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MPs have failed us over the Trojan school affair

By John Ware, March 18, 2015

The recent Education Select Committee’s report into last summer’s “Trojan Horse” affair must rank as one of the worst any select committee has produced.

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Bibi has not burnt all his bridges

By Tim Marshall, March 18, 2015

The bridges back to a working relationship to the White House and the Mukataa are not burned. Damaged yes, but not irreparably.

Why? Because Benyamin Netanyahu’s Congress speech, and carefully worded ruling out of a Palestinian state were pre-election, and we are now post-election.

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We must bring light to this darkness

By Kate Bearman, March 12, 2015

Every Shabbat at Highgate Synagogue, a member of the congregation has marked the 70 Days For 70 Years project by speaking about an essay from the compilation from which they have drawn inspiration, and in memory of a specific victim of the Holocaust. Recently, I made my speech in honour of Rachel Van Dam, who died in Sobibor concentration campat the age of 66.

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A story I trust in a propaganda war

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, March 12, 2015

I've been putting the finishing touches to my latest BBC Radio 4 play, so I'm acutely aware of how a story can be told, retold and changed with the alteration of perspective. What facts to keep and what to disregard to get to a better and more gripping outcome.

It's the same with news stories. These are incredibly tangled times in which to know what to hold on to.

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I debated with Norman Finkelstein at King's College. It was dire, and scary

By Alan Johnson, March 12, 2015

Debating Israel with Norman Finkelstein at King's College, London, was never going to be easy. He is a ferociously anti-Zionist Jew, a tough political street fighter forged in the ranks of American Maoism, and a hugely experienced and skilful debater who once gave Alan Dershowitz a hard time.

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This odd obsession which distorts how Israel is viewed

By Yiftah Curiel, March 12, 2015

In his book Science of Logic, the German philosopher Friedrich Hegel examines the transition from quantity to quality - that is to say, the moment when a gradual quantitative process brings about a significant qualitative change.

The terms "quantity" and "quality" are central to understanding the effect that media coverage of Israel is having on how the country is perceived.

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I'm bringing Orthodox feminism to college

By Rebecca Filer, March 12, 2015

My batmitzvah was unconventional. Instead of just reading a dvar torah in shul, or having a big party, I leyned in a women's teffilah service on Rosh Chodesh Kislev. From a chumash.

I was extremely lucky to have been able to do so in my own community, making me, apparently, the first girl to leyn in a United Synagogue building.

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Listen to the real experts on Islamism

By Martin Bright, March 5, 2015

Philosophers call it a category error: when we mistakenly believe that a phenomenon should adhere to certain rules. The textbook example is the foreign tourist at Oxford who is shown the great colleges and the Bodleian library and then asks: "But where is the famous university?" In this case, the mistake is not a serious one.

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I hate Pesach but this year's plague of matzos will be different for me

By Fiona Leckerman, March 5, 2015

In a foolishly absentminded moment, I took a bite of my daughter's chocolate muffin. Had I not been lured by her leftovers, I would not have had an anaphylactic reaction in the midst of her birthday party.

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So why are we such crashingly bad drivers?

By Angela Epstein, March 5, 2015

It was, by any standards, a spectacular manoeuvre. Despite the fact that the road was choked by double parking and school-run traffic, the female driver of an ageing Previa seemed unconcerned about the obstacles around her gatepost.

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