Analysis

Fatah could have written The Promise

By Simon Round, March 3, 2011

First, the good news. Peter Kosminsky's The Promise is a welcome and long overdue attempt to dramatise the final days of the British Mandate in Palestine.

The acting by a British and Israeli cast is excellent, as is some of the writing. Also, the series, made completely on location, has injected millions into the Israeli economy.

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Julian Assange, you need to explain

By Martin Bright, March 3, 2011

It is impossible to read Ian Hislop's account of his conversation with Julian Assange without feeling very uncomfortable. On the face of it, this is a classic example of antisemitism. And although Mr Assange denies it, he does not explain why Mr Hislop would have chosen to put his reputation on the line in such a public manner.

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Even in his bigotry, Galliano was entirely on-trend

By Norman Lebrecht, March 3, 2011

Christian Dior's dismissal of John Galliano was significant more for the responses it evoked than for the offence given by its addled head designer. Galliano, 50, was first accused of, then filmed, spewing antisemitic abuse at women in a restaurant in the Marais, a Paris district divided amicably between Jews and gays.

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Open? J-Street turns into cul-de-sac

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, March 3, 2011

Is J-Street"so open-minded about what constitutes support for Israel that its brains have fallen out"?

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Settler-run tourism sparks political tensions

By Nathan Jeffay, March 3, 2011

With just over six weeks to go before Passover, Israel is awash with advertisements for excursions during the festival. But standard destinations are facing unlikely competition - from highly-charged political sites.

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Barak's out, so where next for Labour Party?

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 3, 2011

Three historical ruling parties in the Middle East have taken severe beatings over the last two months: Egypt's National Democratic Party, Tunisia's Constitutional Democratic Party and Israel's Labour Party.

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Edinburgh can be blueprint for future

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2011

The unexpectedly calm proceedings at Edinburgh should act as a beacon and a blueprint for future campus events.

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University report excuses hate speech

By Raheem Kassam, February 24, 2011

In naming their report Freedom of speech on campus, I am sure Universities UK thought they would curry favour with the liberal-minded among us.

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Let's not see a return of the Jedi

By Dr David Graham, February 24, 2011

The 2001 Census recorded 270,000 Jews in Britain - and 360,000 Star War "Jedis," as a result of a hoax email campaign which, undoubtedly, raised a chuckle.

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Barack Obama is not the Israel-basher now

By Robin Shepherd, February 24, 2011

There is a fascinating detail arising from the American decision to veto last week's UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank as "illegal".

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