Dan Judelson



Singing from the same songsheet with the UJIA, JfJfP, ZF and the US!

By Dan Judelson, November 18, 2010

It was an innocuously titled email: "interesting article" said the subject line.

When I opened it and read the article in the JC about UJIA chair Mick Davis's remarks regarding criticism of Israel, I had to rub my eyes, pinch myself and then reread it, slowly. The chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council saying some of the things I think myself? Broad agreement from the ZF, from United, Liberal and Reform synagogues? What the hell was happening?

More..




Somebody needs to tell the ambassador about Godwin's Law

By Dan Judelson, November 4, 2010

Godwin's Law of Nazi Analogies predicts that the longer an internet discussion continues, then the greater the likelihood of a comparison to Hitler or the Nazis. There are other versions - one at least predating Mike Godwin's formulation - and several variants and corollaries but it is Godwin's which has, over the last 20 years, become familiar.

More..



Singling out Israel unfairly

By Dan Judelson, October 22, 2010

It's not reasonable, indeed may well be anti-Semitic, to hold Israel to a higher standard than other countries around the world.

But don't some of those defending Israel's actions do exactly that? When they sing, for example the praises of Israeli academia, of its science and technology, pharmaceutical and agricultural sectors? One JC blog contributor posted earlier today on a separate thread:

More..



Just one question, Mr Cohen.

By Dan Judelson, October 21, 2010

Since Howard Jacobson won the Man Booker Prize last week, columns of newsprint, both real and virtual, have been wasted on assessing the political significance of his victory and of the book itself.

More..




Kafka comes to Berlin and Jerusalem

By Dan Judelson, August 4, 2010

Firas Maraghy is from Jerusalem. He is currently resident in Berlin and has been on hunger strike since July 26th in front of the Israeli embassy building. The wickedly Kafkaesque situation in which he and his family have been placed by Israeli authorities is outlined below.

It forms the basis of a petition addressed to the Israeli Ambassador to Germany.

More..



Palestinian homes demolished - but this time by Hamas

By Dan Judelson, May 18, 2010

Using clubs to force residents from their homes, Hamas police evicted residents of homes in Rafah - temporary shacks - built "without the correct permits" before bringing in bulldozers to finish the job of demolishing up to 40 houses on Sunday (http://www.imemc.org/article/58702). Further evictions are expected, reports AP (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37178222/ns/business/).

More..



JC editor calls Israel a "harlot" over OECD membership

By Dan Judelson, May 13, 2010

Catchy headline, huh? Can it REALLY be true? Well, read on, dear reader, read on...

More..



Just what DOES Ed Fordham think?

By Dan Judelson, April 20, 2010

I've got a big "Vote Labour" poster in my window, so when I saw a Lib Dem leaflet pop through the letter box the other day, I opened my front door and said to the deliverer "I admire your optimism". She smiled and said "Well, I thought you would at least like the chance to read it."

More..



Wriggle, wriggle, wriggle

By Dan Judelson, April 17, 2010

Updates on the SAZF banning Richard Goldstone from attending his grandson's Bar Mitzvah:

Open Shuhada Street (A South African Jewish group fighting the closure of Hebron and supporting anti-occupation groups) shows how the SAZF are squirming desperately in an attempt to clear their name: http://openshuhadastreet.org/node/150

More..



Politico-religious fanatics disrupt family simcha

By Dan Judelson, April 16, 2010

Mixing politics and religious doctrine almost always produces a toxic brew, whatever the faith involved. As if to demonstrate the truth of this maxim beyond any reasonable doubt, the South African Zionist Federation has effectively banned Judge Richard Goldstone from attending the barmitzvah of his grandson. The campaign of vilification Goldstone experienced over his investigation into Operation Cast Lead was revolting, but now his critics seek to plumb new depths. There were plans for a demonstration outside the synagogue during the service.

More..