Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

The JC Leader: Lorde’s hypocrisy...Remove Hassell

The Jewish Chronicle Leader column, December 29, 2017

    Lorde’s hypocrisy

    There could hardly be a clearer demonstration of the hypocrisy of the BDS movement than the decision of singer-songwriter Lorde to pull out of a concert in Tel Aviv next year. Leave aside the fundamentally racist nature of BDS, that singles out the Jewish state for boycott. Focus instead on one issue that Lorde claims matters deeply to her: LGBT rights. The singer says she prides herself on being an “informed young citizen” and that she “had done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions” around Israel and the Middle East. Clearly not enough, since she has decided to boycott the only country in the Middle East where LGBT people can live freely and proudly assert their sexuality. And then, with the shamelessness of the true hypocrite, while boycotting Israel she will happily perform in Russia on the same tour  — where the human rights of LGBT citizens are treated with contempt. Lorde is free to act as she wishes. But the rest of us are equally free to judge those actions.

     

    Remove Hassell

    Last week the JC called for the removal of Mary Hassell, after her contemptuous treatment of the family of Barry Davis. Ms Hassell has a long and shameful history of such behaviour towards Jews and Muslims. Now further cases have emerged, each of which is in its own way equally appalling. The most disturbing aspect of her behaviour is that it is intentional; she cannot plead ignorance. Her actions are taken in the full knowledge of the devastating impact they will have on grieving families. She cannot be allowed to remain in office.

UK News

Mary Hassell: judicial review final hearing date announced

Daniel Sugarman

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Mary Hassell: judicial review final hearing date announced
Leaders

A proper legacy...Outrageous hate

The JC Leader

Thursday, February 1, 2018

A proper legacy...Outrageous hate
UK News

Mirvis 'deeply troubled' by coroner burial policy

Daniel Sugarman

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Mirvis 'deeply troubled' by coroner burial policy
UK News

Questions for PM about controversial coroner

Ben Weich

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Questions for PM about controversial coroner
UK News

Corbyn concerned over coroner controversy

Daniel Sugarman

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Corbyn concerned over coroner controversy
UK News

Sadiq Khan backs Jewish community in coroner dispute

Ben Weich

Monday, January 22, 2018

Sadiq Khan backs Jewish community in coroner dispute
UK News

Judge grants review into burial dispute coroner

Daniel Sugarman

Friday, February 2, 2018

Judge grants review into burial dispute coroner
Leaders

Amnesty & Jews

The JC Leader

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Amnesty & Jews
UK News

Board calls for Hassell to be dismissed from coroner post

Daniel Sugarman

Friday, January 19, 2018

Board calls for Hassell to be dismissed from coroner post