David Aaronovitch

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David Aaronovitch
Registered: 3 April 2008

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  • RE: Bibi is wrong, Obama is right

    "I understand that pressure must be put on all sides. The problem is that pressure is on one side only. While Abbas can still believe he will get everything without negotiating, why should he do so?(...)" jose (not verified)

  • RE: Bibi is wrong, Obama is right

    "Incidentally I wrote to the FCO back in November to labour this point, as I could not for the life of me understand why Western governments were not applying more pressure to the PA to resume peace(...)" mattpryor

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When laughter’s no joke

By David Aaronovitch, March 23, 2016

Saturday, it was Dublin. Thursday, it was Glasgow. Soon it's Oxford. I like having a new book out and I enjoy talking about it.

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Plight of eternal wanderers

By David Aaronovitch, February 11, 2016

So. In May 1938, Joseph Kennedy, the American ambassador to the Court of St James, took the visiting Secretary of State for the Interior, Harold Ickes, to meet Lord Halifax, the British Foreign Secretary. The subject of Jewish refugees from the recently enlarged German Reich was raised.

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Stuck in a cycle of hatred

By David Aaronovitch, January 4, 2016

A novelist friend wrote an article recently confessing she was becoming scared of cyclists. She told a story of crossing a slow-moving four lanes of traffic near her house, with the cars slowing to allow her to pass, only to be nearly taken out by a figure "hunched over his handlebars" who steamed up between semi-static cars and bore down on her at speed. She tripped and fell.

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Educational (dys)function

By David Aaronovitch, November 19, 2015

Another autumn, another annual mega-kvetch in the JC about Jewish kids unable to get into Jewish schools. Last week, we had the case of young Dylan of Bushey apparently having to be home-schooled and who, according to our report, "has not set foot in a classroom once this academic year, because he doesn't have a place".

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Not-so-fabulous wealth

By David Aaronovitch, October 8, 2015

When I was a boy walking on Hampstead Heath I'd catch, as the old ladies went by, an accent you never hear now. I asked a parent what it was. The ladies were Viennese, I was told, and very refined. And there we left it.

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Unsavoury bedfellows

By David Aaronovitch, August 27, 2015

Is Jeremy Corbyn a Jew-hater? Not in a million years. If he were, he'd not try so hard to look like a Reform rabbi. So what gives with all the meetings and contacts with people who edge off into that dreadful world in which evil Jews run everything, kill everyone, take part in secret plots and have all the money?

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The dark side of Twitter and the blame game

By David Aaronovitch, July 16, 2015

You know what free association is. Freud invented it. You say a word and I say what comes into my head and my choice tells us something about my mind. Anyway, the writer Mehdi Hasan took issue with Howard Jacobson on Twitter and I took issue back. But it's what happened next that provoked this column. A series of people then got involved, some of them very angry with me.

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Shame of the Judeophobes

By David Aaronovitch, June 4, 2015

What with one thing and another, I followed the spring furore over the "Israel" symposium at Southampton University only rather loosely. It was obvious to me from surveying those invited to speak - including the ridiculous conspiracy theorist, Richard Falk - that this event was not a scholarly attempt to explore "International Law and the State of Israel".

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Clubs with different rules

By David Aaronovitch, April 25, 2015

On the plane back from Miami last Sunday night, I tuned into a podcast of Melvyn Bragg and a panel of academics discussing the 16th-century missionary Matteo Ricci. As one does. And I wanted to share with JC readers a thought that occurred to me as the experts cast their pod 35,000 feet above Bermuda.

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Getting out of a problem

By David Aaronovitch, March 12, 2015

Until last week's JC, I had never heard of the case of the "Prodfather". If you missed it, too, I should explain this refers to the elderly Brooklyn rabbi, Mendel Epstein, who is being tried in the US for forcing divorces out of Orthodox men who don't want them.

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Sorry, you called me what?

By David Aaronovitch, January 29, 2015

This happened to me yesterday. A young person interested in journalism asked me for advice about becoming a columnist. We sat down to talk things through. How did one pitch a subject to a commissioning editor? What process did I go through to think of a topic to write about? Who else other than The Times did I write for? The Jewish Chronicle, I told him.

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Truth about Phil and me

By David Aaronovitch, December 18, 2014

This was the year when many of us discovered that philosemitism wasn't a half-Jewish Irishman.

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Desperation, not defiance

By David Aaronovitch, November 6, 2014

Some of the calmest Jews of my acquaintance are having a decidedly anxious moment.

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Now's not the time to pack the suitcase and leave the UK

By David Aaronovitch, August 21, 2014

Put the suitcase back in the loft.

Of course I understand why you got it out, if not physically, at least mentally. This week, I heard a guy in Sarcelles in France talking on the radio about the destruction of a Jewish funeral parlour and the torching of Jewish businesses.

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Murders become symbols

By David Aaronovitch, July 3, 2014

I was in an airport hotel in Kuala Lumpur when I heard that the three kidnapped Israeli boys - let us always name them - Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Sha'ar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16 – had been found murdered.

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