Unsavoury bedfellows

By David Aaronovitch, August 27, 2015

Is Jeremy Corbyn a Jew-hater? Not in a million years. If he were, he'd not try so hard to look like a Reform rabbi. So what gives with all the meetings and contacts with people who edge off into that dreadful world in which evil Jews run everything, kill everyone, take part in secret plots and have all the money?


Time to right a grievous wrong

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 24, 2015

The news that the United Synagogue has sold the former official residence of its chief rabbi - 85 Hamilton Terrace, NW8 - for a sum reported to be not less than 10 million pounds is both good and not so good. The residence (through the hallowed portals of which I was privileged to pass on no less than four occasions) always struck me as overly pretentious.


Corbyn's deplorable allies

By Oliver Kamm, August 20, 2015

'U f--ked up kamm. Anti corbyn campaign seen as a uk jewish zionist movement against a popular national tide," ran a message on Twitter. "Corbyn refuses to be interviewed by Oliver Kamm", said another poster. "He's one of the prime movers in the Henry Jackson Society. Arch Zionist. F--k him & the JC."


Obama’s false Iran alternative

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 13, 2015

No one on the right side of half-witted can view the agreement reached between the international community and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran as anything other than, at best, a fudge and, at worst, a capitulation to Iranian obstinacy.


Why is Labour so placid?

By Daniel Finkelstein, August 13, 2015

You may know the story of the King of France, woken by the Duc de La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt to be told of the fall of the Bastille. "Is this a revolt?" he asked sleepily. "No, Sire," replied the Duke. "It is a revolution."

The election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader would not be a problem for the Labour Party. It would be a debacle. A catastrophe. A calamity. A disaster.


An invitation to go OTT

By Jonathan Freedland, August 6, 2015

You know those disclaimers they put at the end of movies? "No animals were harmed in the making of this motion picture." Or, "Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental." Well, this is the JC equivalent. "None of the grotesquely over-the-top barmitzvah celebrations about to be mentioned in this column were attended by me personally."


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.