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Labour candidates

For the Times of Israel posted June 5 2017 LONDON — After two leaders of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) decided to toss their hats into the ring to square off against two pro-Israel Conservative MPs in Britain’s June 8 general election, it looks like all bets are off. Chairman and vice-chairman of the JLM […]

  • 6 June, 2017

Manchester in my blood

Column JN issue June 2 2017 from Jenni Frazer My grandparents came to Manchester from — supposedly, but we don’t really know — Kiev and Berdichev, outposts of the Pale of Settlement in 19th century Greater Russia. Unlike most of their contemporaries, they brought their parents with them, rather than the other way round. The […]

  • 27 May, 2017

On the road in Finchley and Golders Green

For the Jewish News published May 11 2017 On a gorgeous late spring morning, Mike Freer is sitting on a bench in a lushly gardened Golders Green neighbourhood, almost entirely occupied by strictly Orthodox families. This is Freer’s third election: he won the seat in 2010, following the death of Labour’s Rudi Vis, who had […]

  • 11 May, 2017

Baltimore Boys fail to charm

For the Jewish Chronicle published April 28 2017 We all remember, I expect, days in our childhood or adolescence when it seemed as though nothing would ever happen, that the world would never move on and allow us to… do stuff. That sense of torpor permeates every one of the 448 pages of Joel Dicker’s […]

  • 2 May, 2017

A candidate for all the wrong reasons

For the Times of Israel posted May 1 LONDON — Shneur Odze has sparked headlines throughout his campaign to become mayor of Greater Manchester. First for refusing to shake hands with female rivals, and then for burning a Bible, which he said came from a missionary group, while destroying leavened bread products before the Passover […]

  • 2 May, 2017

Sadiq the sleek mayor of London

For the Times of Israel posted April 29 2017 LONDON — In 2004, a young London Muslim lawyer named Sadiq Khan shared a platform with five political extremists at a meeting held by the Friends of Al-Aqsa, entitled “Palestine — The Suffering Still Goes On.” The speakers included Daud Abdullah, who went on to lead […]

  • 29 April, 2017

Scottish Parliament antisemitism meeting tries to eject Jews

For the JC posted April 28 2017 A Jewish leader in Scotland has protested to the Scottish Parliament over an attempt to throw her and two colleagues out of a meeting where antisemitism was to be discussed. Micheline Brannan, the chair of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (Scojec), said she had written to the […]

  • 28 April, 2017

Andrew Percy’s journey to Judaism

For the Times of Israel posted April 26 2017 LONDON — Andrew Percy is a successful Conservative politician. He’s a Member of Parliament and Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, a campaign to boost economic growth in Britain’s northern cities. As of March, he has also become Jewish. Percy’s improbable story, he says, has come about […]

  • 26 April, 2017

Spot the villain

For the JC published April 21 2107 Before the Kray twins and other notorious East End villains, there were – inevitably – Jewish gangsters. And the king of the super-villains, the architect of organised crime in the UK – a dubious honour – was Jacob Colmore, more usually known as Jack Spot. Now Jack Spot’s […]

  • 15 April, 2017

The voice of peace

For the JC published April 14 2017 Conversation with the Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza is a bit like sitting next to a waterfall — no, make that a torrent. Ideas and words pour out of Broza in an almost unceasing flow, from memories of his beloved grandfather, Wellesley Aron, to the peace work he himself […]

  • 15 April, 2017