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On Israel, fear Obama, not Palin

By Melanie Phillips, September 12, 2008

American Jews are attacking Sarah Palin's Zionist credentials - while ignoring far larger questions about Obama's

 

To judge from the screams of horror from certain Jewish quarters, anyone would think that Torquemada was about to open a branch of the Inquisition in Washington DC.

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Why I’m optimistic about peace

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 12, 2008

The Palestinians may finally be accepting that ‘armed struggle' is futile

 

For the first time in years, the prospects are looking rosier for a peace - of sorts - in the Middle East.

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A shul scared of its members

By Miriam Shaviv, September 4, 2008

So the interim chief executive of the United Synagogue has, temporarily at least, overruled his rabbis, who recently recommended that laymen should be allowed to deliver eulogies at funerals. At stake, he said, was a procedural issue: the Rabbinical Council did not consult the Beth Din and Chief Rabbi about the change.

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Hate material online? Let it stay

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 4, 2008

There is no point to Andrew Dismore's attack on WH Smith for selling the Protocols on the web - other than publicity

 

The Hendon parliamentary constituency contains a larger proportion of Jewish voters than any other parliamentary constituency in the UK. So it is only natural that the Hendon MP should cultivate his Jewish clientèle. And Andrew Dismore - the Labour MP in question - does so.

Mr Dismore is not a slave to the Jewish vote. Nor should he be. But on what we might call the "core" issues he is sound.

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Blind US Zionism will kill Israel

By Jonathan Freedland, August 28, 2008

Both Joe Biden and McCain's likely running-mate are staunch supporters of Israel. But what it really needs is tough love.

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We all need a secular education

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 28, 2008

Ofsted is right to demand better non-religious teaching in Charedi schools: it helps children learn right from wrong.

ive years ago, a welcome change in government policy meant that although independent schools were under no obligation to teach the national curriculum, they would all henceforth be subject to government inspection. This year, so far, Ofsted reports on 14 privately funded Jewish schools have been published. As Simon Rocker's analysis in last week's JC demonstrated, some of these audits make grim reading.

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Why I hope Olmert is tried

By Miriam Shaviv, August 21, 2008

The key witness against Israeli PM Ehud Olmert, American businessman Morris Talansky, has declared he won't be returning to Israel to complete his testimony.

Olmert's people say this leaves the prosecution's case in tatters. The prosecution insists he will be indicted. And I hope the prosecution is right. Having a former PM in the dock will be a true embarrassment. But no trial would be even worse.

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Obama could be bad for Israel

By Daniel Finkelstein, August 21, 2008

I'm tired. It's been seven long, long years and I'm tired. It's so tempting just to lay my head down and rest. Got a pillow, anyone?

It is difficult to understand fully the aims of the 9/11 conspirators, what they were hoping to achieve by blowing up the twin towers. But if one of their objectives was to undermine the unity of the West, then they have succeeded, and succeeded dramatically.

For those of us in Europe determined to argue for solidarity with America and the need for a robust liberal internationalism, it has been a hard, long, rough ride.

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Yes, bury the absurd eulogy rule

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 21, 2008

The decision of the United Synagogue -- or rather the recommendation of its Rabbinical Council - to relax the rule that only rabbis or ministers be permitted to deliver funeral eulogies is a welcome triumph of common sense over common nonsense. What puzzles me is that the rule was ever introduced in the first place.

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So what if you’re related to Hitler?

By Miriam Shaviv, August 14, 2008

This obsession with stories about enemies defecting to our side is a sign of insecurity

Is there a Jewish member of the Hitler family, alive and well - and living as a practising Jew in Israel?
According to Dr Michael Mach, a German-born convert to Judaism and faculty member of Tel Aviv University's Department of Philosophy, his divorced grandmother remarried one Hans Hitler, the illegitimate son of Adolph's half-brother, Alois Jr.

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