Lisa Jardine: A mischievous laugh, unbelievably cool

By Bill Sherman, October 28, 2015

Lisa Jardine had a gift for making sense of other people’s lives. Some of those people were famous figures from the past (including Bacon, Wren, Hooke and Erasmus) but most were, like myself, humble students who were lucky enough to attend her lectures, and avid readers or listeners who came to know her distinctive voice on the page or over the airwaves.


David Cesarani: An intellectual giant of his time

By Bernard Wasserstein, October 28, 2015

The great Jewish historians have generally been blessed with long lives. Salo Baron died at the age of 94; Simon Dubnow (at the hands of the Nazis) at 81; Gershom Scholem at 84. So shock at the death of David Cesarani is compounded by his comparative youth: he was just 58.


Now make it illegal to hold racist views

By Dr Moshe Kantor, October 22, 2015

Britain has thousands upon thousands of criminal laws on its statute books. Not all of them are obvious and some quite trivial - for instance, you can be prosecuted for queue-jumping, for knocking on someone's door and then running off, even for shaking your carpet or mat in public.


What I said to the Fatah chief who lauded killers

By Gershon Baskin, October 22, 2015

In a very recent interview, a well-known political leader from Fatah praised the Palestinian youths who take their knives to the enemy. He called them "heroes" and "shaheeds" ["martyrs"].

I contacted him about this, challenging him in a very direct and harsh text message.


Backlash has got BDS on the back foot

By Jonathan Neumann, October 16, 2015

Boycotting Jews is not a new idea. It's been around for centuries. Today it's called Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).


All at sea with my hero Crosby (Stills & Nash)

By Viv Creegor, October 15, 2015

Have you ever wondered whether it's possible to combine your favourite type of holiday with seeing a band that you've loved for 40 years, but never seen live, actually perform? Well I've just done it courtesy of Cunard's Queen Mary 2.


Are street protests the right way to fight back?

By Jonathan Turner and Fiona Sharpe, October 15, 2015

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Last Thursday an Israeli owned shop closed its doors early for fear of protests from the BDS movement.


Can we agree on 'two narratives for two peoples'?

By Gabriel Noah Brahm, October 8, 2015

Zionism is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people and modern Israel is its crowning achievement. In the face of unbelievable oppression, refugees from antisemitic Europe and the Middle East built a thriving community to be proud of in their ancestral homeland.


This is our Big Society

By Grant Feller, October 8, 2015

There's been a lot of talk at the Conservative Party Conference of whether David Cameron is any closer to realising his grand ambition for a "Big Society". This is the vague notion espoused by the Prime Minister (before he had the power to do anything about it) that we're a nation that nurtures each other, that cares.


Lessons we've learned from Paris

By Tulip Siddiq and Wes Streeting, October 8, 2015

The murders at the kosher supermarket in Paris shocked the world. Thousands took to the streets to proclaim "Je Suis Juif", echoing earlier displays of solidarity with the murdered journalists of Charlie Hebdo.

European Jews had been killed once again for the "crime" of being Jewish. There can be no greater consequence to indict those who allow antisemitism to fester unchallenged.