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Israel’s true friends

July 24, 2014

In recent months, Ed Miliband has made a concerted effort to embrace the Jewish community. He has visited Israel. He has spoken of rediscovering his Jewish roots. And he ended his speech to the Labour Friends of Israel with the declaration that he would enter Downing Street proud to be a “friend of Israel, a Jew and… part of the community”.

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Uncharitable Gaza

July 17, 2014

Protective Shield is the third IDF operation in Gaza within the past five years.

The Palestinian civilian death toll has almost certainly passed 1,000 - despite the many IDF attempts to minimise civilian deaths. Gaza is home to a number of charities, many of them British: Islamic Relief, Human Appeal International, Education Aid for Palestinians, Muslim Aid and Interpal, to name a few.

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Acting in defence

July 10, 2014

When a man like Gershon Baskin - steeped in attempts to bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians and about as far from a supporter of the Israeli PM as can be imagined - writes that "Benjamin Netanyahu did not want to escalate this war" and explains that the Israeli government had no alternative but to act, then even the most driven anti-Israel activist should take note.

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Cemetery security

July 3, 2014

No one knows for certain if the vandals who desecrated Blackley cemetery would have been stopped if the caretaker sacked a year ago had still been there. But it is not too great a leap to think that they might well have been. At the very least, this latest act of vandalism raises the issue of security at cemeteries.

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Time now to grieve

July 3, 2014

There was a grim inevitability that the hunt for Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrach would eventually become a hunt for their murderers. But the news was no less gut-wrenching for being expected.

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The simple truth

June 26, 2014

The best form of hasbara is the simple reality of Israel.

And nothing better destroys the apartheid libel than two of Israel's newest faces in the UK: Eginsu Meyer, the Ethiopian-born director of Habayta UK, and Ishmail Khaldi, the Counsellor for Civil Society Affairs at the Israeli Embassy.

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Protecting our lives

June 26, 2014

Work this one out, if you please.

It is now accepted among the police and counter-terrorist organisations, and across Whitehall, that the threat from jihadis returning from Syria and Iraq is growing.

There are believed to be hundreds of terrorists who will, at some point, return to the UK. The Prime Minister has warned that Isis is likely to be plotting to attack British targets.

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Men without views

June 12, 2014

After the shame brought by Moshe Katsav to the Israeli Presidency, his successor has brought nothing but honour to the role.
President Peres has represented Israel across the world and added still more lustre to an already illustrious career. More than that, he has shown that strong political opinions are no bar to a successful, unifying presidency.

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Risible hate claims

June 12, 2014

Given our history, it is hardly surprising that our community has developed razor-sharp antennae for antisemitism.

But sometimes they are so sharp that we end up cutting ourselves. The row over Nike's World Cup ad, which some claim contains subliminal antisemitism because the evil clones are wearing a Magen David, is a case in point.

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Ukip's foul allies?

June 6, 2014

It is deeply disturbing that Nigel Farage appears to be rushing to embrace and ally with Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement (5SM). Mr Farage has so far wisely kept well away from the likes of Marine Le Pen. But the leader of the Front National at least attempts to portray her party as free from antisemitism. Grillo, on the other hand, regularly uses antisemitic tropes in his campaigning.

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