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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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Bardford's beacon of hope

January 29, 2015

At a time when there is so much suspicion and worry, it is heartening to be able to report that the newest member of one synagogue committee is the very embodiment of interfaith dialogue — a Muslim. And in a city, Bradford, which has two of the most divisive and nasty MPs in the land: George Galloway and David Ward. Jani Rashid is believed to be the first ever Muslim shul committee member.

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Holocaust Commission measures - they're the right thing to do

January 29, 2015

In a normal week the announcement of a new national Holocaust memorial, a £50million spending commitment and a raft of measures aimed at extending Shoah education would have been huge news.

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After Paris: normality and fear

January 21, 2015

For those who doubt the existence of antisemitism in Britain, the hate-crime figures from the Metropolitan Police this week should be a bracing corrective. The number of such crimes against Jews more than doubled last year. There were 299 in London between April and the end of December — a 128 per cent increase on the same period in 2013.

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