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Your money and their hatred

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 27, 2014

Surveying the media frenzy that followed the Jerusalem pogrom (for what else can it be called?) of November 18, I could not help noticing that in spite of all the blaming, naming and shaming, one organisation that has played a significant part in creating and sustaining the misplaced sense of Palestinian victimhood that forms the backcloth to last week's bloody events has escaped the attention of

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One nation to be envied

By Melanie Phillips, November 20, 2014

I recently returned from a speaking tour in Canada and the US, talking mainly but not exclusively to Jewish groups. Two things in particular struck me about Canada. The first was the strange experience of being in a country led by a leader who actually leads.

I have long admired Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, for his outspoken support for Israel and moral courage.

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Why I'd never vote for Yachad

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 20, 2014

Last Sunday, the Board of Deputies of British Jews voted to admit Yachad into Board membership by 135 votes to 61, the necessary two-thirds majority being achieved by just five votes.

Yachad professes to be a Zionist (or at least a "pro-Israel, pro-peace") body and since its foundation in 2011 has lobbied furiously for the so-called "two-state solution" to the Israeli-Arab conflict.

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Beth Din must open doors

By Miriam Shaviv, November 13, 2014

The London Beth Din must count itself lucky that the epic scandal shaking the Orthodox community in America has yet to be noticed by Anglo-Jewry.

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Sorry Will Self, but you ARE a Jew

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 13, 2014

Will Self is a celebrated writer of fiction and journalist. Born in London in 1961, he can also boast an illustrious ancestry. His paternal great-great grandfather was the Bishop of Chichester.

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Why are Jews not free to pray?

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 6, 2014

Events in and surrounding Jerusalem have reached a critical not to say murderous phase. But out of the multiple evils that have been recently visited upon that city it is just possible that some good may come.

Recent attacks were essentially random in nature, since the killers could have had little if any idea of the identities of their human targets.

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Desperation, not defiance

By David Aaronovitch, November 6, 2014

Some of the calmest Jews of my acquaintance are having a decidedly anxious moment.

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An illiterate way to grab votes

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 23, 2014

When I read the text of the "Palestine" resolution passed by the House of Commons on October 13, my initial reaction was to laugh out loud.

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How dare he question our laws

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 14, 2014

Mr Neil Parish, as well as being the Conservative MP for Honiton, is chairman of something called "The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Beef and Lamb".

Last month, in one or other (or possibly both) of these capacities, he commented on the results of an investigation that compared the retention of red blood cells in meat derived from food animals that had been mechanically stunned prior to sla

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Qatar is not the West's ally

By Melanie Phillips, October 14, 2014

There has been much very justified criticism of US strategy in attacking the Islamic State militia in Iraq and Syria. Air strikes have barely dented its advance. Various military types have weighed in with doubtless sage advice that, to have any hope of destroying Islamic State, boots are needed on the ground.

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