How I solved my identity crisis

By Miriam Shaviv, May 23, 2008

What do you do when another journalist writes under the same name as you?

It’s Miriam Shaviv here; JC comment editor, and the same Miriam Shaviv that usually appears in this slot.

It may sound as if I’m stating the obvious, but those of you who read the Jerusalem Post may be confused.

For although the odds seem incredibly low, there is another journalist called Miriam Shaviv. She edits the Arts section of the Post, the paper which employed me before I worked here. And she writes regularly under the same byline as me.


Sir Alan, you're hired as our rep

By Jonathan Freedland, May 16, 2008

Alan Sugar is the most visible Jew in this country. And that’s no bad thing

I was hooked even before the chicken. Wednesday nights have been ring-fenced in the diary since the latest series of The Apprentice began, but my addiction goes back even further. To me, Sir Alan Sugar and his would-be employees have become a harbinger of summer, like the sound of leather on willow: when they re-appear, I know that winter is over at last.


Ken lost us, then lost London

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 16, 2008

The statistics indicate that if Livingstone had apologised to London’s Jews, he may have won

What part did the Jews of London play in the ousting of its former mayor, Ken Livingstone? The circumstantial evidence is compelling, and points to a vindication of Nicky Gavron’s claim (reported in last week’s JC) that a Jewish backlash made a significant contribution to his loss of office.


Let Lord Levy speak his mind

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 9, 2008

The attacks on Michael Levy’s new memoir are groundless


The BNP victory is a calamity

By Daniel Finkelstein, May 9, 2008

The election of the BNP to the London Assembly threatens clear thinking across the political board


I sent this one-word text message to a member of the Tory high command as the results from the local elections came in and it became apparent that what had seemed almost impossible a few months ago had come to pass — Boris Johnson would be the next mayor of London.

“I think you mean cripes!” came the reply.


Israel should not fight polygamy

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 2, 2008

Many Bedouin have been killed while serving in the IDF. Time to show their culture some respect

The Israeli government has recently announced a programme to tackle the “problem” of polygamy amongst its Bedouin citizens.

There is no such “problem”.


Red and green meet brownshirts

By David Aaronovitch, May 2, 2008

Dr Kollerstrom emerged from a small but distinct political movement. That should worry us


Israel a theocracy? It would die

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 25, 2008

Its greatest challenge is to remain both the Jewish state and a liberal democracy


Now is the time to attack Iran

By Melanie Phillips, April 25, 2008

War with the most lethal threat to the free world is inevitable. To save lives, the West must strike first

Everyone is waiting. In Israel, they are waiting for the 60th-anniversary celebrations to be over and for President Bush to have visited and returned home. Then, they say, the IDF will make its long-anticipated major incursion into Gaza. Then at last the problem of the ever-intensifying attacks by Hamas will be dealt with.


Defending Israel? Anger works

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 18, 2008

Advice recently given by PR experts on how to promote Israel in the media was wrong

How does one best put Israel’s case in public? This was the theme of the recent conference hosted by Bicom. Unfortunately, I was unable to accept my invitation to attend because of pressing family commitments. However, had I done so I suspect I would have summoned up the courage to disagree with the advice apparently given by some of the presenters, and reported in last week’s JC.