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Let children open their eyes

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 7, 2014

Are you all worked up over plans to force students taking GCSE Religious Studies to learn about two or more world religions?

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TUC's severance of a strong link

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 18, 2014

The resolution which the Trades Union Congress adopted last week on the subject of Israel marks a grim watershed in the history of the TUC's relationship with the Jewish state. More than that, it marks the passing of an era in terms of the attitude of the British left towards Jews and Jewish national self-determination.

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It is vital to define terms

By Daniel Finkelstein, September 18, 2014

Not long after the Gaza troubles started up again, I noticed something odd about some of the people attaching my name to tweets attacking Israel. They seemed to be strangers, but I'd come across them before. Then I realised where. It had been during the recent debates about child abuse. There was a group of people who linked Jews, Israel and paedophiles.

But it was all done very carefully.

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Spite that lies behind the labels

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 11, 2014

In principle, I support the labelling of goods, especially those imported from abroad. The consumer has a right to know something about the origin of those goods, and whether they comply with British (and, for the moment at any rate, EU) safety standards. Moreover, as an Orthodox Jew, I take particular care over what I put into my mouth.

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Deputies wildly off target

By Melanie Phillips, September 4, 2014

The Board of Deputies last week crossed a line. It stopped being a community embarrassment and became instead a positive menace.

It proudly announced an "unprecedented" joint statement with the Muslim Council of Britain. This said the Middle East conflict should not poison community relations. But it also condemned the "targeting of civilians".

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Foolish question of who won

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 4, 2014

In the year 625 of the Common Era, adherents of the Islamic faith from Medina, commanded by the prophet Mohammed, engaged with an army of polytheists from Mecca. Mohammed was seriously wounded; his Islamist battalions suffered heavy casualties. The battle of Uhud (as it is known) was clearly a defeat for the forces of Islam.

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War is not always the answer

By Jonathan Freedland, August 28, 2014

Perhaps it was my choice of holiday reading. The book that dominated my summer break was Howard Jacobson's exceptional and unsettling new novel, simply titled "J". The word "Jew" does not appear, yet that very absence is the book's haunting theme.

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UN's Schabas: an open mind?

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 28, 2014

While our attention has been focused on renewed conflict in the Middle East, a melodrama of truly farcical proportions has been played out at the Palace of Nations, Geneva.

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Now's not the time to pack the suitcase and leave the UK

By David Aaronovitch, August 21, 2014

Put the suitcase back in the loft.

Of course I understand why you got it out, if not physically, at least mentally. This week, I heard a guy in Sarcelles in France talking on the radio about the destruction of a Jewish funeral parlour and the torching of Jewish businesses.

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So sue me, Mister President

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 7, 2014

Truth is the first casualty of war. With that in mind, I want to draw your attention to a sordid incident that arose out of a debate that took place at the plenary session of the Board of Deputies on July 20.

At that meeting, there was by all accounts a passionate discussion of the war in Gaza.

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