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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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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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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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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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No more boycotts

June 16, 2011

West Dunbartonshire Council's boycott of Israel is morally wrong and deserves almost everything being thrown at it. But the notion of a tit-for-tat boycott of whisky made by distillers in West Dunbartonshire, such as Chivas, Glenlivet and Ballantine's, is simply ridiculous.
If one is, rightly, angered by blanket boycotts, it is simply perverse to launch another one in competition.

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Plain for all to see

June 10, 2011

If West Dunbartonshire has been making you queasy, take a glance at San Francisco, the heart of liberal America. Plain old-fashioned antisemitic loathing appears to be out and proud in the campaign against circumcision.

The Jew-hatred behind one of the main campaign tools is breathtaking, with an Aryan hero battling a tallit-donning "Monster Mohel".

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What will it take?

June 10, 2011

Since we first revealed the plans of West Dunbartonshire Council to boycott Israeli goods, including barring Israeli books from libraries, the story has been picked up around the world. Commentators and politicians have been sickened by the idea.

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It was about Israel

June 2, 2011

Few symbols of Anglo-Jewry are more resonant than the JNF collection box. The charity itself may no longer have the same pull on the community's collective consciousness - the scandals and controversies of recent years have seen to that - but the Prime Minister's decision to resign as a patron is still hugely symbolic.

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What was it all for?

June 2, 2011

The Chief Rabbi is patron of a new school in Mill Hill which is due to open in September. He is also backing another planned for Golders Green, to be headed by one of his rabbis, Harvey Belovski. Both are worthy projects; but they are not Orthodox schools.

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