Geoffrey Alderman

Sorry Will Self, but you ARE a Jew

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 13, 2014

Will Self is a celebrated writer of fiction and journalist. Born in London in 1961, he can also boast an illustrious ancestry. His paternal great-great grandfather was the Bishop of Chichester.

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Why are Jews not free to pray?

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 6, 2014

Events in and surrounding Jerusalem have reached a critical not to say murderous phase. But out of the multiple evils that have been recently visited upon that city it is just possible that some good may come.

Recent attacks were essentially random in nature, since the killers could have had little if any idea of the identities of their human targets.

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An illiterate way to grab votes

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 23, 2014

When I read the text of the "Palestine" resolution passed by the House of Commons on October 13, my initial reaction was to laugh out loud.

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How dare he question our laws

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 14, 2014

Mr Neil Parish, as well as being the Conservative MP for Honiton, is chairman of something called "The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Beef and Lamb".

Last month, in one or other (or possibly both) of these capacities, he commented on the results of an investigation that compared the retention of red blood cells in meat derived from food animals that had been mechanically stunned prior to sla

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Let children open their eyes

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 7, 2014

Are you all worked up over plans to force students taking GCSE Religious Studies to learn about two or more world religions?

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TUC's severance of a strong link

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 18, 2014

The resolution which the Trades Union Congress adopted last week on the subject of Israel marks a grim watershed in the history of the TUC's relationship with the Jewish state. More than that, it marks the passing of an era in terms of the attitude of the British left towards Jews and Jewish national self-determination.

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Spite that lies behind the labels

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 11, 2014

In principle, I support the labelling of goods, especially those imported from abroad. The consumer has a right to know something about the origin of those goods, and whether they comply with British (and, for the moment at any rate, EU) safety standards. Moreover, as an Orthodox Jew, I take particular care over what I put into my mouth.

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Foolish question of who won

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 4, 2014

In the year 625 of the Common Era, adherents of the Islamic faith from Medina, commanded by the prophet Mohammed, engaged with an army of polytheists from Mecca. Mohammed was seriously wounded; his Islamist battalions suffered heavy casualties. The battle of Uhud (as it is known) was clearly a defeat for the forces of Islam.

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UN's Schabas: an open mind?

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 28, 2014

While our attention has been focused on renewed conflict in the Middle East, a melodrama of truly farcical proportions has been played out at the Palace of Nations, Geneva.

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Richter scale of antisemitism

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 21, 2014

ou don't have to be a seismologist to harbour a nodding acquaintance with the Richter scale, which is used to describe the intensity of earthquakes. I have sometimes wished that a similar metric existed by which we could describe the strength of anti-Jewish prejudice. Richter measures each earthquake on a scale from 1 to 10.

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So sue me, Mister President

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 7, 2014

Truth is the first casualty of war. With that in mind, I want to draw your attention to a sordid incident that arose out of a debate that took place at the plenary session of the Board of Deputies on July 20.

At that meeting, there was by all accounts a passionate discussion of the war in Gaza.

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Death of the two state solution

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 31, 2014

I hereby dedicate this column to Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya, better known here in the west as Hamas. In the 14 years that I've been writing this column I never imagined that I would actually pen so much as one sentence – let alone an entire column – in praise of Hamas. But it's clear to me that that time has now come.

Why?

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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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