Analysis

Both potty and paranoid

By Julian Kossoff, September 15, 2011

The dark side of author Roald Dahl was his profound dislike of Jews.

When I spoke to him about this unsavoury aspect of his undeniably brilliant life, I do not think the creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was speaking from his beloved writing hut.

According to his granddaughter, Dahl liked to work in utter solitude - and when, shortly before his death in 1990, I telephoned him, he

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Egyptian street: the big worry

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 15, 2011

While maintaining close ties with Israel, Egypt's former leader Hosni Mubarak never did anything to counter the virulent animosity towards the Jewish state found throughout Egyptian society.

Meanwhile, his temporary successors, the military government, will not go out on a limb to defend the Jewish state - not while the Palestinians are challenging Israel at the UN and Turkey is ramping up its

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What is Turkey's endgame?

By Robin Shepherd, September 15, 2011

All the evidence on the Gaza flotilla incident last year in which nine Turkish jihadists were killed - including the Palmer Report, which did criticise Israel for "unacceptable" use of force, while also acknowledging the violence of the activists aboard - has shown beyond doubt that this was not the act of mass murder it was initially portrayed as being.

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Now we know where the TUC stands

By Martin Bright, September 15, 2011

The old 1930s US mine workers' chant, Which Side Are You On? still has a resonance for the trade union movement across the world.

This week the TUC decided which side it was on. It chose a tiny ultra-left UK fringe organisation, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, over its comrades in the Israeli trade union the Histadrut, and the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU).

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Is Obama losing Jewish vote? New York says yes

By Matthew Brooks, September 8, 2011

After scandal-scarred incumbent Anthony Weiner resigned from his seat, Democrats and many political sages confidently predicted that the district he represented - New York's 9th, a rock-solid Democratic district - would stay in the Democratic fold.

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This was a morally repulsive argument

By Miriam Shaviv, September 8, 2011

Let us give Larry Derfner the benefit of the doubt that he does not wish to see terror attacks inflicted upon his fellow Israelis. That much is clear both from the original blog post and from his subsequent apology.

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I didn't back terrorism

By Larry Derfner, September 8, 2011

In the wake of the outrage over my personal blog post on Palestinian terror that got me fired from the Jerusalem Post, Anglo Jewish readers might not know that besides writing that the occupation "justified" terror - which I later apologised for and sought to clarify - I also wrote the following passages:

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This time, the EDL did not pass in East End

By John Nathan, September 8, 2011

It was not the Battle of Cable Street.

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This is not the same as Soviet Jewry

By Colin Shindler, September 8, 2011

During the 1970s, there were always internal debates about how to help Soviet Jewry through demonstrations and protests. Indeed, the student organisers of the very first march to the Soviet Embassy in London in May 1966 did not inform the Board of Deputies, in case they tried to veto it, since they feared it would instigate antisemitism.

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Shame doesn't even cover it

By Norman Lebrecht, September 8, 2011

I'm not a big friend of the Israel Philharmonic, an orchestra composed of too many Russians and no Arabs. But when I hear people calling for a ban on the IPO because it has "Israel" in its title - worse, when some of the noisiest objectors are self-avowed Jews - I shall be out on the barricades defending the orchestra's right to play.

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