Analysis

Even the head of UNRWA admits it should not exist

By Adi Schwartz, November 26, 2010

Not many people in the West are familiar with the acronym UNRWA. But they should be: first, because Europeans and Americans pay billions of pounds of taxpayers' money to sustain this UN agency; and second, because of UNRWA's negative role in one of the core issues of the Arab-Israeli conflict - namely, the Palestinian refugees problem.

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A split Likud keeps Bibi strong

By Nathan Jeffay, November 26, 2010

What is going on inside Israel's ruling Likud party?

More than half of its representatives in Knesset have come out against its leader, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, over West Bank building. Some 14 of the 27 signed a letter condemning Mr Netanyahu's intention to agree to a new 90-day settlement freeze.

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Muslim leaders must take a stand on this

By Fiyaz Mughal, November 26, 2010

Panorama's exposure this week of anti-semitic and homophobic textbooks being used by a small number of Muslim pupils highlights a sickening attempt by so-called "holy" people abroad to manipulate young minds here in Britain.

Written by individuals who have been insulated from the diversity that we see around us and who see internal religious dilemmas as weaknesses and not strengths, they have left a legacy that is completely out of tune with where Islam and Muslims are today.

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Why anti-extremist intervention so important in Britain

By Martin Bright, November 18, 2010

Nick Lowles, the editor of anti-fascist magazine Searchlight, and tireless organiser of the Hope Not Hate campaign to oppose the BNP, has made an important stand this week that could mark a watershed in the fight against extremism in Britain.

By publishing a blog condemning the Islamist thugs of Muslims Against Crusades, who called last Thursday for the formation of a Muslim Waffen SS division, he has identified the common politics of the Islamic extreme right and the Islamophobic English Defence League.

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The most important debate we'll ever have

By Simon Rocker, November 18, 2010

For as long as anyone cares to remember, the lay leaders of British Jewry's major organisations have observed an unwritten code: to avoid public criticism of Israel.

On rare instances, the Board of Deputies might have raised its voice, such as over the Sabra-Shatila massacre of 1982. But by and large, if they had qualms about Israeli policy, community leaders have preferred to convey them privately to Israel behind closed doors.

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Onus is on Arabs to accept and integrate

By Yisrael Medad, November 18, 2010

Do I fear a "one-state solution"? No. The key, however, is whether the Arabs themselves wish to fuse themselves into Israel, the Jewish state, which seeks to preserve its geography, heritage and identity as the expression Jewish nationhood. The onus of coexistence lies on their shoulders.

Of course, "fusion" is not a rejection of the religious, cultural and ethnic reality of the Arab. However, recent demands for recognition as an institutional, autonomous ethnic community, replacing the Knesset and its laws, can only be viewed as pursuing war by other means.

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Remember Israel's founding promises

By Jeff Barak, November 18, 2010

While Israel's Declaration of Independence promises "complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants, irrespective of religion, race or sex", this goal has not been met.

It is a matter of shame that we need a reminder from British Jews - such as Mick Davis - as to the importance of integrating the country's Arab citizens.

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Israel's conversion crisis was fabricated

By Nathan Jeffay, November 18, 2010

Israel's converts can breathe a sigh of relief -a new conversion crisis has been averted.

Two months ago in the High Court, a lawyer representing the state cast doubt on Jewishness of the 4,500 people who had converted through the military. Its objection was procedural: while civilian conversions pass the desk of Shlomo Amar, the Sephardic chief rabbi, IDF conversions do not.

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Germany outsources its Israel hatred now

By Benjamin Weinthal, November 18, 2010

The Mayor of Frankfurt Petra Roth's decision to invite hardcore anti-Israeli academic Alfred Grosser to deliver the keynote speech at last week's commemoration of Kristallnacht, a wave of state-sponsored violence against German Jews on November 9, 1938, triggered a bitter public row in Germany and Israel. What's more, this outsourcing of hatred of the Jewish state to anti-Israeli Jews has become an annual fixture.

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Support may come as surprise

By Martin Bright, November 11, 2010

When I mentioned to a Jewish journalist friend that I was off to the Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel lunch, he said he didn't know there were any. Other people in the political world joked it would be an intimate occasion, such is the general consensus about Lib Dem hostility to Israel.

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