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How we’ll beat natural hostility

By Daniel Finkelstein, October 23, 2008

We all knew it would happen, didn't we? The question of whether it would didn't come up. We just instantly knew. So I want to ask a different question, the question "why?" And then I want to put this to you - are we all that much better?

The moment Lehmans went belly-up we knew there would be people who would blame it on the Jews. And when Congress rejected the President's bailout plan, we all just waited for the newsreaders to point out that a new plan couldn't be agreed because of Rosh Hashanah, and for the conspiracy nutters to get to work with that.

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Israel bail out Gaza? Cheeky, Tony

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 23, 2008

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God is not the enemy of reason

By Melanie Phillips, October 17, 2008

It is an article of faith (except, of course, among those who actually have a faith) that the dethronement of God by the apostles of secularism has ushered in an age of reason. Belief in the Almighty is now widely held to be a priori evidence of primitive stupidity.

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Why we really need the Queen

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 17, 2008

Shortly after he became Prime Minister, Gordon Brown announced that there was to be a "national conversation" on constitutional reform. This was the time (how very long ago it seems now) of the "Brown bounce", when Mr Brown actually enjoyed a modicum of national popularity. He was determined (his spin-doctors assured us) to sweep away the heavily cobwebbed constitutional niceties that the country had inherited from long ago.

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Schlep back home, Sarah

By Miriam Shaviv, October 17, 2008

Last weekend, hundreds of young Jews descended on Florida to convince their grandparents to vote for Senator Obama, earning wide press coverage, including in the UK. "The Great Schlep", organised by the pro-Obama Jewish Council for Education and Research, may have had a humorous edge, but it has entrenched the idea that if Obama loses the swing state of Florida, it will be down to racist old Jews.

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Vote for me — I have a kippah

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 17, 2008

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Don’t make martyrs of deniers

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 10, 2008

It's a waste of money prosecuting Shoah-deniers -just confront their views in public


Any limit on freedom of speech is wrong and almost always achieves the opposite to that which it is aiming for. But in the case of Holocaust-deniers, sticking them in prison is an especially bad idea.

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I’ve found my inner builder

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 10, 2008

Succot reminds us that life isn't all about brain work - there's divinity in manual labour

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Jew-hatred we don’t care about

By Jonathan Freedland, October 3, 2008

The Baltic states are erasing the memory of the Holocaust - and even prosecuting survivors. Where is our outrage?


With Yom Kippur coming up, I know we are meant to be atoning for our own sins rather than making
accusations against others. But some crimes are too big to ignore.

The crime in question is the Holocaust - or, more precisely, the way we remember it. As the remnant of survivors shrinks, and as that event passes from living memory into history, there is a battle underway for how the Shoah will be recorded for posterity.

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The extremists are taking over

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 3, 2008

Charedi activists are trying to ban ‘non-kosher' music and force women to dress more modestly in Israel

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