Analysis

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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Even the UN report says that Israel had no need to apologise

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, September 8, 2011

The Palmer Report was ready for release in July. However, it was delayed two months in a failed attempt to facilitate reconciliation between Jerusalem and Ankara.

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There's hope for Israel if Assad goes

By Michael Weiss, September 1, 2011

Tel Aviv's response to the Syrian uprising has vacillated between quiet non-support and nervous semi-support, a posture best captured by what one Israeli cabinet official told the Washington Post in late March: "We know Assad. We knew his father. Of course, we'd love to have a democratic Syria as our neighbour. But do I think that's going to happen? No."

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Gaddafi is gone but will Assad be next?

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 25, 2011

The collapse of the Gaddafi regime in Libya this week is expected to have little direct effect on Israel, but it could provide inspiration for the pro-democracy forces in Syria.

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Ken needs to show a profound change

By Martin Bright, August 25, 2011

To win over voters who threw him out of office at the last mayoral election, Ken Livingstone will need to demonstrate that he is no longer a sectarian politician prepared to set one community against another.He must also recognise that the "cheeky chappy" act no longer washes with large sections of the electorate.

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It was a Palestinian narrative

By Martin Bright, August 25, 2011

At the beginning of this week I was told by various senior Conservative sources that the JC's story about Alan Duncan's "land grab" video had been hugely embarrassing, but that his views were not shared by other government ministers.

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Could Jews vote for Mr Jesus?

By Robin Shepherd, August 18, 2011

As one American syndicated columnist put it this week in discussing the importance of religion in US presidential elections, "no atheist or agnostic (or non-Christian) has a chance of being elected to any position in our country".

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It makes little difference what the border plan is

By Robin Shepherd, August 4, 2011

It was always on the cards that Benjamin Netanyahu would make some sort of diplomatic push in August to forestall Palestinian attempts to get recognition for statehood at the United Nations the following month.

While much is being made of whether Bibi's apparent acceptance of the 1967 lines as the basis for proposed talks represents a climb-down, the real issue, as ever, is whether the Palestin

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For house protests, read class warfare

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 4, 2011

On the face of it, Israel's economy has never been in such a good state. Unemployment is at an all-time low at 5.7 per cent, the gross domestic product grew last year by 4.5 per cent, the shekel is strong, trade is booming, Israeli companies are traded on Nasdaq and foreign corporations are snapping up local companies.

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