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Hypocrites who don't take hate seriously

By Russell Langer, March 3, 2016

As someone who spends a lot of time working with the National Union of Students (NUS), it has been particularly interesting to watch the reaction from some of those on the far left of the organisation to allegations of antisemitism at Oxford University Labour Club.

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Stay or go, there are no clear answers

By Shimon Cohen, February 25, 2016

Working to influence political opinion both in Westminster and in Brussels certainly gives me a unique view but not necessarily an obvious choice as we approach the EU referendum in June.

Our community has friends across all blocs and parties within the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council and I am proud that the causes I represent have real allies.

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Our free trade with Israel will continue regardless

By Alex Brummer, February 25, 2016

Israel's robust trade with Britain would largely be unaffected if the UK votes to leave the EU in June. Bilateral commerce between the UK and Israel has climbed markedly in recent times and is estimated to have reached more than £5 billion in 2015 making the UK the third largest trade partner with Israel behind the US and Hong Kong.

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Why Ofsted's blitz on strictly Orthodox schools is so damaging

By Chaya Spitz, February 25, 2016

What has changed in independent Charedi schools?

Since 2014, one school after another has been declared by Ofsted to be inadequate. Before 2014, the ratings of Charedi schools covered the full gamut. Some were outstanding, and many had outstanding features. Schools were lauded for pupils' behaviour and diligence, for results, for social and moral consciousness.

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Israel must stop making it easy for the boycotters

By John Ware, February 25, 2016

Will there be whoops of ecstasy this weekend at the bar of London's School of Oriental and African Studies - just as there were when students and staff voted to cut all ties with Israeli academic institutions?

SOAS is the heart of the UK branch of the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. Search the BDS website for the word "progressive" and it breaks out like a measles rash.

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Don't panic - and try not to take it personally

By Rabbi David Meyer, February 25, 2016

For hundreds of anxious parents, the wait will soon be over as they find out whether their child has been offered a place at their preferred secondary school.

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My doubts about Oxford Labour antisemitism claim

By Jon Lansman, February 25, 2016

Last week, the JC led with a story of alleged antisemitism at Oxford University Labour Club. National newspapers picked up the story and ministers and shadow cabinet members were drawn into the furore. Another outrage exposed, job well done?

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No one ought to feel they need to hide in the closet

By Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu, February 24, 2016

We were staying in a hotel over half term, and we were playing hide and seek. The large, impressive old fashioned furniture gave us the perfect setting. It was when I was hiding, wrapped up in our coats inside a large closet, that I really had the chance to think about those lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who spend their lives in hiding. This was a game, of course. I was giggling.

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Reasons why Muslims are not 'the new Jews'

By Julie Burchill, February 18, 2016

In 2006, the Sunday Times columnist India Knight wrote a piece arguing that Muslims are "the new Jews", in which she attacked Jack Straw for asking female Muslim constituents consulting him at his Blackburn surgery to consider uncovering their noses and mouths in order to allow better communication.

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Here's why most languages are dreck

By Monica Porter, February 18, 2016

A Jewish friend once told me that, for a goy, I "sure use a lot of Yiddish".

"Well, yes," I replied. "There's a good reason for that, bubbeleh." And I explained why, although I'd been born and raised a Christian (up to a point), I gave free rein to my "inner Maureen Lipman".

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