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.


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.


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.


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".


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.


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.


Julian Assange, you need to explain

By Martin Bright, March 3, 2011

It is impossible to read Ian Hislop's account of his conversation with Julian Assange without feeling very uncomfortable. On the face of it, this is a classic example of antisemitism. And although Mr Assange denies it, he does not explain why Mr Hislop would have chosen to put his reputation on the line in such a public manner.


Even in his bigotry, Galliano was entirely on-trend

By Norman Lebrecht, March 3, 2011

Christian Dior's dismissal of John Galliano was significant more for the responses it evoked than for the offence given by its addled head designer. Galliano, 50, was first accused of, then filmed, spewing antisemitic abuse at women in a restaurant in the Marais, a Paris district divided amicably between Jews and gays.


Open? J-Street turns into cul-de-sac

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, March 3, 2011

Is J-Street"so open-minded about what constitutes support for Israel that its brains have fallen out"?


Settler-run tourism sparks political tensions

By Nathan Jeffay, March 3, 2011

With just over six weeks to go before Passover, Israel is awash with advertisements for excursions during the festival. But standard destinations are facing unlikely competition - from highly-charged political sites.