Empathy in the Israel-Palestine conflict: a new approach to peace

By Simon Baron-Cohen, November 12, 2015

Zionism was a utopian dream of creating a safe homeland, born in the minds of Jewish refugees fleeing the horrific pogroms of Eastern Europe in the 1880s and 1890s. Some 30,000 Jewish utopians took the boat to Palestine, erecting tents and building the first idealistic socialist communes, the kibbutzim.


Tracked down, but Sir Gerald still won’t talk

By Marcus Dysch, November 12, 2015

The Palace of Westminster’s Star Chamber was originally a law court during the 16th century reign of Henry VII.

These days, the courtyard that bears the chamber’s name is a poorly lit car park overlooked by MPs’ offices.

On Monday it served as the backdrop for the final act in one of the least appetising chapters of the current Parliament.


For UK Indians, Jews are our role models

By Lord Popat, November 11, 2015

This week marks one of the most significant moments in the short history of the Indian diaspora in Britain, as our annual Diwali celebrations coincide with the first visit to the UK by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.


Why mitzvahs are for Muslims, too

By Sheikh Sayed Abbas Razawi, November 5, 2015

Last month, I sat down for Shabbat dinner with Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski of Golders Green Synagogue. We talked about many things. Our conversations ranged from politics to family to football to the legitimacy of eating locusts.


Letter from Berlin: Syrian surprise at aid from ‘worst enemy’

By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, November 5, 2015

I’m shown a child refugee’s drawing of the journey to Europe. It’s graphic, with people drowned on the way. Another depicts a Daesh beheading.

“Expression can relieve stress,” says Yotam Polizer, director of IsraAID’s field work, as we walk through a huge refugee reception centre in Moabit, a neighbourhood of Berlin.


We've monitored the BBC - now we want to influence its future

By Hadar Sela, November 5, 2015

Studies by groups such as the Community Security Trust and the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism following last year's Gaza conflict highlighted the inescapable connection between media coverage of a war thousands of miles away and antisemitic incidents in Britain.


Saudi cash and the rank hypocrisy of the academic boycotters

By John R Bradley, November 5, 2015

Another academic year begins, and yet another academic boycott of Israel is launched to great fanfare by a tiny but loud group of mostly obscure British university lecturers.

Their cause is generating enormous publicity and reaction, despite the fact that the launch of just about any other such boycott on a similar scale would fail to make headlines even in the local free newspaper.


The true meaning of Rabin’s divided legacy

By Robert Philpot, November 4, 2015

Tavor rifles slung over their shoulders, groups of young IDF recruits wander through Tel Aviv’s Israel Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Centre. It is the day Israel marks the 20th anniversary of the former prime minister’s assassination, but — save for their weaponry and uniforms — these teenagers still resemble the pupils they so recently were, on a school visit.


Hatred at the heart of the campus wars

By Dave Rich, November 2, 2015

Given the concerns that we hear today about antisemitism and anti-Zionism on university campuses, it is worth remembering that there was a time when Jewish student societies were banned outright in some students' unions.


End of life care: We must remain a beacon

By Helen Simmons, November 2, 2015

"Where are you going to live out the end your life?" This isn't really a topic that many of us would like to discuss at dinner parties or social functions but it should be an issue that we are all thinking about.