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Richter scale of antisemitism

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 21, 2014

ou don't have to be a seismologist to harbour a nodding acquaintance with the Richter scale, which is used to describe the intensity of earthquakes. I have sometimes wished that a similar metric existed by which we could describe the strength of anti-Jewish prejudice. Richter measures each earthquake on a scale from 1 to 10.

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Just a whisker's difference

By Simon Round, August 21, 2014

As summers go this hasn't been the best one for the Jews. If you live in Israel you will have had rockets raining down on you on a daily basis. If you live outside Israel you will have been the subject of antisemitic protests on a scale almost unparalleled in the past half-century. We have been pilloried, physically attacked and abused.

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Who are Islamic Relief — and just what is Israel’s case against them?

By John Ware, August 21, 2014

British Jews often complain about the lack of public relations nous by successive Israeli governments.

What, I wonder, would these self same critics make of the Facebook Fury campaign by some JC readers against the paper for publishing the Gaza Crisis Appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)? A PR triumph?

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I'm not in the mood for levity

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, August 7, 2014

I leave it to others to do political analysis, post the bad news stories and get into the nitty-gritty of the Jewish experience. I've always felt my job was to offer a bit of personal levity, albeit with a serious undertone, and to chronicle rare news stories like the Iranian obsession with Jewish wizards or vent my hatred of Jewish mother jokes. But this week, I'm in no mood for levity.

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Understanding the Turks

By Andrew Rosemarine, August 7, 2014

Turkey and its prime minister Recep Erdogan are enormously important for the future of the Middle East, and yet are underestimated and misunderstood by Jewry and Israel.

In 2008, Israel's consul in Istanbul told me that Turkey was Israel's "best friend in the Middle East" and that Israel would like their relationship to be a model for that with other Muslim countries.

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Questions for protesters

By Mark Berg, August 7, 2014

Let's get the labelling stuff on the table straight off. I'm a Jew, and I'm a Zionist. I care deeply about the state of Israel for two main reasons.

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Let's make it good news soon

By Richard Verber, August 7, 2014

I've often thought that I should start a newspaper which prints only good news. Heartwarming stories of strangers returning lost wallets. The world's largest cupcake. Lottery winners donating their millions to charity. Oh, and pictures of cats. There must always be pictures of cats.

If ever there were an idea whose time had come, it's this one.

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When being Jewish is not a joke

By Bennett Arron, August 7, 2014

I have been a stand-up comedian for more than 15 years and I have always mentioned at some point in my set that I am Jewish (the fact I am both Jewish and Welsh seems to be a point of amusement in itself and one which I am happy to exploit).

Apart from one awful incident in Scotland, I have never encountered antisemitism. Until now.

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Dear Ed, this is why my love affair with Labour is over

By Kate Bearman, August 7, 2014

I've been a supporter of the Labour Party for 20 years but my support is over.

I feel I don't recognise the party of principle and serious government that I knocked on doors and delivered leaflets for. It has let me down.

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Beyond the water's edge: posturing politicians break old bonds

By Robert Philpot, August 7, 2014

When the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Arthur Vandenberg, offered his backing in 1948 for Democrat Harry Truman's establishment of NATO, he declared that "politics stops at the water's edge".

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