Melanie Phillips


Melanie Phillips
Registered: 1 April 2008


  • RE: How to top an implacable foe

    "Considering that Israel's population is 1/200th of the Muslim population, that the Jewish population is about 1/100th of it, it is no wonder that Israeli efforts are not so successful. Beside(...)" jose (not verified)

  • RE: The spread of flotilla sickness

    "The "flotilla sickness" will not, in my opinion, become an epidemic. The next 'volunteers' were Iran and Lebanon, not really countries who pretend to be friends of Israel, unlike Turkey. Egypt will(...)" jose (not verified)



We subsidise mass murder

By Melanie Phillips, August 19, 2016

The claim by Israel's Shin Bet security service that a senior aid worker in Gaza diverted millions in aid money to Hamas caused shock and amazement around the world.


Leave vote was about identity

By Melanie Phillips, July 7, 2016

The Brexit vote has heightened passions right across the nation. Many have been left deeply upset and anxious. Families and friendships have been ripped asunder.

The temperature has been raised yet further by a reported rise in the number of attacks on immigrants and Jews. Some Remainers have blamed this on the Brexit campaign.

Such a charge is odious.


Boris is far from alone

By Melanie Phillips, May 19, 2016

Boris Johnson got into trouble last week with a historical reference.He said Napoleon, Hitler and others had tried to unify Europe; the EU was trying to do the same by different methods.


Khan for Mayor? Beware

By Melanie Phillips, April 21, 2016

If the opinion polls are correct, in under two weeks Labour's Sadiq Khan will be elected Mayor of London. This is extremely troubling. Despite his noisy denunciations of terrorism and the Jew-hatred infecting his party, questions about his attitude to extremism continue to mount.


Safe? Such lies spell danger

By Melanie Phillips, February 25, 2016

Support free speech? Of course you do. So you support people defaming Israel as an apartheid state? Hmmm. Tricky, isn't it? Freedom of expression is a core western value which has been turned into a battleground.


Exposing the enemy within

By Melanie Phillips, January 14, 2016

I 've been reading with particular interest about the row over Tuvia Tenenbom's exclusion from a Limmud panel. I myself have spoken at Limmud, although I haven't attended for several years. I have met Tenenbom and admire his work.


The graduates of hatred

By Melanie Phillips, December 3, 2015

The current Arab murder campaign against Israeli Jews is being incited by the Palestinian leadership. Extolling these terrorists as martyrs, it presents them as victims of Israeli violence with no acknowledgement they kill Israelis and are only being killed themselves when they refuse to stop.


History lessons needed

By Melanie Phillips, October 22, 2015

Years ago, I asked the editor of an Israeli newspaper why Israel never acknowledged that the wellspring of the Arab onslaught against it lay in Islamic extremism.

"We can't allow ourselves to see it that way," came his shocked reply. "We are surrounded by billions of Muslims. Such a thought would be too terrifying." It was far more comfortable, in his case, to blame Israel's policies instead.


The response to the migration crisis is blinkered emoting

By Melanie Phillips, September 10, 2015

The pictures of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, whose drowned body was washed up on a Turkish beach after his Syrian Kurdish parents set out for Europe in a dinghy, produced an outpouring of sorrow and a clamour to "do something" to which politicians have been scrambling to respond.


Wars for Western minds

By Melanie Phillips, July 30, 2015

In the words of the 17th-century English diplomat Sir Henry Wotton, an ambassador is "an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country". What happens, though, when an ambassador is sent abroad from an honest country into a culture of lies? Michael Oren and Daniel Taub were, respectively, Israel's ambassadors to the US and UK.


Still tormented by the past

By Melanie Phillips, June 18, 2015

I recently read two gripping books that had more in common than might at first be thought. Indeed, one might detect an alarming continuum.


A silence that imperils us

By Melanie Phillips, May 7, 2015

There has just been a general election on planet Mars. It might as well have taken place there, for all the attention paid in Britain during the past few weeks to the most urgent issue facing our world. This is that the President of the United States is poised to surrender the security of the west to its mortal enemy, Iran.


Loyalty of Israel's true friend

By Melanie Phillips, March 26, 2015

In New York last week, I was talking to American Jews anxious about the very difficult relationship between President Obama and Israel's newly re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. We wait to see whether the Obama administration will carry out its post-election threat to throw Israel under the bus if the declaration of a Palestine state comes to a UN vote.


Not afraid? What planet are you on?

By Melanie Phillips, January 15, 2015

Apparently, civilisation is saved! Some 3 million people took to the streets of Paris last Sunday to declare "Je suis Charlie" and that they would fight off the threat to freedom just like the French resistance. "We are not afraid," shouted the crowd.

Oh, but they are. If anyone really thinks the Paris march means Europe is now going to save itself, they are living on a different planet.


A deeply unsettling attack

By Melanie Phillips, January 6, 2015

An 11 year-old Israeli child, Ayala Shapira, suffered third-degree burns to her face and body last month when a car driven by her father Avner was firebombed in Ma’ale Shomron, part of the disputed territories.