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Here's the (daily) proof of Hamas's murderous intent. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Owen Jones is lying about Israel. Plain and simple.

11 August 2014 17:22

Owen Jones’s column in the Guardian is headlined ‘Anti-Jewish hatred is rising – we must see it for what it is.’ Sadly the article falls well short of that headline’s… Continue reading

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The black flag of jihad is flying in Europe. (SAID KHATIB/AFP/GettyImages)

The black flag of ISIS is flying in London

8 August 2014 12:36

There is a phrase used of, and by, jihadists: ‘First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people.’ Well there’s a fine example of this on display at the moment in… Continue reading

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Why are the reporting restrictions imposed by Hamas not mentioned? (Photo: MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty)

Hamas censors British journalists. Why don’t we care?

3 August 2014 20:46

I wonder if any readers have an answer to this question: Has anybody, throughout this whole conflict around Gaza, heard any reporter inside Gaza, at any time, preface or conclude… Continue reading

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Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At His Weekly Press Conference

If Miliband really cared about defending British Jews, here’s what he would say

3 August 2014 10:00

In this week’s Spectator, Melanie Phillips argued that supposedly anti-Israel protests over the Gaza war have convulsed Europe in the worst scenes of open Jew-hatred since the 1930s. The most appalling… Continue reading

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If the Edinburgh Fringe thinks it’s fine to give in to bigots, I might have to give up on the Edinburgh Fringe

31 July 2014 15:38

When is a great international arts festival not a great international arts festival? When it can’t uphold even the most basic principles of free speech. Last night a play by an Israeli… Continue reading

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Podcast: The lure of the crowd, anti-Semitism and Cameron’s uncertain future

31 July 2014 10:34

Hell, as one of Jean-Paul Sartre’s characters said, is other people. Unless, that is, you happen to be British and born after about 1980, in which case hell is the… 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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Moeen Ali. (Image: Getty)

Moeen Ali reminds us that sometimes sport is the only place for politics

29 July 2014 18:46

Moeen Ali, the England cricketer, faces a possible reprimand after the International Cricket Council (ICC), the game’s governing body, censured him for wearing two wristbands, one saying ‘Save Gaza’, the other… Continue reading

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Joan Rivers (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

‘They started it!’ Joan Rivers weighs in on Gaza conflict

28 July 2014 13:44

With characteristic bluntness and admirable concision, Joan Rivers has offered her thoughts on the Israel-Hamas conflict: ‘Let me just tell you, if New Jersey were firing rockets into New York,… Continue reading

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The poster for Incubator Theatre's 'hip hop opera' The City

Cultural boycotts are ineffective and wrong

25 July 2014 12:57

Scotland’s national poet Liz Lochhead has been at it again. Two years ago she was petitioning against a dance company from Tel Aviv, this year it’s an Israeli theatre company… Continue reading

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Palestinian men search through the rubble of buildings following an Israeli air strike, that killed 18 people of the same family in Gaza City, on July 13, 2014. Image: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images

If Britain was being shelled, as Israel is being now, how would we respond?

13 July 2014 10:41

Glaring, the ennui over Israel. The way we drag our eyes to the page, and sigh, and want to read something else. Sympathy is hard. Even anger is hard. It’s… Continue reading

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Hamas TV teaches children to kill ‘all Jews’

13 May 2014 18:49

Anyone who hasn’t seen Hamas TV is missing a treat. Of course the low production values are part of the fun. But for the Palestinian audiences, most entertaining of all… Continue reading

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Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood march in Egypt. (MAHMOUD KHALED/AFP/Getty Images)

At last, Britain is investigating the Muslim Brotherhood

1 April 2014 15:23

The UK government has announced a long-overdue investigation into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK. I am delighted. Why Britain should continue to act as an Argentina-like… 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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Ariel Sharon looks over a possible relocation area for Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip May 17, 2005 in the Negev Desert in southern Israel. Sharon's government was planning to evacuate about 8,000 people from 17 settlements in Gaza as part of his proposed disengagement plan, which was praised by The Spectator. (Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO via Getty Images)

The wild life and times of Ariel Sharon

13 January 2014 14:40

When Ariel Sharon slipped into a coma in January 2006, The Spectator was just beginning to rather like him. Days after his stroke, the magazine ran a piece arguing that… Continue reading

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'Bethlehem Unwrapped' at St. James's Church, Piccadilly, London.

Absolute moral squalor on display at a London church

3 January 2014 16:09

‘Did Israel spoil Christmas again?’ I only ask because the claim that they did is becoming a modern tradition in Britain. The softest and most commonplace expression of the claim… Continue reading

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Stone the soothsayer

9 August 2013 16:58

When the history books tell the story of peace in the Middle East, the name of Lord Stone of Blackheath, managing director of Marks & Spencer and a Labour peer, will be… Continue reading

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A Palestinian man holds a placard demanding the release of prisoners ahead of the latest talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

Freeing terrorists for peace?

30 July 2013 14:16

Amid all the bloodshed in Egypt and Syria at the moment the fact that the Israelis and Palestinians are once again at the negotiating table has received less notice than… Continue reading

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Jerusalem Security Heightened Amid Threat Of Attacks

Death of the Two-State Solution

12 March 2013 13:49

At the (rejuvenated) New Republic, Ben Birnbaum has a comprehensive and comprehensively-depressing survey of the last-gasp prospects for a two-state solution to the Middle East ‘peace process’. If the two-state… Continue reading

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David Ward and the Ruthless Suppression of Anti-Israel Criticism - Spectator Blogs

7 February 2013 18:02

David Ward, Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East, is unhappy that his recent comments about The Jews attracted such widespread criticism. You see: “There is a huge operation out there,… Continue reading

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Is Britain becoming increasingly anti-Semitic? Image: Getty

Should Jews leave Britain?

29 January 2013 15:39

Should Jews leave Britain? The question is prompted by this piece written by the Israeli journalist Caroline Glick. Glick recently came to London to take part in an Intelligence Squared… Continue reading

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Netanyahu Casts His Vote In Israel's General Election

Israel Votes and Hope Loses - Spectator Blogs

22 January 2013 16:18

Today’s Israeli election does not, it is fair to say, take place in at a moment of supreme hope in the Middle East. Quite the contrary. This is an election… Continue reading

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Tunisians demonstrate outside the Interior Ministry recently after a spate of Islamist attacks across the country. Image: Getty.

Arab Winter update

14 December 2012 9:54

Rachid al-Ghannouchi is a great British success story. This Muslim Brotherhood leader sought asylum in Britain in 1989 and stayed here throughout the reign of Tunisian dictator President Ben Ali.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement that Israel will recommence the construction of settlements in the West Bank has prompted international ire; but are they to blame for the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians? Image: Getty

Did Israeli settlements in the West Bank kill the two-state solution?

3 December 2012 16:18

When did the dream of a two-state solution die? When it became clear that there are already two Palestinian states – the Hamas-run Gaza and the Palestinian Authority-governed West Bank?… Continue reading

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Mahmoud Abbas addressing the United Nations earlier this evening. Image: Getty.

Abbas and the death of the two-state solution

29 November 2012 22:19

If anybody still wonders why there has not been a two-state solution long ago to the most famous – albeit least bloody – Middle East conflict, tonight’s UN speech by… Continue reading

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