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Truly unbelievable

February 21, 2013

Traditionally, Purim is a time for inviting people to believe the unbelievable. As is so often the case, this week provides a rich crop of stories which have that "good grief, can that really be true?" factor.

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A haven for us all

February 21, 2013

It is important not to overstate the threat to Jews on mainland Europe. We are not living in the 1930s. But nor should the threat be understated. Quite apart from the political bullying of the campaigns to make shechita and brit milah illegal, it is unconscionable that any Jew - or indeed anyone - should feel unsafe walking down the street simply because of his or her religion.

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His rabbi knows

February 15, 2013

What was it they said about Jews and football? As if Anthony Clavane’s recent book, Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here?, was not enough to destroy the myth that Jews do nothing more than follow football, now we have our own home-grown Premier League striker.

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Learn from kosher

February 15, 2013

In recent months, we have had to report a worrying number of political attacks on shechita. Across Europe, the enemies of religious freedom have been doing their damnedest to have shechita criminalised. But, oh, what a delicious irony!

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Mob-rule by the sea

February 7, 2013

Yet again, an Israeli-owned company is being prevented from carrying out its lawful business by a racist mob. Previously, such outbreaks of antisemitism masking as anti-Israel protests have galvanized the community into a response. But because the latest victim, EcoStream, is in Brighton, the issue seems to have fallen off Anglo-Jewry's radar.

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Nothing new here

February 7, 2013

There is a surreal quality to the apparently recent discovery by some that Hizbollah is a terrorist organisation. Since the Bulgarians reported this week that last July's murders were indeed carried out by Hizbollah, there seems to have been a shocking realisation that a harmless social welfare organisation turns out instead to be a terrorist gang.

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Online identities

January 31, 2013

This week we carry the latest batch of 50 word statements of Jewish identity - from converts. They are especially poignant. What has made this project so fascinating has been the mix of common threads and wildly different views. The more of us who contribute, the better the results will be. So if you haven't yet entered your 50 words, you have just under a month. Do, please.

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Reacting to bigotry

January 31, 2013

With depressing regularity, Holocaust Memorial Day seems to provide an annual excuse for fools the world over to parade their prejudice. And there appear to be few bigger than the LibDem MP, David Ward. Offered any number of opportunities to rein back from his accusation that "the Jews" are collectively guilty of daily atrocities that compare with the Shoah, he went even further.

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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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