Columnists

We can't get past the past

By Jonathan Freedland, December 13, 2015

The second Donald Trump opened his mouth, you knew what would happen. No sooner had the billionaire blowhard and Republican front-runner proposed his ban on Muslims entering the US, than headline writers and cartoonists were reaching for the obvious comparison.

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Is it really a sin to be his son?

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 10, 2015

On Thursday December 3, Mr Justice Ouseley, sitting in the High Court in London, delivered a ground-breaking judgment in a case brought against Home Secretary Theresa May by the wife of Egyptian-born Hany Youssef and their two children.

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The graduates of hatred

By Melanie Phillips, December 3, 2015

The current Arab murder campaign against Israeli Jews is being incited by the Palestinian leadership. Extolling these terrorists as martyrs, it presents them as victims of Israeli violence with no acknowledgement they kill Israelis and are only being killed themselves when they refuse to stop.

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Why I have faith in this Pope

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 3, 2015

Like any aspiring Jewish journalist, I keep up with what other faith-based newspapers are saying about the Jews. Online publication of these news-sheets makes this task much easier than hitherto. For the most part, what internet searches for them throw up are mundane reports of a vaguely "interfaith" and frankly inconsequential nature.

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Ban religion, lose the war

By Miriam Shaviv, November 26, 2015

There are many reasons why the West may be ill-equipped to fight against Islamism. We are afraid to get into another ground war in the Middle East; many of our armies and police forces are woefully under-resourced; we have no idea how to handle the sensitivities of Europe's Muslim population.

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Are we really still polls apart?

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 26, 2015

Yachad was established four years ago to advance views of British Jews who believe that for peace to break out between Israel and its Arab neighbours there needs to be a negotiated settlement involving: (a) the return of Israel to its 1949 armistice lines, with minor land swaps; (b) the repartitioning of Jerusalem; and (c) an offer of compensation - in lieu of "the right of return" - to Arabs al

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A man who deserves banning

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 19, 2015

Earlier this month, the London Beth Din took the unprecedented step of placing an advertisement in this newspaper publicising the fact that it had banned from entering any constituent synagogue of the United Synagogue one John Abayahoudayan, who has apparently for the past 15 years refused to issue a get to his wife Rivkah. The couple were divorced civilly in 2002.

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Educational (dys)function

By David Aaronovitch, November 19, 2015

Another autumn, another annual mega-kvetch in the JC about Jewish kids unable to get into Jewish schools. Last week, we had the case of young Dylan of Bushey apparently having to be home-schooled and who, according to our report, "has not set foot in a classroom once this academic year, because he doesn't have a place".

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Life in the termite colony

By Oliver Kamm, November 12, 2015

As I write, a man is on trial in Canada for promoting hatred of Jews. His name is Arthur Topham and his volubility far exceeds his intellect. His website reproduces Mein Kampf, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and voluminous material of his own in which he denounces Jewish "chicanery and conspiracy", the "synagogue of Satan" and the "fabricated fraud" of the Holocaust.

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In danger of conning ourselves

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 12, 2015

The story of fraudster Dan Jacobs is a miserable tale, made worse by the knowledge that his victims included his wife's parents and an elderly grandmother. Appearing at Harrow Crown Court two weeks ago, Jacobs admitted five counts of fraud, totalling £120, 573.

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