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Another shameful episode

By Leader, May 18, 2016

If Labour was seeking the most efficient way to appear not to care about antisemitism in its ranks, it could hardly have done better than to ban publication of its own report into that antisemitism.

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A modern miracle

By Leader, May 12, 2016

It is easy - and understandable - to be depressed by our living in grim times, when antisemitism is a mainstream news story and Jews and Israel are under attack, not just from terrorists but on campus and from peddlers of hate elsewhere.

But the week of Yom Ha'atzmaut reminds us that we should never forget the modern miracle that is Israel.

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Education for all

By Leader, May 12, 2016

Stripped to its basics, the conflict between Charedi schools and the Department for Education comes down to a very simple idea. Schools need to educate children adequately enough for them, when they leave, to play a part in British society. That fundamental tenet must apply to schools of all religious denominations and none.

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Anathema to Jews

By Leader, May 4, 2016

Eight and a half per cent. The figure is simply astonishing. Such are the depths to which Jeremy Corbyn has sunk the Labour Party in the eyes of Jewish voters that just 8.5 per cent of us say we would vote Labour if there was an election tomorrow. Jews comprise less than half a per cent of the population; in purely electoral terms we make little difference. But that should not matter.

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Frontline students

By Leader, April 26, 2016

It is not for the JC — or anyone else — to tell Jewish students what they should do about the election of Malia Bouattia as NUS president. They are the ones who bear the brunt of what happens on campus, and it is for them to decide how to react to this latest provocation.

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Unfortunate choice

By Leader, April 21, 2016

The election of Malia Bouattia as president of the NUS leaves no doubt as to where that organisation now stands. A woman who attacks Birmingham University as a “Zionist outpost” because it has “the largest Jsoc in the country” is barely fit to be a member of the NUS, let alone its leader.

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A wonderful festival

By Leader, April 21, 2016

As the Chief Rabbi rightly says in our Pesach feature this week, every one of the Seders being held across the globe tonight will be different; and yet they will all be fundamentally the same. We all have our own rituals. But we also follow the same script. And, for many of us, there is no more wonderful festival than Pesach.

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Born again Board

By Leader, April 14, 2016

This week's Board of Deputies annual dinner had the largest turnout for many years. That was appropriate reward for an organisation that has transformed itself from a cowed, blundering and woefully inefficient behemoth into a body that has a new-found spring in its step and a sense of purpose.

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KLBD must change

By Leader, April 14, 2016

It is not difficult to find rabbis of all denominations willing to criticise the cost of keeping Pesach, as outlined in our report this week. But the response of Kosher London Beth Din, the kashrut authority, is silence.

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Surreal negotiation

By Leader, April 7, 2016

Twitter may be taking over large parts of the world, but even the most addicted social media aficionado will surely agree that the 140-character limit to tweets means it is not the most obvious mechanism through which to achieve Middle East peace.

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