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Alone and depressing

May 9, 2014

As survivor Jacob Geller put it this week, being the only Jew at an event marking a Holocaust massacre of 9,000 Jews is nothing other than depressing. Konskie, a small town in central Poland — it could have been many others — went from being a hub of Jewish life with kosher shops, schools and shuls to a place where there were not even Jewish memories: there are no Jews to remember anything.

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Gillian Merron - a good appointment

May 9, 2014

Gillian Merron’s gender ought to be entirely irrelevant. She has been appointed to her new position as CEO of the Board of Deputies on merit and through open competition. Instead of commenting on her gender, reaction to her appointment should be focused on her wide experience of government and politics.

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Hooray for Hull

May 1, 2014

A Jew, a Hindu and a Muslim walk into a room. No, it’s not the start of a joke. It’s what happens every week at Hull JSoc, where non-Jews outnumber Jews. Good on them and the other JSocs where small Jewish student populations necessitate creative solutions. Not that they are alone in opening up to non-Jews. Spurs have been known to have the odd gentile supporter.

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Israelis - most liberal

May 1, 2014

Who would have thought it? A survey by the globally respected Pew Research Centre has shown that Israelis — a people surrounded on virtually all sides by dictators, theocrats and militant Islamists — are significantly more relaxed than the rest of the world on touchstone liberal issues such as homosexuality, premarital sex and abortion.

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Tony Blair, back for a day

April 24, 2014

Much has changed since Tony Blair left office in 2007. But one thing remains the same — the clear thinking and vital analysis he offers of the biggest threat facing the West. It is a fantasy to imagine that extremist Islam is no longer the force it once was. As the former Prime Minister says, we need to remember who and what we are up against — and stick to that fight.

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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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