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Beware of the hot-air fascists

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 3, 2015

Next month, the Board of Deputies will host a forum on climate change. The event is the brainchild of the Board's "social-action group", and will allow participants to "share perspectives" as a prelude to a United Nations conference on climate change planned for the end of the year.

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So far away, yet so together

By Miriam Shaviv, September 3, 2015

Our friends thought we were stark raving mad - and as I watched my daughters, aged six and nine, disappear up an escalator with a stewardess whom they had met only five minutes earlier, I wondered whether they were indeed right.

We were sending them for two weeks in Israel, without us.

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It was a coup to get me there

By Peter Rosengard, September 2, 2015

Towards the end of June, I got an email inviting me to give a speech in Fiji. It took me less than a second to accept the invitation.

"Did you know the JC was big in Fiji," I asked the editor.

"No," he said. "I didn't think there were any Jews in Fiji."

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Is the royal prayer outdated?

August 27, 2015

On 9 September, Her Majesty the Queen will be celebrating the fact that she will, that day, have become Britain's longest reigning monarch, overtaking the record set by Queen Victoria (her great-great-grandmother) of 63 years and 216 days.

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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?

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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."

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