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Sderot's safety comes first

By Haim Baram, July 4, 2008

How far should Israel go to free Shalit?

The sobering-up process on Monday, June 30, was pretty horrendous for most Israelis. Half the nation had been glued to their TV sets on Sunday night, celebrating the victory of Spain over Germany in the marvellous European final; they were quickly stunned by the government’s decision to release the Lebanese arch-terrorist Samir Kuntar, the killer of a father and his two daughters in the northern town of Nahariya, back in 1979.

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What the next generation wants

By Marcus Freed, June 27, 2008

Niche activities, not shuls or big organisations, are the key to keeping youngsters engaged

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It’s time Arabs recognised the ‘Jewish nakba’

By Lyn Julius, June 27, 2008

Why have those forced to flee Arab lands been forgotten?

This week, delegates from 10 countries convened in London for the first-ever Justice for Jews from Arab Countries Congress. The delegates, from Brazil and Belgium, Italy and Israel, Australia and America and elsewhere, represent the last generation of Jews uprooted from Arab countries. Their purpose was to spotlight the neglected rights of 850,000 Middle Eastern Jewish refugees.

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Be ethical: give your child a state education

By Dana Gloger, June 20, 2008

Forget going private — we should instead help to foster a more equal school system

A recent report found that almost 60 per cent of parents would send their children to a private school if they could afford to. According to Mori research for the Independent Schools Council (which clearly has an interest in such findings), the reasons include a fear of knife crime, the perception of a lack of discipline in state schools, and recent changes in state education and exams.

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Converted Reform? You are a Jew

By Jonathan Romain, June 20, 2008

A Reform leader replies to Charles Golding’s attack last week on the validity of Reform conversions

How could he have got it so wrong? When Charles Golding launched his blood-frothing attack on Reform conversions on this page last week, he made two major errors.

One was his timing. It was so last century. Most Jews today — whatever their religious inclination, be it left, right or centre — agree that the days of “ya-boo-I’m-better-than-you” fulminations are no longer appropriate.

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Britain is a hotbed of anti-Israel sentiment

By Ron Prosor, June 13, 2008

Extremists have hijacked the debate over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the UK

Throughout its modern history, Britain has prided itself on its liberal society, which cherishes human rights and values civil liberties.

That pride was well founded, both in the international arena, when Britain stood alone in Europe facing the Third Reich, and domestically, when Britain led the way in establishing a national health service, granting women the right to vote and protecting the basic social rights of the working class.

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Converted Reform? You’re not a Jew

By Charles Golding, June 13, 2008

The Orthodox columnist offers his own scathing view of what he calls a ‘failed Reform experiment’

Not a week passes in the Jewish media without a reference to it. Acres of print are devoted to its analysis. Diverse stories all boil down to one question. Who is a Jew?

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Britain is a hotbed of anti-Israel sentiment

By Ron Prosor, June 13, 2008

Extremists have hijacked the debate over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the UK

Throughout its modern history, Britain has prided itself on its liberal society, which cherishes human rights and values civil liberties.

That pride was well founded, both in the international arena, when Britain stood alone in Europe facing the Third Reich, and domestically, when Britain led the way in establishing a national health service, granting women the right to vote and protecting the basic social rights of the working class.

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Forget the Palestinians — Iran is the big issue for presidential hopefuls

June 6, 2008

It was not the first time Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had told this story. Apparently, she thinks it resonates with Jewish-American crowds. It is the story of her last meeting with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon before he went into a coma, how he showed her the sheep on his farm, and she, city girl that she is, had never met a sheep face-to-face, or so she says.

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Help build trust with Arab Israelis

By Michael Howard, June 6, 2008

The ordinary individual, too, has a role to play in the peace process

Last month we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the birth of the state of Israel. We paid tribute to its numerous spectacular achievements. We congratulated those responsible. Yet the fact that Israel still lives in an area of strife and has failed to build a lasting peace in the region casts a long shadow over those celebrations.

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