It tried to court boycotters — but Orange got squashed

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 11, 2015

The CEO and chairman of Orange, Stephane Richard, knew he would be given a hard time at a press conference with Egyptian journalists in Cairo last week.

Orange - formerly known as France Telecom - is now the principal shareholder in Mobinil, the first and one of the largest mobile phone operators in Egypt, but the company has suffered from image problems in the Arab world.


The truth about the boycott

By Tim Marshall, June 11, 2015

The economic victories of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement over the past decade cannot even be counted on the fingers of one hand. There have not been any.


Jobbik is doing a bad makeover job

By Franciska Fabriczki, June 9, 2015

Could extremist party Jobbik be transforming itself into a credible right-wing force?

In April, the Hungarian party won a constituency seat in a by-election — a major breakthrough for a party that has long sought to get a foothold in mainstream politics.


We'll keep on fighting hate, says minister

By Marcus Dysch, June 4, 2015

The government will continue to regard the fight against antisemitism as a serious issue, a new minister has told a parliamentary group dedicated to combating Jew-hatred.

Baroness Williams confirmed that the new Conservative administration would back initiatives introduced in the previous parliament.


The mainstream should accept frum values

By Shimon Cohen, June 4, 2015

I have assisted the Belz community with media relations following last week's JC exclusive, regarding the alleged ban on women driving. I have found our community's response particularly interesting.


Life is not ours to cut short, says Chief, but Progressives back assisted dying

By Simon Rocker, May 28, 2015

One of the strongest advocates for assisted dying is the Jewish human rights lawyer Lord Joffe, who has made repeated attempts to win parliamentary approval for it.

But when the former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer introduced a bill last year that would have allowed doctors to supply lethal drugs to someone given less than six months to live, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis joined the Archbishop of


Genocide recognition not a job for politicians

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 21, 2015

Yuli Edelstein is Benjamin Netanyahu's hand-picked choice as speaker of the Knesset. For the past two years, he has run the Israeli parliament in accordance with the prime minister's often conflicting wishes, not sprung any surprises and, where needed, bent procedure to accommodate his agenda.


Pragmatic leader who heads a diverse team

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2015

It may have been a long and hard campaign by the standards of Jewish community politics, but Jonathan Arkush's win will give him considerable personal authority when he becomes the 47th president of the Board of Deputies next month.


Child sex abuse and the community: For lessons in what not to do, look at Australia

By Danny Ben-Moshe, May 21, 2015

When Manny Waks went public in 2011 with the revelation that he was a victim of child sex abuse in Melbourne's Chabad Yeshiva, he could not have foreseen the consequences: three court cases and convictions of paedophiles, including one extradition; a Royal Commission hearing into actions of the Yeshiva; the resignation of senior rabbis; and parents in the Chabad community seeking a new governance


A closely fought contest

By Simon Rocker, May 14, 2015

When the Board of Deputies' would-be presidents make their final pitch for votes on Sunday, they will have already taken part in four hustings in a fortnight.

No Jewish community election in recent history has been so closely fought or demanded such commitment from its candidates.