Gefilte breath is worth it

By David Robson, August 8, 2011

It came as a disappointment followed by a revelation. "I've had a bit of an argument with the caterers," said my friend, the about-to-be bride. "I've told them that on no account am I having fried gefilte fishballs at the wedding buffet."

A wedding buffet without gefilte fish balls, what sort of a wedding is that? "Why on earth not?" I asked.

"Because they give you bad breath," she replied.


Jewish Brits are cutting edge

By Anthony Clavane, August 8, 2011

Multiculturalism has become a dirty word since David Cameron's infamous speech, five months ago, linked it with terrorism. But last week, as I read and saw the reports of Amy Winehouse's funeral, it occurred to me that the notion was far from discredited.

How else to explain the media's breathless fascination with the Hebrew prayers, the sitting shiva and the kippahs?


Particular kind of bad news

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2011

A recent story in the West Sussex County Times was headlined: Woman describes her Israel trip from hell.


So, will the left blame Islam for Breivik's acts?

By Monica Porter, August 4, 2011

There has been a tidal wave of media coverage about Anders Behring Breivik and his murderous rampage in Norway. Was he a solitary monster or part of a network of virulent white supremacists? Sane or a psychopath? Could he have been influenced by our own extreme nationalists, the English Defence League?

Speculation has been rife. But one line of thinking has been absent.


Here is the news: Africa hurts

By Paul Anticoni, August 1, 2011

Summer is generally a quiet time for the media. Parliament is in recess, many journalists (and readers) are on holiday, and the frivolous stories deemed to be newsworthy have led to the summer being known as "silly season".


Now I get how they knew it all

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, August 1, 2011

When I first joined the cast of a well known soap opera, one of the first things that happened, before the ink had dried on the contract, was a long and serious briefing by the press office. This two hour session was to prep me for the life changing experience ahead.


Anniversary that affects us

By Edie Friedman, August 1, 2011

Sixty years ago this week, the nations of the world enshrined in international law the right of those persecuted in their homeland to seek safety in another country. The Second World War left an estimated 30 million people uprooted.


Israel is right to crack down on all boycotts

By Gerald M Steinberg, July 28, 2011

Since its independence in 1948, Israel has been confronted by several boycott campaigns, beginning with the Arab League's extensive embargo that still continues in many countries.


Blogland: Here be dragons

By Chas Newkey-Burden, July 25, 2011

With revelations about phone-hacking and related press scandals, there is a renewed sense that the media is out of control and in need of further regulation. This tidal wave of opinion should be properly considered by those in power. However, the mainstream press is in many ways a beacon of order and restraint when compared with dangerously feral elements of the online media.


More to Israel than war film

By James Inverne, July 25, 2011

In an Eilat taxi a month or two ago, I saw a curious thing. A little way up, in the sandy hills by the sea, was a ghost town. I mean a ghost town in the old-fashioned sense of the phrase - a totally deserted, in fact sealed-off, Wild West-style high street, complete with what looked like a saloon where no cowboys could once pick up a two-shekel hussy.