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Stamp on racism

March 10, 2011

For the second time, the Census authorities have included a Jewish box in the section about religions, and community bodies such as the Board of Deputies and the Institute for Jewish Policy Research have urged people to tick it, to help with planning long-term strategy for Anglo-Jewry.

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Confronting abuse

March 10, 2011

It's not that we don't know it happens. The problem is that we never talk about it. The study by Jewish Women's Aid, which found that one in four Jewish women are victims of domestic abuse, must be the cue for our community to prise open the lid of secrecy and fear that, too often, shields its perpetrators.

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The recipe for life

February 24, 2011

There will be challengers to the title of the world's oldest Jew. But leave aside disputes over the provenance of birth certificates. There is one lesson from Mary Rothstein's story.

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Enough is enough

February 24, 2011

It has become a truism of Jewish community life in recent years that students are on the front line, facing verbal and occasional physical abuse of the kind that few adults ever have to endure.

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Beyond the pale

February 17, 2011

Islamophobia is a serious concern, over which the Jewish community should be keen to co-operate with an All Party Parliamentary Group.
So not least of the problems with the Islamophobia group's decision to retain its link with the Islamist organisation iEngage is that the All Party Group has now been rendered beyond the pale. So long as iEngage is involved, no representative of the Jewish community can have any dealings with it.

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Boom time arrives

February 17, 2011

The tough economic times might be on most people's minds at the moment, but there is one sector which is about to enjoy a massive boom. Kosher caterers are soon to be booked solid for months.
The departure of Ron Prosor, and the arrival of a successor, will lead to a marathon round of 'goodbye' and then 'hello' parties. Mr Prosor's supreme competence will be badly missed - but at least there will be one group within the community celebrating his departure.

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A chance to speak

February 11, 2011

Tzipi Livni could scarcely have given a stronger endorsement of the call by Mick Davis last year - repeated with even greater vigour this week - for diaspora Jews to speak out about Israel when they disagree with its government's behaviour. Not only did she say that diaspora Jews had the right to be listened to in Israel; she said they had a duty to speak. Indeed, while Mr Davis was widely criticised for speaking in his capacity as a communal leader rather than as an individual Jew, Ms Livni said that leaders have the very same duty to speak.

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PSC humiliation

February 3, 2011

It is surely an encouraging sign that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaigners have been reduced to lying about their supposed successes in recent weeks.
First, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign issued a press release trumpeting a decision by John Lewis to ban Ahava products, which turned out to be complete nonsense. Now, pathetically, they have tried to claim that a couple of kids giving up a temporary stall selling Dead Sea products in Sligo is another triumph for the BDS movement.

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Assumptions

February 3, 2011

The canard that the biggest cause of instability in the Middle East is the situation of the Palestinians has, in Egypt and Tunisia, been exposed before the eyes of the world.
It is bread and freedom that gets Arabs on to the streets. But the certainty ends there; even Mossad was caught on the hop by events in Egypt. What we can say for sure is that, for Israel, an Islamist - and thus confrontational - Egypt would amount to a true strategic crisis.

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Guardian's shame

January 27, 2011

As a general rule, it ill behoves one newspaper to attack another. But there are exceptions to every rule. The Guardian's behaviour this week, even by its own often disreputable standards over Israel, has been simply shocking.

In collaboration with Al Jazeera, it has presented a series of leaked memos written by Palestinian Authority negotiators with Israel. Not presented them so much as lobbed them, doused with petrol, into a tinderbox - and hoped for a result. There is nothing, of itself, wrong with the Guardian publishing its scoop; all serious newspapers relish scoops.

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