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A word about why you matter

By Julie Burchill, March 16, 2012

Whatever a broad's personal views on the bodacious President Barack Obama ­- not so much "yes, we can," as "yes, we so would" - his position on Israel makes him a source of suspicion to quite a few of my Zionist cohorts, who find his support for Israel to be about as enthusiastic as that displayed by a stoned sloth on its way to the dentist.

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Respect is due to a college Jew

By Peter Rosengard, March 16, 2012

Any chance of my becoming a famous TV celebrity historian was dashed at 14 when, in order to pursue my foolish, romantic, childhood dream of becoming a dentist, I switched to biology, chemistry and physics. So, when I went on a day-trip to Oxford last week and discovered that the world's oldest university was established by a Jewish guy, I had a "watch out, Simon Schama" moment.

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OK, treat Israel as a democracy

By Douglas Murray, March 16, 2012

A winning point for any friend of Israel is to compare Israel with any of its neighbours. On any measure - democratic, legal, let alone anything to do with rights - Israel is clearly in a different league from its neighbours.

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The digital lies that Israel faces

By Orlando Radice, March 15, 2012

Digital activists around the world have been raising their glasses this week to celebrate what has been labelled the internet's greatest-ever political success: the "Kony 2012" video.

The video, released by US activist group Invisible Children as part of a campaign to have Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony captured, has been watched over 100 million times since it went viral last week - and that was

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There is an Israel lobby, but it's not who you think it is

By Chas Newkey-Burden, March 13, 2012

Perceptions of Israel's supporters are often negative. We are thought to hold tremulous politicians in a vice-like grip, to be brainlessly unquestioning in our support of any Israeli policy, and to be guilty of other horrors, including Islamophobia.

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Writers making waves across Atlantic

By David Herman, March 13, 2012

This is an exciting time for American Jewish writing. Over the past decade, a new wave of young writers has emerged and seems to be going from strength to strength. Nathan Englander's new book of short stories, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, has received rave reviews.

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It's funny, I love your country

By Jackie Mason, March 9, 2012

I happen to love Britain. I only wish I knew exactly where it was, because I would have come here more often. But I'll be honest with you, Britain is my favourite place to perform, and I've appeared all over the world. It's a fact. I was even asked to perform in Gaza for the Palestinians, who happen to love me. They can't get over me.

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Our nights out with the girls...

By Cari Rosen, March 9, 2012

The other week Victoria Beckham tweeted a photo with the caption "night out with the girlies".

As I, too, had just had an exceedingly jolly night out with the girlies (if women all the wrong side of 40 can be called 'girlies') I had a little look to see how our evenings might compare.

Her girlies turned out to include Eva Longoria and the Williams sisters. Mine… did not.

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Replace the Board and the JLC

By Peter Sheldon, March 9, 2012

The unedifying communal leadership squabbles of the last couple of weeks should give us all cause for concern. We must not allow the uncomfortable status quo to remain. The creation and subsequent enlargement of the Jewish Leadership Council, complete with a costly secretariat, has created unnecessary but inevitable tensions.

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Did Netanyahu come out of the talks on top? Not yet

By Uri Dromi, March 8, 2012

If I were a fly on the wall in the Oval Office when president Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu closed the door behind them to talk tachlis, I guess that the following happened.

Mr Netanyahu, who has a record of domineering meetings of heads of states (ask Tony Blair), probably started by giving Mr Obama a "we told you so" speech.

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