Today's great defamation of the Jewish people

By Isi Leibler, January 21, 2010

Until recently, Holocaust memorials were almost exclusively sponsored by Jews mourning murdered kinsmen. Today, many democratic governments have transformed Holocaust commemoration into an educational vehicle to demonstrate the monstrous consequences of unbridled racism and antisemitism. The UK is one of a number of western countries that have an annual Holocaust Commemoration Day.

However, today’s Israel bashers have stooped to the depths of distorting the genocidal murder of the Jews as a vehicle to demonise the descendents of the victims.


Why the British left hates Israel

By Douglas Carswell, January 21, 2010

A generation ago, the British left was broadly pro-Israel. Perhaps it was the kibbutzim’s utopian blend of Zionism and socialism, or maybe because Israel was seen as the plucky underdog. Either way, the country could count on a fair hearing. Not so today.

Israel is now reviled by many on the left. If Britain is, in Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor’s words, “a hotbed of radical anti-Israel views”, blame must partly rest with those on the political left who have made hostility to the Jewish state acceptable in a way their grandparents would have thought offensive and absurd.


The Turkish 'golden age' is over

By Sami Kohen, January 21, 2010

The recent crisis between Israel and Turkey over Israeli deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon’s public humiliation of the Turkish ambassador seems to have been resolved following Defence Minister Ehud Barak’s visit on Sunday to Ankara. But in the long-term, there seems little chance of an improvement in the strained relations between the two countries.


Amy, your drug drama is boring us

By Bryony Gordon, January 21, 2010

And so we didn’t even manage to get to the end of January without breaking our resolutions. More pointedly, Amy Winehouse didn’t. Just 20 days into the year, the singer turned up at court in Milton Keynes charged with drunkenly assaulting a theatre manager during a pantomime performance (my first thought was: “what on earth was Amy Winehouse doing at a panto starring Mickey Rooney?”).


We're in Haiti thanks to you

By Haim Rafalovski, January 21, 2010

When we arrived in Port-au-Prince on Monday morning, it was the end of a journey that had taken over 48 hours and seen us stop off in Madrid, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic before we finally settled at our base camp in Haiti.


Arele Klein's blog from Haiti

By Arele Klein, January 20, 2010

ZAKA volunteer Arele Klein, 39, blogs from the field in Haiti.

Working with the IDF Home Front Command field hospital, Arele, married and father of two, has volunteered with ZAKA for 16 years.

Although he has witnessed all the major terror attacks in the Dan region, Haiti is his first international assignment.

Thursday, 14 January 2010


So, what do you really think about Israel?

By Simon Rocker, January 14, 2010

It is usually taken for granted that the great majority of British Jews are largely supportive of Israel, with a small minority who are not. But the levels of support or critical dissent — and what they relate to — have largely been a matter of guesswork. Now the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) hopes to give us a better picture through a new online survey of Anglo-Jewish attitudes towards Israel that was launched at the end of last week.


Schools: we must face new reality

By Naftali Brawer and Michael Harris, January 14, 2010

The Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue (RCUS) last week issued a statement (published in the JC) in response to the ongoing controversy surrounding admission to Jewish day schools. That statement may reflect the view of some of our colleagues, but we believe it to be deeply misguided. On such an important communal issue as school admissions, it is crucial that an alternative voice is heard from within the rabbinate, and indeed from within the RCUS itself.


I'm on the daytime TV death watch

By Simon Round, January 14, 2010

This week I have been confined to quarters with a nasty bout of ’flu.

It has given me a valuable insight into what my life could be like in 40 years’ time — shivering under my tartan blanket with only my slippers for company, completely isolated in the frozen wastes of north London, save for the occasional team of huskies and a few cross-country skiers.


I know now I’m a non-Jewish male

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, January 7, 2010

Braving Brent Cross is not something I do often. The last time I was there, I was traumatized by being photographed by paparazzi in the knicker department of John Lewis, holding up a pair of giant tummy tuck knickers.

I was readying myself for the National TV Awards, and I had the vain hope that I could squeeze into the Vivienne Westwood dress I had been given.