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Armed soldiers patrol outside a school in the Jewish quarter of the Marais district in Paris (Photo: Jeff Mitchell/ Getty)

Marine Le Pen’s rhetoric is convincing French Jews to trust the Front National

24 February 2015 10:56

A report in today’s Times suggests that French Jews are ready to discard their long-standing distrust for the Far Right and vote for the Front National. In January, Rachel Halliburton described… Continue reading

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Piers Morgan. Photo: Getty Images.

Clash of the Titans: Rod Liddle calls Piers Morgan a halfwit

19 February 2015 17:36

Piers Morgan’s claim in the Daily Mail that the Prime Minister of Israel’s reaction to the  terror attacks in Denmark ‘is a disgrace’ has caught the attention of Mr S’s colleague… Continue reading

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Benjamin Netanyahu has repeated his call for European Jews to immigrate to Israel (Photo: Menahem Kahana/Getty)

Israel has become a life-insurance policy for many British Jews

16 February 2015 12:22

Weekends are quality time in the Alderman household. On Saturday evenings, following the termination of the Sabbath, my wife and I are accustomed to sit together, review the week that… Continue reading

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Former SS and Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann (1906 - 1962) in Nazareth, preparing his defence in the trial brought against him for war crimes (Photo: Evening Standard/Getty)

Adolf Eichmann hoped his ‘Arab friends’ would continue his battle against the Jews

27 January 2015 9:56

Over Christmas I finally got around to reading Eichmann Before Jerusalem by Bettina Stangneth.  I cannot recommend this book – newly translated from the German – highly enough.  It challenges… Continue reading

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French secular values may not be shared by all of the country's citizens (Photo: Jean-Sebastien/Getty)

French secularism is starting to feel the strain

23 January 2015 12:28

France is to institute something called a National Secularity Day, which will happen on 9th December every year, when French schools will remind pupils how to sing the national anthem,… Continue reading

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Here’s how politicians can convince British Jews that they have a future in the UK

14 January 2015 16:49

A recent study has suggested that over half of Britain’s Jews feel they have no future in the UK. At first glance this might seem outrageous, indeed incredible. Arguably (one… Continue reading

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A Ukip supporter in March 2013 (Photo: Getty)

Ukip’s unsavoury Polish ally in the European Parliament

22 October 2014 11:57

One of the best arguments against European political integration is the people with whom British political parties end up allied in the European Parliament. For reasons of parliamentary influence and,… Continue reading

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‘Jews Got Money’ – challenging anti-Semitism and a Jewish taboo

26 September 2014 15:55

The other day someone tweeted at me the words ‘J£w$ Got Mon€¥’. And I was just about to tweet back: ‘Get stuffed, you anti-Semitic scum’. But I clicked on the… Continue reading

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Is it really imaginable that the British people could rise up against the Jews?

9 September 2014 12:16

Howard Jacobsen’s J has been shortlisted for the 2014 Booker Prize today: At first sight, J represents a significant departure for Howard Jacobson. It’s set in a future Britain where some sort of apocalypse… Continue reading

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Watch: Douglas Murray and Ben Soffa from Palestinian Solidarity Campaign discuss anti-Semitism

30 July 2014 19:16

In this week’s Spectator, Melanie Phillips suggests that anti-Semitism is on the rise, fueled by the events in the Middle East. Douglas Murray and Ben Soffa, Secretary of the Palestine… Continue reading

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Borgen actress Birgitte Hjort Sorensen.

Denmark’s ban on ritual slaughter is not kosher

20 February 2014 10:16

Fey metropolitan ponce that am I, I love nothing better than curling up on the sofa with my partner to watch a Scandinavian drama. Borgen, The Killing; we haven’t got… Continue reading

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Scarlett Johansson is in hot water over her association with Soda Stream, which has a factory in the Holy Land. Who cares?

Who cares about Israel and Palestine?

31 January 2014 9:58

The thing that most surprised me about Scarlett Johansson being asked to cut ties with an Israeli company she was brand ambassador for was that the company in question was Soda… Continue reading

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George Galloway blames Israel for the use of chemical weapons in Syria

23 August 2013 9:58

Say this for George Galloway: every time you think he cannot sink any lower he finds new ways to surprise you. His latest contribution to Press TV, Iran’s propaganda station,… Continue reading

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David Cameron has some unpleasant allies in Europe. Image: Getty.

Taking stock of politics after the conferences

13 October 2012 18:07

Party conference season is over and it all felt very mid-term. It’s always best not to be swept away by the immediate reaction to leaders’ speeches. Miliband’s was surprisingly good,… Continue reading

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Howard Jacobson worries about the health of the novel. Image: Getty

Howard Jacobson interview

7 September 2012 11:39

While Howard Jacobson’s prose works are renowned for their wit, energy, and self-deprecating, priapic jokes, his latest book, Zoo Time, is perhaps his most light-hearted to date. The protagonist is… Continue reading

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Anti-Semitism, Islamism and Islam

26 July 2012 15:03

My blog on last week’s bombing in Bulgaria and convictions in Manchester provoked a response from my colleague Martin Bright which I should like to respond to in turn. In… Continue reading

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Anti-Semitism: no longer big news

23 July 2012 14:15

My fellow Spectator blogger Douglas Murray wrote a powerful post yesterday. Like him, I was disturbed by the way the Bulgarian bus-bombing and the Manchester terror trial were treated in… Continue reading

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A picture of the Bulgarian bus bomb, carried out by Hezbollah. Getty Images

An ideological hatred

22 July 2012 15:55

Two events this week have highlighted, from very different places, an identical problem. In Bulgaria on Wednesday a bomb was detonated on a tour bus carrying Israelis. Six people were… Continue reading

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A shared hobby

22 July 2012 12:22

It’s always nice when a married couple are able to share a hobby – even if it is, in the case of Shasta and Mohammed Khan, trying to blow up… Continue reading

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The Gazan double standard

18 July 2012 14:45

The journalist Tom Gross notes a story that you may have missed.  One hundred and twenty families in Gaza have lost their homes. ‘Ma’an and other Palestinian news agencies report… Continue reading

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First, call the lawyers

16 July 2012 19:16

I have just started a new column, Bright on Politics, for the Jewish Chronicle. My first piece last week discussed Ed Balls and Israel. And this week I discussed why… Continue reading

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The winning entry

13 November 2010 15:00

So just how good is it? Because of course those splendid people, the Man Booker judges, have rather prejudiced this review by going and giving their prize to Jacobson’s latest.… Continue reading

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