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Seeing sense in City synagogue

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 19, 2011

One would not normally associate the ceremonial of a City livery company with the forging of a revolution in the Orthodox Jewish world.

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Cheers won't quell the fears

By Jonathan Freedland, May 19, 2011

It's now a cinematic cliché. You know the scene: high-society types are quaffing champagne or dancing the foxtrot, while outside a revolution is brewing. Those on the inside remain in a cosy bubble of complacency, unaware of the storm about to hit them.

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What did he hope to achieve?

By David Aaronovitch, May 13, 2011

Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld of New York must be the kind of friend who, when he comes over, people turn off the lights and hide behind the settee until he's gone again. Let me tell you what he did.

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This was no 'peace activist'

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 13, 2011

Few events - not even the execution of Osama bin Laden - have caused me greater pleasure in recent weeks than news of the death of the Italian so-called "peace activist" Vittorio Arrigoni.

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Croydon's suspect treatment

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 6, 2011

On February 25, I commented here on the weird, not to say alarming, goings-on at the Croydon Synagogue that is a branch of the Federation of Synagogues.

The worthy congregants of Croydon (or at any rate some 28 of them) decided that they could no longer tolerate the presence in their synagogue of their minister, the Reverend David Gilinksy.

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What makes Syria different?

By Melanie Phillips, May 6, 2011

It is hard to imagine a more graphic demonstration of the lamentable failure to understand the Arab world by Britain and the west than its response to the "Arab Spring".

Just about every single thing it is possible to have got wrong, it has got wrong. And nowhere has this been more obvious than in its response to the atrocities in Syria.

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Dialogue with a western leftist

By Nick Cohen, April 27, 2011

"You say you support the Palestinians?"

"Yes."

"Which Palestinians?"

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How Quakers turned spiteful

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 27, 2011

I have - or rather had - a soft spot for the Quakers. British Jews and British Quakers have had a common experience of life as second-class citizens of the state in which they live. The claim that the Quaker architect Joseph Avis declined (in 1699) to accept a fee for the construction of the synagogue of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews in Bevis Marks is almost certainly a bubbe meiseh.

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Attacked by single-view mobs

By Jonathan Freedland, April 18, 2011

Can you walk and chew gum at the same time?

Can you do - or think - two things at once? I only ask because I am beginning to wonder if it's a rarer feat than I'd realised.

Here is what I have in mind. Last week, I wrote a column in the Guardian about the Goldstone affair, triggered by the semi-retraction that the South African judge had delivered a few days earlier.

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Our unrepresentative security

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 18, 2011

In the JC of March 11, there was an article by Dr Gilbert Kahn, who teaches political science at Kean University, in the United States.

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