Jonathan Arkush

'Shabbat Shalom' means even more this week

By Jonathan Arkush, July 3, 2015

Today is Golders Green Together day. Golders Green is being decorated in green and gold, and leaders and volunteers from all of the area's communities and across the political divide will be coming together to express a message of unity and rejection of bigotry.

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Europe needs a good dose of realism - mixed with optimism

By Jonathan Arkush, February 19, 2015

Last week, a man was murdered in Copenhagen for no other reason than his being Jewish. Last month, four Jewish people were murdered in Paris - again, just for being Jewish.

Jews have maintained a continuous presence in continental Europe for at least 2,500 years, making it one of the oldest if not the most ancient diaspora Jewish community.

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Aipac: an overwhelming event

By Jonathan Arkush, March 6, 2014

Aipac is nothing if not overwhelming. It’s not just the huge numbers but the exceptional professionalism with which it is delivered that impresses.

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Barack who? Aipac pow ers on

By Jonathan Arkush, March 7, 2013

The threat of Iran developing a nuclear weapon dominated the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac), which was attended by a record 13,000 participants from every state in the US, and a number from other countries.

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My Week: Jonathan Arkush

By Jonathan Arkush, August 7, 2012

● The week begins rather too early, with a pick-up at 2 am to Liverpool for the early flight to Belfast. I am booked in at BBC's Northern Ireland studio to debate circumcision on Sunday Morning Live. A court in Cologne has decided that the circumcision of a four-year-old Muslim was an assault and brit milah is once again in the spotlight.

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Jewish stereotypes revealed in ugly Chuch of England debate

By Jonathan Arkush, July 12, 2012

The Church of England’s decision to endorse the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel left a bitter taste in my mouth. The Jewish community and Christian friends expressed genuine concerns about EAPPI, and Synod disregarded them. But what troubled me as much was the language used in the debate.

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