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Interfaith gestures with heart

By Peter Rosengard, March 11, 2013

Have you got the Jewish Chronicle?” I always loudly ask in London newsagents. I like to do my bit for interfaith relations… never the “JC” for me.

But when I said it last weekend, all I got was a blank stare and guttural muttering, in what sounded like German. This could have been because I was in a village in Austrian mountains.

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Storm in a Zionist teacup...

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 11, 2013

Should we be concerned that the national council of the Zionist Federation has declined to approve an application for ZF membership that had been lodged several months ago by an organisation calling itself Yachad?

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Zionists I would want on my side

By David Aaronovitch, March 8, 2013

It's been one of those fortnights. So much so that, in the bookshop at Jewish Book Week last Sunday, I spotted a coffee-table effort with an octopus on the cover and wearily thought "another tome on antisemitism", before closer inspection showed it to be a book on Venetian cookery.

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Academy right on Shin Bet film

By Melanie Phillips, March 4, 2013

Phew! Thank heavens the Israeli film The Gatekeepers failed to win an Oscar. Maybe the Almighty is a cinema-goer and also felt like throwing up when he saw it.

Of course this film is going down a storm among liberal Jews, who are lapping up its confirmation by apparently unimpeachable authorities that Israel has slid into a pit of moral infamy.

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Madoff, Nolan and Israeli funds

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 26, 2013

Two decades ago I supervised a doctoral student researching aspects of corruption in British public life.

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How dare she tell us all to leave

By Daniel Finkelstein, February 25, 2013

'Which do you find more difficult? Being a Tory or being a Jew?" It was another evening speaking at a synagogue and another characteristically blunt audience question.

I stumbled through a response: "Erm, well, before 1997 when the Tories were in power and very unpopular that was quite hard. But, um, after 9/11 I did get quite a few pieces of antisemitic correspondence".

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Civilisation beyond the Church

By Oliver Kamm, February 15, 2013

It is particularly difficult for a Pope that comes from Germany to come here,” said Benedict XVI at Auschwitz in 2006. This was surely true.

But the Pope, who resigned this week, might have mentioned, too, the difficulties for the Roman Catholic Church in confronting its own historical contribution to the hatreds that fuelled the Holocaust.

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The wrongs of a rights council

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 15, 2013

Last month, a joyous event, unprecedented in the history of the UN, took place in Geneva. Under what is known as the “Universal Periodic Review”, every UN member state has agreed to submit itself to a five-yearly inquisition by the UN’s Human Rights Council (HRC). On January 29, it was Israel’s turn.

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A Scarfe won’t Ward off the cold

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 12, 2013

Look, I know we're all supposed to be beside ourselves with anger over That Cartoon. I know That Cartoon has given rise to a communal uproar - a rare instance of almost total communal unity, our righteous outrage dutifully articulated by the Board of Deputies, the JLC, CST and so on.

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Crisis ‘worse than JFS’ looms

By Miriam Shaviv, February 7, 2013

How fair are entrance criteria to Jewish schools? It's a question that has continually challenged Anglo-Jewry, culminating in the traumatic JFS case.

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