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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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Shameless Corbyn

April 27, 2012

Last week we pointed out that the Labour Party, having quite rightly called in February for Nick Clegg to remove the LibDem whip from Baroness Tonge, had signally failed to take any action against its own MP, Jeremy Corbyn, after he backed a demand for an inquiry into "pro-Israel lobbying groups". A week on and the party's inaction is just as pronounced.

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Leadership needed

April 27, 2012

One might have thought that Sunday's record showing by the French National Front would be a matter of grave concern to the French Jewish community. Just as the BNP here has tried to repackage itself as a mainstream vehicle for protest against the status quo, so its sister party under Marine Le Pen has tried the same trick.

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