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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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We speak, they act

July 4, 2013

Forgive us, please, if we blow our own trumpet. Last week we reported that Leonard Cohen was due to appear in concert in London on Yom Kippur and in Leeds on Rosh Hashanah. There was, not surprisingly, disquiet - to put it mildly - that so iconic a Jewish artist could appear on those of all dates. The JC speaks - and icons listen.

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Alexander bang on

July 4, 2013

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander hit the nail squarely on the head in his speech to Labour Friends of Israel this week. Tackling the boycotters within his own party, he made clear that "now is the time to deepen, not weaken" economic and cultural links with Israel. Quite so.

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In one sense...

June 20, 2013

The new Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, is apparently a moderate. Which simply goes to show that it depends from where you are starting.

On a theocratic extremist scale of 0-100, where Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is a 99 and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was, say, a 98, then President-elect Rouhani might well be a 97. Or even a 96. Which would indeed, in a manner of speaking, make him a moderate.

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Giving it all away

June 20, 2013

We make no apology for writing more or less the same leader at this time every year. Because every year the same thing demands to be said.

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Discrediting us

June 13, 2013

Any move which undermines the freedom of our faith schools must be resisted and condemned. But the objections from some quarters to Michael Gove's reforms to GCSEs on the basis that the new exams involve a basic study of evolution are risible and discredit the entire foundation of faith schools. Teaching science to young Jewish children is not the enemy of knowledge. It is a prerequisite of it.

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