State should accept full role to protect citizens

By Gilbert Kahn, March 10, 2011

As an invited guest from the US, it was fascinating to observe the gathering at Grosvenor House last week as reportedly 1100 of the leaders of Anglo Jewry and their political friends and supporters assembled for the annual CST dinner. It spoke volumes to the high regard in which CST is held by the community and by public officials.


Most Iranians want ties with Israel, not with Hizbollah

March 4, 2011

Well before the recent wave of Arab revolt swept the Middle East, the region had already witnessed a historic, people-power challenge to a despotic order. In 2009, three million Iranians poured into the streets of Tehran to protest against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's fraudulent re-election.


No toast in the JC this week

By Simon Round, March 4, 2011

Recently I acquired a smartphone. It was a confusing purchase because there were so many on offer. There was the iPhone 4, the Blackberry Torch, the HTC Desire and probably the LG Orgasm. In the end I went for the Samsung Galaxy S on the basis that Samsung are Chelsea's shirt sponsors.


Progressives are not majority in UK

By Nick Lowles, March 3, 2011

The Searchlight Educational Trust this week released the findings of the biggest-ever poll exploring issues of English identity, faith and race.

Entitled Fear and Hope - the New Politics of Identity, the findings are far from comforting. People are scared about the future and their views on diversity and society are largely influenced by their own economic situation.


Why JNF UK has sadly decided to leave the JLC

By Samuel Hayek, March 3, 2011

Since the publication of Der Judenstaat - The Jewish State - in 1896 by Theodor Herzl, the very idea of a modern state of Israel has been constantly undermined and the state itself has had to survive multiple threats to its existence.

In the decades following independence, Israel's enemies tried to wipe it off the map through conventional warfare. They failed and Israel thrived.


Learn and question together

By Miryam Sivan, February 25, 2011

When I moved to Israel from New York City 13 years ago, one reason I chose to live in the Galilee was demography. With its high percentage of Arab residents, this area enjoys a high degree of co-existence.


It wasn't spaghetti but alive

By Peter Rosengard, February 25, 2011

Last Saturday I had dinner at the very hot Bocca di Lupo restaurant in Soho. I'd phoned in the afternoon but they were fully booked. "I'm really sorry!", an Italian guy said.

"That's a shame", I said. "I wanted to bring a famous comedian who's in town with me." Somehow he managed to squeeze us in.


The real intransigent barrier to Mid-East peace

By John Torode, February 24, 2011

Tyrants tumble. Repressive regimes are rocked by people power. Who could fail to be impressed by the calm control, determination and dignity of the Tahir Square protestors?


Can the British media understand nuances?

By Yair Lapid, February 18, 2011

Gentlemen (and ladies) of the British press, may I offer you a deal? The offer lasts until the close of this article. (Regular readers of the JC, please bear with me; though you are not the specific readership for this offer, the substance of it concerns us all).

The deal (you know what they say about us Jews, we love deals) goes as follows: you can maintain whatever opinion you hold on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - which, from a strictly statistical perspective, puts me on rather shaky ground since, as British journalists, you are probably pro-Palestinian.


Need should eradicate greed

By Robert Golbert, February 17, 2011

Earlier this month, London's mayor, Boris Johnson, urged the capital's super-rich to "give a lot more" after receiving their multi-million pound bonuses. "We want them to make money, we want them to generate jobs and growth… but they've also got to understand that they could make a much, much bigger contribution", he said.

The mayor blamed the 50p tax rate for the lack of generosity: "because people feel they are paying more and more of their income in taxation, they somehow felt they'd made their contribution."