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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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Safe? Such lies spell danger

By Melanie Phillips, February 25, 2016

Support free speech? Of course you do. So you support people defaming Israel as an apartheid state? Hmmm. Tricky, isn't it? Freedom of expression is a core western value which has been turned into a battleground.

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Fences still need to be mended

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 18, 2016

What was the point of the meeting that Board of Deputies' president Jonathan Arkush recently had with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn?

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Fed up with being spat on

By Miriam Shaviv, February 18, 2016

The Crisis of Zionism was a phenomenon when it was published just four years ago. American journalist Peter Beinart's provocative thesis was that the younger generation of American Jews is increasingly alienated from the Jewish state, because Israel's policies regarding the Palestinians clash with their liberal-democratic ideals.

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Holes in the Wall's consensus

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 11, 2016

A compromise is an agreement whereby a dispute is settled with each party to it making concessions. Neither side gets everything it wants, but all sides can claim a victory of sorts.

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