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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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Hopeful signs

July 7, 2011

Although the second flotilla to Gaza met a farcical end this week, few Israelis were laughing. The activists quickly switched to a plan to swamp Ben-Gurion airport, a sign that their efforts to embarrass and confront Israel are far from over.

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Forces of darkness

July 1, 2011

It is tempting to think that the Dutch shechitah ban is, as Lord Sacks put it, "a dark day in Dutch history" but of no real concern to us. We are, after all, a very different society from the Netherlands. But that would be a grave mistake. Because the opponents of shechitah have the wind beneath their sails and for them the Dutch ban is simply another victory.

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Some justice this

July 1, 2011

A 20-year-old man held a cigarette lighter against a child's face, made Heil Hitler salutes, and threatened the boy's friends with gas chambers. Yet, because of an agreement made by the Community Security Trust with Greater Manchester Police, the offender was obliged only to issue an apology - and in this case, not even to the victim, but to local CST officials.

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