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Our faiths must work together

By Monica Porter, August 28, 2014

During the latest war between Israel and Hamas, I have been waging my own mini-battle on Facebook, flying the flag for Israel. I have nearly 1400 Facebook friends, the majority of whom have been acquired as a result of my latest book. They are a kind of international, multi-ethnic fan base. My usual "status updates" on the site relate to my work.

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Banter: just another weasel word

By Grant Feller, August 28, 2014

It was simply "banter" and the more my two friends remonstrated with me, the more I wondered whether I had got it wrong.

Now it seems "banter" has become the catch-all excuse for people who are unable to tell the difference between being a racist and speaking like one.

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Putting the picture together

By Lucian Hudson, August 28, 2014

Leadership in a crisis requires not just skill in responding appropriately in the moment but a coherence and consistency of purpose over time.

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Strong Muslim-Jewish relationship is vital

By Vivian Wineman, August 28, 2014

Many in the community will share the Board of Deputies' deep concern about the rise in antisemitism in the UK during the conflict in Israel and Gaza.

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We will do more to combat antisemitism

By Theresa May, August 28, 2014

Britain has a proud record of tolerance and acceptance. But even in a country such as ours, we must be on guard against hatred and bigotry and any sign of a resurgence of antisemitism.

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We must not ignore the plight of the Yazidis

By Eylon Aslan-Levy, August 22, 2014

On Tisha B’Av, Jews worldwide heard the Prophet Jeremiah lamenting the devastation of Jerusalem by the Babylonians: “Young and old lie together in the dust of the streets… Now they are blacker than soot; they are not recognised in the streets. Their skin has shrivelled on their bones; it has become as dry as a stick.”

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The price of joining polite society

By Jenni Frazer, August 21, 2014

I have had enough. I am sick of being told by people who haven’t the faintest idea of my beliefs and circumstances what I ought to think or feel. And that especially goes for the people who’ve never been closer to Israel than a packet of dates in Waitrose.

I am sick of being told by the bien-pensants in Britain’s society what antisemitism is, could be, or is not.

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When life resembles soap opera

By James Inverne, August 21, 2014

The thing about music, perhaps more than any other art form, is that not only is it unclear what it means at any given moment, it often loses its meaning the second the composer sets down his pen. Beethoven's Fifth Symphony – what is that?

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Anglo-Jewry's 350-year start

By Zaki Cooper, August 21, 2014

What does 1664 make you think of? Alcohol connoisseurs may think of the 1664 Kronenburg beer, and who could blame them? It is apparently the most popular French beer in the world.

But more sober-minded historical types will appreciate that 1664 was a significant year for British Jewry.

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Who's a Nazi? You're a Nazi . . .

August 21, 2014

Amid all the bewildering coverage of the Gaza conflict, what fascinates and appals me is the way the Nazi Holocaust is used and misrepresented by protagonists on either "side" of the argument.

Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate and darling of the American Holocaust establishment, in tandem with attention-seeking rabbi, Shmuley Boteach, placed a provocative advertisement in several US and UK newspapers

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