Question marks over GCSE religion

By Simon Rocker, June 9, 2016

There is more devil in the detail of the new religious studies GCSE course than many Jewish schools had bargained for.

When the government insisted that from September, GCSE students would have to study at least two religions - rather than one as before - Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis objected.


'Democratic Islam' - a chink of light in Tunisia

By Tim Marshall, June 9, 2016

Tunisia has seen several firsts in recent years. It was the first country to revolt in the Arab uprisings, the first to overthrow its leader, the first to hold democratic elections.


Iranian ‘moderates’ face the chop

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 2, 2016

An open power struggle is breaking out in Iran between the relatively moderate faction led by President Hassan Rouhani and the more hardline coalition backed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.


Fencing international and shul warden who’s Master of the Rolls

By Joshua Rozenberg, June 2, 2016

Sir Terence Etherton is not just the third Jew in succession to become the head of civil justice for England and Wales. He is the fifth Jewish Master of the Rolls out of the past six if you include Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, who is Jewish by descent though not by affiliation.


Naz Shah showed us how Labour could regain the community’s trust

By Simon Myerson, June 2, 2016

On Sunday night, I interviewed Naz Shah on her visit to the Jewish community in Leeds.

The meeting in Leeds was full. After I asked questions, the audience asked some of their own. I found it an immensely thought-provoking occasion and the reflections it prompted were not entirely comfortable.


Israel is not apartheid state — and we should know

By Rabelani Dagada, June 1, 2016

I was among eight South African editors, policy analysts and scholars who went on a study tour to Israel and the Palestinian territories from 6-15 February this year.


Yaalon may return, but Herzog's sinking

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2016

When Ariel Sharon was forced to resign from the Defence Ministry in February 1983, his friend Uri Dan memorably said: "They didn't want him as defence minister. They'll get him as prime minister." It took 18 years for that prophecy to be fulfilled.


Lieberman's entry is a new dawn - of uncertainty

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2016

The military guard of honour that received Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday at the Defence Ministry's headquarters in Tel Aviv took place according to protocol.

However, it lacked the warmth with which the same soldiers and officers had bid farewell to the departing minister, Moshe Yaalon.


Pressure was on after critical Ofsted report

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2016

The Ofsted squad which turned up at the JFS campus in Kenton, north-west London one morning in July 2014 took the school by surprise. Ranked as an outstanding school and enjoying an excellent academic reputation, JFS had not expected to be the subject of an unannounced inspection.


Far right's rise in Austria is no shock

By Matthew Goodwin, May 26, 2016

The results of the Presidential elections in Austria have sent shockwaves through Europe. Aside from revealing just how polarised Austrian society has become, with voters shunning the two main parties to put the Greens and radical right Freedom Party into the second round, the election has reignited interest in the electoral strength of Europe's far right.