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Anglo-Jewish realism at last

By David Landau, December 3, 2010

What a warm feeling of Zionist solidarity awaits me in London next week. To stand before UK Jewish groups and cry: "Gevalt! Israel is becoming an apartheid state"- and know this warning is no longer repressed heresy but mainstream discourse within Anglo-Jewry.

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Israel's case must be heard

By Ron Prosor, December 3, 2010

I spend a lot of time with the British Jewish community. I hear considerable support for Israel's resilience, creativity and innovation; our economy and arts; our moral fortitude, including our purity of arms. I hear support for what the state embodies and represents - the realisation of the millennia-long Jewish yearning for freedom in our historic homeland.

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The chaos of compensation

By Michael Pinto-Duschinksy, November 30, 2010

The Jewish Claims Conference is back in the news. Seventeen people in New York, where the organisation has its headquarters, have been charged with making fraudulent claims for Holocaust compensation from the German government to the value of £27 million. Five have already admitted their guilt.

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Lord Sacks is a great teacher

By Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum, November 30, 2010

For my 20th birthday, my mother gave me the book Traditional Alternatives by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. I was fresh out of yeshivah and studying in university, and this book had a profound effect on me. It explained the origins and complexities of my Jewish identity. It gave me a language to articulate the values and principles on which modern Jewish life was based. The author became the Chief Rabbi and every new book he publishes turns up on my birthday. That body of work is my constant reference. It underpins my teaching and philosophy.

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A harmonious choir of liberal conformism

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, November 26, 2010

As the saying goes, you should practice what you preach - not what emerged from the recent panel discussion between Peter Beinart, former editor of the US liberal weekly the New Republic and recent heir to the late Tony Judt's critique of Zionism, Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland, and Mick Davis, chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council.

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What kind of person has one solitary allegiance?

By Matthew Gould, November 26, 2010

In my short time as British Ambassador to Israel I have come to realise that I carry around with me an extraordinary weight of historical baggage. But there is an issue which carries special salience. As a Jew and as a British citizen, the old accusation of "dual loyalty" has already raised its head.

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It is our obligation to speak against injustice

By Lord Janner, November 25, 2010

Israel is a democratic State - as is Britain. But that does not mean I agree with all the policies of either government. Indeed, in Britain, I am an active parliamentarian in an opposition party. And regrettably, there are many policies of Israel's government with whichI also disagree.

Some 13 years ago, I spent time in the Arab Israeli town of Sakhnin. There, I made true and lasting friends with some of the most honourable Israelis. They regarded themselves as proud Arab citizens of Israel. What is currently occurring with the Arab population of sovereign Israel is of deep concern.

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Israel is only ours by virtue of our conduct

By Jonathan Wittenberg, November 25, 2010

I welcome Mick Davis' courage and comments. They come from a man deeply committed to Israel.

We worry lest the Jewish state cease to exist because of a military defeat. More recently we've become concerned Israel may no longer be Jewish because of demographic factors. But it is also possible that Israel ceases to be a 'Jewish' state for ethical reasons, because it fails to remain faithful to the 3000-year-old ethical traditions of Judaism.

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Mick Davis: the fallout from his Israel comments

By Lord Kalms, November 25, 2010

The JLC may be self-appointed, but even self-appointed leaders should try to speak and behave like leaders. Mick Davis's recent comments show a startling lack of leadership and sense.

Everybody is entitled to their opinion but can anybody really hold a straight face and say the UK Jewish community is unwilling to criticise Israel? Most of us see no lack of debate.

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Even antisemites are sometimes right

By Clive Sinclair, November 22, 2010

In 1966, I bought my parents a carriage clock for their silver wedding anniversary. It was last wound 30 years later, in December 1996, the month my father died. He was playing bridge with his neighbours, Norman and Hadassah, when his heart began to fail. An argument had developed, not about the game, but about Israel.

My father had voiced the opinion that the election of Benjamin Netanyahu was a disaster. "Four years, the settlement freeze lasted," he said, "and now he ends it overnight. That's not what I call giving peace a chance."

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