Melanie Phillips

Fill the Void is a universal story of love and power

By Melanie Phillips, December 24, 2013

There are many in the wider Jewish world who view the strictly Orthodox on a scale ranging from disdain and condescension to outright loathing.

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Netanyahu's dilemma over the Bank of China

By Melanie Phillips, November 22, 2013

Should a country ever sacrifice fundamental principles for the sake of its national economic interest?
This question has been raised in Israel over a landmark court case brought by families of suicide bomb victims against the Bank of China. The families accuse it of serving as a key conduit for money transfers to Hamas and Islamic Jihad through its branches in the US.

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Obama is in la-la land over Iran

By Melanie Phillips, October 3, 2013

Everyone is acting precisely according to the script. The fanatical Ayatollah Khamanei, the sole real power in Iran, has manoeuvred the West into the end-game.

Just as foretold, his cipher, the new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, has presented himself falsely as the voice of moderation.

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Speak truth? How dare I?

By Melanie Phillips, July 14, 2013

Recently, I found myself facing a baying mob, aka a booing, sneering audience bristling with outrage and hostility towards me, on Question Time.

Nothing new there, then.

So what unpardonable thing had I said this time? Simply that the government’s priority should be to neutralise Iran, since this posed the greatest current threat to Britain and the west.

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Report is too little, too late

By Melanie Phillips, May 26, 2013

The reported "killing" of Mohammed al Dura in a hail of Israeli bullets was nothing of the kind and was instead a modern-day blood libel. So said the state of Israel this week.

What kept it?

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New rhetoric, same old policy

By Melanie Phillips, April 14, 2013

Right everybody, excitement over, nothing to see, move along there. After the visit to Israel by new, improved, Israel-loving President Obama, which was hailed almost as Theodor Herzl's second coming, it's back to more of the same old same old.

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Academy right on Shin Bet film

By Melanie Phillips, March 4, 2013

Phew! Thank heavens the Israeli film The Gatekeepers failed to win an Oscar. Maybe the Almighty is a cinema-goer and also felt like throwing up when he saw it.

Of course this film is going down a storm among liberal Jews, who are lapping up its confirmation by apparently unimpeachable authorities that Israel has slid into a pit of moral infamy.

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Lapid listened to Middle Israel

By Melanie Phillips, February 3, 2013

Israel has not yet got over its astonishment at the result of the general election, which saw the propulsion to power of the political neophyte Yair Lapid and his Yesh Atid party.

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A double-standard abstention

By Melanie Phillips, December 9, 2012

The double standard was breathtaking. The UN vote to give the Palestinians non-member, observer status has smashed the Middle East peace process to bits.

In bringing this to the General Assembly, Mahmoud Abbas was in unilateral breach of his obligation under the Oslo Accords to proceed by way of bilateral negotiations with Israel.

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Assiduous campaign? Where?

By Melanie Phillips, October 26, 2012

The irrationality and prejudice inherent in the vilification of Israel are becoming ever more egregious.

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Obama’s dangerous campaign

By Melanie Phillips, September 16, 2012

Into my inbox last week popped an email from Michelle Obama. "Thank you for an amazing week… Can you chip in $5 or more to stand with Barack today?"

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What kind of 'support' is this?

By Melanie Phillips, August 5, 2012

Much anguish has been expended over Jews who detest Israel so virulently they are in the forefront of the delegitimisation campaign. Such people were devastatingly satirised by Howard Jacobson as "as a Jew" Jews, who parade their identity solely to demonise Israel.

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Fatal failure to fight for right

By Melanie Phillips, June 21, 2012

Travelling in America last week, I found American Jews shaking their heads in amazement at what they considered to be the supine attitude of the British Jewish leadership towards Israel demonisation and the inroads made by Islamic radicalism.

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A French-Greek wake-up call

By Melanie Phillips, May 10, 2012

The recent elections here and in Europe have left Jews and all who care about freedom and democracy with many reasons for unease.

In Greece, around two thirds of those who voted did so for extremist parties of left and right. Chillingly, the neo-Nazi "Golden Dawn"party won no fewer than 21 seats.

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Leaders who lead to surrender

By Melanie Phillips, March 29, 2012

Readers of the Jerusalem Post have doubtless been bemused by a rumbling controversy over whether or not the Anglo-Jewish leadership comprises what Isi Leibler derided as "trembling Israelites".

Leibler suggested that both the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council were in denial over the UK's dramatic upsurge in anti-Israel feeling.

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Middle Britain's amoral drift

By Melanie Phillips, February 16, 2012

An invitation to appear as a Question Time panellist always sees your columnist dusting off her tin helmet, not to say donning full body armour and making her last will and testament.

Its audiences have been known to be less than universally friendly, and never more so than when Israel crops up.

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Riots reveal cracks in society

By Melanie Phillips, January 5, 2012

When it comes to shooting itself in the foot and other essential bits, Israel undoubtedly takes the all-time prize.

For the past few weeks, Israel has been convulsed by how women are treated by fanatics in the strictly Orthodox community. Women are being segregated on buses serving Charedi neighbourhoods.

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The future of Hebron's Jewish past

By Melanie Phillips, December 1, 2011

Until recently, I had never been to Hebron. In the past three months, however, I have twice boarded an armoured bus to make the journey. The first time was with a private, non-political group to visit Hebron's Jewish area and the Cave of Machpelah, where Abraham and the patriarchs and matriarchs are said to be buried.

It was a shock.

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True face of 'moderate' leaders

By Melanie Phillips, October 26, 2011

For many years, Professor Sari Nusseibeh has been regarded as the epitome of Palestinian moderation. The urbane president of al Quds university in east Jerusalem, he has been regarded as a "two-state solution" moderate. His actual advocacy of a one-state solution and the swallowing up of Israel has been unaccountably ignored.

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True face of ‘moderate’ leaders

By Melanie Phillips, October 25, 2011

For many years, Professor Sari Nusseibeh has been regarded as the epitome of Palestinian moderation. The urbane president of al Quds university in east Jerusalem, he has been regarded as a "two-state solution" moderate. His actual advocacy of a one-state solution and the swallowing up of Israel has been unaccountably ignored.

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