Now goy girls want Jewish men

By Hadley Freeman, February 26, 2009

So I was going to write about how totally hilarious it is that The Reader has proven that Hollywood has become so blinded by the theory that portraying the Holocaust on film is A Good Thing that a movie can somehow argue that antisemitism is analogous with illiteracy and is therefore similarly redeemable.

But then I thought, why depress yourself? So instead, I’m going to write about how everyone wants to be Jewish.


Osama’s Useful Idiots threaten the terror war

By Tim Marshall, February 19, 2009

This week the Pakistani government woke up to its worst nightmare and promptly dreamed up a plan which is likely to make things worse, Pakistan is now sleepwalking to disaster.

The nightmare is an Islamist victory. It has been partially handed to the Taliban on an altar, upon which has been sacrificed the soul of Pakistan.


Sorry Canada, you’re boring

By Joe Joseph, February 19, 2009

Let me say one word to you: Canada. Ring any bells? It’s coming back to you. But it takes a while, doesn’t it? It’s so easy to forget Canada exists. It’s never in the news. It’s the country equivalent of the friend you always forget to invite to your party because it slips your mind he’s actually still alive. Canada’s low profile explains a lot about the country, including its motto (“Yoo-hoo! We’re over here!”).


Why Israel needs Lieberman’s ideas now

By Danny Ayalon, February 19, 2009

Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu became the third largest political party in Israel after last week’s elections. Its two main policies concerned citizenship and the replacement of ‘land for peace’ initiatives in favour of ‘land for land’. Both of these proposals bring a fresh perspective to stubborn problems in Israel and beyond.


Hate bubbles under cosy England

By Howard Jacobson, February 19, 2009

How to understand the over-and-above hatred expressed for Israel during and after the fighting in Gaza — the hysteria of the condemnation, the unreasoning loathing, the poisons we can taste on our tongues? However we try we must remember the mantra: “It is not antisemitism. It is just ‘criticism’ of Israel.”


Tories will be tough on antisemitism

By Chris Grayling, February 12, 2009

Hate crime is abhorrent whatever the circumstances.

Whether it is the recent bout of antisemitism following the Gaza crisis or the attacks on Muslims after 9/11, crime based on prejudice must be dealt with robustly and clearly.

The incidence of antisemitic attacks in Britain in recent weeks has been disturbing and shocking.

The scale has been unacceptable.

It is worrying that the government has paid so little attention to the problem.


Pope's isolation is thanks to years of education

By Edward Kessler, February 12, 2009

For those of us who have devoted many years to improving relations between Catholics and Jews, the last few months have been particularly challenging. Controversies have arisen over the canonisation of the wartime Pope, Pius XII; the revised Tridentine Rite Good Friday prayer; and, most recently, the decision to readmit four excommunicated bishops from the Society of St Pius X, including Holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson.


Hatred is turning me into a Jew

By Nick Cohen, February 12, 2009

My name is Nick Cohen, and I think I’m turning into a Jew. Despite being called “Cohen”, I’ve never been Jewish before. It’s not simply that I am an atheist. My Jewish friends tell me that it is hard to find an educated London Jew who is not an atheist, but that I have no connection with Jewish culture.


We could have dealt with campus hate long ago

By Jan Shure, February 12, 2009

Around three decades ago, I was deputy editor at a small, now defunct, UK publication called the Jewish Observer and Middle East Review. In common with the JC, it devoted a great number of column inches to the issue of Palestinian propaganda on UK campuses.


Outraged by the world? My tips…

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, February 12, 2009

Some things are just wrong in the world.

Last night I was struck by this thought when watching the Oscar-nominated film, Milk. Whatever your opinions on homosexuality, it is simply wrong to have a law that bans homosexuals — and their friends — from teaching in schools. This was what Proposition 6 intended to do in Southern California in the 1970s. Harvey Milk, a mild mannered, apolitical, in-the-closet gay man decided to stand up and be counted against the establishment.