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Settlement policy driving UK mainstream away from Israel, says ambassador

By Orlando Radice, August 3, 2012

Britain’s ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, said that Israel is losing the support of mainstream British society in an interview with Israel's Channel Ten last night.

Mr Gould argued that there has been a shift in opinion in the UK and negative views of Israel have moved from the margins to "the centre ground, the majority.

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The Muslims who admire Israel

By Orlando Radice, August 2, 2012

There are not many Muslim politicians in the world who openly admire Israel. In fact, Emir Suljagic, an author and former member of the Bosnian Social Democratic party, may just be in a minority of one.

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Threat to circumcision grows in Europe

By Orlando Radice, July 26, 2012

Fears that a court ruling in Germany last month criminalising religious circumcision would have a knock-on effect across Europe are slowly being realised.

This week, the governor of Vorarlberg, an Austrian province, told state-run hospitals to suspend religious circumcisions until the legal situation in the country is clarified.

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Frum but fair about Facebook

By Orlando Radice, May 24, 2012

Did you hear the one about the gathering of 40,000 Charedim in New York to protest against the immorality of the internet? They heard about it online.

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Marine Le Pen: Don't French Jews get it?

By Orlando Radice, April 26, 2012

Israel's former ambassador to France has expressed his dismay at support given by French Jews to Marine Le Pen, leader of the Front National (FN).

Ms Le Pen won almost one in 5 votes in Sunday's first round presidential election.

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The digital lies that Israel faces

By Orlando Radice, March 15, 2012

Digital activists around the world have been raising their glasses this week to celebrate what has been labelled the internet's greatest-ever political success: the "Kony 2012" video.

The video, released by US activist group Invisible Children as part of a campaign to have Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony captured, has been watched over 100 million times since it went viral last week - and that was

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Stop Iran? Easy, just ask 'em to

By Orlando Radice, February 17, 2012

Writing in this week’s New Statesman, former weapons inspector Hans Blix calls Israel’s use of the Stuxnet virus to hobble the Iranian nuclear programme and its assassination of the country’s nuclear scientists an “outrageous, gangster-style war”.

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Hungary rounds on far right

By Orlando Radice, February 9, 2012

The Hungarian government and the country's Jewish community have condemned the shocking statements made by a Jobbik representative in an interview with JC last week.

MP Marton Gyongyosi, the ultra-nationalist party's foreign affairs spokesman, refused to acknowledge the official figures for the number of Jews murdered in the Hungarian Holocaust, saying: "It has become a fantastic business to ji

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Hungary's far-right: Jews not welcome here

By Orlando Radice, February 2, 2012

The foreign affairs spokesman of Jobbik, the ultra-nationalist party poised to play a leading role in Hungarian politics, has openly questioned the Holocaust and claimed that Jews are colonising the country.

In a shocking interview with the JC, Marton Gyongyosi also said that Israel's treatment of the Palestinians amounted to a "Nazi system".

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Raoul Wallenberg: Moses of the North

By Orlando Radice, January 19, 2012

"Raoul Wallenberg did not save just my world, but many, many worlds. He was our Moses from the North." Thus spoke Annette Lantos, who, together with her late husband, congressman Tom Lantos, was one of the tens of thousands of Jews saved by the Swedish special envoy to Budapest from 1944-1945.

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Nobody knows what’s going on: Happy New Year

By Orlando Radice, January 5, 2012

If you have been following reports about the state of the British economy over the past month or so, you could be forgiven for believing that even if we are not already in a recession, the UK is lurching towards a double dip.

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Here's to an apolitical Chanucah

By Orlando Radice, December 16, 2011

Today I am feeling light and serene. No, I haven’t just finished a course of acupuncture. It’s that I think I have been ideologically de-tethered. And it feels good.

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Israel responds to Bedouin camp criticism

By Eti Shechtman, December 8, 2011

Israeli authorities have responded to criticism that a Bedouin tribe will be moved to a land next to a rubbish dump as part of a plan to encircle Jerusalem with a “settlement ring”.

A recent article in the Guardian stated that the Bedouin would be “forcibly removed” from Khan al-Ahmar, which is just outside the settlement of Ma'ale Adomim in the West Bank.

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Democracy in Israel - how worried should we be?

By Orlando Radice, November 30, 2011

What to make of the so-called ‘anti-democratic’ laws being batted around in the Knesset? Is this the beginning of end of Israeli democracy, as many on the left would have it? Not all bills are as ruinous to political pluralism as they have been made out.

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How not to talk about the Arab Spring

By Orlando Radice, November 25, 2011

Congratulations to Israeli news website Ynet for posting a shining example of the kind of bigoted thinking that keeps the Middle East in perpetual conflict.

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China, Russia and fearful symmetry

By Orlando Radice, November 15, 2011

China may be wavering in its support of “Basher” Assad, but Russia is hanging on in there.

Syria is a crucial stepping stone in Iran’s axis of influence to the west and Iran would view Russian pressure on Assad as a direct affront to its imperial ambitions.

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Senior Israeli: Freezing PA funds is counterproductive

By Orlando Radice, November 8, 2011

One of Israel's foremost experts on strategic and military planning has said that the Israeli government's decision to freeze funding to the Palestinian Authority is like "shooting itself in the foot".

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Let's Occupy this debate

By Orlando Radice, October 28, 2011

It was sad to hear that antisemitism found its way into the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York. The odd banner bearing the age-old tropes about Jewish bankers were spotted in the crowds.

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Hearts, minds and Gilad

By Orlando Radice, October 19, 2011

Once you have got over the surreality of it all, one’s first thought on the release of Gilad Shalit might be: so if Israel and the Palestinians can knit a deal like this together – which took years of proposals, planning and attempts at indirect talks – why can’t they get down to the bigger business of peace talks?

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The riots and us

By Orlando Radice, September 2, 2011

As Britain continues to debate why thousands of young people smashed and looted their way through our town centres last month, one very obvious aspect of social reality seems to have slipped out of view.

In fact, it is so taken for granted that many of us probably hadn't noticed it in the first place.

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