Good and bad in Israel boycott poll

By Martin Bright, September 27, 2012

It is hugely reassuring that the people calling for a boycott of Israeli actors, dancers and musicians are not in the majority in this country. Sometimes, in the heat of the debate, it is easy to lose perspective. The voices branding Israel an apartheid state are so shrill and vocal that it is easy to forget that they command only limited support.


Why Israel’s Charedim are part of the solution

By David Landau, September 20, 2012

An American — Gentile — diplomat visiting the Jerusalem Great Synagogue on Rosh Hashanah looked entirely comfortable among the shtreimels and kittels of the many Charedim who come to hear our marvellous chazan and choir.


Pay attention: Simon Hughes really knows what the liberals think

By Martin Bright, September 20, 2012

Simon Hughes’s interview with the JC today should come as yet another wake-up call to supporters of Israel. Mr Hughes is not just one of the country’s most senior politicians and deputy leader of a major party; he acts as something of a touchstone for liberal opinion.


Academia’s Judith Butler of BDS flunks on the facts

September 20, 2012

American academic Judith Butler, who took part in a panel debate in Berlin’s Jewish Museum last weekend on whether Zionism “belongs to Judaism”, is the doyenne of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction Movement.

In a new set of essays, Parting Ways, Butler, who is Jewish, argues for a one state solution for Israel-Palestine.


How bad is life in Gaza?

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 13, 2012

Although partisan views dominate much of what has been said about the lives of the 1.6 million people in the Gaza Strip, a recent pair of conflicting reports have a degree of truth to them.


Community needs to re-think how to make Israel’s case

By Martin Bright, September 13, 2012

Supporters of Israel are losing the battle of ideas in the UK. This has probably been true for some time, if only they would admit it. But after this year’s TUC conference there is no longer any question about it, on the left at least.


Ruling has serious cash consequences

By Shimon Shaw, September 7, 2012

In a move which will have serious financial consequences for some British emigrants to Israel, the UK tax tribunal has ruled that anyone benefiting from the current 10 year Israeli exemption from overseas tax needs to pay tax in the UK on their UK pensions.

For many, this could reduce their income by 40 per cent.


Israel must act to discredit boycotters

By Alistair Burt, September 6, 2012

Last week Israeli dance troupe Batsheva’s performance at the Edinburgh Festival was repeatedly interrupted by a small number of protesters. Sadly, this is not the first time that Israeli artists performing in the UK have been targeted in this way.


Reshuffle involves two men who wouldn’t take a stand

By Martin Bright, September 6, 2012

In many ways, David Cameron’s first reshuffle was a non-event. Since coming to power two years ago, the Prime Minister has made it plain that he is aiming for consistency and continuity. He has refused to indulge in the manic reshuffling of his predecessors, believing coalition politics to be unstable enough even without a constant change of personnel.


Beware the language of suspicion

By Martin Bright, August 31, 2012

As the 2012 party conference season approaches, it is probably fair to say that the concerns of the Jewish community could not be further from the minds of the political class. Dark times produce inward-looking party conferences and discussion in the bars will be focused on the economy, whether the coalition can hold together and if the Labour Party will ever be ready to return to government.