Why Demjanjuk should not be tried

By Bernard Josephs, November 27, 2008

German investigators are urging the American authorities to extradite John Demjanjuk, an 88-year-old former Nazi death-camp guard, who was tried and sentenced to death in Israel for appalling war crimes, only to be freed five years later by the country's Supreme Court.

The Germans believe that new evidence, including hundreds of documents and eye-witness statements, prove that he was partly responsible for the massacre of thousands of Jews and that he should face a new trial.


Barack Obama’s hope is our hope, too

By Jonathan Wittenberg, November 20, 2008

Who knows what will follow, but Barack Obama's election has brought hope back home to the West - a hope that resonates deeply with the Jewish spirit and Jewish values. The reasons why Obama received over 77 per cent of the Jewish vote lie deeper than American politics alone. There is the Obama narrative. Then there are Obama's values.


Israel’s voting system is too fair

By Vernon Bogdanor, November 20, 2008

Israel's general election, to be held on February 10, will not - by contrast with that of Britain - itself determine who forms the government. In Israel, no single party has ever come near to winning an overall majority. The government is formed after the results have been counted following complex negotiations between the parties.


The Akko riots were just the tip of an iceberg

By Nathan Jeffay, November 13, 2008

On Yom Kippur, wild rioting broke out in the Israeli city of Akko. Four days of clashes between the Jewish and Arab populations resulted in damage to 50 Jewish-owned shops and 150 Jewish-owned cars, along with 11 cases of arson at Arab homes. Akko was a warning. Cities of mixed Jewish-Arab populations are the pressure cookers of Israel, and the question is not whether there will be more clashes, but when and where they will occur.


Our burial grounds lack dignity

By John Nathan, November 13, 2008


We can look back on the Great War with pride

By Martin Gilbert, November 6, 2008

Each year, on the evening of November 10, a remarkable ceremony takes place at Victoria Station. This year will be no exception.

Eighty-eight years ago, at 8.32 in the evening, the body of the British Unknown Soldier arrived at platform eight. The coffin rested overnight in the station.


There is more to charity than money

By Laura Marks, November 6, 2008


It’s time to confront the hate talk

By Denis MacShane, October 30, 2008

Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has the answer to the world's financial turbulence: blame the Jews. Speaking at the United Nations last month, Iran's elected leader accused Jews of "dominating an important portion of the financial and monetary centres as well as the political decision-making centres of some European countries and the US in a deceitful, complex and furtive manner".


My theory about what makes for rude shuls

By Jan Shure, October 30, 2008

Shortly Before the High Holy-Days, I attended a Shabbat service at a popular, independent "Modern Orthodox" synagogue in the heart of Jewish North-West London. Throughout the time I was there (and I arrived during shacharit, and left after Adon Olam), I could hear, coming through the windows, a cacophony from the shul playground, where up to 150 children were belting around, shouting, laughing and chasing one another.


Be an ambassador for Judaism — leave home

By Sheli Levenson, October 23, 2008

The new university term is under way and, as undergraduates settle in, hopeful applicants are considering their options for 2009. It is that time of year when people of a certain age are, in various ways, thinking seriously about university. Whether you are a finalist, a fresher or just beginning the application process, there are decisions to be made and challenges faced.