Analysis

The Fogel family in profile

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2011

I met Rabbi Udi Fogel four years ago when he and his family were living in Netzarim, the most isolated of the Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip and the last to be dismantled in the disengagement of 2006. He smiled and spoke calmly when I asked him how he felt about the government that was about to force him to leave and destroy the family's home.

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Questions over extremism monitor Quilliam and Saif Gaddafi

By Martin Bright, March 14, 2011

Since writing a piece for this week’s Jewish Chronicle urging people to back the anti-extremist think tank Quilliam, I received some disturbing information warning me off. I believe this came from a source close to government. The claims made against Quilliam were serious and my support for the organisation needs to be examined in the light of what they said.

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The true message of the PM's CST speech

By Martin Bright, March 10, 2011

David Cameron's speech to the Community Security Trust last week was an important restatement of his support - up to and including Israel's right to search vessels bringing cargo into Gaza.

This was something of a shift from his indignant remarks during his "prison camp" speech in Turkey last summer when he described the boarding of the Gaza flotilla as completely unacceptable.

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Why settlers want democracy in Jordan

By Nathan Jeffay, March 10, 2011

Much of Israel has watched unrest spreading through the Middle East with considerable concern. But there appears to be excitement stirring on the far-right.

Last Friday in Amman, capital of Jordan, hundreds marched calling for democratic reform. And the growing campaign in Jordan has an unlikely supporter - Dr Aryeh Eldad, an Israeli settler and parliamentarian with the National Union party.

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The Muslim Brotherhood is unlikely to win out

By Nathalie Tocci, March 10, 2011

The revolts sweeping the Middle East have shaken long-held truths about the region. True, Middle Eastern regimes had been remarkably resilient, remoulding their neo-authoritarian practices to the prerogatives of a globalised world. True also, despite its liberal rhetoric, the West sustained these regimes, viewing them as the lesser evil in a region supposedly plagued by religious extremism.

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Libya exposes high hypocrisy at UN

By Robin Shepherd, March 10, 2011

There's nothing like a good bit of spring cleaning. So when the General Assembly of the United Nations suspended Libya from the Human Rights Council on March 1, there was a distinct sense of a fresh start. You could almost smell it in the air. Hope at last for the oppressed of the world.

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Move over Madonna

By Jessica Elgot, March 4, 2011

Celebrities are a double-edged sword. Madonna's patronage has brought the Kabbalah Centre money and attention, much of it in sales of red string and mystical water. But there are whisperings in the centre that its celebrity image may have done it more harm than good.

The Power of Peace Conference felt like a rebrand, more Psychologies, less Heat magazine.

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Obsession with Israel makes us all ignorant

By Robin Shepherd, March 3, 2011

One of the most noteworthy consequences of the current wave of protests and revolutions across the Arab world is that when you click on the Middle East section of the BBC website something extraordinary happens: you are no longer bombarded, headline by headline, subsection by subsection with a once familar word: "Israel".

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Defiant JNF wants to boost its brand

By Barry Frankfurt, March 3, 2011

In what could be the tale of two chairmen, the UK Jewish community's relationship with Israel is being defined by the words and actions of UJIA's Mick Davis and JNF UK's Samuel Hayek. The broad communal consensus that the Board of Deputies looked to promote through its failed motion on the two-state solution is looking increasingly unlikely.

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Fatah could have written The Promise

By Simon Round, March 3, 2011

First, the good news. Peter Kosminsky's The Promise is a welcome and long overdue attempt to dramatise the final days of the British Mandate in Palestine.

The acting by a British and Israeli cast is excellent, as is some of the writing. Also, the series, made completely on location, has injected millions into the Israeli economy.

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