Analysis

Farage and co — they’re not for the likes of us

By Marcus Dysch, May 29, 2014

What does it all mean for the 2015 general election?

As the European results came in on Sunday, Mr Farage suggested he could be the potential kingmaker in the event of a hung Parliament.

The prospect will send a chill down the spine of David Cameron and Ed Miliband and be of acute concern to the Jewish voters who clearly rejected Ukip at the ballot box last week.

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Media driven by fear of the alien

By Alex Brummer, May 15, 2014

What began as a scare story in Rupert Murdoch’s Sun about halal meat being used at Subway fast-food outlets late last month, rapidly moved on to Pizza Express and almost inevitably spilled over into a wider debate about religious slaughter.

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European Parliament elections: platitudes, not policies

By Marcus Dysch, May 1, 2014

The leading issues in this month’s European Parliament elections — immigration and Britain’s future role in the European Union — are not topics of specific Jewish interest. But there are a number of potential outcomes when voters go to the polls which could have a direct impact.

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Only hope is if Bibi and Abbas get to know each other personally

By Gershon Baskin, April 14, 2014

The formula for overcoming the current crisis in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations can be found and the parties may get back to the table for another few months.

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Miliband had a lot to prove and to a great extent did so

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2014

Everyone seems happy with Ed Miliband’s visit to Israel. The Israeli establishment got a good look at the man who may be Britain’s next prime minister and was assured that his heart was in the right place.

The leadership of the British Jewish community, who often sense a disconnect in Mr Miliband, got a chance to see him at ease in the Jewish state.

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This is not just about recession — Europeans must look much deeper

By Matthew Goodwin, April 10, 2014

For those who monitor Europe’s far right, these have been busy weeks.

Following her success in France’s municipal elections and her subsequent decision to ban halal and kosher food in schools under her jurisdiction, there are whispers that NF leader Marine Le Pen is considering running for president of the European Commission.

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Heidegger Revelations: This dishonours philosophy

By Havi Carel and Dagmar Wilhelm, March 20, 2014

The publication of excerpts from Martin Heidegger’s “black notebooks” aroused very different reactions within the world of philosophy.

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Big Bang? It’s kosher

By Nathan Aviezer , March 20, 2014

The scientific effort that led to the recent discovery of strong evidence for the Big Bang theory was miraculous in itself. A team from the Harvard-Smithsonian University Centre for Astrophysics, based at the South Pole, spotted “primordial gravitational waves”, long held to be an echo of the moment the universe exploded into being but never previously seen.

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Ukrainian Rabbis come out against Russia

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 14, 2014

World leaders are scratching their heads in an effort to divine Russian President Vladimir Putin’s next move. How far will he go? Will he annex Crimea? Will he send his troops further into eastern Ukraine?

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Jewish leaders have made a brave joint decision to overcome their disunity and publicly support the new government in Kiev.

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A shechita ban would cost votes

By Marcus Dysch, March 13, 2014

While Jewish campaigners have felt anxious about threats to religious slaughter for years, they have remained assured by politicians’ pledges to defend the practice.

Concern will now mount, however, that British Veterinary Association president-elect John Blackwell’s remarks have made shechita a talking point 14 months before a general election.

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