Anglo-Jewry's 350-year start

By Zaki Cooper, August 21, 2014

What does 1664 make you think of? Alcohol connoisseurs may think of the 1664 Kronenburg beer, and who could blame them? It is apparently the most popular French beer in the world.

But more sober-minded historical types will appreciate that 1664 was a significant year for British Jewry.


Israel sees the West's inaction

By Robert Philpot, August 21, 2014

One year ago, in the early hours of August 21 2013, Bashar al-Assad's forces launched rockets containing chemical warheads at two Damascus suburbs, Eastern and Western Ghouta.


Who's a Nazi? You're a Nazi . . .

August 21, 2014

Amid all the bewildering coverage of the Gaza conflict, what fascinates and appals me is the way the Nazi Holocaust is used and misrepresented by protagonists on either "side" of the argument.

Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate and darling of the American Holocaust establishment, in tandem with attention-seeking rabbi, Shmuley Boteach, placed a provocative advertisement in several US and UK newspapers


How to make Israel's case

By Miriam Shaviv, August 21, 2014

How can Israel improve its hasbarah - public relations? The question pops up after every round of fighting. Allowing that Israel made some improvements during Operation Protective Edge - its spokespeople were mostly native English speakers and the IDF was pro-active on social media -the overall picture was still dire.


Richter scale of antisemitism

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 21, 2014

ou don't have to be a seismologist to harbour a nodding acquaintance with the Richter scale, which is used to describe the intensity of earthquakes. I have sometimes wished that a similar metric existed by which we could describe the strength of anti-Jewish prejudice. Richter measures each earthquake on a scale from 1 to 10.


Just a whisker's difference

By Simon Round, August 21, 2014

As summers go this hasn't been the best one for the Jews. If you live in Israel you will have had rockets raining down on you on a daily basis. If you live outside Israel you will have been the subject of antisemitic protests on a scale almost unparalleled in the past half-century. We have been pilloried, physically attacked and abused.


Who are Islamic Relief — and just what is Israel’s case against them?

By John Ware, August 21, 2014

British Jews often complain about the lack of public relations nous by successive Israeli governments.

What, I wonder, would these self same critics make of the Facebook Fury campaign by some JC readers against the paper for publishing the Gaza Crisis Appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)? A PR triumph?


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.


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.


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.