Behind Ukip's smiling face

By Oliver Kamm, March 5, 2015

'I don't care what you call us," declared Nigel Farage at a Ukip rally last year, "but from this moment on, please, do not ever call us a racist party. We are not a racist party."

What sort of party needs to declare that it's not racist? The answer is unmysterious: one that reliably attracts the support of racists.

That's what Ukip does.


A challenging place for Jewish students but they are better for it

By Colin Shindler, March 5, 2015

The Qatari-owned website Al Araby proudly proclaimed that "SOAS becomes the first UK university to boycott Israel".

This was patently untrue. It was not "SOAS" the institution that voted - not the governing body, not the administration, not even formally the lecturers' union, but an invented "SOAS community".


How Israel's finest are inspiring our girls to be the scientific geniuses of the future

By Natalie Lancer, February 26, 2015

For the past five years, I have been providing university advice to students and their parents as they navigate their way to and through university, having been head of science at a secondary school.


Obama's empty legacy

By Alex Brummer, February 26, 2015

Some years ago, as Washington correspondent of the Guardian, I found myself covering a bitterly fought Congressional race in South Dakota. It is a vast state of prairies, cornfields and grain silos. It is a state with a modest population of less than 900,000 of which 10 per cent are Native Americans.


I will always be indebted to Martin Gilbert's fight for our freedom

By Natan Sharansky, February 26, 2015

The world recently lost one of its best scholars, someone I had the privilege to know well and whom I very much admired. Martin Gilbert was not only an outstanding historian, he was also an active participant in the fate of the Jewish people, shared in its suffering and devoted his considerable talents to its benefit.


Question Time fallout: we're meant to debate, not hate

By Alex Brummer, February 12, 2015

Respect MP George Galloway is one of the most controversial figures in British public life. Some of his comments, such as declaring his constituency of Bradford an ‘‘Israel free-zone’’ during Operation Protective Edge in August 2014, can only be regarded as incendiary.


I'm worried who will be left to care for me

By Steven Lewis, February 5, 2015

Those who know me will know I like to be busy. I live an active life. I also, every so often, need to sleep. And there are a few things that keep me awake at night, one of which is an occasional worry about the future.


This report shows we must all play our part to fight the menace of antisemitism

By Tessa Jowell, February 5, 2015

Last week, we paid tribute and focused our minds on those affected by the Holocaust. That these reflections come as Europe again recoils from the horror of antisemitic murder is a heartbreaking reminder that the world's oldest hatred continues to haunt our continent seven decades on from the liberation of Auschwitz.


March of the developers still halted by Spiegelhalter

By Rosa Doherty, February 5, 2015

With its curry houses, fabric shops and ornate mosques it is known as the epicentre of Britain's thriving Asian community.

Most of us, however, continue to think of London's East End as the faded magnet for another immigrant population. Once home to schmutter markets and shuls, there is little evidence today that marks the contribution of Jews in London's bustling East End.


Why Jews like me are returning to Germany

By Amber Rose, February 5, 2015

Germany would never have been on my list of countries to live in. As a British Jew I have grown up with a nauseating uneasiness about anything and everything German. A wariness that had been instilled in me as a child through my parents and grandparents.

But ten years ago my own prejudices changed when I met my future German husband.