So Obama, change isn’t easy

By Tim Marshall, November 5, 2009

Fifty-two weeks is a long time in politics, but not long enough to turn around the supertankers of American foreign policy. That is especially true when, after taking power, you realise that changing policy can lead you into a course strewn with mines, waiting to blow your tankers out of the water.

Fifty-two weeks ago President Obama’s election victory speech promised that: “Change has come to America”. That is a moot point. What is harder to argue is that America has brought change to the world.


Leave Anne Frank out of the comedy routines

By Keren David, November 5, 2009

Anne Frank — remember her? You know, the teenage girl who became a symbol of the Holocaust. The claustrophobic years in hiding. The terrible mystery of betrayal, the horrific last weeks, dying of typhoid in a concentration camp. The poignant way in which her diary was found, its restoration to her father, all that was left of a sensitive, intelligent talented child, all that remained of his entire family.

Good subject for a joke, eh?


Lord Jakobovits's legacy of dignity

By Geoffrey Paul, November 5, 2009

Ten years after his death, his community is harvesting some of the fruits Immanuel Jakobovits planted in often rocky and indifferent earth during the 24 years of his Chief Rabbinate. His vision of a community committed in all its parts to living a full Jewish life, not just in practice but in spirit, may never be realised. But there is today an unparalleled search at every level for Jewish education.


Men aren’t designed to like fashion

By Joe Joseph, October 29, 2009

Excuse me ladies, but would you mind leaving us for a moment? We men have something important to discuss, in private. Have they gone? Ok, guys: have you bought your snood for the winter yet? What? No, I hadn’t a clue what one was either, but apparently everyone was wearing them on the Milan catwalks. They’re THE thing this winter. Shall we go shopping for one together? I see. You want to think about it.


Neighbours: building blocks of peace - or war

By Lyn Julius, October 29, 2009

At the National Theatre in London, Our Class is telling the story of the 1941 massacre of the Jews of the Polish village Jedwabne — all the more painful for being true. What makes the play so hard to watch is that the murderers and victims knew each other. Catholics and Jews sat in class together, flirted, shared dreams and aspirations. Eventually, though, deep-seated antisemitism and prejudice caused one half of the class to turn on the other.


Europe must focus on Baltic hate

By John Mann MP, October 29, 2009

Now that the party conference pantomime season is out of the way, there needs to be a calm, collected and detailed look at what is happening with antisemitism and, in particular, Holocaust revisionism, in political parties in Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.


Inspired by world-changing women

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, October 22, 2009

For those of you who are followers of my column you may remember that I’ve just returned from the “jolly’ of the century in Miami — presenting the Lifetime Achievement Awards to the International Women’s Forum.

Never mind the awards — as soon as my first-class ticket arrived it became all about the trip. Daughter packed off safely to Aunty Debs, work put on hold, phone switched off for the first time in months.


Israel's shocking lust for luxury

By Nathan Jeffay, October 22, 2009

Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak and his entourage racked up an enormous €96,000 hotel bill when they visited Paris this summer (and bear in mind a Euro is worth almost a pound these days).


It is time to give Bubbe and Zeide their due

By Deborah Levy, October 22, 2009

In a recent case, the courts decided that, notwithstanding a child having lived with his grandmother for more than two years, he should now live with his father, newly released from prison.

The decision raises important questions about the role of grandparents in the lives of children. With child neglect on the increase — whether because of poor parenting, family breakdown, recession and reduced family finances — what place do grandparents have in today’s society?


Why Muslims are not the new Jews

By David Cesarani, October 22, 2009

Are Muslims — as is sometimes stated — the “new Jews”? In his hybrid documentary, The Enemy Within, broadcast last week on Channel 4, Joseph Bullman draws exact parallels between the historical experiences of the two communities. The comparison is superficially attractive and the JC’s own Jonathan Freedland was seduced by it in his column of September 18.