Analysis

Barring Dieudonné is wrong, in principle, and it won’t even work

By David Aaronovitch, February 6, 2014

In my book on conspiracy theories, Voodoo Histories, first published in 2009, I devoted two pages to the phenomenon of Dieudonné M’bala M’bala. I saw him as an exemplar of an unofficial alliance between the far left and the far right, which combined an anti-imperialism (in reality an anti-Americanism) with an antisemitism masquerading as anti-Zionism.

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CST hate crime report: good news, but the heat is still on

By Mark Gardner, February 6, 2014

For once, the antisemitism headlines are good news, “CST reports incidents down by 18 per cent”.

At CST, we welcome the fall, but know that many of the 529 incidents involve very upsetting cases. Furthermore, surveys show that only one in four incidents is actually reported, either to CST or to the police.

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Welcome to the two-track community

By David Graham, January 30, 2014

In an age of big data, our community is right up there. We now have the information to help us make the important decisions about the future.

The 2011 Census has given us literally millions of Jewish demographic, geographic, and socio-economic facts, within which is a multitude of different stories. But one in particular stands out.

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Old hate dies hard, but things are changing

By Antony Lishak, January 24, 2014

Sipping coffee in the Lauder Morasha School (Warsaw’s only Jewish school), an elderly gentleman smiles over his plastic cup.

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Unesco: a vessel for erasing Jewish history

By Shimon Samuels, January 22, 2014

The German strategist Klaus von Clausewitz described diplomacy as "war by other reasons". Today, the battle for heritage in the international arena and, particularly, the identity theft of the Jewish narrative is no less lethal in intent.

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Why the quenelle exposes Y-word hypocrisy

By Andrew Peters, January 9, 2014

Nicolas Anelka’s main defence for his quenelle gesture is that there was no intent to offend. It was not meant as antisemitic and, therefore, he says, he did nothing wrong. A similar defence was run by Liverpool’s Luis Suarez over his negrito comment, arguing unsuccessfully that this was everyday, non-offensive parlance in his native Uruguay.

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So much for Israel-Turkey détente

By Nathan Jeffay, December 23, 2013

Everyone is watching to see whether the Israeli-Palestinian talks will back out of the dead end that they seem to be approaching. But what about Jerusalem’s other stalled negotiations?

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Jews in China: Living in the dragon’s den for 14 centuries

By Erica Lyons, December 19, 2013

Today in China there are both synagogues without Jews, and Jews without synagogues, as in Beijing, where the growing community has created places of worship in renovated flats.

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Mandela: What’s over the rainbow?

By Richard Poplack , December 12, 2013

At the recent memorial celebrating South African former president, Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein stood alongside other religious leaders and performed a moving interfaith service for the watching millions.

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The big lie: that Mandela viewed Israel as an apartheid state

By Jake Wallis Simons, December 12, 2013

Ever since his death, Nelson Mandela’s political and moral legacy has been subjected to intense analysis. But one misconception that has not been adequately debunked is that he equated the Jewish state to apartheid-era South Africa.

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