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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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Pride and glory

June 23, 2011

Whilst we are on the subject of remarkable community achievements, here's one that would have been inconceivable a while ago.

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Astounding giving

June 23, 2011

Too often, our community is forced to focus on doom and gloom. Sometimes it is what politicians have or haven't done; sometimes it is the seemingly inexorable rise in antisemitism.

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Naive ignorance

June 16, 2011

There is something wearyingly familiar about the decision of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign to organise a meeting at which one of the speakers is a known antisemite.
This time the man is Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel. But we have been here so many times before with other speakers.

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