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‘The refugee camp has made me think of Auschwitz’

By Rosa Doherty, November 18, 2015

I think my father is dead," the teenager said. "I don't know what happened to him. People said the Taliban killed him but I don't know. I don't know where he is."

Nabi, an 18-year-old from Afghanistan, was sitting in the dust of a transit camp in the tiny Greek town of Idomeni, recounting the horrific events that had forced him to flee his homeland.


Why leave people in the dark about what they are truly capable of?

By Paul Lester, November 16, 2015

You may not have heard of Stanley Milgram, but chances are you will be aware of his psychology experiment from 1961. In it, he arranged for a dour scientist in a grey lab-coat to instruct certain people ("teachers") to administer increasingly severe electric shocks to an affable stranger in an adjacent room if he gave the wrong answers to questions in a test.


The journey that convinced me paradise is truly lost

By Ronnie Landau, November 14, 2015

Several weeks ago, I found myself on a coach hurtling towards the heart of Beirut, a city once described as a ''paradise on Earth'', thanks to its stunning coastline (still very much in evidence), and as the ''Paris of the Middle East'', due to its French influences and vibrant cultural and intellectual life.


The soldier who abandoned his London life to 'do his duty' in the IDF

By Naomi Firsht, November 12, 2015

In the summer of 2014 the majority of us were glued to our TV screens watching in dismay and fear as yet another Gaza war unfolded. As anti-Israel protests became a common sight on the streets of the UK, members of the community were making frequent and frantic calls to family and friends in Israel checking everyone had survived the latest rocket attack.


The man who gave war a religion

By Michael Freedland, November 12, 2015

This Sunday will be another day of remembrance. In one of the most moving public Jewish occasions of the year, ex-servicemen and women, an ever-reducing number of aged veterans, will parade past the Cenotaph on Whitehall.


Revealed: How the last Jews of Aleppo escaped

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2015

Listen to Sandy Rashty and JC Foreign Editor Orlando Radice discuss this amazing story on the JC Podcast, below

They came for the last Jews of Aleppo early in the morning.


The West Bank is Prozac for the soul

By Angela Epstein, October 29, 2015

I'm sitting on a sun-blushed patio, sipping a mug of hot camomile tea and gazing out at mile upon mile of rolling, sun-scorched hills. The herby scent of fresh mountain air fills the lungs and does much to soothe the soul.

In short, I feel like I've arrived in paradise. Especially since the only sound to ripple the silence is soft, sibilant bird-song.


Shivah is mourning and it needs decorum

By Anonymous, October 29, 2015

The room was full of people, their voices increasing in volume as each person sought to make him- or herself heard above the noise. I gazed up at the sea of faces, snatches of conversation washing over me - holidays, weddings, a burst of laughter that struck me like a punch in the gut.


A showman? How dare you — I am a musician!

By Michael Freedland, October 22, 2015

Whether or not he was the greatest musician of his generation is subject to debate. Leonard Bernstein himself certainly thought he was. Was he one of the greatest Jewish musicians of the 20th century? No doubt whatsoever.


Secrets of being a mumpreneur

October 22, 2015

I completed my accountancy qualifications, worked my way to a senior position at a leading US investment bank, and I was able to negotiate working part-time after my twin daughters were born. I had a stable, well-paid job and good career prospects. However, something was missing. I wanted to give my girls more time and attention than even my part-time arrangement would allow.