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Bubbe for No 10

March 26, 2015

Forget David Cameron and Ed Miliband. We’ve been looking in the wrong place for solutions to the nation’s ills.

The answer lies — as it always does — with bubbe.

As Doris Osen, who is standing in Ilford North, puts it: “We have the time, the energy, the intelligence and experience. We have been through so much in our lifetime.”

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Amnesty repeats

March 26, 2015

The front page of Amnesty International’s report into Hamas’s conduct during last summer’s Gaza conflict carries a picture of Palestinian rockets being fired at Sderot.

And AI’s press release includes quotes condemning Hamas, and boasting of its director’s visit to British ambassador Matthew Gould.

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Tackling loneliness

March 19, 2015

Think of our community and you think of family, shuls, simchas and all the other gatherings that fill up our diaries. But one in three British Jews lives alone.

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Security wins out

March 19, 2015

Whatever one's politics, there is always something deeply satisfying when an election result turns out to be a surprise.

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Mr Cameron has shown genuine leadership

March 19, 2015

In the grand scheme of things, £3 million a year from the overall public spending total is barely worth mentioning. But as extra funding for synagogue security, it could be of critical importance. It could save lives.

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Bad Jews is... good

March 12, 2015

The evidence shows that antisemitism is rising and we need firm action when we see it. But the decision of Transport for London to ban a poster for the hit play Bad Jews because one person had complained takes political correctness to even more idiotic levels.

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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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