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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can the community still put their faith in centre-left politicians?

By Ben Rich, October 29, 2015

When Tim Farron told the London Evening Standard that a number of Labour MPs who had been in touch with him were deeply distressed by the election of Jeremy Corbyn as their leader, the paper quickly jumped to the conclusion that he was anticipating defections.

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Boycotts are misguided

By Michael Dugher, October 29, 2015

Last week, I joined over 150 British artists and authors, including JK Rowling, Tom Holland and Simon Schama, in backing a new network promoting co-existence and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Rabin hesitated as he shook hands. I saw deep reservations

By Uri Dromi, October 29, 2015

As Yitzhak Rabin's foreign press spokesman, I was on the flight to Washington to be present for the signing of the Oslo Accords at the White House in 1993.

We flew overnight, on an ageing Israeli air force plane. It was the same plane Rabin and his staff usually took whenever he travelled as prime minister.

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