Even Israelis think I'm crazy

By Chas Newkey-Burden, April 29, 2011

The fact that I support Israel despite not being Jewish seems to prompt a certain amount of curiosity and even suspicion. Particularly as I am not a Christian Zionist, nor an Islamophobe. Rather, I love Israel because… I love Israel. It might not be a common position but as far as I am concerned it should be.


CST represents all Jews

By Gerald M Ronson, April 29, 2011

My fellow trustees and I are proud to have led the Community Security Trust to its current position as one of our community's foremost charities, representing it on issues of antisemitism, extremism, policing and security. Nevertheless, JC columnist, Geoffrey Alderman - in the issue of April 15 - provocatively questions CST's right to call itself representative.


Not really the career for me...

By Peter Rosengard, April 28, 2011

Last week I was looking at the adverts in the window of the local  newsagents, when I noticed a one bedroom flat for sale for £399,000. As I've been thinking for the last 20 years about buying a property as an investment, on impulse I rang the number.


From grief to hope - a religious Shoah message

By Lord Jonathan Sacks, April 28, 2011

For the past two years, we have been engaged in a major experiment in Anglo-Jewry: finding a way of giving religious expression to Yom ha-Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day - which falls this Sunday - in a way that will guarantee its continuity across the generations even when there are no more survivors to share their memories and stories with us.


Why the Y word is my word

By Gerald Jacobs, April 22, 2011

A couple of rows in front of where I am sitting, a large man has leapt to his feet. His entire body is quivering with rage. I expect him to lose his voice at any moment. On the surface, he seems an affable, suburban type, a family man with children whom he has quite possibly reprimanded for outbursts far milder than the poisonous invective currently issuing from his own mouth.


Is Israel ready for UN battle?

By Orlando Radice, April 22, 2011

Much has been written about what a certain UN General Assembly meeting in September this year could mean in the history of Israel. Put simply, the country is facing a diplomatic D-Day.

September is the month in which Palestinian leaders are likely to seek recognition for an independent state with the pre-1967 borders, if no progress is made in the peace process by then.


Even the matzah is different

By David Robson, April 21, 2011

We always had two Seders at home, the second rather shorter than the first. It was my parents, my brothers and me - a small affair.


It is not cycles that drive the Mid-East conflict

By Dan Kosky, April 21, 2011

The latest round of Gaza border violence is seemingly over, but it has given rise to a familiarly inadequate analysis of the situation.


Scared to death by dramatist

By Julia Pascal, April 15, 2011

Does theatre matter? Jewish/Arab director and actor Juliano Mer-Khamis was gunned down by masked gunmen in Jenin last week. He had prophesised on Israeli television that he would die this way. Mer-Khamis was born, as he put it: "One hundred per cent Jewish and one hundred per cent Arab".


Anglo-Jewry's special legacy

By Alison Fisch Katz, April 15, 2011

I recently attended two funerals; one in Jerusalem and the other in Zichron Ya'akov. Both of the deceased were members of my family who had died on the same day, and both were brought on the same El Al flight from Heathrow to Ben Gurion for burial in Israel by their next of kin.