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Winner in the eccentricity race

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 5, 2013

I was saddened to learn of the death of Michael Winner, whose passing formed the subject of retrospectives throughout the media. I never knew him personally. I found his films vulgar and second-rate - though most were box-office successes. I had little enthusiasm for his claim to be a connoisseur of non-kosher foods and of the restaurants that served them.

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Manifold views of Antigua

By Peter Rosengard, February 5, 2013

I was sipping a rum punch, looking down on billionaires' yachts from the terrace of a house in Antigua.

I can't pinpoint the exact moment the conversation at lunch moved from yachts to 9/11 but I suddenly found myself saying heatedly to the other guests: "You're wrong! It wasn't because of Israel that Al-Qaeda attacked New York!"

"No," they insisted. "It was because of Israel."

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Lapid listened to Middle Israel

By Melanie Phillips, February 3, 2013

Israel has not yet got over its astonishment at the result of the general election, which saw the propulsion to power of the political neophyte Yair Lapid and his Yesh Atid party.

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It wasn't bias, it was wrong polls

By Jonathan Freedland, February 1, 2013

What matters about last month's Israeli elections is what kind of government they produce. Talk of how those elections were covered in the media is, I know, secondary.

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Mr Morsi’s Nick Clegg moment

By David Aaronovitch, January 30, 2013

This is an unfair world in which people are always trying to bring a guy down. Take President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt. Here's a chap who, since taking the reins of power in his country in June (and then the saddle, the spurs and the bridle), has by and large acted in foreign affairs as his predecessors did.

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Why let Obama call the shots?

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 30, 2013

This week has witnessed two events of supreme importance for Israel's future. First, Barack Obama was sworn in as US president. Second, Israelis went to the polls. And Benjamin Netanyahu is set to head a new coalition government.

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Care needed on rushed move

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 22, 2013

Sometimes, as we all know, the road to hell can be paved with the best of intentions. Recent events at the Morris Feinmann Home in Didsbury provide a perfect illustration of this dictum. Everyone appears to be acting through the noblest of motives. But not everyone is pleased at the way things are turning out.

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This is about more than Oxfam

By Jonathan Freedland, January 17, 2013

On Sunday the Board of Deputies of British Jews will decide whether it should go ahead with a joint project with Oxfam, in which the aid organisation will train 25 Jewish volunteers, equipping them to become better campaigners.

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Israel’s ‘Soviet’ prayer police

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 15, 2013

Last month, Israeli police arrested worshippers at the entrance to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The worshippers had committed a heinous crime: they had tried to pass through the gates leading from the plaza to the Wall itself wearing tallitot.

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Here are my fifty shades of 'J'

By Daniel Finkelstein, January 14, 2013

Just before, ahem, Christmas, I received an email asking me to take part in the My Jewish Identity Project. You can, too. We all can.

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