Geoffrey Alderman

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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Ya'alon is right about 'messianic' Kerry

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 24, 2014

Moshe Ya’alon, Israel’s Minister of Defence, is a military man through and through, having risen from the ranks to become Head of Military Intelligence and later Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces.

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Church of England shows how not to love thy neighbour

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 17, 2014

Over the holiday season we’ve had to endure once again the anti-Jewish antics of the fashionable St James’s Church, Piccadilly. Five years ago this church hosted an alternative carol service, at which were sung bowdlerised carols castigating and condemning Jewish national aspirations.

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Great wounds of the Great War

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 10, 2014

Later this year, the world’s media will preoccupy us with material related to the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War — the “Great War” — which was triggered, so it is said, by the assassination, in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, of the heir to the Habsburg throne, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife, Sophie.

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Plan for settlers that's naive and dumb

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 3, 2014

Dr Alexander Yakobson teaches ancient history at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. His specialities are democracy, politics and electioneering in the late Roman Republic. In common with other Israeli academics on the left he has, however, sought to broaden his areas of specialism in the light of contemporary peace-making (so-called) in the Middle East.

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Don't panic, but prejudice remains

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 24, 2013

On the face of it, the report recently published by the Community Security Trust on Antisemitic Discourse in Britain in 2012 makes for reassuring reading. It stresses that “explicit antisemitism against Jews per se, simply for their being Jewish, is rare in British public life and within mainstream political media discourse.”

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Land polluted by rancid hot air

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 13, 2013

Last week, some of Britain’s leading newspapers carried a shocking advertisement, announcing that the property rights of thousands of people are going to be swept aside in the name of progress. As a result of government policy, families who have lived in particular localities for generations are going to be uprooted and resettled. Whole communities are facing destruction.

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A strike against Iran is now more likely

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 6, 2013

The Iranian deal stitched up in Geneva last week by US Secretary of State John Kerry and his friend Baroness Ashton of Upholland, and applauded so obediently by their compliant cheerleader, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, represents a humiliating climbdown.

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Limmud and the heretics

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 29, 2013

I am (in case you hadn’t noticed) a congenital pessimist, albeit with a refined sense of humour. Optimists believe that things will always turn out for the best. Often they don’t, which is why optimists are prone to sadness. We pessimists believe that things will usually go wrong. Often they don’t, which is why pessimists are basically happy people.

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The community's changing - the way we're represented must change too

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 22, 2013

The communal statistics for 2012 recently released by the Board of Deputies should come as no surprise to those who have kept a weather eye on the changing demographics of Britain’s Jewish populations.

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Why Kristallnacht could happen anywhere

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 15, 2013

Jewish communities across the globe have been commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the name given to the orgy of pogroms visited upon the Jews of Germany and Austria in early November 1938.

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Mr Hickey, I can help you become Dr Hickey

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 8, 2013

An Open Letter to “Mr” Tom Hickey, principal lecturer in international politics and philosophy at the University of Brighton

Dear Tom

I take the liberty of writing to you as a fellow academic, dedicated, as I am sure you are, to the sanctity of scholarly dialogue, to the dispassionate pursuit of truth, and to the acceptance of truth however unwelcome or distasteful we may find it.

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Just who is really under attack?

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 1, 2013

The contents of a document are sometimes less important than the context in which it was written and the audience for which it was intended.

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Searchlight's pride in prejudice

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 25, 2013

Searchlight will be known to some of you as a well-researched and professionally produced magazine specialising in exposés of racism, fascism and antisemitism.

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