Jonathan Freedland

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Jonathan Freedland
Registered: 1 April 2008

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  • RE: Israel's impaired global vision

    "You might as well ask for Arab states, which rejected the UN creation of Israel, start respecting the "legitimate norms and institutions of the international system". Have you seen any UNGA, (...)" jose (not verified)

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    ""our key communal organisations presented this as the unified, collective view of British Jewry" What nonsense - they did no such thing. Reminder: Jonathan Freedland supported Ken Liv(...)" Jonathan Hoffman

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Shimon Peres is Israel incarnate

By Jonathan Freedland, September 22, 2016

I'm guessing the year was 2000, maybe 2001. It was a morning editorial meeting at the Guardian and someone mentioned plans for coverage of a royal funeral. "When the Queen Mother dies…" he said. "No, no, no," I interrupted. "If the Queen Mother dies."

At that stage, she was 100 years old and seemed destined to go on forever. Some public figures are like that.

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Chakrabarti’s ultimate problem

By Jonathan Freedland, August 11, 2016

The first thing to say about Shami Chakrabarti's nomination for a peerage is that by any standards, and especially in comparison with many others who've received the honour, she merits it. I've long argued that Britain's second chamber should be elected, not appointed but, as the system stands, Chakrabarti is worthy of a place in the Lords.

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People will look for a scapegoat

By Jonathan Freedland, June 30, 2016

So British Jews take their place alongside Londoners, Scots and the Northern Irish as people who bucked the trend and voted solidly - by 58 per cent to 32 per cent according to today's JC poll - to remain in the European Union.

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Don't play the Nazi card

By Jonathan Freedland, May 26, 2016

If there's one good thing to have come out of the debate over Labour and antisemitism, it might be the emerging consensus that, when discussing the Middle East, it's best to leave Hitler out of it. And not just the Middle East.

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Let a Muslim run London

By Jonathan Freedland, April 14, 2016

Predictions are a mug's game in today's volatile politics, but I stand by the one I made on these pages back in September: if Labour goes into the next general election led by Jeremy Corbyn, the party will receive the lowest Jewish vote in its history.

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Vote in our mortal interest

By Jonathan Freedland, March 3, 2016

It may sound like a healthy, bran-based breakfast cereal but Brexit is going to be dominating the national conversation between now and June 23. A moment that's been coming for at least two decades, and maybe much longer, is finally here: Britain will decide its place in the European Union, in or out.

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Just the latest big US bigot

By Jonathan Freedland, January 21, 2016

To the long list of communities and groups Donald Trump has insulted - Mexicans, Muslims, women, the disabled - we can now add Jews. Addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition last month, Trump quipped that "I'm a negotiator, like you folks." Later, in case anyone hadn't quite got his drift, he went on: "Some of us renegotiate deals… is there anybody that doesn't renegotiate deals in this room?

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'Shoah', the film that changed Israel for ever

By Jonathan Freedland, December 16, 2015

Outside, it was burningly hot, the skies clear blue. But, inside, there was only darkness.

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We can't get past the past

By Jonathan Freedland, December 13, 2015

The second Donald Trump opened his mouth, you knew what would happen. No sooner had the billionaire blowhard and Republican front-runner proposed his ban on Muslims entering the US, than headline writers and cartoonists were reaching for the obvious comparison.

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An assassin's bitter legacy

By Jonathan Freedland, October 29, 2015

In among the retrospectives and tributes timed for next week's 20th anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, there's a rather remarkable hour-long edition of the much-admired This American Life podcast.

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Friends who are enemies

By Jonathan Freedland, September 17, 2015

Lots is uncertain in British politics just now, but here's one prediction you can bet on: if Labour goes into the next general election led by Jeremy Corbyn, the party will receive the lowest Jewish vote in its history.

Part of the explanation predates the new leader.

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An invitation to go OTT

By Jonathan Freedland, August 6, 2015

You know those disclaimers they put at the end of movies? "No animals were harmed in the making of this motion picture." Or, "Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental." Well, this is the JC equivalent. "None of the grotesquely over-the-top barmitzvah celebrations about to be mentioned in this column were attended by me personally."

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Shaken by a stunning racist

By Jonathan Freedland, June 25, 2015

It's hardly made headlines here, but one striking feature of the new Israeli government is the presence of several vocal, forceful and trenchantly right-wing women.

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Damned by his own words

By Jonathan Freedland, May 14, 2015

Twice in 10 years, the British people have had the chance to elect a Jewish prime minister - and twice they've said no. Michael Howard took on Tony Blair in 2005 and failed. And, last week, Ed Miliband followed Howard into the pantheon of electoral losers.

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Is solidarity still sensible?

By Jonathan Freedland, April 2, 2015

What will the historians of the future make of the Jews of today? If all they have to go on are public statements and official declarations, they'll presume British Jews were almost stationary, our views of Israel unbending over the decades - no matter what happened in the country.

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