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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This is a test for Israeli democracy

By Naomi Chazan, February 11, 2010

As a former deputy speaker of the Knesset and lifelong activist for peace, women’s rights and human rights, it takes a lot to upset me. The recent attack by the new group Im Tirzu which — through distortion, innuendo and outright lies — contends that by funding Israeli human rights groups the New Israel Fund (NIF) bears responsibility for the negative conclusions about Israel in the Goldstone Report, was a good try.

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Probe the investigators

By Miriam Shaviv, February 11, 2010

What does it take to launch a probe into Israel’s conduct nowadays? Not much. If you are Jenny Tonge, classically antisemitic allegations that Israelis were harvesting organs of victims of the Haiti earthquake, published on an obscure website, seem to be enough. If you are the UN, the word of terrorists is helpful, too.

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China the key to controlling Iran

By Tim Marshall, February 11, 2010

China’s moment has arrived. Conventional wisdom says that whichever way Russia votes at the UN Security Council, China follows. Those days are over. As we head for sanctions against Iran “within weeks, not months”, according to US Defence Secretary Robert Gates, China will choose its own path.

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No peace? Blame the EU and the UN

By Stephen Pollard, February 8, 2010

The cliché about the annual Herzliya conference is that anyone who is anyone in discussions about Israel’s security is there. But that’s not quite true. Rather, everyone is there — from the most senior Israeli politicians, soldiers and advisers to students, foreign experts and even grubby hacks.

Most years there tends to be a theme on everyone’s lips. This year, there were two.

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