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At Unesco, a glimmer of hope

By Shimon Samuels, June 19, 2014

The acknowledgment of Palestine as a member state of Unesco (United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation), in November 2011, turned the status of heritage upon its head. Historical monuments and wonders of nature have been converted into instruments of war by other means.

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My misguided, misfiring joke

By Toby Young, June 19, 2014

At the age of 17, after failing all my O-levels, my father suggested I spend some time on a kibbutz. One of the reasons I had done so badly was because I'd spent the previous three years in a permanent haze of marijuana smoke and I think my father was canny enough to realise that, in Israel, with its heavily guarded borders, illegal drugs would be harder to come by.

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Mask of the populist right

By Oliver Kamm, June 19, 2014

Europe's populist Right has had a makeover. It typically now disclaims antisemitism and expresses sympathies with Israel. It seeks the support of Jewish voters on the strength of its opposition to militant Islamism.

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This loathsome UN hypocrisy

By Robert Philpot, June 12, 2014

On April 3, a gay Ugandan teen swallowed rat poison and pills, bringing an end to a life he believed had no value.

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Are we really more selfish?

By Jonathan Boyd, June 12, 2014

Are British Jews becoming more materialistic and selfish? When Steven Lewis, Chairman of Jewish Care, suggested last week that they may be, it should have raised a red flag across the community.

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What I've witnessed in Susiya

By Arik Ascherman, June 12, 2014

I have accompanied the Palestinians of the South Hebron Hills since 700 were expelled in 1999 and returned home by Israel's High Court. Rabbis For Human Rights lawyers currently represent Palestinian Susya against the High Court petition by the Susya settlement and "Regavim" to demolish Palestinian Susya.

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Gove is right to push Prevent

By Lucian Hudson, June 12, 2014

Some family rows are worth having.

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Friday's family fortunes

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, June 12, 2014

Of all the TV programmes I'm involved with, the one that gives me most pleasure is Channel 4's Friday Night Dinner, in which I play Auntie Val. The programme follows the weekly exploits of two 20-something (acting 12) Jewish sons at their parents' home every Friday night for their chicken and crumble.

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The wolf is real. Don't let it eat you

By Chas Newkey-Burden, June 6, 2014

I think most of us will have heard the allegation that Jewish people "cry antisemitism" too readily. Or the implication that you are over-vigilant against another great flare-up of this ancient, ever-present hatred.

It is basically a suggestion that you cry wolf. And it is ridiculous for so many reasons.

Most fundamentally, I would personally dispute that Jewish people tend to cry wolf.

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Serious symptoms of Qatar

By Alex Brummer, June 6, 2014

Qatar's allegedly corrupt campaign to host the World Cup tournament in 2022, exposed over seven pages in the Sunday Times, provides insight into one of the most troubling of the Gulf statelets.

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