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Can't be bothered

September 18, 2014

We have, unfortunately, had cause too often in recent months to report examples of antisemitism.

But we have not previously been direct witnesses. This week, however, our reporter Rosa Doherty was on a bus next to a man screaming all sorts of abuse.

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Leading the way

September 18, 2014

As we near the end of one year and approach Rosh Hashannah, it's heartening to see two key community organisations putting aside the usual turf wars and petty rivalries and coming together for the greater good.

In their own different ways, both LJCC and JW3 are resounding successes. They both have large loyal audiences and are vibrant places to be around.

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Power 100 - fun with a purpose

September 11, 2014

The JC’s Power 100 may, in the end, be no more than a bit of fun — although to judge from the anticipation with which it was awaited, it is treated extremely seriously in some quarters. But it does draw attention to a number of themes within our community. When we last compiled the list, in 2008, there was never any doubt who would be top.

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Irresistible change

September 4, 2014

Three weeks ago, the Campaign Against Antisemitism did not exist. Three months from now, it might no longer.

As a pop-up campaign, it might just as easily pop down. In the new, social media-driven, grass-roots-organised world, success and failure are no longer measured by longevity and standing but by immediate impact.

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Irresistible change

September 4, 2014

Three weeks ago, the Campaign Against Antisemitism did not exist. Three months from now, it might no longer.

As a pop-up campaign, it might just as easily pop down. In the new, social media-driven, grass-roots-organised world, success and failure are no longer measured by longevity and standing but by immediate impact.

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Naive leadership

August 28, 2014

It would plainly be ludicrous to suggest that the Board of Deputies believes that the IDF set out to murder innocent Palestinians in Gaza.

But there are certainly members of the MCB who believe just that, and the Muslim body is now insisting that the words “targeting of civilians” in the joint statement between it and the Board does indeed include Israel.

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Blame Israel again

August 21, 2014

As inevitable as Hamas’ latest cease fire breach is the skewed reporting of it by the BBC and other media outlets.

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Support the UK Jewish Film Festival

August 21, 2014

The deal that has been agreed between the Tricycle Theatre and the UK Jewish Film Festival has been greeted with some dismay. The theatre may have dropped its demand that the festival sever its links with the Israeli Embassy but it has made no apology for its behaviour and this has not felt like a victory for the festival.

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The DEC Gaza Appeal and last week’s JC

August 21, 2014

The reason the JC is the oldest Jewish newspaper in the world, with a reach of over 156,000 Jews, is that it is the only space in our community where all sides — religious, political and cultural — can see themselves reflected and can meet and debate (sometimes forthrightly) in a place which all, rightly, see as their own.

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Leaders should lead

August 14, 2014

This week’s front-page story is not something we ever thought would be published. The poll is not scientific; we simply approached 150 people randomly in the street. But it accurately reflects the overwhelming anecdotal evidence of recent weeks. Emphatically, that does not mean that 63 per cent of us are preparing to leave.

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