it has been clear over the past week that every strike and counter-strike was centred on the two smaller organisations in the Strip, Is


Evangelicals against Israel: a grave trend

By Nathan Jeffay, March 15, 2012

Its provocative name was matched by the provocative logo of a church behind barbed wire, next to Israel's security barrier. Last week, some 600 Christian clerics, activists and academics gathered in Bethlehem for the Christ at the Checkpoint conference.

They discussed why, in their view, Christians who support Zionism have got it wrong.


UN picks on Israel over women's rights

By Robin Shepherd, March 15, 2012

Unless there are last-minute changes to the draft proposal, by the time most readers get to this article, the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will have passed a resolution stating that the Israeli "occupation" in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is the main barrier to the advancement of women's rights in Palestinian society.

As things stand, there is no mention of neighb


Acquittal has made forgery low-risk

By Nathan Jeffay, March 15, 2012

It was meant to be the trial that put a stop to theft forgery of historic artefacts in Israel.


For America, it's all about timing. Can Israel afford it?

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, March 8, 2012

Beyond the speech atmospherics of the Aipac conference where, in rapid succession, Israel's president Shimon Peres, US President Barack Obama, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta all spoke at length about Iran, the constant of the game remains the same. Israel and America agree that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable.