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No more messages of hate at Durban, please

By Henry Grunwald, October 8, 2008

It is vital to avoid a repeat of a conference which left an imprint of lasting venom 


The United Nations Durban Conference, held in 2001, globalised the discourse of contemporary antisemitism and anti-Zionism, turning the UN into an arena where Jews and Israelis were accused of apartheid, genocide and crimes against humanity. It was agreed at Durban that, 10 years on, there would be a review conference to address progress on its outcomes.

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In theatre, likening Israelis to Nazis is trendy

By John Nathan, October 3, 2008

Our playwrights are making disturbing comparisons between Arab and Jewish suffering


There are three new plays by British Jewish writers out at the moment, each of which is highly critical of Israel's treatment of Palestinians.

Shelley Silas's Eating Ice Cream On Gaza Beach, recently seen at the Soho Theatre, Jonathan Lichtenstein's Memory, and Sonja Linden and Adah Kay's Welcome to Ramallah all portray Palestinian suffering at the hands of Israelis.

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Selling out to Premier Putin

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 3, 2008

Why is a major Israeli fundraising body appointing one of the Kremlin's men as head of its Russian operation?


Last October, I interviewed a group of twenty-somethings participating in the first Limmud to take place in Russia, near Moscow. They were intelligent and articulate on the future of Jewish life in their country. Just one of my questions remained unanswered: did they not fear living in a society whose hard-won democratic freedoms were rapidly being eroded by the government? They all smiled awkwardly and declined to say anything on the subject.

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Credit crunch? Who cares?

By Daniella Peled, October 3, 2008

Israel is one of the few Western countries where economics does not play big on the political scene


It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good. And the current stiff breeze chilling the collective tuches of the world's bankers is - to stretch a metaphor a little painfully - actually blowing some political careers right back on course.

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My uterus is none of your business

By Aliza Hausman, October 2, 2008

There is too much pressure on our women to get pregnant.

‘So, are you pregnant?" a friend asked, bouncing over to me enthusiastically.

I rolled my eyes and exhaled.

"What? What did I say?"

Motherhood is hard. And I don't just mean raising the babies. I mean having them. I mean trying to have them. There is just so much pressure in the Jewish community to have children.

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UK support for Israel is in danger

By Stephen Pollard, September 26, 2008

Both Israel and the US are about to get new leaders. So it would seem a tad unfair for us to be stuck with Gordon Brown for much longer. But with the latest poll showing a 28-point Conservative lead and Labour on course to lose the Glenrothes by-election, the removal vans may well soon be drawing up at Number 10. So the question is: how will the new brooms affect British policy towards Israel?

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Why feminists should take up the Zionist cause

By Alan Dershowitz, September 25, 2008

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Collaboration? We do it already

By Simon Hochhauser, September 19, 2008

Orthodox Jews have no problem with the call for unity by the non-Orthodox movements


Last week's Statement of Collaboration by the non-Orthodox movements to work together is good news for the community. It is a commitment by these movements to rise above their differences and to collaborate with each other.

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Obama’s rabbinic relative shows our diversity

By David Toube, September 19, 2008

Michelle Obama's cousin is a rabbi who says biblical Jews were black. That's not much odder than many of our beliefs.


The news emerged this month that Barack Obama's wife has a rabbi in the family. Michelle Obama's cousin is Rabbi Capers Funnye.

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Livni’s hairstyle is irrelevant

By Daniella Peled, September 19, 2008

The new Kadima leader's main strength is her pragmatism, not her womanhood


‘Wife, mother, secret agent" ran the breathless headline in The Times on Wednesday, anticipating Tzipi Livni's win in that day's Kadima primaries. In case anyone had failed to notice the potential sexiness of this story, the first paragraph emphasised that Livni was a "blonde former Mossad secret agent", just ahead of the de rigueur reference to Golda Meir.

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