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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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Brits say no to BDS

September 27, 2012

Barely a week goes by without some triumphant claim from the anti-Israel campaigners who push for a boycott. And most weeks indeed bring news of an artist or organisation having announced that it will not visit Israel, or a British organisation that is debating severing ties.

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As ever, it’s our fault

September 20, 2012

In theory, Muslim anger at the actions of a Coptic Christian ought to have nothing to do with Jews. But in the real world, things do not work like that. When the now infamous anti-Islam film was first noticed, the instinctive reaction of much of the media was to blame "The Jews", parroting without question the idea that the director was Israeli and that the film's funding came from other Jews.

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Rabbinic gift horse

September 20, 2012

Last week, a few days before Rosh Hashanah, BBC1 transmitted what is now an annual film by the Chief Rabbi. One might have thought that a community as numerically small as ours would feel honoured to be accorded such privileged access to the nation's main TV channel.

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A fateful year ahead

September 13, 2012

This time last year, we wondered whether this would be the year in which Israel acted against Iran, whether alone or in concert with the US. A year on and the same question remains foremost in our minds. But it somehow feels that the next few months will be fateful, whatever happens.

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Limited utility

September 6, 2012

So much for the hope that this week's conference of rabbis and imams would provide a platform for Muslim leaders to speak out on the fact that the thread that connects the attack on Israelis in Bulgaria, the shootings in Toulouse, and the plot to blow up Jews in Manchester - not to mention much of the everyday abuse on the streets of Europe's cities - is that the perpetrators have all been Muslim.

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Co-op boycott push

September 6, 2012

On the face of it, the fringe meeting at this week's Co-operative Party conference, on "international development and fair-trade", is laudable. Until one looks at the complexion of the panel, who seem to have only one thing in common: a commitment to boycotting Israel.

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