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Proud and British

June 7, 2012

As the photos in our Community section reflect, the Jubilee was celebrated with relish. Young and old, religious and secular, we revelled in kosher street parties, celebrations in schools and special events in synagogues bedecked in red, white and blue.

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Olympic politics

June 7, 2012

Few people will understand how an Israeli International Olympics Committee member, of all people, could lead the opposition to a minute's silence at this year's games to commemorate the 11 Israeli athletes murdered in Munich in 1972.

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Failing the test

May 24, 2012

You are a pupil who has been studying hard for your GCSE examinations. Today you face the Religious Studies exam.

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That's democracy

May 24, 2012

It is difficult to admire Avigdor Lieberman. He holds views which many British Jews find, to say the least, difficult. He appears certain to be indicted for corruption. He behaves as if his political mission is to create enemies rather than allies for Israel.

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Come on, you Ms

May 17, 2012

For Spurs fans dreading tomorrow's Hobson's choice - supporting a German team winning the Champions League in order to ensure the Lillywhites qualify for next season's competition - there is unexpected relief.

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Saving our heritage

May 17, 2012

The 250th anniversary of Plymouth Synagogue is a remarkable event that should make all of Anglo-Jewry proud. But while we celebrate, it also highlights one of the more troubling aspects of communal life in the twenty-first century.

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Bibi, untramelled

May 10, 2012

Israeli political life has always had the capacity to surprise. And almost no one saw Tuesday's deal between Benjamin Netanyahu and Shaul Mofaz coming.

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Protesting bigots

May 10, 2012

Once again a performance by the Jerusalem Quartet has been disrupted by bigots. Things hardly started well when the director of the Brighton Festival, Andrew Comben, in an astonishingly crass misjudgment, prefaced the concert with a warning that there was likely to be disruption.

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Shock art nonsense

May 3, 2012

The principle that one should never seek to profit from the Holocaust seems to have passed by the Chilean shock artist Marco Evaristti. This week he went on to the Channel 4 programme, Four Rooms, and attempted to sell a gold and diamond sculpture of the gates of Auschwitz. Vulgar enough, you might think.

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Lansley's silence

May 3, 2012

In a normal world, the notion that a trade union would bar someone from taking part in a seminar because of his ethnic identity would be utterly implausible. Trades unions exist to promote solidarity, not to foster hatred and exclusion. But when Israelis are involved we no longer live in a normal world. Trades unions now behave with bigotry towards Israelis as a matter of deliberate policy.

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