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A better world

By Leader, July 7, 2016

When Elie Wiesel spoke, the powerful listened. And because he spoke up for humanity and decency, the world was a better place for his presence.

That, surely, is the best that any of us can hope for.

Some Israel-haters have traduced his memory, which says more than they realise about their own outlook. For the rest of us, we have lost a man who is genuinely irreplaceable.

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Burying Royall

By Leader, July 7, 2016

Most of the coverage of the Chakrabarti report has focused, understandably, on the disgraceful scenes at its launch, with Jeremy Corbyn standing and watching in silence while a Jewish Labour MP was attacked.

The report itself is barely worth bothering with, pointing out that antisemitism is bad and some words are offensive.

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Racism remains

By Leader, June 30, 2016

Any event that causes British Jews to feel less safe is a cause for concern. This week's poll of the Jewish community shows that 37 per cent now feel less safe as a result of the decision to leave the EU. Coupled with that, a 57 per cent increase in reported hate crimes is also worrying. Yes, the numbers involved are small - from 54 to 85.

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Battling for right

By Leader, June 30, 2016

The JC has repeatedly pointed out that BDS is inherently antisemitic, singling out Jews for boycott.

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Earlier and later

June 23, 2016

A sensible and imaginative move from Wolfson Hillel Primary School, which is to start its day half an hour earlier at 8.20.

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Staggering sums

June 23, 2016

We tend to take for granted the sums raised at communal dinners. A million here, two million there. Or, as at this week's Jewish Care dinner, £5.1 million in one night.

But a moment's reflection should tell us how extraordinary this tradition of giving really is.

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All-purpose hate

By Leader, June 16, 2016

The unspeakable horror of last week’s mass murder in Orlando has raised many unsettling issues, some of which we reflect on our front page. But one of the most bizarre — along with the idea that the perpetrator’s Islamism was irrelevant — has been the inability of some observers to recognise that it was both a homophobic attack and an Islamist attack.

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Maybe or maybe not

By Leader, June 16, 2016

The JC is sometimes said to claim all sorts of actors, sports stars and entertainers as Jewish. That is, of course, a calumny. The boot is usually on the other foot — an apt metaphor, perhaps, for David Beckham, whose Jewish roots are well known.

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Diversity by-pass

June 9, 2016

Mary Hassell, the inner north London coroner, complains that she is "bullied" by Jews.

Leave aside her choice of language, rightly condemned by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office. It is certainly true that many Jews - and Muslims - have been exasperated by Ms Hassell's behaviour as coroner.

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Middle-Eastern pragmatism

June 9, 2016

Our cover story this week records the first official Israeli confirmation of its talks with its Arab neighbours.

Not that such talks are in any way surprising; for all the remaining rhetoric and verbal hostility towards Israel, many Arab states realise that they and Israel have similar security issues. Shiite Iran poses an existential threat across the region.

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