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.


Freedom for neo-Nazi idiots

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 2, 2015

On July 4, a group of neo-Nazis, reportedly led by Eddie Stampton, is planning to hold a demonstration (now moved from Golders Green to central London) to protest against "the Jewish occupation of Britain."


Face up to an unhealthy truth

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 25, 2015

Later this year, the European Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapists (EABCT) will hold its annual conference in Jerusalem - or, as the official conference website put it, "Jerusalem, Israel." There's nothing out of the ordinary about this arrangement.


Shaken by a stunning racist

By Jonathan Freedland, June 25, 2015

It's hardly made headlines here, but one striking feature of the new Israeli government is the presence of several vocal, forceful and trenchantly right-wing women.


Betrayed by a Supreme error

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 18, 2015

Last week the US Supreme Court ruled a law passed by Congress 13 years ago was unconstitutional. This enactment sought to give US parents of children born in Jerusalem the right to obtain for their offspring passports indicating the children had been born in Israel. But on June 8, the Justices of the Supreme Court "struck down" this law.


Still tormented by the past

By Melanie Phillips, June 18, 2015

I recently read two gripping books that had more in common than might at first be thought. Indeed, one might detect an alarming continuum.


Charedi ghetto's flimsy walls

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 11, 2015

On May 19, the Charedi website "Behadrey Haredim" carried a report to the effect that rabbinical and other authorities of the Belz Chasidim in London had the previous day given written instructions, in Hebrew, that - unless exempted by a "special committee" - females of the Belz species were forbidden to drive motor vehicles, and that, if any Belz mother was found after Rosh Chodesh Ell