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Not afraid? What planet are you on?

By Melanie Phillips, January 15, 2015

Apparently, civilisation is saved! Some 3 million people took to the streets of Paris last Sunday to declare "Je suis Charlie" and that they would fight off the threat to freedom just like the French resistance. "We are not afraid," shouted the crowd.

Oh, but they are. If anyone really thinks the Paris march means Europe is now going to save itself, they are living on a different planet.

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Israel's threat from within

By Jonathan Freedland, January 8, 2015

The spring of 2015 will bring an election that features not just the traditional battle of left and right but a tangled contest of smaller parties, all jostling for seats and for a strong hand in the inevitable coalition horse-trading that will follow.

On the right stands the incumbent prime minister, reviled by some on his own side, under pressure from an army of insurgents who insist they alo

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Antisemitism: the half-truth

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 8, 2015

On December 29, Her Majesty's Government published a 47-page report entitled Government Action on Antisemitism. In terms of deepening our understanding of what Mr Cameron and his colleagues actually believe antisemitism to be, and what they have done and intend to do about it, this is a document of the first importance to Jews. Why then was it published on December 29?

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Failed by such a shoddy ruling

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 18, 2014

The "Fair Admissions Campaign" (FAC) is 18 months old.

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Truth about Phil and me

By David Aaronovitch, December 18, 2014

This was the year when many of us discovered that philosemitism wasn't a half-Jewish Irishman.

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Obama's bid for the Knesset

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 11, 2014

The Knesset elections that Bibi Netanyahu has now engineered for next March are, strictly speaking, unnecessary. That doesn't mean that he was wrong to have engineered them. The pretext he employed was the disloyalty of two of his Cabinet colleagues, justice minister Tzipi Livni and finance minister Yair Lapid, whom he fired last week, accusing them of plotting to overthrow him.

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In praise of cosy boredom

By Daniel Finkelstein, December 4, 2014

Last month, the UJIA, working with video talks website JDOV, organised an evening of short talks and asked me to give one of them. The brief was to give the audience the message I'd want to leave them if it was my last speech to the Jewish community.

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This football fuss is a bit rich

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 4, 2014

There is much more to the Dave Whelan story than meets the eye. It is – thus far – a sad and miserable tale of political correctness taken to new depths of absurdity. To plumb these depths we need to recall how this sad and miserable tale began.

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Israel's crumbling pillars

By Jonathan Freedland, November 27, 2014

Like the opening of an old joke, I've got good news and bad news. Both come from Israel. I'll assume that, like me, you prefer to get the bad news out of the way first. So here goes.

Last weekend, the Israeli cabinet approved a bill that will officially define Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.

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Your money and their hatred

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 27, 2014

Surveying the media frenzy that followed the Jerusalem pogrom (for what else can it be called?) of November 18, I could not help noticing that in spite of all the blaming, naming and shaming, one organisation that has played a significant part in creating and sustaining the misplaced sense of Palestinian victimhood that forms the backcloth to last week's bloody events has escaped the attention of

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