Face it: Orthodoxy is divided

By Miriam Shaviv, June 11, 2009

To our east and to our west, two radically different snapshots of Orthodoxy. In Israel, the government is deciding whether to continue to allow certain public buses to be segregated by gender. On 40 lines, which run mostly through Charedi areas, men sit at the front, and women (who are not allowed on unless modestly dressed) at the back. These “kosher buses” are being aggressively promoted by politically minded Charedi leaders and by thugs who physically assault women who refuse to move to the back.


Anne Frank still has vital teenage role to play

By Gillian Walnes, June 11, 2009

Had she been allowed to live, Anne Frank would be celebrating her 80th birthday today. In schools all over the country, children are being encouraged to reflect on what this teenage Holocaust victim’s life could have been. She may or may not have achieved her potential as a writer; she may have married, had children and grandchildren; she may have chosen to live in the Netherlands, the USA or perhaps Israel.


Only cleaning will get rid of the dirt

By Nick Clegg, June 11, 2009

Last week, record numbers of people across Britain chose to stay at home rather than cast their vote in the European election. Even worse, almost a million turned out for the BNP. A British party of fascist thugs now has not just one seat at the European table, but two. And one of those has been taken by their leader: a man who has dismissed the Holocaust as propaganda and hysteria.


This will harm us all

By Mohammad Darawshe, June 11, 2009

Manof is attempting to make all applicants for residence in their community take a “loyalty oath” to Zionism before they are admitted. This is a distressing sign of the deteriorating relations between Arabs and Jews in Israel, although I hope it is not representative of greater Israeli society.


Revealed: Bibi’s Tweets, direct from the treadmill

By Tim Marshall, June 4, 2009

● Up early. Building to do before Obama calls. He thinks he’s so special. 05.30
● Treadmill. Sara says my waistline expanding faster than Har Homa. 06.10
● Kim Il on TV. How can you take a guy who backcombs seriously? 06.20
● BB has 5-shirter day! 5 interviews lined up. 06.30
● Only 2 clean shirts! Argue with Sara. 07.00
● Email Prosor in London. Find out if Susan Boyle is Jewish. 08.00
● Don’t worry Susan. Israel is behind you! 0850
● Prosor calls. Not Jewish. Tell him to invite her over here anyway. 09.20


It’s old rock’n’roll but I really like it

By Joe Joseph, June 4, 2009

Forget all those creams. Stop swallowing that snake oil. Refuse those facelifts that stretch you so tight you end up with your forehead covered in ankle skin. You want a youth elixir? Go to a concert given by a superstar who made their name in the 1960s.

I have just been to see Eric Clapton at the Royal Albert Hall (yes, fabulous, thank you) and I was the youngest person in the audience by maybe 20 years (and I’m not so young that I can’t remember a time when Michael Jackson’s face wasn’t the colour of cream cheese).

Believe me, it makes you feel like a teenager in comparison.


My B&B’s not Fawlty, but don’t mention war

By John Krivine, June 4, 2009

Room for two, one night, including dinner and breakfast is 560 shekels. Not bad. But what if I spend four hours in the evening arguing intensely with my guests, veins standing out on my temples, bellowing until my voice is hoarse, then another hour the next morning grovelling? When I add that to the time spent preparing the room and doing the meals, I reckon I’m on about 80 shekels an hour.


Here we go again: it’s brainless boycott time

By David Newman, June 4, 2009

Once again, the University and College Union passed a motion condemning Israel at its annual convention. Once again it recommended boycotting Israeli universities. Once again, this will have negligible impact on academic links between the two countries.

This time, the Israeli media have given it very little coverage. Academics were mostly unaware that the issue had come up again, while those who have scientific links with their UK counterparts all reported that these had not been affected in any way.


The one sure way to achieve peace

By Simon Baron-Cohen and Avi Machlis, June 4, 2009

With plans under way for a new US-backed peace process, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will soon be busy preparing check-lists of vital interests, intractable demands and red lines. But no peace agenda can possibly succeed without addressing the bilateral erosion of empathy. Israelis and Palestinians have fears and concerns that seem diametrically opposed. Bridging those gaps requires empathy --- the ability to imagine someone else’s thoughts and feelings. But after a century of violent conflict, both sides appear incapable of empathising with the suffering of their neighbours.


Make your link with Israel personal, not financial

By Barry Frankfurt, May 28, 2009

Since 1900, UK Jewry has supported first the idea and then the reality of the Jewish state. We have donated hundreds of millions of pounds for everything from schools to opera houses, and pretty much everything in between.

In the aftermath of Israel’s independence in 1948, the needs grew and with them our financial contribution. During the 1967 Six-Day War the young Zionists of that era forged the inextricable links that saw them become the formidable communal leaders and Israel fundraisers of the last 40 years. They saw Israel under attack and responded with their time and money.