Outraged by the world? My tips…

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, February 12, 2009

Some things are just wrong in the world.

Last night I was struck by this thought when watching the Oscar-nominated film, Milk. Whatever your opinions on homosexuality, it is simply wrong to have a law that bans homosexuals — and their friends — from teaching in schools. This was what Proposition 6 intended to do in Southern California in the 1970s. Harvey Milk, a mild mannered, apolitical, in-the-closet gay man decided to stand up and be counted against the establishment.


Turn off the klezmer and turn up the Ramones

By Paul Lester, February 5, 2009

I hate Jewish music, but I love Jews who make music. Or to put it another way: I never listen to klezmer or any other types of so-called traditional “Jewish music”, but my record collection is full of albums by Jewish musicians.

Now, if I had been born several hundred years ago and was lucky enough to get a job on a Jewish, 16th-century version of the NME (the Jew Musical Express, perhaps), I would probably have been out every night, lapping up the latest sounds by the hottest klezmer ensembles in all the coolest Eastern European dive bars.


What makes the left vilify Israel?

By Martin Bright, February 5, 2009

When I stood down as political editor of the New Statesman at the end of last month, I decided to write my final piece for the magazine about Israel’s military intervention in Gaza.


Poison pens on our tax money

By Stephen Pollard, February 5, 2009

My wife and I were leaving shul the other night, when a boy cycled past us. “Dirty Jews”, he yelled, as he sped off. Nothing new there, of course. Such shouts are par for the course for Jews today, as they have always been.

As he departed into the distance, I wondered what had given rise to his hatred of Jews.

And then it dawned on me: perhaps he’d been reading the London Review of Books.


Courtesan, abseiling gran. It’s all in a day’s work

By Maureen Lipman, February 5, 2009

It’s a grand life in the British theatre if your knees don’t weaken and your brain cells don’t reduce. I have the good fortune, in these days of disproportionate response  and crunchy credit, to be in A HIT MUSICAL at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark Street. It’s not quite, Broadway, let alone the West End — I share my dressing room with seven pert-breasted 27-year olds and a mouse with attitude. But the show sizzles with success and, right now, you’d have to hold one of my children to ransom to get a ticket.


Time to use ad power on behalf of Israel

By Michael Isaacs and Lionel Salama, February 5, 2009

Without doubt, the campaign against Israel and efforts to delegitimise its existence are growing — greatly assisted by the tragic images from Gaza that have been all over the media in recent weeks. Of course, no one can fail to be moved by such coverage. So does that mean we can do nothing about it? Absolutely not.


We have to be inclusive to survive

By Edgar Bronfman, January 29, 2009

With the historic election of Barack Obama as its 44th President, the United States has recaptured its place in the world’s imagination as the land of opportunity. For Jews, this imagined America has for some time been the reality. Over several generations, Jews have achieved remarkable acceptance and success, especially considering the poverty and prejudice the first generations of Jewish immigrants faced.


West Bank is not a positive template for Gaza

By Seth Freedman, January 29, 2009

Operation Cast Lead was, in the eyes of many, a means of sending Hamas the stark message that the Israeli government will not tolerate the group’s existence, and will not rest until the Gazan administration is brought to its knees.


I can't - and don’t want to - ignore Israel now

By Stephanie Brickman, January 29, 2009

I am at the Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign’s (SPSC) Holocaust Memorial event in an ex-army drill hall. A handful of tired-looking SPSC members mill around, all matted hair and colourful knitwear. At a side table, two well-dressed gentlemen are deep in discussion in Arabic. One is Assam Tamimi, director of the Institute of Islamic Political Thought in London and self-confessed Hamas supporter.


Hairdressing or pizza delivery?

By Simon Round, January 29, 2009

I was up and about early this morning searching for green shoots. The ones I was specifically looking for were the green shoots of economic recovery but to be honest I would have been happy to have spotted a snowdrop or a daffodil popping through. However, there was little to see. Deep recession and deep freeze is a rather depressing combination