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Ofcom's failure

April 21, 2011

One has to wonder just what Ofcom is for. Channel 4 puts out a drama so grotesquely biased against Israel and so full of historical inaccuracies that even some of the extras declare themselves ashamed to have been part of it.

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Kosher approval

April 21, 2011

As we cram our trolleys full of kosher-for-Passover goods, take a look around. Are the crowds in the kosher sections a little bigger than usual? In the United States, there has been a boom in the sale of kosher goods - but it is not fuelled by Jewish shoppers.

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Gilad, the fifth son

April 14, 2011

On Monday we will sit down for the Seder meal, marking the start of the festival of freedom. But there is one man for whom there is, still, no freedom, and no Seder. For Gilad Shalit, Monday will begin a fifth Pesach in captivity. There are reports that Hamas could be about to release a new video of Sergeant Shalit, the first since October 2009.

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No more Yid Army

April 14, 2011

Insulting as the word "Yid" is, some Jewish football fans have turned it on its head and adopted it. Spurs fans, Jew and gentile alike, chant "Yid Army" with pride.

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Not predictable

April 7, 2011

It has taken the commentariat a long time to wake up to it, but the first lesson of the Arab Spring seems at last to have been noticed by some: Israel, a democratic, economically successful nation with a free press and judiciary, which is willing to put its ex-president and prime minister in the dock, is a solution to the problems of the Middle East and not their cause.

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Loathsome muck

April 7, 2011

Our story this week about CafePress has had an unexpectedly, though partial, welcome outcome. As a direct result of a complaint from the JC, a range of items featuring a swastika on top of a star of David has been withdrawn from sale.

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Playing politics

March 31, 2011

Nearly a year after the election, it is still unclear just where the two main parties really stand on Israel. Take this week's last-minute manoeuvrings by Labour over universal jurisdiction. Having said all along that the party stood solidly behind the Coalition's proposals to remove the blight on our relations with Israel, this week it started to play politics.

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The right thing

March 24, 2011

As a community we are sometimes prone to the feeling that the world is against us; that issues which are of deep concern to us are simply ignored elsewhere.

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Racist to the core

March 24, 2011

There is something very predictable about the attempt by the French fascist leader, Marine Le Pen, to portray herself as a friend of the Jews. The same lie has been peddled here by the British National Party and the EDL.

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We need answers

March 17, 2011

Last week, we highlighted the probing of university funding being undertaken by Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP, who has led the way in exposing and drilling down into this most disturbing of scandals. This week the first fruits of his research emerged. And they are as worrying as has been feared.

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