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Ban the boycotters

October 8, 2015

The contrast between the two party conferences — and the two parties — could not now be greater. On the eve of the Conservative Party conference, Communities Secretary Greg Clark announced legislation to stop local councils imposing politically-motivated boycotts of Israel.

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Highlighting films

October 1, 2015

The programme for this year’s UK Jewish Film Festival has now been published, and it is going to be bigger and better than ever. With 80 films from more than 15 countries and an expected audience of 15,000, the festival is now firmly ensconced as one of the community’s cultural highlights alongside Jewish Book Week.

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Corbyn's silence on Israel is not golden

September 30, 2015

Never has it been truer to observe that what is not said can be just as revealing as what is.

Labour Friends of Israel was absolutely right to invite Jeremy Corbyn to speak at its Labour Party Conference reception. But it was contemptuous of the Labour leader to deliver an entire speech at the event without ever allowing the word Israel to cross his lips.

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Shabbat UK, take 2

September 24, 2015

It barely seems possible that it has been almost a year since last year's first, and hugely successful, Shabbat UK, so vivid are the memories.

Over 100,000 of us took part in the largest ever communal project. Now it is time for this year's Shabbat UK on October 23-24 - a bigger and even better occasion, with which the JC is proud to be associated as the media partner.

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Tonge beyond pale

September 24, 2015

Since her departure from the LibDems in the House of Lords, the witterings of Baroness Tonge have been easy to ignore.

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Co-operating to aid refugees

September 17, 2015

It is a sign of how deeply the plight of Syrian refugees has struck home that — within barely more than a week — the World Jewish Relief appeal has raised more than £180,000. And there are, as we have reported, any number of other initiatives seeking to provide aid and help.

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Time to explain, Mr Corbyn

September 17, 2015

When the JC posed a series of questions to Jeremy Corbyn about some of his unsavoury allies, they were met with varying degrees of obfuscation. A month on, he is now Labour leader. And we are no nearer to having even remotely satisfactory answers.

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A traumatic year

September 9, 2015

As we approach Rosh Hashanah, the mind turns to considering the events and the legacy of the previous 12 months. This time last year, the latest military action in Gaza was fresh in the mind — with, in this country, a worrying spike in antisemitic incidents. Israel has not had to be involved this year in another such operation.

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Anti-Israel idiocy

September 3, 2015

Were there to be an award for political idiocy, there would, of course, be many contenders. But the petition signed, so far, by 95,000 people to have Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrested on his arrival here next week would be a leading contender.

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A genuine honour

September 3, 2015

The latest honours list has been met with much ridicule. But at least one honour is remarkable. The elevation of Stuart Polak to the peerage is, quite explicitly, for his tenure as director of Conservative Friends of Israel.

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