Gherkin hotline preserved my life

By Peter Rosengard, February 25, 2010

Before getting into bed last night, I wrote down the 24-hour emergency hotline number that was on the jar of gherkins I'd just bought. You just never know when you'll need to make that call. Admittedly, assuming that you haven't slipped in the shower while eating a gherkin (a proctologist once told me where he'd found a small bust of Napoleon - unfortunately we were just about to eat), the chances of anyone having a gherkin emergency in the wee small hours are small, but I like to be on the safe side.


A proud, ethical Zionism for the 21st century

By Paul Gross, February 25, 2010

Back in the UK, I was a Zionist. Now that I'm an Israeli it seems I can't define myself that way any more without being thought of as either hopelessly anachronistic, or avowedly right-wing.


How Nazism shaped Islamist views

By Jeffrey Herf, February 25, 2010

Political Islam is partly the product of a cultural fusion between European and Islamist traditions of Jew-hatred. Nazism's Arabic-language propaganda aimed at the Middle East during the Second World War indicates that a crucial chapter in the history of that fusion took place in Berlin during the war.


Dubai: Hit or miss?

By Martin Bright, February 18, 2010

In 1987 the then Conservative Foreign Office Minister Timothy Renton protested "in the strongest possible terms" to the Israeli ambassador about newspaper reports that forged British passports were being used by Mossad hit men targeting opponents abroad.

As the JC reported at the time, an apology was eventually issued by the Israeli government which assured Britain that it would take steps to avoid it happening again.


Rabbi sex scandal is breaking my heart

By Naomi Ragen, February 18, 2010

This week's announcement by Takana, the Religious Zionist forum working against sexual misconduct by rabbis and teachers, accusing Rabbi Motti Elon of being a "danger to the public" and demanding he resign from all teaching and rabbinic positions, has Israelis in turmoil.


Why I do hate to be by the seaside

By Bryony Gordon, February 18, 2010

My father wants us to go on holiday to Israel. He always wants us to go on holiday to Israel. "Why don't we go on holiday to Israel?" he says, about 78 times a year, "and discover our roots." I tell him that if I want to discover my roots, I will have a look in the mirror at the pitifully fading highlights in my hair. He never laughs.

It's not that I have anything against Israel - clearly, I don't, or I would not be writing for this paper. It's holidays that I do not hold with. I do not want to go on holiday to Israel, or anywhere else.


The big taboo: campus extremism

By Douglas Murray, February 18, 2010

British universities have a problem they are studiously ignoring. The attempted blowing-up of a Detroit plane on Christmas Day by the former head of the University College London Islamic Society (ISoc) is just the latest example.


JFS saga has been a waste of communal time

By Jonathan Wittenberg, February 18, 2010

The passing weeks have afforded time for reflection on the Supreme Court judgment, the third, and hopefully final, legal round in the battle over the admissions criteria of JFS. I feel caught between shame and hope.


The United Synagogue is acting like a greedy bully

By Keren David, February 11, 2010

Have you visited the picturesque Jewish quarter of Romford? Bought challot at the thriving kosher bakeries of Ruislip? I thought not. The Jews of Romford and Ruislip are fewer in number than those in Edgware or Golders Green and live further apart. A Romford eruv, I imagine, might take in vast areas of Essex.


Geoffrey, you fell foul of our hate speech policy

By Matt Seaton, February 11, 2010

In his column last week, “Comment is (not quite) free”, February 5, Geoffrey Alderman attacked the Guardian’s Comment is Free website (Cif), which I edit.