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Lords’ new energy

February 5, 2015

In recent years, the House of Lords has provided something of a free hit to Israel’s enemies. In debate after debate, a tiny number of peers — such as the indefatigable Baroness Deech and Lord Mitchell — have sought to put Israel’s case, while others sympathetic to Israel have remained silent.

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A light has gone out

February 5, 2015

The word “incomparable” is over-used. But it is entirely accurate when applied to Sir Martin Gilbert. Had his achievements been restricted to his monumental biography of Sir Winston Churchill, they would alone have justified the many encomiums that have flowed since his passing on Wednesday. But they were far, far more numerous.

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Bardford's beacon of hope

January 29, 2015

At a time when there is so much suspicion and worry, it is heartening to be able to report that the newest member of one synagogue committee is the very embodiment of interfaith dialogue — a Muslim. And in a city, Bradford, which has two of the most divisive and nasty MPs in the land: George Galloway and David Ward. Jani Rashid is believed to be the first ever Muslim shul committee member.

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Holocaust Commission measures - they're the right thing to do

January 29, 2015

In a normal week the announcement of a new national Holocaust memorial, a £50million spending commitment and a raft of measures aimed at extending Shoah education would have been huge news.

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After Paris: normality and fear

January 21, 2015

For those who doubt the existence of antisemitism in Britain, the hate-crime figures from the Metropolitan Police this week should be a bracing corrective. The number of such crimes against Jews more than doubled last year. There were 299 in London between April and the end of December — a 128 per cent increase on the same period in 2013.

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Paris attack wasn't about Israel. It was about Jews, as Jews

January 14, 2015

Philippe Braham, Yoann Cohen, Yoav Hattab and Francois-Michel Saada. Four people murdered for no reason other than going about their daily business as Jews.

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We too are Charlie

January 7, 2015

In the immediate hours after Wednesday’s Islamist murders in Paris, a hashtag appeared on Twitter: #JeSuisCharlie. On one level, it was nothing more than an expression of support for the victims which all decent people would share.

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2015: Election year of flux

January 2, 2015

Anyone who proclaims with certainty that they know what 2015 holds is either a fool or a liar. But one thing we do know is that there will be new governments in both Israel and the UK. As for the results, however… your guess is as good as anyone’s.

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Limmud is a jewel

December 23, 2014

In a few days’ time, two-and-a-half-thousand of us will gather for this year’s Limmud. It bears repeating that this is one of the jewels in our community’s crown — a diverse, thoughtprovoking, welcoming, warm and edgy triumph of mind, soul and matters deeply practical. It is one of the few genuine innovations that the rest of the world now copies.

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Cohen speaks out

December 23, 2014

The concern expressed by Danny Cohen over the future for Jews in UK is all the more powerful for coming from a man who is not known for expressing his views on anything except culture, and who rarely makes public reference to his Judaism. Mr Cohen referred in his remarks in Jerusalem to the litany of antisemitic attacks and incidents over the past year with which we are all too familiar.

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