Analysis

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.

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‘ISM was using activists as terrorists’ human shields’

By Robbie Sabel, August 30, 2012

Videos of the death of Rachel Corrie have horrified viewers around the world and caused Israel immense public damage in the nine years since the incident.

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Are all eyes on Meir Soloveichik for Chief?

By Miriam Shaviv, August 30, 2012

When Rabbi Meir Soloveichik delivered the blessing at the opening of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, all eyes in America were on him - as were, probably, quite a few eyes in United Synagogue HQ in London.

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It's about time social media did right thing

By Robin Shepherd, August 16, 2012

There may still be some out there who think this is all a figment of Benjamin Netanyahu's imagination. But, back on planet Earth, the global delegitimisation of Israel is very frightening, very widespread and very real.

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Tragedy of a serious split between anti-fascists

By Martin Bright, August 9, 2012

For more than two decades, the magazine Searchlight has been synonymous with the fight against the extreme right in the UK. Its founder, Gerry Gable, deserves his place in the pantheon of British anti-fascist heroes.

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Sophisticated diplomat in Tel Aviv

By Martin Bright, August 9, 2012

The spat between Conservative Friends of Israel and our man in Tel Aviv has taken a lot of people by surprise. Matthew Gould has rarely been out of the news since he took up his post as UK ambassador and had previously been under fire from figures on the left who questioned his loyalty as this country's first Jewish envoy to Israel.

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Why? No proper answer

By Jenni Frazer, August 9, 2012

When a veteran Israeli journalist asked Lord Coe, the chairman of the London Games, if he could address the vexed question of the missing minute's silence for the murdered Israeli athletes at the Games' Opening Ceremony, the response was extraordinary.

"That's an impertinent question," he said. "Impertinent?" responded the Israeli journalist. "It's a very sensitive matter in my country."

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Sinai strike signals deluge after Assad

By John R Bradley, August 9, 2012

it has long been held that Iran is the greatest threat facing Israel. But there is a far more imminent danger - and it is closer to home.

With Assad's regime ever closer to implosion, many groups are circling for power in Syria. Prominent among these are foreign jihadists who have been flooding into the country to fight and are waiting for their chance to turn their firepower on Israel.

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Beware the woman who bids to lead the Greens

By Martin Bright, August 2, 2012

Over the summer, almost unnoticed amid the blanket coverage of the Olympics, the future of one of our political parties is being decided. Across the country, hustings are taking place to allow the Green Party to decide its next leader.

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Modest request but leaves a bitter taste

By Martin Bright, July 26, 2012

This week the London Olympics will finally begin and the organisers will hope the carping of the naysayers will be drowned out in a rush of national pride and sporting excellence.

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