Theatre can heal our wound

By James Inverne, August 31, 2011

Growing up in Bournemouth, it was almost holy writ: "when thou art seven or eight, thou shalt join the shul's drama society and there thou shalt remain, yea, even unto thy barmitzvah year." It certainly was compulsory in my house, as my father ran the society.


Jerusalem protestors are not what you think

By Nathan Jeffay, August 25, 2011

The cost of living demonstrations have caught the nation's imagination in Israel. Weekly rallies have attracted as many as 300,000 people and polling puts public support at close to 90 percent.

But British Jews seem to have greeted the new movement with at best a shrug and at worst criticism.


Secret talks underline bankruptcy of peace process

By Yossi Alpher, August 19, 2011

The meeting in London recently between Israeli President Shimon Peres and PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) speaks only to the weaknesses of what purports to be the current peace process-not the (nonexistent) strengths.


Could Bloomberg be the man?

By Monica Porter, August 19, 2011

As we near the 2012 American presidential elections, once again there are rumours that the Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, might enter the race, thereby making himself potentially the country's first Jewish president.


Family is the right answer

By Venetia Thompson, August 19, 2011

Was acting Metropolitan police commissioner Tim Godwin joking when he appealed to parents to "start contacting their children and asking where they are" during last week's riots? You can imagine the phone calls - or rather text message conversations - assuming they even have their kids' latest numbers and they bother checking one of their three phones:

"Where r u?"




Smug? No, honest and proud

By Michael Freedland, August 19, 2011

I cannot be sure, but I think I might have met one of the rioters.

It was a couple of months ago and, that day, I felt rather like rioting myself. I had just been confronted by a young, black girl with a distinct resemblance to a kid in one of the pictures published after the calamities of Tottenham.


Secret talks do have a place in diplomacy

By Oded Eran, August 18, 2011

Israelis love secret meetings with Arab leaders in London. The most famous were held with King Hussein of Jordan in 1963, in the house of his Jewish physician. As a junior diplomat in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I kept the secret file of these meetings, codenamed "Charles".


Can Israel be both a Jewish and a democratic state?

By Asher Maoz, August 18, 2011

Israel was established as a Jewish state. The declaration of the establishment of the state of Israel followed the partition plan adopted by the UN General Assembly, calling for the establishment of independent Arab and Jewish states in Palestine.

Israel failed to adopt a comprehensive constitution.


Good intent of those in tents

By Rachel Liel, August 16, 2011

Around 300,000 of my fellow Israelis went on to the streets last Saturday night to demand a better, more just Israel. This demonstration grew out of a protest movement that began just over three weeks ago. Nothing like this has been seen in Israel before. It is a powerful and optimistic moment, a grassroots phenomenon with huge popular support.


Central Line to success

By Peter Rosengard, August 16, 2011

In the 60s I grew up on the Central line between East Acton and Oxford Circus. We lived in East Acton and I played football with the Charge family who lived on the huge council estate that stretched all the way back to the White City stadium. Luckily for me, Mrs Charge only had 10 sons, so I became a vital addition to the team.