Loosening of the Zionist bond

By Keith Kahn-Harris, March 26, 2015

Last Sunday's We Believe In Israel conference brought together a broad coalition of the British pro-Israel community under a "big tent" in order to oppose the "delegitimisation" of the Jewish state. However, the apparent success in bringing together the various different pro-Israel positions cannot disguise the fact that this strategy is facing major difficulties.


Are we ready for this revolution in care?

By Dianne Martin, March 26, 2015

The Social care system is now relevant to more of us than ever before. Next month marks a pivotal moment in the history of care in this country. It sees the coming into force of the Care Act 2014, a long-anticipated piece of legislation which introduces a raft of changes to the way care is prioritised, funded and delivered.


We won't stop bigotry by concealing success

By Trevor Phillips, March 19, 2015

I've been a journalist for more than three decades, so I'm not often taken by surprise by other scribblers. But, during the flurry of media interest in our film Things We Won't Say About Race That Are True, a pugnacious radio interviewer bowled me a bouncer.


This house believes it's time to wake up!

By Alex Davis, March 19, 2015

Chants of "Free Palestine" echoed around the chamber of the world's oldest debating society, the Cambridge Union. The brightest students in the country had just passed the motion - "This House Believes Israel is a Rogue State" - and few in the audience seemed surprised. And if you're not worried about that, you should be.


A Jewish voter's dilemma: Which tribe do I belong to?

By Angela Epstein, March 19, 2015

I've never been much good at making significant decisions. Ask my husband. It took a week for me to respond to his proposal of marriage - even though we'd been together for two years and I was, blush, potty about him.


I know how the pain of loneliness can hit you

By Esther Ranzten, March 19, 2015

I always love speaking to the University of the Third Age. The audience consists of bright, adventurous old people, who always arrive early. Unusually for the British, they fill up the room from the front row. And instead of looking grumpy or impatient, they sit there smiling waiting for me to begin.


I'm not crabby after donating my time in the Miami home of the Lubavitch

By Peter Rosengard, March 19, 2015

The phone rang at midnight on Sunday; my good friend Lev, was calling from Montreal. "Hey man… It's dad's Yahrzeit tomorrow. You coming?" It's minus 33 degrees in Montreal, I might have just about made it back home to London alive - as a human block of ice.

"Lev, you people live for six months underground.


The election is coming - don't mention the war

By Robert Philpot, March 19, 2015

Twenty years ago this summer the brutal war in Bosnia reached its bloody denouement.


MPs have failed us over the Trojan school affair

By John Ware, March 19, 2015

The recent Education Select Committee's report into last summer's "Trojan Horse" affair must rank as one of the worst any select committee has produced.

It asserts that, save for a single incident, there was "no evidence of extremism or radicalisation" at any of the 16 state schools investigated independently by Peter Clarke, the government appointed Education Commissioner, and Ian Kershaw, Bir


Stepping back in time

By Efraim Zuroff, March 19, 2015

I have once again personally witnessed the ugly manifestations of resurgent neo-fascism in the Baltic countries during the past 10 days.

Last Wednesday some 1,500 Lithuanians participated in a march organised by the Union of Nationalist Youth down the main avenue of Vilnius to mark Independence Day.

On Monday, approximately the same number of Latvians gathered in the centre of Riga to honour