It is harder to support Israel, even for friends

By Alistair Burt, October 14, 2014

The debate over recognising an independent Palestine illustrates at least two things.

Firstly, the events of the summer, notably the tragedy and horrors of Gaza, have reminded MPs of the centrality of the Middle East Peace process after recent years when attention has been directed elsewhere.


An etrog: My week

By an etrog, October 7, 2014

It's funny how your self-image changes as you grow up. When I was little, I thought I was some kind of lime, then as I grew and ripened I realised with dismay that I was just going to be a lemon with bad skin.

No need to be sour, I thought. I might not look particularly beautiful but I might make great salad dressing, or perhaps lemonade, or even lemon drizzle cake.


Why I had to draw the line

By Peter Rosengard, October 7, 2014

'Dad, I really like your drawings and paintings; when you're dead I'm going to hold an exhibition of them." My daughter said to me one evening last summer.

"Thank you darling," I said.


Wilson, true friend of Israel

By Robert Philpot, October 7, 2014

Harold Wilson was a mid-table prime minister, the Stoke or Southampton of the political world. Nonetheless, Wilson is the only occupant of Downing Street to have won four general elections – albeit three by the skin of his teeth. Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the first of those victories.

Although of the television age, Wilson was the last monochrome prime minister.


It's not only conflict between faiths that must be faced

By Jonathan Romain, October 7, 2014

David Baddiel's musical - The Infidel - is based on his film of the same name and tells of a Muslim who discovers he is a Jew. That initial shock about his own identity is then compounded by confusion when realising that Jews are transformed from being "the enemy" to being machetonim.


Dates - and other ingredients

By Monica Porter, October 7, 2014

Do Jewish men make the best lovers? Ha! I knew that would get your attention.

But seriously, this is a question that we gentile women occasionally consider while having a chinwag about the male of the species. Jewish men do have a reputation for being highly adept in the bedroom, but is it deserved? Or is it a myth propagated by those very same chaps, perhaps in order to woo non-Jewish ladies?


For many, today is not just Succot

By Julia Renton, October 7, 2014

Three descriptions of living with schizophrenia:

Steven: "For five years, every time I left the house I heard voices, threats, telling me I was 'stupid; 'a loser'; 'an idiot' and other terrible things. I thought everyone was looking at me. I got into fights because of it, it was paralysing - the whole world was against me. I felt watched and judged. I wanted to quit college, and life.


We must learn the lessons of Paris

By Luciana Berger, September 23, 2014

I had read many articles about the antisemitism in France and I watched a number of the YouTube videos of the recent attacks. But it wasn't until I joined a cross-party delegation of MPs to Paris with the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism (APPG) that I understood how grave the situation is.


It's not an entirely new year

By Simon Round, September 18, 2014

You've probably stocked up on apples and honey but have you given any thought to what new year we are entering? If not, I can tell you that, as of next week, we will be in 5775. And, for the second time in my life we have hit the mid-70s.

The world is totally different to the one 39 years ago, in which I was attending my first year of secondary school.


We should not be afraid to talk

By Sally Becker, September 18, 2014

The ceasefire was still holding when I accompanied Yuval Roth to pick up three Palestinian children in need of medical treatment not available in Gaza.

Road to Recovery (Derech Hachlama) is a non-profit organisation that provides transport for hundreds of Palestinian children suffering from cancer, leukaemia, kidney disease and other life-threatening illnesses.