Leader

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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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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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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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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Deliberate scandal

February 17, 2012

Rarely does one come across as clear an example of institutionalised antisemitism as that at the Jobcentres in Cheetham Hill and Prestwich.

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Unrepresentative

February 17, 2012

It seems only last week - in fact, it was - that a letter signed by the great and good men in our community implored readers to pay more attention to the under-representation of women.

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The way we live

February 9, 2012

This week's State of the Nation looks at the strictly Orthodox.

Week by week our reporters are setting out our hopes, our fears, our achievements and our problems. We have looked at where Jews are living, the places we have abandoned and the new areas where we are settling.

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A small mercy

February 2, 2012

Whatever one thinks of the decision to strip Fred Goodwin of his knighthood, one thought will no doubt have gone through many minds when the news was announced: thank heavens he is not Jewish.

There is a marked propensity in much of the media to make pointed references to the Jewish names of figures caught up in financial or political scandals.

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