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.


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.


Racism in Kilburn

August 7, 2014

These are dark days. There have been more than 240 antisemitic incidents since the start of Operation Protective Edge and an outpouring of antisemitism on social media the like of which has never been seen before. But the decision of the Tricycle Theatre to bar the UK Jewish Festival from its doors unless it disowned Israel is the most worrying incident for many years.


This time they get it

July 31, 2014

One of the most striking elements of the current crisis in Gaza is the relative lack of diplomatic and political pressure on Israel.


Israel’s true friends

July 24, 2014

In recent months, Ed Miliband has made a concerted effort to embrace the Jewish community. He has visited Israel. He has spoken of rediscovering his Jewish roots. And he ended his speech to the Labour Friends of Israel with the declaration that he would enter Downing Street proud to be a “friend of Israel, a Jew and… part of the community”.


Uncharitable Gaza

July 17, 2014

Protective Shield is the third IDF operation in Gaza within the past five years.

The Palestinian civilian death toll has almost certainly passed 1,000 - despite the many IDF attempts to minimise civilian deaths. Gaza is home to a number of charities, many of them British: Islamic Relief, Human Appeal International, Education Aid for Palestinians, Muslim Aid and Interpal, to name a few.


Acting in defence

July 10, 2014

When a man like Gershon Baskin - steeped in attempts to bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians and about as far from a supporter of the Israeli PM as can be imagined - writes that "Benjamin Netanyahu did not want to escalate this war" and explains that the Israeli government had no alternative but to act, then even the most driven anti-Israel activist should take note.


Cemetery security

July 3, 2014

No one knows for certain if the vandals who desecrated Blackley cemetery would have been stopped if the caretaker sacked a year ago had still been there. But it is not too great a leap to think that they might well have been. At the very least, this latest act of vandalism raises the issue of security at cemeteries.


Time now to grieve

July 3, 2014

There was a grim inevitability that the hunt for Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrach would eventually become a hunt for their murderers. But the news was no less gut-wrenching for being expected.


The simple truth

June 26, 2014

The best form of hasbara is the simple reality of Israel.

And nothing better destroys the apartheid libel than two of Israel's newest faces in the UK: Eginsu Meyer, the Ethiopian-born director of Habayta UK, and Ishmail Khaldi, the Counsellor for Civil Society Affairs at the Israeli Embassy.