How political artists do away with nations

By Benjamin Weinthal, June 10, 2010

There is nothing more dreary than contemporary art that sets out merely to be provocative when it is in fact conventional and reactionary. A case in point is the Danish artistic group Surrend's anti-Israel poster showing maps of the Middle East in which the state of Israel does not exist, with the term "Final Solution" at the top. Not only does this mirror the jingoistic foreign policy of the Holocaust-denying regime in Iran, but it also resonates with many Germans.


How historians remove stains

By Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, June 10, 2010

Holocaust history remains a vicious political battlefield. Memory and truth are under assault not only by the blunt frontal attacks of those who deny the gas chambers; there is a second form of Holocaust writing even more pernicious because its distortions and interpretations are more subtle.


When it's OK to hate Germany

By Simon Round, June 3, 2010

'So, did you have a nice day at school, Lucy?" I asked my seven-year-old daughter. I was expecting one of the normal replies - either "Be quiet, I'm watching Spongebob" or "I can't remember."

But today was different. "Yes, it was great," she said.

What, I inquired, was so wonderful about today. "It was Germany day," Lucy told me. "We had German chocolate and German pretzelly things and they gave us badges with a map of Germany and this pencil which actually has the German flag on it. It looks like a really nice country - maybe we can go there on holiday."


Do mention the war (if you're German, that is)

By Monica Porter, June 3, 2010

Who can forget the hilarious Fawlty Towers episode from 1975, in which Basil goads his German hotel guests about the war with his mocking jokes and goose-stepping, until they are reduced to despair? Basil's line, "don't mention the war", has become a sardonic catchphrase in our language, precisely because we do mention the war rather a lot, to the dismay of the Germans.


Correcting my vision in Palestine

By Adam Foulds, June 3, 2010

A few weeks ago, I stood by Abraham's tomb in Hebron during the recitation of the Amidah.

It was an awesome moment, to be at the resting place of the first Jew on earth while hearing the liturgy, and it came at the end of an extraordinary journey, one that had challenged the assumptions I had set out with. My journey was through Palestine. I was travelling with a literary festival.


Yes, they are anti-Israel. But they are not racists

By Alex Goodman, May 27, 2010

As a 16-year-old I decided to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) at university on the recommendation of a secretary I met while doing work experience.

Desiring a good Jewish social life, my choices were limited. Almost by default Manchester became my first preference - it being the only one of the "big four" Jewish universities to offer the course.

I arrived in nervous excitement. Despite engaging less with my studies than I should, it became apparent that plenty of opportunities existed in Manchester to engage as both a student and a Jew.


It is time for Cameron to reject the EU nutters

By Dovid Katz, May 27, 2010

As David Cameron settles more and more comfortably into his alliance with the LibDems, another of the Tory Party's alliances remains anything but comfortable.

The new PM should urgently rethink his party's decision to form a European Parliament grouping with people described by Cameron's new coalition deputy as "nutters, antisemites, people who deny climate change exists and homophobes".


Charedim are multicultural too

By Nathan Jeffay, May 27, 2010

It was the other West Bank separation barrier. In 2007, the strictly Orthodox Beis Yaakov School in the settlement of Emanuel on the West Bank started teaching Ashkenazi and Sephardi pupils separately - with a plaster wall between them. Last year, the High Court decried the "discriminatory aims of those who initiated the separation" and ordered its end.


Why I now hate Sex and the City

By Bryony Gordon, May 27, 2010

If you hear a lot of squealing today, and a ferocious stomping of high heels, then it is probably a gaggle of females charging to the cinema to see Sex and the City 2.


Hague is no friend of Israel

By Stephen Pollard, May 27, 2010

There's a lazy theory among some in our community that - to be blunt - the Conservatives are good for the Jews, and Labour less so. Specifically, that Labour's backbench army of anti-Israel zealots stands in contrast with the more generally pro-Israel stance of the Tories.