Columnists

Safe? Such lies spell danger

By Melanie Phillips, February 25, 2016

Support free speech? Of course you do. So you support people defaming Israel as an apartheid state? Hmmm. Tricky, isn't it? Freedom of expression is a core western value which has been turned into a battleground.

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Fences still need to be mended

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 18, 2016

What was the point of the meeting that Board of Deputies' president Jonathan Arkush recently had with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn?

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Fed up with being spat on

By Miriam Shaviv, February 18, 2016

The Crisis of Zionism was a phenomenon when it was published just four years ago. American journalist Peter Beinart's provocative thesis was that the younger generation of American Jews is increasingly alienated from the Jewish state, because Israel's policies regarding the Palestinians clash with their liberal-democratic ideals.

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Holes in the Wall's consensus

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 11, 2016

A compromise is an agreement whereby a dispute is settled with each party to it making concessions. Neither side gets everything it wants, but all sides can claim a victory of sorts.

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Plight of eternal wanderers

By David Aaronovitch, February 11, 2016

So. In May 1938, Joseph Kennedy, the American ambassador to the Court of St James, took the visiting Secretary of State for the Interior, Harold Ickes, to meet Lord Halifax, the British Foreign Secretary. The subject of Jewish refugees from the recently enlarged German Reich was raised.

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Survivor inspires the Scots

February 4, 2016

New Yorker Inge Auerbacher brought a story of tragedy and hope to Scotland for a series of HMD events.

Ms Auerbacher was the last Jew born in Kippenheim, a German village at the foot of the Black Forest, close to the French and Swiss borders. Her father received an Iron Cross for his German military service in the First World War.

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The UN's scandalous hypocrisy

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 4, 2016

W ho or what is responsible for the current wave of murderous attacks on Jews in Israel? This question formed the central theme of an extraordinarily irresponsible speech delivered by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon in New York on January 26.

He took it upon himself to deliver

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Left is struggling for trust

By Oliver Kamm, February 4, 2016

The Irish are 'in' for the moment, and the Jews 'out', as recipients of the sympathy of the international left," wrote Conor Cruise O'Brien caustically in his book The Siege: The Saga of Israel and Zionism (1986).

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Violating our freedom to think

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 28, 2016

Last November, the government launched a consultation on a series of measures designed to regulate “out-of-school education settings”. This phrase was defined as encompassing “any institution providing tuition, training or instruction to children aged under 19 in England that is not a school, college, 16-19 academy or registered childcare provider.”

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The language of power

By Daniel Finkelstein, January 28, 2016

When I was growing up, it was quite usual to hear friends and family speak in a foreign language. My parents used German to discuss birthday presents when we were in the room. And my grandmother spoke Polish to her friends on the phone.

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