Geoffrey Alderman

When Unite pulls the strings

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 24, 2014

Last year, the former Liverpool dock worker "Red Len" McCluskey was re-elected as general secretary of Unite, one of Britain's biggest trade unions. Whether any of Brother McCluskey's pronouncements on anything can be said to reflect the views of Unite's membership must, however, be open to doubt.

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A new voice in the Middle East

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 17, 2014

In case you hadn't noticed, the map of the Middle East is now being redrawn.

Spokespersons for "Isis" - the self-styled "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant," whose hysterical hordes have butchered and beheaded their way down from Syria into the heart of Iraq - claim that the current boundaries are the result of the Sykes-Picot "conspiracy."

This is a reference to the secret agreement conc

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Cynical exploitation of tragedy

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 10, 2014

What do Louise Mensch, Daniel Levy and Aaron Teitelbaum have in common? I'll tell you at the end of this column.

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Shift from fads and whims

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 3, 2014

Every Monday night, I tune in to Salford City Radio's Jewish Hour. The contents of this lightly choreographed magazine programme always provide food for thought, and the edition of June 23 proved no exception.

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Aboard the Trojan bandwagon

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 19, 2014

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools, recently addressed the nation following his receipt of reports on a number of schools in Birmingham. Although the catchment areas of these schools are overwhelmingly Muslim, they are not "faith" schools, but common-or-garden state - that is, taxpayer-funded - secular schools that happen to serve populations of the Islamic faith.

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Mirvis missed this opportunity

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 12, 2014

It's not that the Almighty doesn't give us opportunities. Rather, we don't take advantage of them.

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These shamefully high salaries

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 6, 2014

In principle, I have no objection whatever to sundry Jewish individuals being paid more than me. When I embarked on an academic career I knew that I would never number myself among the high-end earners.

My father, who became a self-employed salesman, never knew from one week to another what his disposable income would be.

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Abbas never intended to deal

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 16, 2014

Last March, as he prepared to travel to the US (no doubt to assure President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry that the Palestinian leadership would spare no effort to reach a peace agreement with Israel), PA president Mahmoud Abbas was handed a briefing document written by his chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat.

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The story of a life - mine

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 9, 2014

I have been prevailed upon to pen my autobiography. Members of my family and two of my four remaining friends urged me to commit to writing certain facts that might otherwise, they alleged, be lost to posterity. And so, while waiting to undergo surgery, I have — reluctantly —acceded to their wishes. It has been a salutary experience.

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All about the beards and the bees

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 2, 2014

Were you as shocked as I was on reading the JC’s April 18 front page? Were you shocked for the right reasons?

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The therapists in need of therapy

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 25, 2014

On April 2, at the London HQ of the Guild of Psychotherapists, 60 practitioners of the psychotherapeutic arts resolved to establish “The UK-Palestine Mental Health Network.” Being neither a psychotherapist nor a psychotherapeutic fellow-traveller I knew nothing of this gathering until Almighty God arranged for me to receive the official “report” of this meeting.

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Benn and Crow's anti-Zionism won't be missed

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 28, 2014

This past month has seen the passing of two icons of the British left, demagogues whose antics have been widely celebrated beyond as well as within the circle of revolutionary Marxism. The mortal remains of one, the former Labour MP, Comrade Tony Benn, will have actually lain in state in the chapel of St Mary Undercroft.

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Muslim antisemitism? We've been warned

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 21, 2014

More than once I have drawn attention to the religious prejudice that underpins the ongoing conflict between Israel and its Muslim neighbours.

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If I were Scottish, I wouldn't vote for independence

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 14, 2014

On September 18, the people of Scotland will vote in a referendum that will decide the country’s future — to remain part of the United Kingdom or to become wholly self-governing.

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Beware - the RSPCA is being disingenuous over shechitah

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 6, 2014

At the end of January, the government’s Transparency of Lobbying bill received the Royal Assent.

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Why I support the Green Liners

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 28, 2014

Do you support the Sign on the Green Line campaign? I do. Indeed, Jewish students who are sponsoring this initiative need to be aware that I’ve been engaged on a very similar project for a great many decades, probably from before these delightful young people were born.

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A chilling logic and an ill wind

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 21, 2014

As we all know, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. In the past week, two stories broke which, I fear, may reinforce the depressing truth of this axiom. But my purpose in retelling them is not to indulge in intellectual banter or philosophical argument. It is, rather, to issue a warning.

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Orthodox Gateshead is embracing modernity

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 14, 2014

Last week, my wife and I attended a family wedding in Gateshead. The chupah was outdoors. The service could not have taken more than 20 minutes. The bride was led to the chupah by her mother and future mother-in-law, both of whom accompanied her as she circled the bridegroom seven times.

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Do we really need Cameron's Holocaust Commission?

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 7, 2014

Last September, Prime Minister David Cameron launched a Commission on the Holocaust, which Jewish Leadership Council head Mick Davis had graciously consented to chair. Last week, Cameron announced the names of other members of this august body. Top of the list is the actress Helena Bonham Carter, whose maternal grandfather had saved hundreds of Jews during the second world war.

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Is there such a thing as a Jewish vote?

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 31, 2014

Earlier this week, Theos, a London-based think-tank, published a major study entitled Voting and Values in Britain: does religion count?

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