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Show some respect, Israel

By Miriam Shaviv, February 5, 2015

The distorted view Israelis seem to have of European Jewry, and diaspora life, has become alarming. While Hamas rockets fly over their heads, Israelis seem almost obsessed by the idea that European Jews are facing annihilation.

This came to the fore last month following the Paris terror attacks.

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HMD's shameful untold story

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 5, 2015

My views on the subject of Holocaust Memorial Day are well known. We Jews do not need HMD to remind us just how close the Nazis came to wiping out the Jewish people. HMD has also (as I once predicted) been skilfully if spitefully manipulated by multifarious enemies of the Jewish people for their own anti-Jewish ends.

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Sorry, you called me what?

By David Aaronovitch, January 29, 2015

This happened to me yesterday. A young person interested in journalism asked me for advice about becoming a columnist. We sat down to talk things through. How did one pitch a subject to a commissioning editor? What process did I go through to think of a topic to write about? Who else other than The Times did I write for? The Jewish Chronicle, I told him.

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Synagogues behaving badly

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 29, 2015

I am about to take delivery of an additional filing cabinet for my already cramped study. Into it will go at least two drawers-full of correspondence, papers and ephemera related to the conduct of synagogal life in this country within the past half-decade or so.

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Pacifists failed Vera's Britain

By Oliver Kamm, January 22, 2015

Vera Brittain holds a small but secure place in the 20th-century history of English letters. Her memoir Testament of Youth (1933) tells of the costs of war and the imperative of peace-making.

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Time to stop the point-scoring

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 22, 2015

In the aftermath of the Paris outrages an unseemly row has broken out about the safety of Jews in the UK. On January 14, under the headline "Majority of British Jews feel they have no future in UK," the Independent ran a story based upon surveys carried out by YouGov on behalf of the Campaign Against Antisemitism.

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The awkward question of who'll win the Board's vote

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 15, 2015

We should not be surprised that, as the political classes gird their loins in readiness for the May parliamentary election, questions should be raised about specific Jewish dimensions to this forthcoming contest.

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Do they know what 'We are Jewish shoppers' means?

By Daniel Finkelstein, January 15, 2015

All week I have been puzzling over something. Why is it, when I see people saying "We are Charlie" it sets my teeth on edge? And why do I find it annoying when people tweet "We are Jewish shoppers now"?

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Not afraid? What planet are you on?

By Melanie Phillips, January 15, 2015

Apparently, civilisation is saved! Some 3 million people took to the streets of Paris last Sunday to declare "Je suis Charlie" and that they would fight off the threat to freedom just like the French resistance. "We are not afraid," shouted the crowd.

Oh, but they are. If anyone really thinks the Paris march means Europe is now going to save itself, they are living on a different planet.

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Israel's threat from within

By Jonathan Freedland, January 8, 2015

The spring of 2015 will bring an election that features not just the traditional battle of left and right but a tangled contest of smaller parties, all jostling for seats and for a strong hand in the inevitable coalition horse-trading that will follow.

On the right stands the incumbent prime minister, reviled by some on his own side, under pressure from an army of insurgents who insist they alo

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