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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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Proper behaviour

April 19, 2012

Nowadays, a story often becomes news when it is caught on video - especially if that video tells a simple, shocking narrative. Add to that "when it happens in Israel", and it is easy to understand how a film of IDF colonel Shalom Eisner, swinging his M16 against the head of a pro-Palestinian Danish activist, went viral this week. It graphically retold the myth that the IDF is a brutal oppressor.

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Reacting to words

April 19, 2012

A curious phenomenon of politics is how words from some politicians that create a storm are virtually ignored when they come from others. So while - quite rightly - Baroness Tonge's various idiocies led to her having the LibDem whip removed, Jeremy Corbyn regularly comes out with equally vile comments and gets away scot free.

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Freedom’s varieties

April 5, 2012

Over the next eight days, we celebrate freedom. For some, the invocation "next year in Jerusalem" has a very real meaning. This will, for example, be the first Seder in five years that Gilad Shalit has been free to celebrate in his homeland.

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The mask is now off

March 22, 2012

Throughout his career in public life, Ken Livingstone has had an obsession. He has been careful - extremely careful - only ever to refer to that obsession as "Israel". The mask has now slipped and Mr Livingstone's attitude not to Israel but, rather, to Jews has been made plain.

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Leeds JSoc's shame

March 15, 2012

This newspaper is the first to speak up for Jewish students on campus, who can face vile prejudice and attacks. But one has to wonder what is going on in Leeds. The behaviour of Leeds University JSoc in withdrawing its invitation to the eminent 'lawfare' advocate Brooke Goldstein is not merely spineless.

It is reprehensible.

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UN acting to form

March 15, 2012

Used as we may be to the UN acting not as a forum for the nations of the world but a club for Israel-bashers, this week was nonetheless extraordinary.

A resolution due to be passed (as we go to press) by the UN Commission on the Status of Women declares that the "occupation" in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is the main barrier to the advancement of women's rights in the area.

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Tirelessly active

March 1, 2012

Activists for Israel within our community can feel rather lonely at times. Israel's enemies are many, they distort the truth with impunity and the media seems to be dominated by a knee-jerk hostility.

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More apartheid lies

March 1, 2012

If only Israel Apartheid Week, which took place in the UK last week and will move to campuses around the world in the coming days, was just another example of ephemeral sloganeering by over-excited students.

The phrase 'Israel Apartheid' has amounted to a giant rebranding success by anti-Israel activists, on a par with the best corporate marketing campaigns.

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Perspective, please

February 23, 2012

It is instructive to absorb the reaction to the many important stories from the Middle East this week.
The Iranians have denied the International Atomic Energy Agency access to their nuclear testing facilities. The Syrian government has carried on annihilating its own people while the world looks on.

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