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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


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.


Threat was real but no-one panicked

By Mark Gardner, July 26, 2012

The trial coincided with news that last summer, an African Al Qaeda leader was found with attack plans against London Jews in Golders Green and Stamford Hill.

Also last year, two British synagogues were among potential targets for a letter bomb campaign.


What is Mick Davis going to do?

By Isi Leibler, July 26, 2012

It seems that I opened a can of worms last week when I drew attention in the Jerusalem Post to the fact that the UJIA had appointed a bitter critic of Israel, Joe Millis, as its PR and communications manager.


Mofaz walks, coalition crumbles, elections nigh

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 19, 2012

Shaul Mofaz's announcement on Tuesday afternoon that Kadima was leaving the coalition, after only 70 days of partnership with Likud, was the opening shot for an almost certain 2013 general election. Both Mr Mofaz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are now heading to the polls seriously weakened.


Good week for education but what will long-term effects be?

By Martin Bright, July 19, 2012

This has been a good week for Jewish education.

The approval of three new Jewish free schools shows the government is prepared to back the establishment of new institutions with an ethos based on Jewish faith and culture. It also demonstrates a real appetite in the community to set up new schools and the tenacity to follow through.