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No slapped wrist

November 4, 2015

There is an argument that we should somehow be grateful that Jeremy Corbyn has condemned Sir Gerald Kaufman’s antisemitic rant, describing it as “unacceptable and deeply regrettable”. An argument, yes, but a bad one.

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Kaufman redux

October 29, 2015

It is often said that the worst antisemites are "self-hating" Jews.

When it comes to Sir Gerald Kaufman, however, no element of self-hatred is involved. Quite the opposite.

It is other Jews that he targets, spouting a series of the most basic antisemitic tropes as if he alone is free from the sins that he slanders the rest of us with.

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A Shabbat triumph

October 29, 2015

A week on, the scale and scope of Shabbat UK seems, if anything, even more astonishing - 5,000 people under one roof making challah; another 5,000 elsewhere; and over 100,000 taking part either at shul or at one of more than 900 events in 50 communities.

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Continuum of hate

October 22, 2015

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister outlined a series of measures designed to tackle extremism. Social media has given the extremists a new tool through which to lure impressionable young men and women to their violent cause. And it has given hate-mongers a new platform through which to empty their poison into the public domain.

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A new community

October 15, 2015

This week, the Institute for Jewish Policy Research has published one of the most significant reports in the history of our community. It says nothing surprising and little that is new.

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Protests? What protests?

October 14, 2015

Our Prime Minister has shown himself to be a true and trusted friend of Israel. So it is all the more bizarre that the Middle East Minister, Tobias Ellwood, should have made such a crass and stupid statement about the violence in Israel, attacking “the use of force by Israeli security personnel in response to protests and security incidents”

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Leaders in the field

October 8, 2015

This week we report on some of the hi-tech tools used by Norwood as part of its work. The results are transformative.

There is a tendency within the community to be ever so slightly patronising towards charities such as Norwood and Jewish Care, taking them for granted as old friends who are always there for us.

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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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