Analysis

Amnesty has produced anti-Israel propaganda

By Richard Kemp, February 26, 2014

In Northern Ireland in the ’70s and ’80s I admired Amnesty International even as they heaped criticism on the British security forces of which I was a member. They helped stop a number of real human rights abuses and were often commendably impartial.

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Ariel Sharon’s unintended legacy: the one-state creed

By Nathan Jeffay, February 13, 2014

This week marked a month since former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon died, and the end of the intense 30-day mourning period observed by his family.

During these weeks after his death, it has become clear that some of the biggest beneficiaries of his latter-day policies, ironically, have been those who were the most critical of them.

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EU parliament president proved out of his depth with water remarks

By Nathan Jeffay, February 13, 2014

European Parliament President Martin Schulz’s speech to the Knesset on Wednesday left some MKs from the right-wing Jewish Home party so livid that they walked out as he spoke.

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National community survey: We must change our education

By Felix Posen, February 7, 2014

The JPR report showed the deep changes that have affected UK Jewry over the past few decades.

It states that there is a clear growth of the most Orthodox end of the community and, “to an even greater extent, at the secular end”.

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National community survey: It is time to find out who we really are

By Laura Janner-Klausner and Ben Crome, February 7, 2014

Why be Jewish?

We need to answer this in a way we did not have to in the past. And our answers need to reflect the diversity of our community that the JPR survey reveals.

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National community survey: Orthodox and secular both need our help

By Vivian Wineman, February 7, 2014

While the initial results of the Jewish Policy Research were informative, some of the most instructive points were among the less obvious.

Two in particular were striking. First there is a move, particularly among the young, away from traditional religious categories, with many people brought up as traditionally religious now regarding themselves as secular or culturally Jewish.

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Barring Dieudonné is wrong, in principle, and it won’t even work

By David Aaronovitch, February 6, 2014

In my book on conspiracy theories, Voodoo Histories, first published in 2009, I devoted two pages to the phenomenon of Dieudonné M’bala M’bala. I saw him as an exemplar of an unofficial alliance between the far left and the far right, which combined an anti-imperialism (in reality an anti-Americanism) with an antisemitism masquerading as anti-Zionism.

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CST hate crime report: good news, but the heat is still on

By Mark Gardner, February 6, 2014

For once, the antisemitism headlines are good news, “CST reports incidents down by 18 per cent”.

At CST, we welcome the fall, but know that many of the 529 incidents involve very upsetting cases. Furthermore, surveys show that only one in four incidents is actually reported, either to CST or to the police.

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Welcome to the two-track community

By David Graham, January 30, 2014

In an age of big data, our community is right up there. We now have the information to help us make the important decisions about the future.

The 2011 Census has given us literally millions of Jewish demographic, geographic, and socio-economic facts, within which is a multitude of different stories. But one in particular stands out.

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Old hate dies hard, but things are changing

By Antony Lishak, January 24, 2014

Sipping coffee in the Lauder Morasha School (Warsaw’s only Jewish school), an elderly gentleman smiles over his plastic cup.

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