Analysis

Israel has a strong message but it will still be a hard sell

By Martin Bright, December 2, 2010

The Reut Institute report on London's role as the "hub of hubs" of the delegitimisation campaign is a profoundly important intervention in the debate. Its analysis of the existential attack on Israel, by an alliance of Islamists and the hard left, acts as a sobering warning to those who felt that the Jewish people's right to statehood had been established decades ago.

More..

Expensive fight for just 2,000 chickens

By Dan Goldberg, December 2, 2010

Chicken soup – the sine qua non for Jews worldwide – is still on the menu for New Zealand's small Jewish community after Agriculture Minister David Carter backed down from his controversial ban on shechitah last Friday.

At face value, it's a victory for all diaspora Jewish communities against those who are trying to ban shechitah on the grounds of animal rights. But because the court case never happened, the case for kosher slaughter is no more robust – and no more humane, for that matter – this week than it was last week.

More..

And now, the truth of what the Arab world really thinks

By Tim Marshall, December 2, 2010

It can be very embarrassing when you are caught telling the truth.

For the Arab states, this was an uncomfortable week. Not only did the truth contradict their previous public views, but it supported the story Israel has been telling for years.

Thanks to Wikileaks we now know that the Arab leaders see Israel, not as their greatest enemy, but as one of only two countries which could help save them from the Persians and their soon to come hordes of nuclear missiles.

More..

We've said this all along

By Uri Dromi, December 2, 2010

This week's WikiLeaks scandal brought back memories from 1993, when Chris Walker, then the Israel correspondent of The Times, came to see me at the Government Press Office. He was interested in my opinion on the big manoeuvre which the Israeli Air Force (IAF) was carrying out in the Negev.

More..

Assange is no hero

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, December 2, 2010

It is a symptom of the age we live in that a man with a chequered past like Julian Assange - currently being tried in absentia for rape in Sweden, and with a long career as a hacker – should be hailed as a hero. The facts are known – he has chosen to publish illegally stolen public property.

More..

Even the head of UNRWA admits it should not exist

By Adi Schwartz, November 26, 2010

Not many people in the West are familiar with the acronym UNRWA. But they should be: first, because Europeans and Americans pay billions of pounds of taxpayers' money to sustain this UN agency; and second, because of UNRWA's negative role in one of the core issues of the Arab-Israeli conflict - namely, the Palestinian refugees problem.

More..

A split Likud keeps Bibi strong

By Nathan Jeffay, November 26, 2010

What is going on inside Israel's ruling Likud party?

More than half of its representatives in Knesset have come out against its leader, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, over West Bank building. Some 14 of the 27 signed a letter condemning Mr Netanyahu's intention to agree to a new 90-day settlement freeze.

More..

Muslim leaders must take a stand on this

By Fiyaz Mughal, November 26, 2010

Panorama's exposure this week of anti-semitic and homophobic textbooks being used by a small number of Muslim pupils highlights a sickening attempt by so-called "holy" people abroad to manipulate young minds here in Britain.

Written by individuals who have been insulated from the diversity that we see around us and who see internal religious dilemmas as weaknesses and not strengths, they have left a legacy that is completely out of tune with where Islam and Muslims are today.

More..

Why anti-extremist intervention so important in Britain

By Martin Bright, November 18, 2010

Nick Lowles, the editor of anti-fascist magazine Searchlight, and tireless organiser of the Hope Not Hate campaign to oppose the BNP, has made an important stand this week that could mark a watershed in the fight against extremism in Britain.

By publishing a blog condemning the Islamist thugs of Muslims Against Crusades, who called last Thursday for the formation of a Muslim Waffen SS division, he has identified the common politics of the Islamic extreme right and the Islamophobic English Defence League.

More..

The most important debate we'll ever have

By Simon Rocker, November 18, 2010

For as long as anyone cares to remember, the lay leaders of British Jewry's major organisations have observed an unwritten code: to avoid public criticism of Israel.

On rare instances, the Board of Deputies might have raised its voice, such as over the Sabra-Shatila massacre of 1982. But by and large, if they had qualms about Israeli policy, community leaders have preferred to convey them privately to Israel behind closed doors.

More..