An own goal in Southampton

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 8, 2015

As a research-orientated academic I receive many invitations to present conference papers.


Is solidarity still sensible?

By Jonathan Freedland, April 2, 2015

What will the historians of the future make of the Jews of today? If all they have to go on are public statements and official declarations, they'll presume British Jews were almost stationary, our views of Israel unbending over the decades - no matter what happened in the country.


Racists seeking to destroy Israel

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 2, 2015

Under what circumstances should criticism of the state of Israel be deemed "illegitimate?" The now-cancelled Southampton University conference, "International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism", brought this subject into focus.


Loyalty of Israel's true friend

By Melanie Phillips, March 26, 2015

In New York last week, I was talking to American Jews anxious about the very difficult relationship between President Obama and Israel's newly re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. We wait to see whether the Obama administration will carry out its post-election threat to throw Israel under the bus if the declaration of a Palestine state comes to a UN vote.


University's lesson in bigotry

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 26, 2015

What are we to make of recent events at the School of Oriental & African Studies, where a ballot of students and staff appears to have resulted in a 73 per cent majority in favour of "a full academic boycott of Israel?" The ballot was organised by the SOAS students' union, with the support of two campus trade-union branches known for their anti-Zionism, the University & College Union and Unison.


What's the left's right way?

By Miriam Shaviv, March 19, 2015

What is it going to take for the left to win an election in Israel?

This vote should have been theirs for the taking. Netanyahu, running for a fourth term, was suffering from voter fatigue, beset by personal scandal, and had a poor record on cost-of-living and other domestic issues.


The kashrut war of cultures

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 19, 2015

The latest "kashrut war" tells us something profound about the social demography of Jewish Orthodoxy in Britain. But we might be forgiven for missing the lesson that it teaches.


Getting out of a problem

By David Aaronovitch, March 12, 2015

Until last week's JC, I had never heard of the case of the "Prodfather". If you missed it, too, I should explain this refers to the elderly Brooklyn rabbi, Mendel Epstein, who is being tried in the US for forcing divorces out of Orthodox men who don't want them.


Is this a fit legacy for the Board?

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 12, 2015

In my experience, all holders of high public office like to leave a "legacy" - something (preferably positive) by which they may be fondly remembered.


Danes who are not so great

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 5, 2015

Last week, the USA-based Pew Research Center released the findings of its annual study of global restrictions on religion. Looking back to 2013, the Pew study concludes that there is good news and bad news. The good news is that social hostilities involving religion declined "somewhat" in 2013, from a six-year high the previous year.