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Mazeltov, Greville

November 9, 2012

Usually those who have contributed to the community are honoured too late for them to appreciate it. So it is cheering to report the homage to Lord Janner by the state of Israel, marking the extraordinary contribution made by the politician and barrister, now 84. Not for Greville a soulless plaque on a wall.

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Tainted by Israelis

November 1, 2012

One has to wonder why Sir Bob Russell limits his wish for labelling of Israeli goods to drugs. Why not mobile phones? Why not computers? Why not any of the other scientific breakthroughs that have come from Israel? We challenge Sir Bob to spend a week without using any invention tainted (as he would see it) by Israelis.

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Uncertain future

November 1, 2012

By Wednesday morning we will know who is to be the next President of the USA. The race for the popular vote is tight; the Electoral College may be anything but. Whatever the outcome, it is likely that there will be a change of direction in US foreign policy (and not just because, whoever wins, Hillary Clinton’s retirement means that there will be a new Secretary of State).

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Behaving decently

October 25, 2012

Last year we revealed the terrible story of parents who had been unable to mourn properly for their babies. The United Synagogue had refused to allow them to know where the bodies were buried. To its credit, the current US leadership immediately disowned the organisation's earlier behaviour and did everything possible to help those who had been denied the information.

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Another BBC report

October 25, 2012

In the wake of the Savile scandal, the BBC has set up an inquiry into its "culture and practices" during Savile's time at the corporation. But important as this is, there is another aspect to the BBC's culture and practices which also needs examination, and which long pre-dates the news of Savile's vile activities.

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Unnatural justice

October 18, 2012

The role of school governor is thankless - a position of great responsibility and very little reward. But grateful as we should be that there are those who are prepared to give their time and expertise to do the job, that does not exempt them from criticism when they err. And err is exactly what the governors of Clore Shalom have done in effectively expelling five Jewish children.

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Our hidden story

October 11, 2012

Our community has achieved great things in a number of areas - politics, industry, media and art to name just a few. But there is an old joke that the book on Jewish Sporting Heroes would consist of a series of blank pages. We now know better.

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Praise where due

October 11, 2012

This year's conference season did not start well, with a TUC motion calling for a union delegation to Gaza. But as it concludes, supporters of Israel can let out a small sigh of relief.

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The Right Thing

October 7, 2012

As a community we face many distressing dilemmas, the majority of which arise from external pressures. But there are also numerous cases of internal debate, in which the conflict between a natural inclination to deal with our own problems can come up against the demands of a civic, secular society.

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Malmo’s problem

September 27, 2012

One of those battles is in Malmo, the Swedish city now notorious across Europe for its attitude to Jews, and for its Mayor's apparent insouciance - to put it no stronger - towards attacks on Jews.

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