Analysis

Ukrainian Rabbis come out against Russia

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 14, 2014

World leaders are scratching their heads in an effort to divine Russian President Vladimir Putin’s next move. How far will he go? Will he annex Crimea? Will he send his troops further into eastern Ukraine?

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Jewish leaders have made a brave joint decision to overcome their disunity and publicly support the new government in Kiev.

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A shechita ban would cost votes

By Marcus Dysch, March 13, 2014

While Jewish campaigners have felt anxious about threats to religious slaughter for years, they have remained assured by politicians’ pledges to defend the practice.

Concern will now mount, however, that British Veterinary Association president-elect John Blackwell’s remarks have made shechita a talking point 14 months before a general election.

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There are fundamental differences between shechita and halal slaughtering

By Alan Montague, March 13, 2014

Whenever religious slaughter makes the headlines, both shechita and dhabihah (the term used for halal slaughter) tend to be considered as two sides of the same coin. Yet there are fundamental differences.

The vast majority of halal meat (between 80 and 90 per cent) is mechanically stunned just as it would be at a conventional slaughterhouse.

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Kosher slaughter does not cause more suffering

By Stuart Rosen, March 13, 2014

There is ample scientific evidence that shechita is at least as humane as conventional slaughter. The speed and precision of the incision results in immediate loss of consciousness.

Blood-flow to the brain is halted; blood empties rapidly from the brain and irreversible cessation of consciousness and insensibility to pain are achieved, providing a most effective stun.

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Cameron's Israel visit is all about the trade

By Alex Brummer, March 13, 2014

In the recent past, visits by British leaders to Israel have all been about diplomacy and gesture politics. David Cameron cannot ignore the peace talks during his brief visit to the Jewish state nor can he completely deviate from the Foreign Office’s agenda of halting settlement expansion.

But the reality of the Prime Minister’s visit is that it is all about trade and technology.

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Boy London is making the wrong kind of statement

By Tamara Corin, March 6, 2014

Fashion and statement go hand in hand.

Nazi, fascist and extremist symbolism in fashion are unfortunately not new things, so it comes to no surprise that the latest brand to cause controversy amongst the fashion set is Boy London.

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Hidden by Ukraine, AIPAC conference dodges the headlines

By Michael Goldfarb, March 6, 2014

Luck comes in many shapes and sizes.

For Aipac this past week, it came in the form of the Ukrainian crisis.

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Argentina shifts away from Tehran and towards Israel

By Isabel de Bertodano , February 28, 2014

The Argentinian government has suspended dialogue with Iran, heralding a shift in policy that coincides with improved relations with Israel.

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Amnesty has produced anti-Israel propaganda

By Richard Kemp, February 26, 2014

In Northern Ireland in the ’70s and ’80s I admired Amnesty International even as they heaped criticism on the British security forces of which I was a member. They helped stop a number of real human rights abuses and were often commendably impartial.

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Ariel Sharon’s unintended legacy: the one-state creed

By Nathan Jeffay, February 13, 2014

This week marked a month since former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon died, and the end of the intense 30-day mourning period observed by his family.

During these weeks after his death, it has become clear that some of the biggest beneficiaries of his latter-day policies, ironically, have been those who were the most critical of them.

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