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Why it is crucial to fight the language of hate

By Rabbi Barry Marcus, June 24, 2010

I cannot imagine any JC reader for whom the words "Holocaust" and "Nazi" do not resonate. These are words with terrible connotations that speak of the darkest night we have ever endured. We do not use them lightly. When we hear them used in inappropriate or even trivial contexts, we feel wounded.

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The Iranian uprising is not over

By Azadeh Moaveni, June 24, 2010

Last summer, for the first time, the world was able to see that Iran's clerical leaders do not enjoy the support of the country's population. The widespread protests that swept Iran in the aftermath of its dubious presidential election dominated the global media cycle for days.

But did it make any difference? One year later, Iran seems very much unchanged. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his radical cronies retain their control over government and their brutal crackdown on dissent has virtually snuffed out the opposition force that came to be called the Green movement.

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Defending Israel in the diaspora

By Mick Davis, June 17, 2010

Since Ahad Ha'am and Theodor Herzl clashed at the World Zionist Congress, diaspora Jews' relationship with Israel has been a constant theme in the Jewish world. But the issue is more acute now than for some time.

Mainstream Jews are often defined by how they relate to Israel. There are vocal supporters - bold and upfront Zionists. Then there are those, privately critical of Israeli government policy, who are considered to be timid. Finally, those who love Israel but are publicly critical, who are sometimes accused of being "self-haters".

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Don't give antisemites the last say

By Venetia Thompson, June 17, 2010

When the IDF commandos boarded the 'freedom flotilla' a couple of weeks ago, and images of the incident suddenly popped up on the large screens at the bar we were propping up in the north of Corfu, I was immediately hit by a familiar feeling of impending doom, and no, it wasn't four days of ouzo consumption catching up with me. It's what I have dubbed The Israel Effect: when an otherwise perfectly rational and well-educated friend embarks on a vitriolic anti-Israel rant in the middle of a holiday/dinner/drinks/engagement/wedding party and ruins my evening.

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Charities face a budgetary double whammy

By Barry Frankfurt, June 17, 2010

Next Tuesday, George Osborne will deliver his first budget - an emergency one - as Chancellor. His speech will offer the first big clue as to how the age of austerity will take shape. It will also provide the economic blueprint for David Cameron's "Big Society". The Prime Minister has defined government's role in this initiative as one that "will actively agitate for social renewal and community action". Certainly in the Jewish community, such action is delivered predominantly through the not-for-profit sector.

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Can we practise what we protest?

By Rosalind Preston, June 17, 2010

In 2009, the report, Connection, Continuity and Community (widely referred to as Women in the Community) was published. This represented the authentic voice of female Jewry in contemporary Britain. It spoke of a desire for a cohesive, dynamic and inclusive community. It called for an exploration of Jewish education, family, community life, and spiritual growth.

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What the real situation is like in Gaza

By Moeen Elhelou, June 10, 2010

What is the real situation in Gaza? I will try to give you a taste of what it is like to live as a journalist here.

Every morning when I wake up I hope that there will be electricity. If there is none, I cannot surf the internet or watch TV - and just as bad, I cannot iron clean clothes. This morning, for example, there was none. My wife told me: "There is no choice, just wear what you wore yesterday".

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Analysis: Europeans don't 'get' war

By Douglas Murray, June 10, 2010

My primary realisation of this week has been how many naval-boarding experts you can meet on any given day. My second is how many Europeans don't understand this matter at all.

The American strategist Robert Kagan famously described Americans as being from Mars and Europeans from Venus. Coverage of Israel's naval actions in the British/European press reminded me of this. Defending yourself seems simply "so 20th century".

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Jewish mothers: let's lead the way

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, June 10, 2010

I hate Jewish Mother jokes. I can't abide them. They are sexist and racist. Jokes like, "What's the difference between a Jewish mother and a rottweiler? The rottweiler lets go eventually." Oh yes, ha ha ,very ribald, very Bernard Manning. And besides being an overprotective, loving mother is what? Really BAD?

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Thomas's bigotry runs deep

By Winston Pickett, June 10, 2010

The saga of Helen Thomas has served up a pungent lesson on how anti-Semitic ideas can pollute and ultimately force a 58-year career to crash, burn and splutter to an inglorious conclusion.

Thomas, the 89-year-old White House columnist for Hearst newspapers, was caught last week on a homemade video declaring that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and "go back home to live in Germany and Poland".

On Monday, she announced her retirement following a barrage of criticism - including that of President Obama, who called her remarks "offensive" and "out of line."

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