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Olympic hypocrisy over Thomas Bach

September 12, 2013

Thomas Bach should be judged on his actions as president of the International Olympic Committee, not on what he might or might not have done to facilitate a boycott of Israel so far. But it does not look exactly promising.

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WJR is right to help

September 12, 2013

It is possible to mount an argument against Word Jewish Relief’s appeal to raise funds for Syrian refugees. WJR’s partner in the project is Save The Children, an NGO with a long and deplorable record of anti-Israel campaigning.

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The wrong message on Syria

September 4, 2013

As we bid goodbye to the year, it is difficult not to feel anxious about the next twelve months. Most immediately, over 1400 people lie dead in Syria, gassed by Bashar al-Assad. And the prospects for the future are even more frightening.

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Drop this lobbying bill now

August 30, 2013

It is a rare proposal that links the TUC, the Board of Deputies, the Electoral Commission and the CST in opposition. But the Transparency of Lobbying Bill is so clumsy, unnecessary and counter-productive a bill that it is not surprising that has united almost every group involved in lobbying MPs and ministers.

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Action imperative on Syria - and Iran

August 30, 2013

By the time this is read, it may be that action against Bashar al-Assad has already started. For Israelis, these are especially worrying times.

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Give the Victoria Cross hero his due

August 23, 2013

Four Jewish Victoria Cross heroes from the First World War are to be honoured with special paving stones. Which is excellent.

But there weren’t four Jewish VC winners. There were five. The fifth, Issy Smith, is being ignored because, unlike the others, he was born not in Britain but in Egypt.

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The Syrian threat

August 23, 2013

As William Hague said on Wednesday, if it happened, it was a shocking escalation in the Syrian conflict — and the world agreed.

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Deliberate timing

August 16, 2013

It’s no surprise that there has been near-universal condemnation of the announcement of further Israeli building in East Jerusalem.

The timing has been criticised as being deliberately provocative, at the beginning of the first talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians since 2010.

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Stephen Fry follows Godwin's Law

August 15, 2013

That Russia’s recent anti-gay legislation is a stain on a great nation is undeniable. That it raises all sorts of dilemmas over participation in the Winter Olympics is equally clear. But what is simply ludicrous is Stephen Fry’s comparison of President Putin’s treatment of homosexuals with Hitler’s treatment of the Jews.

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Board of Deputies' arrogance

August 8, 2013

Whatever merit the idea of an All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews might have — and there is a good case to be made for it — the Board of Deputies’ role in its formation is a textbook example of how not to go about such a project.

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