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Deal averted, for now

July 9, 2015

As we go to press, there is no deal between Iran and the West over the former's nuclear capabilities.

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Unity gets results

July 9, 2015

Today's news in the JC that the government is reviewing the coroners' service, with a view to speeding up its investigations, is welcome for a number of reasons.

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Lessons learned from the Golders Green rally

July 2, 2015

Whatever one’s view of the rights and wrongs of banning demonstrations, the decision by the Metropolitan Police to move Saturday’s planned neo-Nazi rally from Golders Green to central London is a vindication for the communal bodies which have spent the past few weeks liaising with the authorities to achieve just this end.

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Daesh, IS, ISIS, ISIL

July 2, 2015

Few terrorist organisations have been labelled so variously as Daesh — or, as you may be more familiar with, ISIS, IS or ISIL. From this week the JC will be referring to the group as Daesh. As the Prime Minister argued this week, referring to it as Islamic State gives it a status it does not deserve, as do the other two acronyms.

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School places shortage: Not rocket science

June 25, 2015

The shortage of north London Jewish secondary school places is a problem that could have been forecast by any five-year-old with a basic grasp of numbers. With an ever-rising number of Jewish primary school places not matched by an increase in secondary places, there could only ever be more applicants than there are places at 11.

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UN acts as normal

June 25, 2015

Since 2006, the UN Human Rights Council has released more critical reports on Israel than on the rest of the world combined, while often remaining silent on the execution and expulsion of Yazidis, Bahai, Kurds, Christians and Muslims.

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Nothing changes

June 18, 2015

The weeks since Labour's election defeat have been spent raking over the various failures of Ed Miliband's leadership. His positions on Israel and rocky relationship with British Jewry were described as "catastrophic" by one of his own senior shadow cabinet members.

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Rosie Choueka: Inspiring courage

June 18, 2015

The former editor of the British Medical Journal recently argued that cancer is the best way to die because it gives the terminally ill the chance to say goodbye to their loved ones and find suitable endings to the narratives of their lives.

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Shabbat for us all

June 11, 2015

Last year’s Shabbat UK was one of the Chief Rabbi’s most noteworthy early successes. But, for all the numbers involved, there was a feeling that this was an event primarily for United Synagogue members. It is encouraging that in his piece for us this week Chief Rabbi Mirvis appears to recognise this, emphasising that “Shabbat UK” is for everyone.

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Subtle response

June 11, 2015

The dilemma over next month’s planned antisemitic rally in Golders Green is whether an organised response elevates a group of fringe extremists beyond their real importance and thus plays into their hands — or whether ignoring them provides them with a platform to spread their hate.

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