Irresistible change

September 4, 2014

Three weeks ago, the Campaign Against Antisemitism did not exist. Three months from now, it might no longer.

As a pop-up campaign, it might just as easily pop down. In the new, social media-driven, grass-roots-organised world, success and failure are no longer measured by longevity and standing but by immediate impact.


Naive leadership

August 28, 2014

It would plainly be ludicrous to suggest that the Board of Deputies believes that the IDF set out to murder innocent Palestinians in Gaza.

But there are certainly members of the MCB who believe just that, and the Muslim body is now insisting that the words “targeting of civilians” in the joint statement between it and the Board does indeed include Israel.


Blame Israel again

August 21, 2014

As inevitable as Hamas’ latest cease fire breach is the skewed reporting of it by the BBC and other media outlets.


Support the UK Jewish Film Festival

August 21, 2014

The deal that has been agreed between the Tricycle Theatre and the UK Jewish Film Festival has been greeted with some dismay. The theatre may have dropped its demand that the festival sever its links with the Israeli Embassy but it has made no apology for its behaviour and this has not felt like a victory for the festival.


The DEC Gaza Appeal and last week’s JC

August 21, 2014

The reason the JC is the oldest Jewish newspaper in the world, with a reach of over 156,000 Jews, is that it is the only space in our community where all sides — religious, political and cultural — can see themselves reflected and can meet and debate (sometimes forthrightly) in a place which all, rightly, see as their own.


Leaders should lead

August 14, 2014

This week’s front-page story is not something we ever thought would be published. The poll is not scientific; we simply approached 150 people randomly in the street. But it accurately reflects the overwhelming anecdotal evidence of recent weeks. Emphatically, that does not mean that 63 per cent of us are preparing to leave.


Racism in Kilburn

August 7, 2014

These are dark days. There have been more than 240 antisemitic incidents since the start of Operation Protective Edge and an outpouring of antisemitism on social media the like of which has never been seen before. But the decision of the Tricycle Theatre to bar the UK Jewish Festival from its doors unless it disowned Israel is the most worrying incident for many years.


This time they get it

July 31, 2014

One of the most striking elements of the current crisis in Gaza is the relative lack of diplomatic and political pressure on Israel.


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”.


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.