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JC poll shows the clear majority

March 12, 2015

Assertions are regularly made about the political sympathies of British Jewry, both with regard to domestic politics and Israel. Until now, that is all they have ever been — assertions. Our poll this week is the first time that a reliable snapshot of political opinion has ever been possible, thanks to the JC’s new polling database with Survation.

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LLAP, Mr Spock

March 4, 2015

The word iconic is over used, but Leonard Nimoy was one of the truly iconic figures of the past half century. Mr Spock was one of the great fictional characters, who spoke not just to a nation but to much of the planet. And as Josh Glancy writes this week, he was so clearly, so obviously and so deeply Jewish. Generations of us saw reflections of ourselves — of parts of ourselves — in him.

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The tide is turning

March 4, 2015

Maybe, just maybe, the tide is beginning to turn. Last week’s press conference by Islamist group Cage — ludicrously described by the BBC and others as a ‘human rights’ organisation — lifted the scales from the eyes of some of those who have, until now, been taken in by it and the many other Islamist front organisations.

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Jewish support for Marine Le Pen is deeply disturbing

February 27, 2015

My enemy’s enemy can indeed sometimes be my friend — at least in the short term. But the willingness of Roger Cukierman, chairman of the French Representative Council of Jewish Institutions (Crif) to give Marine Le Pen a clean bill of health on the basis that the National Font is also opposed to Islamism is deeply disturbing.

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We demand protection for shuls

February 26, 2015

Last week we launched our campaign to Secure Our Shuls. We demanded action to implement the recommendation of the All Party Inquiry Into Antisemitism that “a governmental fund be established to cover both capital and revenue costs for the security of British synagogues”.

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Secure Our Shuls

February 19, 2015

Last week, we reported on the findings of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry Into Antisemitism. Among its main recommendations was that “a governmental fund be established to cover both capital and revenue costs for the security of British synagogues”. Within days of the report being published, the importance of that recommendation was brought home with tragic clarity.

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Shechita troubles

February 11, 2015

Another week, another shechita story.

Last week it was UKIP, The Times and the BVA. Now it’s another parliamentary debate, only a few months after the last. For the moment, these are fringe activities. But there does seem to be momentum behind the campaigners’ efforts. Both main party leaders, and both main parties, are committed to protecting shechita. But politics is never set in stone.

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Obama's mental contortions

February 11, 2015

It would be easy — and comforting — to dismiss as a slip of the tongue President Obama’s statement this week that the kosher supermarket murders in Paris last month were committed by “violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris”. He did, after all, unambiguously refer to them as antisemitic in the immediate aftermath.

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Lords’ new energy

February 5, 2015

In recent years, the House of Lords has provided something of a free hit to Israel’s enemies. In debate after debate, a tiny number of peers — such as the indefatigable Baroness Deech and Lord Mitchell — have sought to put Israel’s case, while others sympathetic to Israel have remained silent.

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A light has gone out

February 5, 2015

The word “incomparable” is over-used. But it is entirely accurate when applied to Sir Martin Gilbert. Had his achievements been restricted to his monumental biography of Sir Winston Churchill, they would alone have justified the many encomiums that have flowed since his passing on Wednesday. But they were far, far more numerous.

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