An odious, sick comparison

By Simon Johnson, September 11, 2014

Security commentators estimate that some 600 British citizens have travelled to the Middle East, via training camps in Turkey, to fight for Islamic State (IS).


Time to include the learning disabled

By Jo Richler, September 11, 2014

Our Jewish tradition is based on a foundation of embracing all within our community. Inclusivity is a core Jewish value. Being included in one's community and its activities, in social roles and personal relationships, is an invaluable part of anybody's life, and contributes to one's personal well-being.

This is particularly important for people with disabilities.


Stars and stripes of David at odds

By Elad Uzan, September 11, 2014

On a humid Manhattan morning, four Jewish religious leaders came to speak with us, students of the Ruderman Program in American Jewish Studies, on the current state of American Jewry.


Protesters' dangerous stupidity

By Robert Philpot, September 4, 2014

Even Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear couldn't have penned literary nonsense quite like that of John Rees. "Socialists," he wrote in explanation for his opposition to the Iraq war, "should unconditionally stand with the oppressed against the oppressor, even if the people who run the oppressed country are undemocratic and persecute minorities, like Saddam Hussein."


It's time to shout out the facts

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, September 4, 2014

A couple of years ago on this page, I penned a call to action.

George "I'll Embrace Genocidal Tyrants But Not Acknowledge Israelis" Galloway had just been elected Respect MP for Bradford almost solely on the back of his Twitter campaign.


More care needed on front line

By Adloyada, September 4, 2014

There's a buzz in my neck of the Jewish community. No one's scared. They're delighted that Jews across the UK have started Doing Something.

New activist groups pop up on Facebook like mushrooms. Join a protest. Support Israel. Fight antisemitism. Stop the boycotters.


The importance of living Jewishly

By Jude Williams, September 4, 2014

So the joke goes: "Two old Russian Jews are reading their newspapers on Shabbat afternoon somewhere on the Pale of Settlement. One is shifting uncomfortably in his armchair. He huffs and says "Oy Vey. Jews are being killed. There are pogroms, riots and new laws against us. What will we do?" He looks across at his companion who is smiling happily.


Charity that exploits its high reputation for ethical work

By Gerald M Steinberg and Naftali Balanson, September 4, 2014

Oxfam was founded in 1942 to provide humanitarian aid around the world but it has also become a powerful political force, and the opinions (and prejudices) of its leaders are often more influential than those of many elected officials.

This is particularly true in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where Oxfam's highly biased agenda is continuing to contribute to the conflict.


It's naive to think David Ward is the true voice of the Lib Dem's on Israel

By Gavin Stollar, August 28, 2014

The past two months have been hard. Hard for anyone who cares about Israel.

As chairman of the Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel (LDFI), my job, like all Israel's advocates, has been hard, but it is, also, a privilege with great responsibility.

In our party, LDFI is a key conduit to the UK Jewish community and on all matters related to Israel and Palestine.


Solution to his sticky situation

By David Robson, August 28, 2014

I have never been any sort of a businessman. When I was a student, I went to buy a record-player available for £20 or nearest offer, and ended up paying £25. I have never managed to sell anything in my life. I was at school with boys who have become some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country and all I learnt was a smattering of Latin and classical Hebrew.