Our debt to Britain over Belsen

By Karen Pollock, April 11, 2014

Almost 69 years ago today, Norman Turgel, a soldier in the British Army, met the woman whom he immediately knew he would marry. Just days later, they were engaged.


Repressive aspect of occupation must stop

By Fred Barschak, April 10, 2014

In the week in which the Israeli-Palestinian talks appear to be collapsing, it is worth re-examining some of the factors that have led to a breakdown in the peace process time and again.

In 1977, Yigael Yadin, the second chief of staff of the IDF, expressed the dilemma that has faced every Israeli administration in two brilliant sentences.


What women need to stay Orthodox

By Dina Brawer, April 4, 2014

On Sunday morning the Chief Rabbi was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 by Ed Stourton. During the interview Ed put my following question to Rabbi Mirvis, which I had submitted.

"What would you say to convince a Jewish woman who feels unwelcome and irrelevant in her Orthodox Jewish community that she should stick with Orthodoxy?"


The importance of remembering

By Vernon Bogdanor, March 27, 2014

The Prime Minister has established a Holocaust Commission to make recommendations for a memorial. This should encourage us to reflect on how the Holocaust should be remembered in a country that was not involved in it either as a perpetrator or a collaborator.


If Riba won't rethink, revoke its royal charter

By Stephen Games, March 27, 2014

As a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, I was disappointed to learn of its call for its Israeli counterpart to be suspended from the International Union of Architects. Had I known in advance, I would have protested—for five reasons.


The price of Israeli diplomacy

By Daniel Taub, March 27, 2014

What matters is not what the nations of the world say, but what the Jews do.” Even as he declared this, David Ben-Gurion knew the truth was more complex. The state of Israel was not forged on the kibbutz and the battlefield alone.


Circumcision is at the heart of Jewish identity

By Elad Uzan, March 23, 2014

Recently, circumcision has been in the headlines in Israel due to two events. First came a German court’s decision that circumcision is “bodily harm”, leading to claims that Germany, or Europe, are about to ban circumcision, and to accusations of antisemitism by many Israelis. Recently, a woman who refused to circumcise her son was allegedly ordered to do so by an Israeli rabbinical court.


Beware kneejerk reactions to anti-Israel slurs

By Chas Newkey-Burden, March 22, 2014

It’s a familiar cycle. A politician makes an incendiary allegation against Israel. Pro-Israel advocates rush to issue defensive rebuttals. An almighty scrap develops, few give any ground, but the original allegation is repeated by both sides as the controversy drags on.


Vive la France? Not if you're Jewish

By Andrew Hussey, March 21, 2014

In 1983, I went to the University of Lyon 3, to study there as part of my degree in French studies at the University of Manchester. I was 20 years old, had not travelled much further than my home town of Liverpool and was a fairly typical product of my environment – the NME-reading Smiths-leftist culture.


How Jews survived Japan

By Colin Shindler, March 21, 2014

Most Jews recall September 1 1939 as the date innocence ended, when the Nazis marched into Poland. Fewer remember December 7 1941, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbour.