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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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Murders become symbols

By David Aaronovitch, July 3, 2014

I was in an airport hotel in Kuala Lumpur when I heard that the three kidnapped Israeli boys - let us always name them - Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Sha'ar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16 – had been found murdered.

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Shift from fads and whims

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 3, 2014

Every Monday night, I tune in to Salford City Radio's Jewish Hour. The contents of this lightly choreographed magazine programme always provide food for thought, and the edition of June 23 proved no exception.

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José Pekerman's World Cup Diary: Uruguay without Suarez will lack bite

June 30, 2014

Hola, mi compadres Ingles. Welcome to week three of my World Cup diary, and what a week it has been for Colombia.

On Friday, we became victorious over the Ivory Coast and so on to the final group partido against Japan. Of course, we were already qualificado for the next phase of the competition so the game not so important.

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José Pekerman's World Cup Diary: 'We win, but I use teffilin for next game'

June 19, 2014

Hola, my friends in Great Britain. So, a magnificent weekend for my players, for Colombia and for my chances of making it home in one piece — 3-0 victory over Greece. ¡Olé!

In last week’s diary I said I walk to the stadium because it was Shabbat on day of el gran partido. It was joke of course, but I wish now I did.

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