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An illiterate way to grab votes

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 23, 2014

When I read the text of the "Palestine" resolution passed by the House of Commons on October 13, my initial reaction was to laugh out loud.

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How dare he question our laws

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 14, 2014

Mr Neil Parish, as well as being the Conservative MP for Honiton, is chairman of something called "The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Beef and Lamb".

Last month, in one or other (or possibly both) of these capacities, he commented on the results of an investigation that compared the retention of red blood cells in meat derived from food animals that had been mechanically stunned prior to sla

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Qatar is not the West's ally

By Melanie Phillips, October 14, 2014

There has been much very justified criticism of US strategy in attacking the Islamic State militia in Iraq and Syria. Air strikes have barely dented its advance. Various military types have weighed in with doubtless sage advice that, to have any hope of destroying Islamic State, boots are needed on the ground.

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Too much out in the cold

By Jonathan Freedland, October 7, 2014

It is the festival of exile. I know the notion of wandering and of a temporary home is built into the very idea of Succot, but that's not what I mean. Rather, it's the weather. The prospect of eating and sleeping outdoors, with only the slimmest canopy of leaves between you and the stars - and doing that in October - makes no sense in most parts of the world where Jews live.

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Let children open their eyes

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 7, 2014

Are you all worked up over plans to force students taking GCSE Religious Studies to learn about two or more world religions?

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TUC's severance of a strong link

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 18, 2014

The resolution which the Trades Union Congress adopted last week on the subject of Israel marks a grim watershed in the history of the TUC's relationship with the Jewish state. More than that, it marks the passing of an era in terms of the attitude of the British left towards Jews and Jewish national self-determination.

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It is vital to define terms

By Daniel Finkelstein, September 18, 2014

Not long after the Gaza troubles started up again, I noticed something odd about some of the people attaching my name to tweets attacking Israel. They seemed to be strangers, but I'd come across them before. Then I realised where. It had been during the recent debates about child abuse. There was a group of people who linked Jews, Israel and paedophiles.

But it was all done very carefully.

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Spite that lies behind the labels

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 11, 2014

In principle, I support the labelling of goods, especially those imported from abroad. The consumer has a right to know something about the origin of those goods, and whether they comply with British (and, for the moment at any rate, EU) safety standards. Moreover, as an Orthodox Jew, I take particular care over what I put into my mouth.

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Deputies wildly off target

By Melanie Phillips, September 4, 2014

The Board of Deputies last week crossed a line. It stopped being a community embarrassment and became instead a positive menace.

It proudly announced an "unprecedented" joint statement with the Muslim Council of Britain. This said the Middle East conflict should not poison community relations. But it also condemned the "targeting of civilians".

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Foolish question of who won

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 4, 2014

In the year 625 of the Common Era, adherents of the Islamic faith from Medina, commanded by the prophet Mohammed, engaged with an army of polytheists from Mecca. Mohammed was seriously wounded; his Islamist battalions suffered heavy casualties. The battle of Uhud (as it is known) was clearly a defeat for the forces of Islam.

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