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The Last Word: The Banality of Antisemitism

The Last Word: The Banality of Antisemitism Categories: Antisemitism, United Kingdom     Author: Jeremy Jones

Prior to, and during, the recent UK election campaign, there was a renewed focus on antisemitism promoted by sections of, and tolerated by many more inside, the political Left. It seemed that the more one encountered the support base of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the more likely one was to find a

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Europa Europa: Pathologies of Hatred

Europa Europa: Pathologies of Hatred Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, United Kingdom     Author: Douglas Davis

Sir Gerald Kaufman was more than just another veteran Labour politician. Having entered the House of Commons in 1970, he was the longest-serving parliamentarian of any political hue... And, as an Orthodox Jew, he should have been revered by the Jewish community. Instead, when he died last month aged

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Europa Europa: A Troubling Truth

Europa Europa: A Troubling Truth Categories: Anti-Zionism, Europe, United Kingdom     Author: Douglas Davis

The Balfour Apology Campaign launched the first in a year-long series of global events at the House of Lords in London to decry the creation of Israel and to demand an "official apology from the British government for its past colonial crimes in Palestine." At the gathering, organised by the Palesti

Europa Europa: Brexit and Israel

Europa Europa: Brexit and Israel Categories: Europe, Israel, United Kingdom     Author: Douglas Davis

The British decision to uncouple from the EU, expected to take effect by 2019, was not unqualified good news for Israel: Britain, along with Germany, has been among Israel's most stalwart diplomatic allies in the EU and its voice within the decision-making forums of the EU will be missed, particular

The company Corbyn keeps

The company Corbyn keeps Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Israel, United Kingdom     Author: Douglas Davis

If it was true that you can judge a man by the company he keeps, Jeremy Corbyn would be an Israel-hating, antisemitic, Holocaust-denier. The newly elected leader of Britain's Labour Party would vehemently deny he is any of the above, but some of his best friends are one or more of these things.

The problem with Jeremy Corbyn

The problem with Jeremy Corbyn Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, United Kingdom, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Jeremy Corbyn, with his controversial history of calling terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah "friends", and associating with known antisemites and Holocaust deniers, has become the leader of the British Labour party. Corbyn claims that his references to terrorists as "friends" was to promote peace

Cameron's watershed speech

Cameron's watershed speech Categories: Islamic Extremism, United Kingdom     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On July 20, UK Prime Minister David Cameron made a major policy speech on countering extremism, which is likely to have a "tremendous impact" and inspire other countries, according to Professor Alan Johnson, an expert in de-radicalisation who was recently in Australia as a guest of the Executive Cou

Europa Europa: Pop-up Politics Categories: Europe, Israel, United Kingdom     Author: Douglas Davis

Europeans go to the polls in May to elect 751 members of the European Parliament for the next five years. Expect surprises. Not that the European Parliament carries much clout; clout is reserved for the army of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats in Brussels and the sprinkling of political appointe

An antisemitic answer to the question: How long is a piece of string?

An antisemitic answer to the question: How long is a piece of string? Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, United Kingdom, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

A report last week by Barak Ben-Shem in the Times of Israel analysed an outbreak of antisemitic comments that followed an application by Jews to the local council in the small English town of Bushey, seeking permission to establish an "eruv". It recalled a similar occurrence in the Sydney suburb of

Margaret and Edith and Immanuel

Margaret and Edith and Immanuel Categories: Israel, United Kingdom     Author: Douglas Davis

Transcending sentiment and pragmatic impulses was Thatcher's hard-nosed perception that the qualities of the Jewish community coincided precisely with her own aspirational vision for Britain: self-help and hard work, ambition and endeavour, enterprise, personal responsibility and social justice.

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