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What does Ed stand for?

By Nick Cohen, March 14, 2011

In Ed Miliband, the Labour Party has its first leader from a Jewish background. "Background" is the word to remember because, as with Benjamin Disraeli, Ed Miliband's father renounced his faith. Isaac Disraeli joined the Church of England and allowed his children to flourish in the sectarian English establishment of the day.

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Israel – a progressive cause

By Robert Philpot, March 11, 2011

At the time of the founding of the state of Israel, David Ben Gurion said it was not enough for the Jewish state to be simply Jewish - it had to be fully democratic, offering full citizenship to all its peoples. It was a remarkable statement made at the very moment when Israel faced the first of the wars of survival which have periodically threatened its very existence.

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The JC, ham and churnalism

By Richard Burton, March 11, 2011

The last thing trainee accountant Victor Kaufman expected when he boarded easyJet's flight from Tel Aviv was to be offered a now infamous bacon sandwich.

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It's the mice that set me up

By Simon Round, March 11, 2011

When you reach my age (and without giving too much away there is a four in there somewhere) strange things can begin to happen to your body. Your muscles, particularly your legs, become stronger, your fat ratio begins to drop and you can run farther and faster then you could a year previously.

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Quilliam: A think-tank we must save

By Martin Bright, March 10, 2011

In a week in which events in Libya have again made us aware of how desperately the people of the Muslim world are crying out for liberty and democracy, how depressing it was to hear that the anti-Islamist Quilliam Foundation could face closure.

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State should accept full role to protect citizens

By Gilbert Kahn, March 10, 2011

As an invited guest from the US, it was fascinating to observe the gathering at Grosvenor House last week as reportedly 1100 of the leaders of Anglo Jewry and their political friends and supporters assembled for the annual CST dinner. It spoke volumes to the high regard in which CST is held by the community and by public officials.

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Most Iranians want ties with Israel, not with Hizbollah

March 4, 2011

Well before the recent wave of Arab revolt swept the Middle East, the region had already witnessed a historic, people-power challenge to a despotic order. In 2009, three million Iranians poured into the streets of Tehran to protest against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's fraudulent re-election.

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No toast in the JC this week

By Simon Round, March 4, 2011

Recently I acquired a smartphone. It was a confusing purchase because there were so many on offer. There was the iPhone 4, the Blackberry Torch, the HTC Desire and probably the LG Orgasm. In the end I went for the Samsung Galaxy S on the basis that Samsung are Chelsea's shirt sponsors.

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Progressives are not majority in UK

By Nick Lowles, March 3, 2011

The Searchlight Educational Trust this week released the findings of the biggest-ever poll exploring issues of English identity, faith and race.

Entitled Fear and Hope - the New Politics of Identity, the findings are far from comforting. People are scared about the future and their views on diversity and society are largely influenced by their own economic situation.

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Why JNF UK has sadly decided to leave the JLC

By Samuel Hayek, March 3, 2011

Since the publication of Der Judenstaat - The Jewish State - in 1896 by Theodor Herzl, the very idea of a modern state of Israel has been constantly undermined and the state itself has had to survive multiple threats to its existence.

In the decades following independence, Israel's enemies tried to wipe it off the map through conventional warfare. They failed and Israel thrived.

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