‘Zionism is depicted as a conspiracy’

August 28, 2008

Antisemitism does not solely consist of the hate crimes that CST reports on each year; it is also about rhetoric, words, and imagery that influence attitudes towards Jews, and that damage Jewish morale.

In Britain today, very few commentators would ever be so crass as simply to castigate Jews for being Jews.


You don’t mess with Adam Sandler

By Daniel Treiman, August 22, 2008

The goofy American comedian is today's finest Jewish commentator

Is Adam Sandler the most important living Jewish commentator? Believe it or not, this actually isn't the first time those words have appeared in print. In fact, the question was posed way back in 1999, on the cover of America's national Jewish student magazine, New Voices.


When Jew shoots at Jew

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 21, 2008

The Russian invasion of Georgia has been compared to many historical conflicts - from Iraq 2003 to Czechoslovakia and Munich 1938 - so here's another one: World War One.

In Jewish history, the Great War went down as the conflict in which Jews shot at Jews. Hundreds of thousands served with the warring armies of Britain, Germany, Austria, Russia, Italy, the US and Turkey.

The Balfour Declaration cast the allies as the pro-Zionists, but over 12,000 German Jews died for the fatherland.


An arms role to be ashamed of

By Daniella Peled, August 21, 2008

Once upon a time, at least in the popular imagination, Israel's biggest export was oranges. Could it now be mercenaries?

Conspiracist websites abound with claims that Israelis are behind every junta, coup or military regime in the world. All this would be easy to dismiss as antisemitic delusions... if it wasn't so close to being true.


Shame on those of our leaders who back Chavez

By Isi Leibler, August 21, 2008

World Jewish Congress officials lost the plot when they called a recent meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez "successful", saying that he had joined the struggle against antisemitism.


Messianics are threatening Israel’s identity

By Nathan Jeffay, August 15, 2008

Israelis who believe in Jesus are gaining too much sway in the Jewish state

Some call it a miracle," states a Christian Broadcasting Network report on the Messianic Jewish community in Israel. "Many say it's the strongest growth since the time of Jesus and that the Messianic movement could be on the brink of a great revival."


Hidden threat of the credit crunch

By Antony Lerman, August 8, 2008

In these tough financial times we need to rediscover what ‘community' really means



To help Israel’s Arabs is to support democracy

By Mark Goldberg, August 8, 2008

The New Israel Fund has been attacked for supporting an Arab charity that wants to diminish Israel's Jewish character. Its chairman replies



Gaza’s withdrawal symptoms

By Daniella Peled, August 8, 2008

Israel's unilateralism during the disengagement doomed the Strip

Abu Salach's little café barely qualified for the title. With a couple of plastic tables shaded from the fierce Gaza sun by a grapevine trellis, the only goods on sale were minibar-sized bottles of soda, lemonade, and plates of near-inedible hummus. But he had big plans. His neighbours in the nearby settlement of Shirat Hayam were being turfed out - hence the boost in custom from journalists and IDF spokesmen - and he was going to get back access to the stunning beach, just two minutes away.


Sorry, they don’t all hate us

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 8, 2008

Are we becoming too sensitive about what we call ‘antisemitism'?