Profile: Simon Johnson, new man at the JLC

October 24, 2013

Top lawyer Simon Johnson has swapped football for communal politics.

The 47-year-old, who led England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup alongside Prince William and Prime Minister David Cameron, is now donning a communal cap as the interim chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, in the wake of Jeremy Newmark’s departure last month on health grounds.


We must inspire the next generation with the idea of Israel

By Yoni Chetboun, October 24, 2013

Much has been made recently in Israel of the phenomenon of Israelis making yeridah — leaving the country to live abroad. This has always happened, yet has remained under the radar. People have moved to pursue professional opportunities or academic advancement.


Don't don that niqab, Madge

By Julie Burchill, October 23, 2013

On hearing that Madonna is reading the Koran, and might be converting from Kabbalism to Islam, I must admit that my first reaction was not sorrow or outrage but rather a bone-deep weariness.


Sending back Iraqi archive is simply rewarding larceny

By Lyn Julius, October 18, 2013

One day in 1984, the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein sent his henchmen to a Baghdad synagogue to seize what became known as “the Jewish archive”. The trove, retrieved from Jewish homes, schools and libraries, had been deposited for safe-keeping in the ladies’ gallery.

The few remaining Jews were aghast to see trucks full of documents and books driven away from under their noses.


The JC Profile: Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu

October 17, 2013

Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu, one of the UK’s most eminent rabbis, is not a man to remain silent. Despite stepping down as head of the London Beth Din in 2006, he continues to make waves, this week by renewing his opposition to Orthodox Jews attending Limmud, in response to Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’s intention to attend.


Being Jewish in France? Ça va bien

By Naomi Firsht, October 11, 2013

This Rosh Hashanah, I was reminded of the sorry state of affairs that is Jewish life in France when I read the “It’s been quite a year” JC news round-up.

Apparently this past year has seen a surge of French Jews crossing the channel due to a 58 per cent rise in antisemitism in France, a view that I imagine was based on an earlier article entitled “Exodus to the UK as


Israelis and Palestinians might achieve peace if the world leaves them in peace

By Chas Newkey-Burden, October 11, 2013

Quick, gather round — I’ve found the solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. I do at least have an original suggestion toward that end, and that’s something that has proved just as elusive since 1948.

It’s a curious proposition, but it might just work: let’s make 2014 the year in which the world leaves the Israelis and Palestinians alone to resolve their differences.


Same enemy, different dress

By Julie Burchill, October 3, 2013

There are lots of agreeable things about making your living as a writer from a young age. For instance, you never have to work a day in your life, as the saying goes about doing something you love.


Ralph Miliband - Marxist and Zionist

By Colin Shindler, October 3, 2013

Geoffrey Levy’s Daily Mail article seemed like a family affair — only Jews were the main protagonists — Ralph Miliband, Eric Hobsbawm, Harold Laski.


Was the Daily Mail piece antisemitic?

By Jonathan Freedland, October 3, 2013

You didn’t have to be Jewish, to adapt an old phrase, to feel queasy at the Daily Mail’s attack on Ralph Miliband. Plenty of Britons, including, I suspect, many Mail readers, will have disliked the notion of condemning a dead man who cannot defend himself and of suggesting a son should be blamed for the words and beliefs of his father.