Separation not co-operation is peace aim now

By Nathan Jeffay, May 6, 2010

An Israeli television crew got a shock recently on a visit to the Palestinian city of Ramallah. For it seems that the "moderate" Palestinian Authority, upon which the world has pinned hopes for peace, has paid tribute to a terrorist. A brand new road-sign informed the TV crew that they were standing on Yahya Ayyash Street, named in honour of one of Hamas's most notorious bomb-makers. Ayyash, who was assassinated by Israel in 1996, also helped to direct suicide attacks that killed dozens of Israelis.


Relax those shoulders, release that inner pride

By Venetia Thompson, April 29, 2010

Well, you've got to be Jewish - only a Jew would wake up drunk with a half-eaten matzah balanced on top of her right breast.

"So you're loud and proud eh?" - I hadn't realised that, in writing my first book, I was simultaneously "outing" myself as Jewish on the back cover until a Jewish friend of mine rang me last week and read out the blurb, laughing.

I wasn't brought up Jewish - we lived in deepest, darkest Devon, and my mother had lost contact with all her Jewish family in north London before I was born.


Want my vote? Be honest on Israel

By Richard Millett, April 29, 2010

As a British Jew, I sometimes feel as though we have regressed 200 years, especially when general elections come around.

Two-hundred years ago, a Jewish state was nothing more than a figment of some madman's imagination. Jews were simply a religious group needing the protection of whatever state they happened to reside in.

Under Muslim rule, Jews constituted a Millet - a separate nation. They could organise their own religious practices just as long as they were loyal to the Empire.


Our beliefs are your beliefs

By Peter Mandelson, April 29, 2010

On May 6, I believe we have a fundamental choice to make about the values that we want to define our shared future. I believe the Labour Party is driven by many of the same values that have historically united and defined the Jewish community.

At the heart of all we do lies a commitment to tolerance, justice and fairness, achieved through the combined efforts of a community united by shared beliefs and aspirations.


A more dignified election, please

By Simon Round, April 29, 2010

It was my first time. I had waited 19 years and I was understandably very excited. But when it actually happened it was a terrible anticlimax. Was that it? I thought to myself as I smoked a cigarette afterwards. Was that what all the fuss was about? The location - a synagogue hall, as I remember - was not the most glamorous and I was left wondering whether I had even done the right thing - after all I was only a teenager. Maybe I should have waited until I was older. Since then I've done it another four times and it has never been remotely satisfying.

Every time I cast my vote I


Jewish Vikings and Groucho Marx

By Peter Rosengard, April 22, 2010

'Have you got Trapped on a Small Island by a Huge Volcanic Dust Cloud?" I asked the assistant at Daunts bookshop.

"Who's it by?", she asked. "I'll look it up."

I got back on my red Vespa scooter, drove 10 yards down the street and parked outside Strada to have a single espresso.

"Got any spare change mate?", a very overweight youth in his late teens asked, waving a lager can in one hand.

"How can I possibly know?", I replied. "I haven't lived the rest of my life yet." I replied.


Do our schools make us better Jews?

By Simon Rocker, April 22, 2010

Whatever the pros and cons of school league tables, they have probably done wonders for Jewish day schools. The proven academic track record of Jewish schools year in, year out, must be one reason why parents have been turning to them in ever-increasing numbers to the point that six out of every 10 Jewish children in the UK currently attend one.


Lib Dems are only on one side: the side of peace

By Lynne Featherstone, April 22, 2010

In Hornsey & Wood Green in North London, there is a strong pro-Israel lobby and a strong pro-Palestinian lobby. When Jenny Tonge made her disgraceful and ignorant comments in the JC, calling for an inquiry into Israel taking organs in Haiti, I got emails from the pro-Israel lobby saying that the Liberal Democrats were pro-Palestinian.


Security comes before press freedom

By David Hazony, April 15, 2010

There is nothing more basic to the adult Israeli experience than taking your kid to his first day in the IDF. For his whole life you’ve preached about how important it is to serve. National pride, security, the Zionist mission, becoming an adult — all these are wrapped up together. And then, that fateful morning, you discover you are exactly like those other wimpy parents who seem to care more about their children’s welfare than that of the state. National security and Zionism be damned; just make sure my kid comes home safe.


David Miliband is my political porn star

By Bryony Gordon, April 15, 2010

I have a confession to make. What I am about to tell you I have kept to myself for a very long time - I have thought very long and hard indeed about whether to reveal it to you. But I cannot keep this secret for much longer. It has become a burden that is almost too much to bear. And so, taking the deepest of breaths - several deep breaths, in fact - I am ready, finally, to say it.

Brace yourselves. Find, perhaps, a chair on which to sit.

OK, here goes.

I have fallen head over heels for David Miliband.