Analysis

Most Israelis not in the mood for Jerusalem Day

By Nathan Jeffay, June 2, 2011

In the few years after the Six-Day War, it was an almost-spontaneous celebration. Yom Yerushalayim captured the sense of relief that Israel had triumphed against possible destruction, and jubilation that all of Jerusalem was in Jewish hands.

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Rewriting the lexicon

By Denis MacShane, June 2, 2011

Usually it is the right which gets cross whenever the EU appears to be telling Britain what to do. Now it is the impeccably left-wing university teachers' union, UCU, that is shaking its fist at the EU in a spasm of angry rejection of a European initiative.

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Educational gaps growing in Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, May 26, 2011

New education league tables in Israel indicate that there is a growing gap between the level of education received by students in poor and wealthy areas.

Given the strong socialist-Zionist ethos in the early decades of Israeli statehood, the country's education system was avowedly public.

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Arieh, the last witness

By Colin Shindler, May 26, 2011

Arieh Handler was known to generations of British Jews for his intensive contribution to communal life, from founding Bnei Akiva in the 1930s to campaigning for Soviet Jewry in the 1980s.

Yet his proudest moment was listening to Ben-Gurion reading out the Declaration of the State of Israel in Tel Aviv on May 14 1948.

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Amnesty can't get off this hook

By Richard Millett, May 26, 2011

At one stage it looked as if Amnesty might cancel Monday's joint PSC/MEMO event. But, finally, it released a statement, which said that after "some concerns" the event would go ahead as planned.

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Why the government is doing this

By Eric Pickles, May 26, 2011

The nations of Europe vowed after the Second World War, when the horror of the concentration camps was uncovered: never again. To keep our promise, it is vital that we remember and learn.

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It's stalemate - and time is running out

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2011

Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama have at least one thing in common. It would be hard to find two more accomplished orators on the international stage.

They instinctively read their audiences, are masters of the pregnant pause and the seemingly spontaneous quip, and expertly milk multiple standing ovations.

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Germany now rivals UK for Israel-bashing

By Benjamin Weinthal, May 19, 2011

Britain has been the main European hub for groups advocating a boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) strategy against the Jewish state. Germany, however, has enacted policies which now make it a stark rival for the UK's hardcore anti-Israel movement.

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For relatives of Nazi victims, this is still not over

By Greville Janner, May 19, 2011

In the months before the Demjanjuk verdict was delivered, there were some who doubted the wisdom of putting the man on trial. Yes, they conceded, his crimes were grave - but so many years had passed that perhaps we should move on? His age, frailty and poor health were frequently cited, not least by Demjanjuk himself, who sought to avoid extradition to Germany on these grounds.

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Time to recognise progressive case for Israel

By Martin Bright, May 19, 2011

As a participant in the We Believe in Israel conference on Sunday I was invited to speak on three panels. The first two were on the delegitimisation debate and the third on how liberals could make the progressive case for Israel.

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