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Chilling resurgence

February 2, 2012

This may be the twentyfirst century but little has changed in parts of Europe, where antisemitism has returned to the mainstream.

In Hungary, Jew-haters are closing in on government. Jobbik, the third-largest party in parliament and tipped to take many more seats in a future election, spouts rhetoric that could have come from the Third Reich.

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A duty of openness

January 27, 2012

The story of British PoWs in Auschwitz was, until the publication last year of Denis Avey's The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz, almost forgotten.

Most of the files relating to the soldiers are still closed to historians - and to the soldiers and their families. This is simply wrong.

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Semantic denial

January 26, 2012

Last week we revealed that JFS pupils had been referred, as part of their teaching about homosexuality, to the website run by JONAH, an American group which seeks to 'cure' gay men and women.The story caused something of a stir.

JFS denied in a letter to parents that it has in any way promoted the idea that homosexuality can be cured.

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LSE students get it

January 19, 2012

Deplorable as the incident in which a Jewish LSE student was assaulted is, one positive aspect can at least be taken from it.

In similar circumstances, university authorities all too often react half-heartedly or even not at all.

There will certainly be those wondering why the students involved have not simply been thrown out.

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Straws in the wind

January 19, 2012

Occasionally - albeit not that often - there are straws in the wind which offer hope. Two such instances are recorded this week.

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Confidence needed

January 12, 2012

The dramatic spike in domestic violence reported to Jewish Women's Aid should make our community stop and think.

First, renewed kudos to the charity itself, which has patiently plugged away at its core mission: telling women that no matter how old they are or how long they have been in a marriage or relationship, domestic violence is never acceptable.

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Intergalactic rabbi

January 12, 2012

Conservative MP Louise Mensch reckons our next chief rabbi should be motor-mouthed Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

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A good initiative

January 5, 2012

Last year we exposed the terrible story of babies being buried in unmarked graves, without parents being informed.

So it is heartening to be able to report this week that the United Synagogue is behind an entirely admirable burial scheme, through which people can be buried in Israel.

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"I apologise...if" not acceptable

January 5, 2012

Another year, another apology. This time it is the turn of Phil Parkinson, a Brit living in the United Arab Emirates, whose advertisement for his gym in Dubai featured a picture of the entrance to Auschwitz and the caption "Kiss your calories goodbye."

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Shame on them

December 29, 2011

If anything positive can be drawn from the disgraceful events in Bet Shemesh in recent weeks, it is that the increasingly appalling behaviour of the city's strictly Orthodox residents has rallied almost all of Israel in opposition.

From President Peres down, Israelis have made clear their anger.

Israel is indeed a light unto the nations, and it remains one of the main tasks of the diaspora i

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