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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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Death of the two state solution

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 31, 2014

I hereby dedicate this column to Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya, better known here in the west as Hamas. In the 14 years that I've been writing this column I never imagined that I would actually pen so much as one sentence – let alone an entire column – in praise of Hamas. But it's clear to me that that time has now come.

Why?

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West's Goliath psychosis

By Melanie Phillips, July 24, 2014

Once again, we are living through the hallucinatory, sickening experience of seeing Israel's morally-elevated defence against murderous fanatics provoke a global explosion, of Israel-bashing and naked anti-Jewish hatred, especially in demonstrations across Europe.

For sure, the current war in Gaza has engendered more sympathy than previous such Israeli military campaigns.

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When Unite pulls the strings

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 24, 2014

Last year, the former Liverpool dock worker "Red Len" McCluskey was re-elected as general secretary of Unite, one of Britain's biggest trade unions. Whether any of Brother McCluskey's pronouncements on anything can be said to reflect the views of Unite's membership must, however, be open to doubt.

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It's not a playground spat

By Jonathan Freedland, July 17, 2014

One of the joys of being the father of a teenage son is getting to glimpse, thanks to him, videos that have gone viral. The latest was made in 2012 but it's spread anew among Jewish teens. It's a South Park-style cartoon that, without words, depicts the background to the hostilities between Israel and Hamas.

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A new voice in the Middle East

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 17, 2014

In case you hadn't noticed, the map of the Middle East is now being redrawn.

Spokespersons for "Isis" - the self-styled "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant," whose hysterical hordes have butchered and beheaded their way down from Syria into the heart of Iraq - claim that the current boundaries are the result of the Sykes-Picot "conspiracy."

This is a reference to the secret agreement conc

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Governmental deception

By Miriam Shaviv, July 10, 2014

The Israeli reaction to the revelation that an Arab teenager, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was allegedly murdered by Israeli Jews has ranged from denial to - more commonly - disgust and depression that Jews could be responsible.

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Cynical exploitation of tragedy

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 10, 2014

What do Louise Mensch, Daniel Levy and Aaron Teitelbaum have in common? I'll tell you at the end of this column.

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