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Illegality and intemperance

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 21, 2016

On April 3, the Independent on Sunday ran a lurid story headlined Illegal Jewish schools: Government knew about council faith school cover-up as thousands of pupils 'disappeared'.

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Khan for Mayor? Beware

By Melanie Phillips, April 21, 2016

If the opinion polls are correct, in under two weeks Labour's Sadiq Khan will be elected Mayor of London. This is extremely troubling. Despite his noisy denunciations of terrorism and the Jew-hatred infecting his party, questions about his attitude to extremism continue to mount.

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Let a Muslim run London

By Jonathan Freedland, April 14, 2016

Predictions are a mug's game in today's volatile politics, but I stand by the one I made on these pages back in September: if Labour goes into the next general election led by Jeremy Corbyn, the party will receive the lowest Jewish vote in its history.

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An unorthodox way to reform

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 14, 2016

There is a sad inevitability about the news that Reform synagogues in Hendon and Edgware are talking to each other with a view to a merger. Ostensibly, the trigger for this dialogue has been the "northward" move of "large numbers" of Reform community members.

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Twitter’s Holocaust denial

By Daniel Finkelstein, April 7, 2016

When I was first told about it, I thought it was pretty funny. Microsoft had created an automated system that could engage in social media conversations as if it were a real person. It had then had to withdraw Tay, as it was called, because the thing started abusing people.

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Towards a helpful definition

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 7, 2016

On March 30 last year, without any fanfare, a British government minister made probably the most important statement on anti-Jewish prejudice that any British government spokesperson has made. Yet that statement - an official expression of government policy - went almost totally unreported in the media.

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Time to emulate Bibi's method

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 31, 2016

Shortly after news reached us of last week's massacres in Brussels, I found myself at a tea-time gathering of professional colleagues. The talk was of Brussels and little else. "It's difficult to know what more we can do to prevent such attacks," was the reaction of one member of this group.

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End this agunot charade

By Miriam Shaviv, March 31, 2016

How much credit does the London Beth Din deserve for naming and shaming men who refuse to give their wives a Jewish bill of divorce — a get? Is this really progress, or something else?

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Expel Labour's enemy within

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 24, 2016

What is the Labour party's best course of action following the resurgence of anti-Jewish racism in its ranks? I propose to provide a partial answer to this question. But, before I do, let me say that the recent alarums triggered by the public antics of left-wing "activists" will have done some good if it forces Labour's political elite to confront this question.

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When laughter’s no joke

By David Aaronovitch, March 23, 2016

Saturday, it was Dublin. Thursday, it was Glasgow. Soon it's Oxford. I like having a new book out and I enjoy talking about it.

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