Could extremists benefit from AV?

By Martin Bright, March 24, 2011

Campaigners against the reform of voting system have warned the Jewish community that a switch to the "alternative vote" system will encourage extremist groups and force mainstream parties to pander to the anti-immigrant vote.


Bombing back in Israel, but not as we knew it

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 24, 2011

The horrific bombing of Jerusalem's central bus station this week that killed a 59-year-old woman and wounded 30 others was the first major terror attack on Israel's capital in almost three years.


Sarah Palin's trip to Israel no laughing matter

By Stephen Herbits, March 24, 2011

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's trip to Israel this week was important for her, but it was even more important for Israel and its relationship with the United States.


Libya a fatal distraction from Iran

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, March 24, 2011

Why are British planes bombing Libya? Humanitarian intervention - that's the answer.

Consider this: until two months ago, Libya was a new friend - and a textbook example of the kind of cold, calculated, national interest-driven foreign policy that would get results and save the West from sentimental but ill-conceived efforts to export democracy to the Middle East.


They say it is impossible, but Syrians may yet uproot Assad

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 24, 2011

Only a week ago, no-one was willing to put good money on the chances of Syria being the next Arab state to be engulfed by pro-democracy demonstrations.


Quilliam must take care over its funds

By Martin Bright, March 17, 2011

After our article last week about the importance of saving the anti-extremist think tank, the Quilliam Foundation, from closure, following Home Office cuts, the JC was contacted by a source close to government, warning us off.


Killing Israeli babies is not a tactic. It is a crime against humanity

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, March 17, 2011

The silliest of all Western reactions to the slaughter of the Fogel family has been to suggest that the murder of three children was aimed at torpedoing the peace process.

Murdering Israeli babies was never a tactical move against negotiations. It is a crime against humanity.


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.


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.


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.