Geoffrey Alderman

Review: Searching for Lord Haw-Haw

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 8, 2016

By Colin Holmes
Routledge, £14.99

We shall never know just how many Britons, during the Second World War, were actually (never mind actively) sympathetic to the Nazi cause. But we do know that three of them were executed for their treachery.

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Writing this has been a privilege

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 23, 2016

On Monday 25 February 2002 the phone rang in my basement apartment in Kew Gardens Hills, a genuine shtetl in the borough of Queens, New York.

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Why Netanyahu courts Putin

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 16, 2016

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. This was Netanyahu's third meeting with Putin in 10 months. Ostensibly, the latest encounter between these two was to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations between their countries.

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Jewish critic of all things Jewish

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 9, 2016

Five years ago (almost to the day), I devoted this column to some public utterances of Rebecca Steinfeld, who was then undertaking doctoral research at the University of Oxford.

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Death penalty not the answer

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 2, 2016

As you will doubtless have gathered, Israeli politics is currently undergoing something of a revolution. Following the Knesset elections of 2015, Bibi Netanyahu managed to stitch together a coalition government that has enjoyed an ultra precarious one-seat majority in the Knesset.

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Some evidence for the Inquiry

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 26, 2016

An Open Letter to Ms Shami Chakrabarti, chair of the Labour Party Inquiry into Antisemitism & Other Forms of Racism.

Dear Ms Chakrabarti,

Now that the terms of reference have been published of the investigation you are chairing into antisemitism and other forms of racism in the Labour party that you have conveniently (but as I understand entirely incidentally) just joined, I thought I would

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Enslaved by prejudiced history

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 19, 2016

Among the roll-call of Labour party members who have been suspended for alleged antisemitic comments one name stands out. It's not Ken Livingstone. Or Bradford West MP Naz Shah. Or any of the local-government councillors on the list (most of whom appear to be of the Muslim faith).

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Inquiry will conclude in silence

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 12, 2016

In the wake of scandals involving alleged antisemitic statements said to have been uttered by sundry Labour stalwarts, Jeremy Corbyn has announced the establishment of an "internal inquiry" into these matters.

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The real Opposition problem

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 5, 2016

So now we all know that the Labour party - "Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition" - has a Jewish problem. Or rather, a problem with Jews. Not just with Israel. Nor with Zionists. But with Jews.

I can tell you, as someone who has devoted practically his life to the study of British politics, that all mainstream parties in the UK have, at one time or another, had a problem with Jews.

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Views on Jews are often skewed

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 27, 2016

On the face of it, the recent poll of contemporary British Muslim attitudes makes for grim reading.

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Too dizzy for Dizzy

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 22, 2016

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Illegality and intemperance

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 21, 2016

On April 3, the Independent on Sunday ran a lurid story headlined Illegal Jewish schools: Government knew about council faith school cover-up as thousands of pupils 'disappeared'.

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An unorthodox way to reform

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 14, 2016

There is a sad inevitability about the news that Reform synagogues in Hendon and Edgware are talking to each other with a view to a merger. Ostensibly, the trigger for this dialogue has been the "northward" move of "large numbers" of Reform community members.

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Towards a helpful definition

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 7, 2016

On March 30 last year, without any fanfare, a British government minister made probably the most important statement on anti-Jewish prejudice that any British government spokesperson has made. Yet that statement - an official expression of government policy - went almost totally unreported in the media.

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Time to emulate Bibi's method

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 31, 2016

Shortly after news reached us of last week's massacres in Brussels, I found myself at a tea-time gathering of professional colleagues. The talk was of Brussels and little else. "It's difficult to know what more we can do to prevent such attacks," was the reaction of one member of this group.

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Expel Labour's enemy within

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 24, 2016

What is the Labour party's best course of action following the resurgence of anti-Jewish racism in its ranks? I propose to provide a partial answer to this question. But, before I do, let me say that the recent alarums triggered by the public antics of left-wing "activists" will have done some good if it forces Labour's political elite to confront this question.

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Cameron's Jerusalem syndrome

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 10, 2016

What are we to make of David Cameron's extraordinary rant against Israel in the House of Commons on February 24? On that day, the Labour MP for Bradford East, Imran Hussain, drew Cameron's attention to one "Nora" and her family, who he declared had been living in "the old city of East Jerusalem" since 1953.

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Why Brexit will be best for us

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 3, 2016

On June 23, British electors will be asked which of two answers they prefer to the question: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?" Voters will have to choose between the two.

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Ethics has nothing to do with it

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 25, 2016

On February 17, Her Majesty's government issued a "Public Procurement Note". As there has been a great deal of media misreporting (perhaps deliberate) of what this document means, I propose to explain the precise significance of the document and to set it in a wider context.

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Fences still need to be mended

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 18, 2016

What was the point of the meeting that Board of Deputies' president Jonathan Arkush recently had with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn?

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