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Happiness will out

April 4, 2013

If one judged Israel by the tone and content of most media coverage, it would be understandable if everyone there wanted to leave. But this week’s OECD table provides a more accurate reflection of Israeli life, showing that Israelis are the eighth happiest people in the world. No wonder.

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Fascist, racist, fool

April 4, 2013

Whatever others may say about him, Paulo Di Canio is clear: "I am a fascist, not a racist." Mr Di Cano is as deft a political thinker as one would expect a football manager to be. Because while, in theory, it may be possible to separate fascism from racism, Mr Di Canio's form of fascism seems to do nothing of the sort.

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Chomsky, sophistry champion

By Oliver Kamm, March 28, 2013

Among Jewish contributors to modern intellectual life, few carry as much name-recognition as Noam Chomsky. Visiting London last week, he drew enthusiastic crowds to a lecture given in honour of Edward Said, the Palestinian literary critic, and an interview at the British Library with Jonathan Freedland, the Guardian columnist and my fellow JC contributor.

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Some perspective

March 28, 2013

On the other hand… As we near the end of Pesach, and the story of a forced exodus, we ought to reflect how lucky we are to live in Britain in 2013. What threats there are to shechita and brit milah are made democratically, are subject to rational argument, and give us the chance to stand up for our religion.

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No complacency

March 28, 2013

The timing could not be more pointedly awful. Just one week after we reported that, in the wake of the horse meat scandal, the government was turning to the kashrut authorities for advice about securing the food chain, we reveal that nearly half the population want to ban shechita. Our poll, which was carried out last week, is stark in its brutality.

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The vile and vicious

March 21, 2013

What a gathering of the vile and the vicious! Under the umbrella of the Arab Organisation for Human Rights, the invitation to a meeting at the House of Lords noted that "David Ward MP will honour us with his attendance." No joke was intended. And who should be chairing the meeting than Lauren Booth, who misses no opportunity to give Israel a kicking (however ineffective her witterings may be).

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Encouraging trip

March 21, 2013

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has done to President Obama what it has done to all of his immediate predecessors: taken up much energy and produced nothing.

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Shattering honesty

March 15, 2013

When Alan Shatter lost his seat in the Irish parliament in 2002, after 21 years, some assumed his political career was over. But the feisty lawyer returned in 2007 and now, as the only Jewish member of the Irish government, he is Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence.

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BDS a total failure

March 15, 2013

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions crowd make a lot of noise. They march, they chant, they campaign. And, in a chilling echo of another time in history, they put much of their effort into a form of mob rule attacking specific Jewish businesses, trying to make it impossible for them to carry on trading.

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ZF damages us all

February 28, 2013

Last week, the Zionist Federation issued a strongly worded statement attacking George Galloway for refusing to debate with an Israeli student. The organisation clearly has no sense of irony. A few days later, the same ZF voted to reject the application by Yachad UK to affiliate to the self-proclaimed umbrella organisation for UK Zionist organisations.

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