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Understanding the Turks

By Andrew Rosemarine, August 7, 2014

Turkey and its prime minister Recep Erdogan are enormously important for the future of the Middle East, and yet are underestimated and misunderstood by Jewry and Israel.

In 2008, Israel's consul in Istanbul told me that Turkey was Israel's "best friend in the Middle East" and that Israel would like their relationship to be a model for that with other Muslim countries.

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I'm not in the mood for levity

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, August 7, 2014

I leave it to others to do political analysis, post the bad news stories and get into the nitty-gritty of the Jewish experience. I've always felt my job was to offer a bit of personal levity, albeit with a serious undertone, and to chronicle rare news stories like the Iranian obsession with Jewish wizards or vent my hatred of Jewish mother jokes. But this week, I'm in no mood for levity.

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Questions for protesters

By Mark Berg, August 7, 2014

Let's get the labelling stuff on the table straight off. I'm a Jew, and I'm a Zionist. I care deeply about the state of Israel for two main reasons.

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Let's make it good news soon

By Richard Verber, August 7, 2014

I've often thought that I should start a newspaper which prints only good news. Heartwarming stories of strangers returning lost wallets. The world's largest cupcake. Lottery winners donating their millions to charity. Oh, and pictures of cats. There must always be pictures of cats.

If ever there were an idea whose time had come, it's this one.

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When being Jewish is not a joke

By Bennett Arron, August 7, 2014

I have been a stand-up comedian for more than 15 years and I have always mentioned at some point in my set that I am Jewish (the fact I am both Jewish and Welsh seems to be a point of amusement in itself and one which I am happy to exploit).

Apart from one awful incident in Scotland, I have never encountered antisemitism. Until now.

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Dear Ed, this is why my love affair with Labour is over

By Kate Bearman, August 7, 2014

I've been a supporter of the Labour Party for 20 years but my support is over.

I feel I don't recognise the party of principle and serious government that I knocked on doors and delivered leaflets for. It has let me down.

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Beyond the water's edge: posturing politicians break old bonds

By Robert Philpot, August 7, 2014

When the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Arthur Vandenberg, offered his backing in 1948 for Democrat Harry Truman's establishment of NATO, he declared that "politics stops at the water's edge".

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Is this the tipping point?

By Stephen Pollard, August 7, 2014

Malcolm Gladwell defines a tipping point as “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point”.

On Tuesday, Baroness Warsi resigned because the government refused to attack Israel sufficiently.

Later that day, the Tricycle Theatre told a Jewish charity it was not welcome unless it denounced Israel.

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The role we must not forget

By Helen Grant, August 1, 2014

Just about everybody, I hope, must be aware that this year is the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. The next four years will see countless events, large and small, marking it in a multitude of different ways.

And it will be truly worldwide. The First World War was just that: the first time a military conflict had touched every corner of the world.

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At the captain's table

By David Robson, July 31, 2014

No Jew has ever played cricket for England which seems both unfair and a mistake.

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