Martin Bright

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Martin Bright
Registered: 5 February 2009

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  • RE: Delegitimisation: myths and reality

    "While I think the charge of "delegitimisation" is appropriate to use against the 'Boycott and Divest' crowd, I do agree that it shouldn't be used against every criticism of Israel. We may expect Is(...)" StevenKalka

  • RE: Delegitimisation: myths and reality

    "Well said, Martin. If the people who scream "delegitimisation" at every criticism thought a little harder, there would be no need to make progressive cases for Israel. They are the people who are c(...)" Joe Millis

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Visceral hostility is not new from loose cannon Ken

By Martin Bright, May 5, 2016

When Ken Livingstone made his statement about Hitler's passion for Zionism (before insanity turned him to the path of genocide) I was both surprised and not surprised at all. Not surprised, because I had heard him express these views before and dismissed them as the ramblings of an increasingly desperate and bitter man.

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Bernard-Henri Lévy: 'Those who hate me, it is their problem'

By Martin Bright, March 31, 2016

Bernard-Henri Lévy sits in the library of Maida Vale's magnificent Victorian Sephardi Synagogue waiting to deliver a talk on his latest book, L'Esprit du Judaisme, a celebration of Jewish thought.

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Welcome to Britain, for good and bad

By Martin Bright, November 19, 2015

At the San Telmo museum in the Basque city of San Sebastian, in northern Spain, there is a picture of a group of children from Guernica, the town flattened by the Luftwaffe in 1937 as an experiment in the blitzkrieg technique later used on British cities.

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A Minister for Jews? It's a terrible idea

By Martin Bright, September 16, 2015

Who knows where the idea for a Minister for Jews came from within the Corbyn camp? Maybe it was just the ramblings of some over-enthusiastic junior staffer, desperate to rescue the saviour of the Labour Party from himself.

Maybe it was the result of long and carefully considered policy discussions after consultation with the movement.

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Listen to the real experts on Islamism

By Martin Bright, March 5, 2015

Philosophers call it a category error: when we mistakenly believe that a phenomenon should adhere to certain rules. The textbook example is the foreign tourist at Oxford who is shown the great colleges and the Bodleian library and then asks: "But where is the famous university?" In this case, the mistake is not a serious one.

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Listen to the real experts on Islamism

By Martin Bright, March 5, 2015

Philosophers call it a category error: when we mistakenly believe that a phenomenon should adhere to certain rules. The textbook example is the foreign tourist at Oxford who is shown the great colleges and the Bodleian library and then asks: “But where is the famous university?” In this case, the mistake is not a serious one.

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By resisting the fear we can defy the terrorists

By Martin Bright, January 8, 2015

I have to admit to a real feeling of shame as I write these words: the shame at the fear I felt in expressing my solidarity for my fellow journalists at Charlie Hebdo.

The terrorists who killed 12 people at the French satirical magazine this week have ushered in a horrible new reality. Everyone who has dared to criticise or ridicule extremist Islam is now a target for terrorists.

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Review: World Order

By Martin Bright, October 14, 2014

By Henry Kissinger
Allen Lane, £25

Every few pages in Henry Kissinger's grandly titled World Order comes a fact that slaps the reader in the face and shifts the way you think about global politics. For instance, according to the former Secretary of State, each year between 1552 and 1917, Russia expanded by the equivalent land mass of many European states (100,000 square kilometres).

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The difficult question Hammond must answer

By Martin Bright, July 31, 2014

Philip Hammond is still taking his first baby steps as Foreign Secretary, but there is one question he needs to learn to answer. And quickly.

Does he consider Israel's use of military force against Hamas to be disproportionate?

On the Today programme on Tuesday he was asked the question three times and three times he dodged it. This is not good enough.

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Working for the JC has changed the way I think

By Martin Bright, January 30, 2014

When I saw the scenes this week from Paris of protesters demonstrating about Jewish influence in France, I was reminded of an encounter during a visit to Yad Vashem a few years ago.

My guide that day was a young British man who had made aliyah, fought in the IDF and now worked for an Israel advocacy organisation.

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Finding nuance in religious debate? I’ve got quite a job

By Martin Bright, January 24, 2014

We all have our dream jobs, and editing a publication analysing the role of religion in conflicts around the world is mine.

I never imagined for a moment anyone would offer me the role, so I was delighted to be approached by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to work on a new website on religion and globalisation.

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Analysis: A gargantuan figure — but his role in Sabra and Shatila diminished him

By Martin Bright, January 16, 2014

The massacres at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp on the outskirts of Beirut in September 1982 remain the darkest stain on Ariel Sharon’s reputation.

Hundreds and possibly thousands of Palestinians were murdered by Lebanese Christian Phalangists while the Israeli army stood by.

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Why myth-makers still fight the battle of Masada

By Martin Bright, January 9, 2014

I have spent the past few weeks reading about Masada.

I won’t need to remind readers of this paper of the significance of the Jewish people’s last stand against the Roman occupiers following the destruction of the temple. Nor will I need to tell them of the importance of the story to the construction of Zionist identity or, indeed, the state of Israel.

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Better fascist than gay in football

By Martin Bright, January 2, 2014

The premiership footballer Nicolas Anelka has identified himself as a fascist sympathiser. It really is as simple as that.

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For festive cheer, look to Bradford

By Martin Bright, December 23, 2013

I wanted this column to be full of seasonal cheer, I really did. I wanted to sing of the joys of multicultural inter-faith dialogue, despite my scepticism.

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