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Sylvia Rafael: the Mossad spy they buried twice

By J P O'Malley, January 9, 2015

During the autumn of 1962, a young South African schoolteacher called Sylvia Rafael was sitting in her apartment in Tel Aviv, relaxing after a hard day’s work. She happened to be reading The Jewish War by Josephus Flavius, when the phone rang unexpectedly.


Only now do I realise just how lucky we are

By Emily Maitlis, December 23, 2014



2015: Our economic crossroads

By Alex Brummer, December 23, 2014

The unexpected fall in the Brent crude oil price to below $60 a barrel is the biggest known unknown as we enter the next secular New Year. It will shape events in the global economy, the British economy and the Middle East. The world enters 2015 at a crossroads.


How the Board of Deputies infiltrated Britain's fascists

By Daniel Tilles, December 18, 2014

The 1930s were a defining period in Anglo-Jewish history.


Churchill and the Jews

December 11, 2014

Winston Churchill was one of the fathers of the modern Middle East. There is therefore at least a case for thinking that he helped create the world's number-one political disaster zone, and then passed that disaster zone on, like a cupful of quivering gelignite, to be the responsibility of America. It was John F. Kennedy who first provided the American security guarantee for Israel.


Join the Army if you want to invent the next Google Glass

By Nathan Jeffay, December 11, 2014

In the hothouse of Israeli tech success, you may get a surprise if you ask professors which of their graduates they most revere. High up on Boaz Golany's list is the man who led one of Israel's most spectacular failures. Shai Agassi's Better Place company went crashing into bankruptcy last year despite £500 million in investment.


The media betrays us with the Goodies v Baddies agenda

December 4, 2014

We do not know what is happening in Israel and Palestine. We do not know what is happening in Ukraine. In Iraq. In Afghanistan. As a matter of fact, we do not know what is happening in the British Parliament.

Quite simply, we are not there when the bombs or rockets are falling, or when the politicians are negotiating.


The last mourning pilgrim to the loneliest place on Earth

By Monica Porter, November 27, 2014

This year has been Holocaust Memorial Year in Hungary, the land of my birth. Seventy years ago, in 1944, the Nazis marched in to deport to Auschwitz the country's 800,000-strong Jewish population.


I resigned because Twitter is making such twits of politicians

By Charlotte Henry, November 27, 2014

Social media has had a profound effect on our politics. From teasing Tumblr blogs, to opinions on the glaringly public platform of Twitter, the social web is making politicians' every thought ever more public, and ever more scrutinised. Just ask Emily Thornberry.

Some politicians successfully use these new mediums to engage with their constituents and the electorate more broadly.


The Golem has returned but now he's not so super

By Josh Glancy, November 27, 2014

When Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, the Maharal of Prague, created a Golem, he instructed his wife, Pearl, not to treat the creature as a servant. Though it did not have a human soul, nonetheless it was serving a higher purpose: protecting the Jewish community.