What I said to the Fatah chief who lauded killers

By Gershon Baskin, October 22, 2015

In a very recent interview, a well-known political leader from Fatah praised the Palestinian youths who take their knives to the enemy. He called them "heroes" and "shaheeds" ["martyrs"].

I contacted him about this, challenging him in a very direct and harsh text message.


Backlash has got BDS on the back foot

By Jonathan Neumann, October 16, 2015

Boycotting Jews is not a new idea. It's been around for centuries. Today it's called Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).


All at sea with my hero Crosby (Stills & Nash)

By Viv Creegor, October 15, 2015

Have you ever wondered whether it's possible to combine your favourite type of holiday with seeing a band that you've loved for 40 years, but never seen live, actually perform? Well I've just done it courtesy of Cunard's Queen Mary 2.


Are street protests the right way to fight back?

By Jonathan Turner and Fiona Sharpe, October 15, 2015

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Last Thursday an Israeli owned shop closed its doors early for fear of protests from the BDS movement.


Can we agree on 'two narratives for two peoples'?

By Gabriel Noah Brahm, October 8, 2015

Zionism is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people and modern Israel is its crowning achievement. In the face of unbelievable oppression, refugees from antisemitic Europe and the Middle East built a thriving community to be proud of in their ancestral homeland.


This is our Big Society

By Grant Feller, October 8, 2015

There's been a lot of talk at the Conservative Party Conference of whether David Cameron is any closer to realising his grand ambition for a "Big Society". This is the vague notion espoused by the Prime Minister (before he had the power to do anything about it) that we're a nation that nurtures each other, that cares.


Lessons we've learned from Paris

By Tulip Siddiq and Wes Streeting, October 8, 2015

The murders at the kosher supermarket in Paris shocked the world. Thousands took to the streets to proclaim "Je Suis Juif", echoing earlier displays of solidarity with the murdered journalists of Charlie Hebdo.

European Jews had been killed once again for the "crime" of being Jewish. There can be no greater consequence to indict those who allow antisemitism to fester unchallenged.


Prisoners face loneliness and the occasional shortage of matzah

By Rabbi Michael Binstock, October 7, 2015

Isolation, loneliness, and the odd shortage of matzah — these are some of the problems facing Jews in jails across the UK.

In general, the needs of Jewish prisoners are met extremely well. Kashrut-observant inmates receive kosher meals, which are delivered in a fully cooked and frozen state, and just need to be heated before they are served.


Use the law to escape 'the Jungle'

By Laura Janner-Klausner, October 5, 2015

Three men from Sudan communing around a portable stove beckoned us over and insisted we eat with them. They made us their guests, although their ramshackle canvas neighbourhood is barely any kind of home.


Glasenberg the hunter becomes the hunted

By Alex Brummer, October 3, 2015

At lunchtime on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, a man arrived at our front door loaded down with a magnificent bunch of white flowers from a fashionable Knightsbridge florist. The present, replete with New Year greetings, was from billionaire Ivan Glasenberg, chief executive of the global commodity trading and mining concern, Glencore.