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Shame on them

December 29, 2011

If anything positive can be drawn from the disgraceful events in Bet Shemesh in recent weeks, it is that the increasingly appalling behaviour of the city's strictly Orthodox residents has rallied almost all of Israel in opposition.

From President Peres down, Israelis have made clear their anger.

Israel is indeed a light unto the nations, and it remains one of the main tasks of the diaspora i

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Limmud's wonder

December 29, 2011

As it is not the British way to boast, we tend to hide our light under a bushel. Indeed, sometimes we behave as all is doom and gloom. But if ever there was something to smile - and, yes, boast - about it is Limmud, which this week saw another astonishing five days of learning, conversation, activity and sheer fun.
Limmud is like nothing else. And it is a thoroughly British invention.

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Islamism's allies

December 22, 2011

Last week we published an analysis by our political editor of the ongoing problems with London Citizens and the East London Mosque, and criticising those who lend these two organisations their support. We have received many outraged letters from those who think such support is not merely acceptable but vital.

They are profoundly mistaken.

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Fight for freedom

December 22, 2011

The air is full this week of freedom from oppression. Unfortunately it is not the result of newly won freedoms - quite the opposite, as the continuing brutality in Syria, the ever greater threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon and our analysis of Egypt all show.

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Trustee obligations

December 15, 2011

Charities depend on trustees who donate their time, expertise and, often, money. We should all be grateful to those who take on the burden. And burden it is; a number of onerous duties go with the position.

The trustees of British Friends of Hazon Yeshaya are no doubt as shocked as everyone else.

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Cameron must act

December 15, 2011

Another week, another apology. Beyond the apologies and chronology, however, the two cases have nothing in common. Mr Flynn uttered a series of classic antisemitic canards.

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Unturned stones

December 9, 2011

The United Synagogue has, as it said it would, investigated the circumstances underlying the scandal of parents being lied to about the burial of their babies, unearthed earlier this year by the JC. It has made that report public. It has apologised. And it has promised that nothing of the sort will ever happen again. That is all good.

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Desert isle naches

December 8, 2011

An appearance on Desert Island Discs is as sure a sign of arrival into the realm of the great and the good as any MBE or OBE.

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Chilling words

December 5, 2011

There is no more classic antisemitic trope than the idea of the Jew as agent of a foreign power, lacking loyalty to his 'host' country.

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Chilling words

December 1, 2011

There is no more classic antisemitic trope than the idea of the Jew as agent of a foreign power, lacking loyalty to his 'host' country. Add to that the idea of a Jewish conspiracy and you have a double whammy.

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