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Epic rift sends Israel to polls

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 4, 2014

Israel was set on the path to early elections this week after relations between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the leaders of the two centrist parties in his coalition, Yesh Atid and Hatnuah, collapsed amid a storm of recrimination.

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Balotelli: Reaction is both stupid and dangerous

By Stephen Pollard, December 4, 2014

Another week, another "football antisemite" exposed.

And another series of outraged comments from our communal leaders.

Last week it was Dave Whelan, the Wigan chairman, who informed a reporter that "Jewish people chase money more than everybody else", prompting demands that he be ritually defenestrated.

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We mustn't be afraid to speak out

By Colin Shindler, November 27, 2014

Diaspora critics of Israel's government's policies occupy an uncomfortable position on the political spectrum, between those who repeat the latest wisdom from Jerusalem and those who think that the establishment of Israel in 1948 was never a good idea. Either wrap yourself in the flag or burn it. Yet black or white is easy, the grey reality of the Israel-Palestine conflict is more difficult.

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To compete, the arts need to collaborate

By Emma Kane, November 27, 2014

Competition can be bad for business and charities - if the focus becomes "beating" others, the losers can be the intended beneficiaries. When organisations wake up to the power of collaboration, it can give access to new markets, facilitate more ambitious projects, and prevent wastage from duplication in areas such as administration and leadership.

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Shopping? Yeah, fat chance

By Peter Rosengard, November 27, 2014

I'm not a shopper - only for one reason: I hate shopping. For one thing, it would interfere with my obsession for news. I love news -24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If it's happened anywhere in the world, I need to know about it immediately.

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Twitter gets the message wrong on hate

By John Mann MP, November 27, 2014

As readers might know, I have commissioned an all-party parliamentary inquiry into the antisemitism that emanated from the Middle-East conflict, and which led to an unprecedented rise of incidents this summer.

According to the Community Security Trust, some 25 per cent of the incidents that occurred, manifested on social media.

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Does Israel need the nation state law? Yes

By Gerald Steinberg, November 27, 2014

Like many other aspects of Israeli politics, public debate on the proposed law - which has different forms - to re-emphasise the Jewish dimension of the country's democratic framework is often highly distorted, and stripped of both complexity and context.

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Does Israel need the nation state law? No

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 27, 2014

There has been a lot of wailing and hand-wringing over the "nation-state" bill which the Knesset may or may not be voting on next week.

At the heart of the furore is the claim that if the bill becomes law, it will transform Israeli Arabs into "second-class citizens".

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Let Dubai's deckchairs stay empty this year

By Jeremy Brier, November 20, 2014

'The best service I've ever had", was how my friend put it. And he wasn't talking about Rosh Hashanah morning in synagogue. It was that increasingly familiar description of the high standards on offer in Dubai's glitzy hotels. It could have been Abu Dhabi. Or Qatar.

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Building partners in peace

By Ed Balls, November 20, 2014

It has been a difficult and depressing few months for those of us who believe in a two-state solution: the terrible loss of life in the summer on both sides has been followed by a series of terrorist attacks on civilians in Jerusalem, including the horrendous attack on a synagogue this week in which four rabbis and a policeman were tragically killed, including the UK citizen Rabbi Avraham Goldberg

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