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.


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.


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.


A kind, generous and wise friend

By Lawrence Freedman, February 5, 2015

When we were both appointed to the Iraq Inquiry Sir Martin Gilbert and I were spoken of almost as twins, as the "two Jewish historians".

Yet in truth, at that point we did not know each other well and were distinctive in our interests and approaches. Getting to know Martin became one of the boons of Inquiry work.


We need a new way of teaching

By Felix Posen, January 29, 2015

There are big Jewish divisions, such as religious versus cultural Judaism.


The damaging hypocrisy of the foolish Muslim 'Understanders'

By Denis MacShane, January 29, 2015

In German, there is a new word for those ready to explain and justify any and all aspects of Russian President Putin's behavior. They are called the "Putinversteher" – literally, the Putin understanders. These people are not quite apologists or appeasers for the Russian leader and his behaviour.