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.


Why settlers want democracy in Jordan

By Nathan Jeffay, March 10, 2011

Much of Israel has watched unrest spreading through the Middle East with considerable concern. But there appears to be excitement stirring on the far-right.

Last Friday in Amman, capital of Jordan, hundreds marched calling for democratic reform. And the growing campaign in Jordan has an unlikely supporter - Dr Aryeh Eldad, an Israeli settler and parliamentarian with the National Union party.


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.