Stopover needs to be the start

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 6, 2015

I understand that Israel premier Bibi Netanyahu intends to stop over in London on his way to New York next month, in order to engage in "bilateral talks" with the British government as a prelude to his addressing the UN General Assembly. No doubt the nonsensical Iranian nuclear deal will be high on the agenda, together with the equally farcical "peace process".


Wars for Western minds

By Melanie Phillips, July 30, 2015

In the words of the 17th-century English diplomat Sir Henry Wotton, an ambassador is "an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country". What happens, though, when an ambassador is sent abroad from an honest country into a culture of lies? Michael Oren and Daniel Taub were, respectively, Israel's ambassadors to the US and UK.


Corbyn win could have benefit

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 30, 2015

Although a lifelong trade-unionist, I have never been wealthy enough to afford the luxury of indulging in a socialist mindset. Neither am I a member of the Labour party. But the present kerfuffle over the party leadership interests me a great deal. At the July 20 "hustings", the four leadership contenders addressed a Jewish audience.


Small hopes for a big idea

By Miriam Shaviv, July 23, 2015

Two years after taking up his post, Chief Rabbi Mirvis has been solid and dutiful. He has visited many communities throughout the UK with welcome warmth. Yet we are still waiting for his "big idea" to stir the masses and secure his legacy. Given that he is only a few years away from retirement, he has only a short time to make a difference.


Secrets that should stay hidden

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 23, 2015

Two weeks ago, the JC's front page was devoted to the retirement of a leading communal civil servant, Carol Laser, who as Director of Security at the Communal Security Trust "for over 25 years, co-ordinated the Jewish community's security needs, working alongside colleagues from anti-terror units, the United States Secret Service, and Israel's security experts."


Hats off to Hackney's Holy Joe

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 16, 2015

Josef Lobenstein ("Holy Joe"), who has died in his 88th year, was a charming but also controversial and divisive figure in British Jewry, loved and loathed in equal measure by the Hackney charedim among whom he lived, by the wider community of Jewish communities in the UK, and by the Conservative party with which he identified and of which he was a paid-up member for most of his adult li


The dark side of Twitter and the blame game

By David Aaronovitch, July 16, 2015

You know what free association is. Freud invented it. You say a word and I say what comes into my head and my choice tells us something about my mind. Anyway, the writer Mehdi Hasan took issue with Howard Jacobson on Twitter and I took issue back. But it's what happened next that provoked this column. A series of people then got involved, some of them very angry with me.


An argument for honesty

By Oliver Kamm, July 9, 2015

Zionist agents are known for low cunning. Asghar Bukhari, founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK, gained brief media notoriety last month when he claimed that Zionists had sneaked into his home in an effort to intimidate him. The miscreants had stolen one of his shoes: yes, one of his shoes, not a pair of them, and nothing else, to let him know they'd been there.


A raid on Entebbe's legacy

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 9, 2015

We've just celebrated the 39th anniversary of "Operation Thunderbolt". To mark the occasion, the distinguished military historian, Professor Saul David, has published what will probably remain, for the foreseeable future, the definitive account of what he rightly terms "the most audacious hostage rescue mission in history." David is a superlative storyteller.


Thirteen, a lucky number

By Daniel Finkelstein, July 2, 2015

Last weekend was my son Aron's barmitzvah. Here are some more or less random thoughts prompted by the event. First, barmitzvahs are a magnificent invention. I apologise if that is rather a banal observation, but they are, aren't they? Watching your children come of age really is wonderful, life-affirming stuff. So having a ceremony to mark the occasion is simply genius.