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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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Sophistication and illusion

By Oliver Kamm, July 31, 2014

Norman Finkelstein, the American far-left activist, was interviewed a couple of months ago on Al-Jazeera's Head to Head. I was one of the pundits cross-examining him. We didn't get on. I criticised the quality of his historiography and he compared me to the dust beneath his feet.

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When vitriol turns to violence

By Mark Gardner, July 31, 2014

Today, my organisation CST releases its six-monthly report on antisemitic incidents, for January to June 2014. It shows a large increase of 36 per cent: 304 incidents across Britain in the first half of 2014, compared to 223 in the first half of 2013.

The reasons are unclear. It may be better reporting rates or more antisemitism. It is probably both.

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This connection is not a mirage

By Nathan Jeffay, July 31, 2014

We thought we had seen it all: every warped argument from Israel's haters in relation to its self-defence operation in Gaza. But apparently not.

For one American-Jewish journalist, it is not enough to point fingers at Israel; the Jewish diaspora also has blood on its hands.

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John Kerry'sHamas-friendly ceasefire plan exposes his incompetence to all

By Stephen Pollard, July 31, 2014

It takes a special type of talent to unite Israel, the Palestinian Authority, the Saudis, Egypt and pretty much everyone except Hamas, Turkey and Qatar. The type of talent that mixes incompetence with jaw-dropping arrogance.

The talent, in other words, of the US Secretary of State, John Kerry.

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They shall learn war no more...

By Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, July 31, 2014

This Shabbat we begin the Book of Deuteronomy, in which Moses, prior to his passing, warned the Israelites of trying times ahead. We will be challenged, he said, by ra'ot rabot vetzarot - many evils and distresses (Deut. 31:17).

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