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Warped boycott crowd

April 24, 2014

Nothing better illustrates the warped mindset of the Jew-haters who push for a boycott of Israel than the experience of the Stills gallery in Edinburgh. Earlier this year, the Israeli embassy handed over a small sum to the gallery to support an exhibition by video artist Yael Bartana. Ms Bartana is a vocal critic of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

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Neo-Nazi surge

April 10, 2014

On Sunday, in the heart of Europe, one in five Hungarian votes were cast for a neo-Nazi party. The near-total collapse of the BNP has insulated us from the surge in support for the extreme right across mainland Europe. But the rise of Marine Le Pen — who may well top the French polls in next month’s Euro elections — and other extremists is not going away.

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Peace talks' childishness

April 10, 2014

The so-called peace talks are now on life-support but the surgeon has given up and left. Things must be bad when John Kerry resorts to the blame game. But by singling out Israel as the primary destroyer of the talks, Mr Kerry was merely echoing the childishness and bone-headed politicking that has characterised these negotiations from day one.

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Hitler’s hair shame

March 27, 2014

Channel 4 long ago moved away from its original incarnation providing thoughtful, intelligent alternative TV programmes. Today it relies on tacky ratings bait. But even by its already low standards, its decision to hand over money to the notorious Holocaust denier, David Irving, for a supposed lock of Hitler’s hair represents a new low.

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Boycott hypocrites

March 27, 2014

Last week we pointed out that the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is now officially antisemitic, having voted to support a ban on Jews — or Israelis, as the motion put it — from joining the International Union of Architects.

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Architects of hate

March 20, 2014

Be in no doubt. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is now officially antisemitic. On Wednesday, it voted to support a ban on Jews from joining the International Union of Architects. It didn’t put it quite like that, of course. The wording of its motion referred to ‘Israelis’ rather than ‘Jews’.

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Sense will prevail for Hatzola

March 20, 2014

Last week’s High Court ruling that the Hatzola ambulance service cannot use blue lights when responding to emergencies was one of those judgments that even the court would rather not have made. But the law is the law, however wrong it may be.

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There's no threat to shechitah here

March 13, 2014

Another month, another attempt to curtail the right of Jews — and Muslims — to practise our religions. This time the threat is led by the president-elect of the British Veterinary Association. John Blackwell is simply wrong to assert that he has animal welfare on his side. Animal welfare is at the heart of shechita — which is more than can be said for some alternative slaughter methods.

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Cameron firm in his support for Israel

March 13, 2014

It might have taken almost four years to happen but now that it has, no one can fault the substance of David Cameron’s visit to Israel. His speech to the Knesset on Wednesday was not just firm in support of Israel; it was a tour d’horizon of British-Israeli relations that met all reasonable expectations of such a speech.

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FA must demand tougher punishment for Anelka

March 6, 2014

As we go to press, the FA has yet to reveal whether it will appeal against its own tribunal’s decision that Nicholas Anelka should serve a 5 match ban for his quenelle salute. There is no doubt that it should.

The sentence — the minimum possible for the offence — sends a clear message that in football antisemitic abuse does not count as ‘proper’ racism.

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