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Travelling far

August 11, 2011

Of very few people can it be said that they truly put their stamp on a place, but the businessman and entrepreneur, David Lewis, who died this week in London, did so.

The King Solomon Hotel in Eilat, which opened in 1984, was the first of a string of Isrotel hotels to which thousands of British holidaymakers, by no means all Jewish, have flocked over the years.

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An Israeli protest

August 4, 2011

There have been few more egregious examples of unthinking commentary about Israel than the references by some pundits and politicians in recent weeks to what they term the 'Israeli Summer', as if the 'Tent City' protest in Tel Aviv was somehow an extension of the Arab Spring.

The Arab protestors were seeking basic freedoms in countries ruled by despots.

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Plot line to cherish

August 4, 2011

It's a storyline the EastEnders scriptwriters would have been proud of.

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Lush's calumnies

July 28, 2011

Tis newspaper does not believe in formalised boycotts. But the behaviour of Lush, the skincare chain, may well prompt individuals to decide that they do not wish to hand over cash to the company.

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Refreshing change

July 28, 2011

Last week we reported the deplorable condition of a supported living flat rented from Norwood by a young autistic woman.

A spokesman for the charity offered no explanation beyond the sort of bland stonewalling which so often makes bad situations worse.

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Playing at home

July 21, 2011

Can it be true? An anxious nation holds its breath. Yes, supermodel Bar Refaeli appears - at last - to have found herself a nice Jewish boy.

Well, certainly Jewish. Fresh out of a five-year relationship with Leonardo di Caprio, Bar seems happy. So who is the man who has captured the heart of the queen of swimsuit models?

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Not in our name

July 21, 2011

Last week we expressed our disquiet at the new legislation passed by the Knesset which, in effect, makes it illegal to call for a boycott of Israel.

Repellent as the idea of a boycott is, and those that propose it are, that law must be changed. But there have been few more preposterous responses than the intervention this week by Sir Gerald Kaufman in the House of Commons.

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Anti-democratic

July 14, 2011

This newspaper, along with almost the entirety of Anglo-Jewry, does everything within its power to oppose the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

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No more pigs

July 14, 2011

Readers of a delicate nature will have had to suppress a shudder this week in absorbing the implications of our story about the Kedassia supervising authority and its lorry containing both kosher meat and pig carcasses.

There may indeed be no halachic problem because the kosher meat is cleaned and salted after it is delivered.

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Time for action

July 7, 2011

One of the most dispiriting aspects of the drip, drip, drip of anti-Israel poison into the ether is that it seems endless. Admirable work is done by groups such as BICOM, Just Journalism, the various Friends of Israel and myriad other such organisations. But it often feels like a David and Goliath fight.

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