Analysis

The Dutch ban smacks of racism

June 30, 2011

How did it come to this? It was never inevitable that the Dutch parliament would vote in favour of banning religious slaughter, but once the animal rights ball started rolling, it became harder and harder to stop.

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Why 'secular' kibbutzim are building own shuls

By Nathan Jeffay, June 23, 2011

It is a common sight in Israel's religious neighbourhoods.

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It's bad, but much worse in Britain

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, June 23, 2011

Has Il Belpaese turned ugly on the Jews? A recent initiative by the Milan municipality to run a two-week long set of cultural events called "Unexpected Israel" became the target of virulent attacks from the extreme left, which included calls for boycotts and antisemitic language.

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He's angry, then hugging Shakira: is Peres all right?

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2011

Shimon Peres is a president for all occasions.

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SOAS, Tories and Libya

By Colin Shindler, June 23, 2011

Is contact with a foreign university the same as support for the regime? The essentially Trotskyist boycotters of Israeli academic institutions certainly believe so. But so does Student Rights, associated with the Henry Jackson Society think-tank, which has attacked SOAS for agreeing to teach students a master's degree in Finance at Tripoli's Al Fatah University for a fee.

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Board president hits right note over mood music change

By Martin Bright, June 23, 2011

So the President of the Board of Deputies has said the leadership of the Jewish community has access but no influence. Isn't this just as it should be?

This newspaper and the Board are the first to cry foul when there is any suggestion from conspiracy theorists that the tiny British Jewish community can fix government policy on Israel or radical Islam.

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Yale project is the victim of a menacing zeitgeist

By David Hirsch, June 16, 2011

Neither the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA) nor the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia's (EUMC) working definition of antisemitism are perfect but they are vilified more for what they get right than what they get wrong.

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Whole of West should toast Harper poll win

By Robin Shepherd, June 16, 2011

At the Conservative Convention in Canada last week, newly re-elected Prime Minister Stephen Harper laid it out for all to see.

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Syrian turmoil may splinter Iran's radical axis

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 16, 2011

Iran seems to be everywhere nowadays, wherever you look in the Middle East. Reports abound of Iranian submarines collecting intelligence in the Red Sea and warships foraying into the Mediterranean, agents of the Revolutionary Guards advising the Syrians how best to put down the rebellion in border towns, and diplomats from Tehran in secret meetings in Cairo.

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Why ex-Mossad head hit out at Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 10, 2011

Meir Dagan could never be described as a lily-liveredliberal.

In eight years at the head of Mossad, he embarked on a series of clandestine operations that, according to senior Israeli officials, "stopped at nothing to disrupt the axis between Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hizbollah".

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