My dreams also have small print

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, September 10, 2009

I wake up every night having the same recurring nightmare. I’m covered in sweat, unable to speak and the bedclothes are a tangled heap on the floor.

Before I give you a graphic account of my night-time terror, let me tell you the back story. When I found myself catapulted from solid working-class actress into the public eye, courtesy of EastEnders, I suddenly became a “celebrity”.


Hatred of Israel is a European pathology

By Robin Shepherd, September 10, 2009

How and at what point do isolated events start to form a pattern? Hold that thought as you consider the following examples.

On August 18, the Guardian ran a commentary by the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek which argued that Israel was attempting to eradicate Palestinians from the West Bank. In a clearly calculated attempt to Nazify the Jewish state, the writer used, and the Guardian editorial team allowed, the word “Palestinian-frei” — a blatant inversion of the Nazi term Judenfrei.


The crack in Oxfam's charity halo

By Dan Kosky, September 10, 2009

Ironically, for a charity aimed at combating inequality and promoting fair trade, Oxfam is big business. Its network of more than 700 shops across the UK effectively makes it a serious retail chain. And Oxfam’s high-street cred received a major boost when Sheffield rockers Arctic Monkeys released their latest single in the charity’s stores.


In search of the lost - and last - Rebbitzen of Landau

By Aimee Birnbaum, September 3, 2009

Besides being the largest wine growing region in Germany, Landau is a town crazy about art. The Palatinate landscape with its Tuscan atmosphere has always inspired artists, and Landau homes are bursting with art of every description.

But during the Third Reich, Landau was the scene of ghastly crimes, so it was with mixed feelings that I accepted an offer to organize an exhibition of British artists to be hosted by Landau families. Would my hosts be anti-semites? How should I tell them I am Jewish?


Swine, bears, boys and other perils

By Peter Rosengard, September 3, 2009

In July, my 13-year-old daughter Lily flew to Camp George, a URJ summer camp on a lake near Toronto. Swine flu was at its peak. Naturally I was a little concerned: “Did I just hear you cough?.. You sweating Lily?”

“Dad, Stop being paranoid!”

It was her first unaccompanied flight. We’d packed all the essentials: flashlight, 20 bikinis, iPod, a course of Tamiflu.

In T5 departure lounge, I drained my 12th espresso. One more and I’d also be flying to Toronto.

The next morning I read a headline: “American camps hit by swine flu. Campers in quarantine.”


What a wonderful summer's bat mitzvah

By Zaki Cooper, September 3, 2009

Born in Johannesburg, he grew up in the UK and graduated from Durham University in 1998. Since then, he has settled in north London and forged a very successful career. His surname is Strauss. But, much as we’d like to claim young Andrew as a nice Jewish boy, don’t expect to see him in shul over Rosh Hashanah. The England cricket captain will be away basking in his team’s recent victory over Australia.


Mutual candour can bring peace

By Naomi Shepherd, September 3, 2009

The obstacles to the “two-state solution” to the Israel/Palestine conflict are well known. Can they be removed by international intervention?


A shameful day, but not as bad as it looks

By Uri Dromi, September 3, 2009

September 1, 2009, marked the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, a day for remembrance and reflection. In Israel, however, this was a day when people were only thinking about the present, asking themselves whether their country could go any lower.


I took on Colonel Gaddafi - and won

By Shmuley Boteach, September 3, 2009

This week’s David-and-Goliath struggle of a small New Jersey town evicting a Middle East dictator from its midst is a considerable victory of ordinary people over tyranny.

We have made our town a terrorist-free zone.

But Proverbs 24:17 cautions: “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles.”

The murdered of Pan Am 103, the maimed of the 1986 Libyan Berlin discothèque bombing and British constable Yvonne Fletcher, gunned down outside Libya’s London embassy in 1984, still cry out for justice.


Bibi missed big chance to make Israel’s case in UK

By Stephen Pollard, August 27, 2009

The story goes that when someone remarked of Herbert Morrison that he was his own worst enemy, Ernest Bevin responded, “Not while I’m alive he ain’t”.

I sometimes think that the reverse of that is true with Israel and the media. Those of us who battle to make Israel’s case over the cacophony of hostility which characterises coverage of the Middle East are sometimes — if I’m being honest, often — reduced to apoplexy at the self-defeating behaviour of the Israeli government.

Israel has many enemies in the media, but more often than not it is its own worst enemy.