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Israel leads the way

January 10, 2013

Israel leads the world in many fields. We often hear about her technology companies and desert reclamation. But there is one far less well known area in which the Jewish state is now a role model for the planet - dealing with human trafficking.

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Welcome advance

January 3, 2013

Sometimes we have to report allegations of abuse in our community. One of the many important changes in recent years has been a greater willingness to accept that Jews are no more and no less likely to commit abuse than anyone else - and to have it dealt with properly by the authorities.

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Keep 'em coming

January 3, 2013

When we first planned our identity project there was an assumption that much of the feedback would come from the "heartland": the well-trodden mezuzah-laden front doors of Hendon, Golders Green and Prestwich. It is a pleasant surprise to find Jews jumping out all over, from Dartford to Norfolk, from east Yorkshire to south London. They want to have their say.

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Tell us who you are

December 28, 2012

In one sense, everything that appears within these pages is based on the theme of Jewish identity. So it is appropriate that we are today launching, with JW3, what we hope will be the largest mass participation exercise ever on Jewish identity.

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Zero-sum games

December 28, 2012

Some called it the political gaffe of the month. Naftali Bennett, the new golden boy of the Israeli right, said last week that he would consider refusing a military order to evacuate Jews from their homes. The press made much of his subsequent half-hearted apology.

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Universal welcome

December 21, 2012

The selection of Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has, rightly, been met with warmth from across the community - and not just from those who recognise his rabbinic authority. He is near-universally liked and, perhaps more importantly, respected, not least for his hugely successful tenure at Kinloss.

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Tech envoy start-up

December 13, 2012

The Prime Minister also announced at the CFI lunch the appointment of Saul Klein as "tech envoy" to Israel. As Mr Klein himself put it, it is highly appropriate that the country's first ever tech envoy should be to the Start-Up Nation, as Israel has been dubbed.

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Taken for granted

December 13, 2012

On Wednesday night, the doors of No 10 Downing Street were thrown open for a Chanucah party. It had all the usual accoutrements: the doughnuts, the latkes and the Chanucah gelt. It even had the Chief Rabbi, along with the great and good from our community.

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BDS failing again

December 6, 2012

There could be no better proof of the failure of the boycott movement than the revelation that it has been reduced to lying about celebrity endorsements. Earlier this week there was a media flurry about apparent support by footballers such as Didier Drogba for a statement calling on UEFA to remove next year’s European Under-21 Championship from Israel.

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Not statesmanship

December 6, 2012

Israeli settlement building provokes a red mist that wipes out any prospect of rational discourse. Whatever the rights and wrongs of the potential development of the “E-1” corridor, in a rational world it would have no bearing on the ability of the Israelis and the Palestinians to sit down and agree on two states. But the irrationality is not confined to one side.

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