President Fayyad could change the PA landscape

By Stephen Pollard, February 20, 2012

Ever since he became Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority in 2007, Salam Fayyad's popularity - both among Palestinians and with Western governments - has been built on one crucial factor. In an area where corruption had been endemic, and trustworthiness a seemingly mythical concept, Fayyad is incorruptible. He makes no empty promises. And he delivers concrete changes.


Piling on pounds to lose weight

By Simon Round, February 17, 2012

Lately, I have become rather obsessed with the progress of a random bloke on a diet in America.


My week with Angelina Jolie

By Paul Anticoni, February 17, 2012

Many years ago, I was working in the field with the Red Cross when Angelina Jolie flew in as a UN Human Rights Council ambassador.

The world's cameras, normally focused on the red carpets and the Hollywood hangouts, turned their lenses towards some of the most desperate people on the planet and, for a little while at least, the world heard of the tragic situation we were dealing with.


Why I went on a date on the BBC

By Natalie Samuel, February 16, 2012

Social Suicide. That was my instinct when I was forwarded an email looking for people for a BBC3 documentary on dating in the Jewish community entitled "Young, Single and Religious". Why on earth would anyone expose themselves to that level of ridicule?


We support art - but this is not balanced

By Ilsa and Lisa Klinghoffer, February 16, 2012

On October 8, 1985, our father, Leon, was viciously shot in the head by Palestinian hijackers. The terrorists threw his body, along with his wheelchair, overboard.

Later this month, a baritone portraying our father will appear on the London stage in the ENO's production of The Death of Klinghoffer, which aims to provide insight and understanding into this heinous terrorist attack.


Israel's future and the nation-state

By Alan Johnson, February 14, 2012

Alan Johnson: Can Israel be both a "national homeland for the Jewish people" and a "state for all its citizens"?


My Nigerian parking manoeuvre

By Peter Rosengard, February 13, 2012

Last Monday morning I'd just crossed Conduit street when I saw a warden about to write me a parking ticket. I ran over. "Stop! don't give me a ticket," I shouted. "I'm a great friend of the Yoruba people. I love Lagos. Nigeria is my favourite country."


Victors are not the stuff of art

By James Inverne, February 13, 2012

Last year, I wrote in these pages about the wonderful array of talent bursting through the Israeli film industry, and the appalling lack of wider attention being paid to any of that country's cinematic offerings that did not focus on the situation with the Palestinians.


God is more than a vote winner

By Elizabeth Hunter, February 10, 2012

Sixty years have passed since Gandhi said: "those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is". Yet many of those most interested in politics still do not know. Much has changed since Alastair Campbell stated: "we don't do God" but politicians still don't "do God" very well.


The Auschwitz papers could reveal a hidden Shoah story

By Martin Bright, February 10, 2012

Over the past three weeks the JC has been running a campaign to open the files held by the Ministry of Defence and the National Archives about British prisoners of war held at Auschwitz. To their credit, ministers have reacted quickly to pressure from MPs and offered to help in any way they can.