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Drugsline must be rescued, the JC says

September 6, 2012

The sudden collapse of Drugsline is a disaster which simply has to be rectified. The charity has not only saved the lives of many of those already ravaged by drug abuse; the preventative work it does in schools and colleges is essential. Without it, we risk making an already bad situation far worse.

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Some transparency

August 30, 2012

Were we Catholics, we would know what to expect. In choosing their spiritual leader, the cardinals rely on a puff of smoke which rises above the Vatican, enabling the masses, eventually, to rejoice and say "Habemus Papam". No such methodology exists for the choosing of a chief rabbi, although the twists and turns in the process suggest that smoke, if not mirrors, is certainly at work.

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Why not Israel?

August 24, 2012

It's an international event with a global audience. The national airport is awash with incoming delegates, visitors and a huge press entourage.

There are flags, buoyantly happy spectators and admiring media coverage. Extraordinary as it is to believe, that was the joyful Israel and the1968 Paralympic Games - just a year after the Six Day War.

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An explicit attack

August 24, 2012

Be in no doubt what is happening in Germany. The decision to file charges against Rabbi David Goldberg is an explicit, unambiguous and frightening attack not merely on circumcision but on the very practice of Judaism.

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Preparing for war

August 16, 2012

As the world speculates over an Israeli strike at Iran's nuclear facilities, those who live in the shadow of events have gone unnoticed.

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Perspective needed

August 16, 2012

Almost every week we record what might be termed "Disgusted of Golders Green" stories. These range from the truly offensive - the nasty little "Zionist Games" from "Swansea Telly", awarding medals for shooting Gaza fishermen - to the, frankly, near ludicrous, such as the "Adolf Hitler" crazy golf in Blackpool.

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Perspective needed

August 16, 2012

Almost every week we record what might be termed "Disgusted of Golders Green" stories. These range from the truly offensive - the nasty little "Zionist Games" from "Swansea Telly", awarding medals for shooting Gaza fishermen - to the, frankly, near ludicrous, such as the "Adolf Hitler" crazy golf in Blackpool.

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Winning gold in Rio

August 9, 2012

It may hardly, as we report this week, have been a glorious Olympics for Israel - simply not good enough, in the words of the Olympic Committee of Israel's Gili Lustig - but there were Jewish gold medal winners. There was even a British Jewish winner, of sorts.

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A bad judgment

August 9, 2012

The National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children has a series of useful guidelines relating to the age of consent, criminal responsibility and the like. It stresses the importance of listening to the wishes of the child. However, it goes on to say, "the authorities have a duty to act in the best interests of the child, which may mean contradicting their wishes."

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Economics rules

July 26, 2012

One could be forgiven for a double-take at the news that the EU has this week upgraded diplomatic and trade ties with Israel. This is the same EU that just weeks ago castigated Israel for its policies in the West Bank. The explanation for this apparent volte face is cold economic logic.

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