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Time to emulate Bibi's method

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 31, 2016

Shortly after news reached us of last week's massacres in Brussels, I found myself at a tea-time gathering of professional colleagues. The talk was of Brussels and little else. "It's difficult to know what more we can do to prevent such attacks," was the reaction of one member of this group.

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End this agunot charade

By Miriam Shaviv, March 31, 2016

How much credit does the London Beth Din deserve for naming and shaming men who refuse to give their wives a Jewish bill of divorce — a get? Is this really progress, or something else?

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Expel Labour's enemy within

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 24, 2016

What is the Labour party's best course of action following the resurgence of anti-Jewish racism in its ranks? I propose to provide a partial answer to this question. But, before I do, let me say that the recent alarums triggered by the public antics of left-wing "activists" will have done some good if it forces Labour's political elite to confront this question.

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When laughter’s no joke

By David Aaronovitch, March 23, 2016

Saturday, it was Dublin. Thursday, it was Glasgow. Soon it's Oxford. I like having a new book out and I enjoy talking about it.

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The fight's gone out of me

By Oliver Kamm, March 17, 2016

"A true Labour friend," is how the JC described Harold Wilson a fortnight ago, on the centenary of the former prime minister's birth. These are difficult times for the left, and it's worth recalling the close historical links between the British and Israeli Labour parties. Wilson exemplified them.

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Cameron's Jerusalem syndrome

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 10, 2016

What are we to make of David Cameron's extraordinary rant against Israel in the House of Commons on February 24? On that day, the Labour MP for Bradford East, Imran Hussain, drew Cameron's attention to one "Nora" and her family, who he declared had been living in "the old city of East Jerusalem" since 1953.

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All in one piece for peace

By Daniel Finkelstein, March 10, 2016

"Is there a Jewish view of Brexit," asked a friend. Well, no, I replied. There isn't even a single Jewish view of Judaism. My father used to say the best sort of synagogue committee had two members, with one person unavoidably absent.

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Why Brexit will be best for us

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 3, 2016

On June 23, British electors will be asked which of two answers they prefer to the question: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?" Voters will have to choose between the two.

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Vote in our mortal interest

By Jonathan Freedland, March 3, 2016

It may sound like a healthy, bran-based breakfast cereal but Brexit is going to be dominating the national conversation between now and June 23. A moment that's been coming for at least two decades, and maybe much longer, is finally here: Britain will decide its place in the European Union, in or out.

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Ethics has nothing to do with it

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 25, 2016

On February 17, Her Majesty's government issued a "Public Procurement Note". As there has been a great deal of media misreporting (perhaps deliberate) of what this document means, I propose to explain the precise significance of the document and to set it in a wider context.

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