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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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We cannot relent over Labour

By Leader, April 6, 2016

In recent months, we have reported a seemingly endless stream of stories about antisemitism and the Labour Party. Every week has brought a new example, meaning that a certain weariness is inevitable as the weeks — and stories — roll on.

A similar pattern follows each such report, with accusations that the JC is engaged in a witch-hunt against Jeremy Corbyn or even Labour itself.

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Pluralist to the core

By Leader, March 31, 2016

This newspaper is the first to attack religious fundamentalism when we see it directed against Jews and others. It is no less important to call it out when that fundamentalism emerges from our fellow Jews. It is one of Israel’s fundamental strengths — and indeed its very purpose — that it is a homeland for all Jews, of whatever denomination, as well for its non-Jewish population.

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Aiding the abused

March 23, 2016

There should be no need for Jewish Women’s Aid. But the scale of the need is made absolutely clear by the 50 per cent rise in the number of women who have contacted the organisation over the past few months. This does not necessarily indicate a surge in abuse, but rather a greater awareness of JWA after an advertising campaign. But that shows how deeply hidden so much abuse remains.

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False Aipac comfort

March 23, 2016

Donald Trump said all the right things in his speech to Aipac this week — which is precisely why it was so terrifying. Speaking for the first time with a teleprompter, he delivered a calm, rational and unexceptionable address. He was right about the Iran deal, right about the threat to Israel and right about terror.

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Acting for the good

March 17, 2016

Yavneh College deserves the highest praise for acting on the school places shortage while others simply talk. It is all very well holding seminars and meetings to discuss the problem and work out what might happen in two or three years time, but in the here and now someone needed to act.

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More Labour pains

March 17, 2016

In any democracy it is important that there is a serious, credible opposition. Just as many Conservatives genuinely rue the collapse of Labour as a serious party of government, so those who care about Israeli democracy should rue the fact that its Israeli sister party is also now light years away from power (albeit for very different reasons).

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Small comfort

March 10, 2016

It was, of course, important and right that Gerry Downing should have been expelled from the Labour Party. But it is simply bizarre that he should ever have been readmitted in the first place — and that says much about the party under Jeremy Corbyn. But even for today’s Labour Party, where extremism is the new mainstream, Mr Downing’s blatant antisemitism was too much of a hot potato.

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A very bad business

March 10, 2016

The timing could not have been more exquisite. On the very day on which Sajid Javid, the Business Secretary, announced that he will be leading a delegation of British business leaders to Iran, the theocratic state test-launched two ballistic missiles with the phrase “Israel must be wiped out” written in Hebrew on the side.

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