Leader

A changed man?

January 24, 2013

Two years ago, John Galliano's world fell apart when he was caught on film in an antisemitic rant. He was, rightly, suspended from his glittering job in fashion and was treated as a pariah. So it is good to report that something positive has come from those events. He appears genuinely penitent.

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Puncturing piffle

January 24, 2013

As we go to press, we do not know the exact make-up of Israel's next coalition. But we do know that Tuesday's results were - leaving any political judgment out of it - simply delicious. For weeks we have been told by the know-it-all pundits that the country was about to swing to the "extreme right". It was the theme that dominated British coverage of the elections.

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Leaders’ streams

January 21, 2013

It is rare to get direct access to the innermost thoughts of a nation's leader but global statesmen appear to have been letting their streams of consciousness flow recently. This week we learned the extent of Barack Obama's contempt for Benjamin Netanyahu; he is so weary of Israeli policies that he "didn't even bother getting angry" when the E1 settlement plan was announced.

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A perfect fit for Julia

January 21, 2013

British Jewry is blessed with many public figures who adorn the nation itself. One of them, Baroness Neuberger, has just been appointed to chair the inquiry into the Liverpool Care Pathway — a hugely sensitive, vitally important and horrendously difficult task.

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An embarrassment

January 10, 2013

When this week's Jewish Leadership Council delegation to Downing Street was revealed it contained double the amount of women from the last such occasion. So should the JLC be applauded? Only if you think that moving from one woman to two is an achievement rather than an embarrassment.

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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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