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Frontline students

By Leader, April 26, 2016

It is not for the JC — or anyone else — to tell Jewish students what they should do about the election of Malia Bouattia as NUS president. They are the ones who bear the brunt of what happens on campus, and it is for them to decide how to react to this latest provocation.

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Unfortunate choice

By Leader, April 21, 2016

The election of Malia Bouattia as president of the NUS leaves no doubt as to where that organisation now stands. A woman who attacks Birmingham University as a “Zionist outpost” because it has “the largest Jsoc in the country” is barely fit to be a member of the NUS, let alone its leader.

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A wonderful festival

By Leader, April 21, 2016

As the Chief Rabbi rightly says in our Pesach feature this week, every one of the Seders being held across the globe tonight will be different; and yet they will all be fundamentally the same. We all have our own rituals. But we also follow the same script. And, for many of us, there is no more wonderful festival than Pesach.

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Born again Board

By Leader, April 14, 2016

This week's Board of Deputies annual dinner had the largest turnout for many years. That was appropriate reward for an organisation that has transformed itself from a cowed, blundering and woefully inefficient behemoth into a body that has a new-found spring in its step and a sense of purpose.

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KLBD must change

By Leader, April 14, 2016

It is not difficult to find rabbis of all denominations willing to criticise the cost of keeping Pesach, as outlined in our report this week. But the response of Kosher London Beth Din, the kashrut authority, is silence.

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Surreal negotiation

By Leader, April 7, 2016

Twitter may be taking over large parts of the world, but even the most addicted social media aficionado will surely agree that the 140-character limit to tweets means it is not the most obvious mechanism through which to achieve Middle East peace.

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We cannot relent over Labour

By Leader, April 6, 2016

In recent months, we have reported a seemingly endless stream of stories about antisemitism and the Labour Party. Every week has brought a new example, meaning that a certain weariness is inevitable as the weeks — and stories — roll on.

A similar pattern follows each such report, with accusations that the JC is engaged in a witch-hunt against Jeremy Corbyn or even Labour itself.

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Pluralist to the core

By Leader, March 31, 2016

This newspaper is the first to attack religious fundamentalism when we see it directed against Jews and others. It is no less important to call it out when that fundamentalism emerges from our fellow Jews. It is one of Israel’s fundamental strengths — and indeed its very purpose — that it is a homeland for all Jews, of whatever denomination, as well for its non-Jewish population.

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Aiding the abused

March 23, 2016

There should be no need for Jewish Women’s Aid. But the scale of the need is made absolutely clear by the 50 per cent rise in the number of women who have contacted the organisation over the past few months. This does not necessarily indicate a surge in abuse, but rather a greater awareness of JWA after an advertising campaign. But that shows how deeply hidden so much abuse remains.

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False Aipac comfort

March 23, 2016

Donald Trump said all the right things in his speech to Aipac this week — which is precisely why it was so terrifying. Speaking for the first time with a teleprompter, he delivered a calm, rational and unexceptionable address. He was right about the Iran deal, right about the threat to Israel and right about terror.

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