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Mandelson on Judaism, Lord Levy and his JC dad

Tony Blair’s closest ally reveals the inside story on the cash-for-peerages scandal and his pro-Israel sentiments Lord Mandelson’s book, The Third Man, Life At The Heart of New Labour has enjoyed a heady reception in the week since its publication. He has the relieved look of someone who has run a marathon without keel- ing […]

  • 23 July, 2010

‘Foreign Office has changed’ says UK’s new Jewish envoy to Israel

One of the FCO’s young stars takes up the Tel Aviv posting late next year. Britain has appointed its first Jewish ambassador to Israel. And Matthew Gould, a high-flying Foreign Office diplomat, is optimistic that his posting — to begin in autumn 2010 — will send out a significant message, both to his hosts and […]

  • 11 December, 2009

Hallelujah! Leonard Cohen’s Israeli triumph

WHen Leonard Cohen drew back from the stage slightly at the end of his marathon three- and-a-half-hour set in Ramat Gan, and recited the Birkat Cohanim — the blessing of the priests — complete with outstretched arms of benediction, there was a collective sigh from the enraptured crowd. It was a sign that Israel’s often […]

  • 2 October, 2009

Peter James – Research? I’m dead serious

Peter James is a bestselling crime writer who takes his preparatory fieldwork to alarming limits. By Jenni Frazer. As benefits a crime writer, Peter James’s London flat is a mystery. try as you might, you will not see a regulation front door, hall or porter. Instead, there is a gate, which gives out mixed signals: […]

  • 27 June, 2008

Campus politics get ugly

A new book reveals what happened when a female Jewish student asked a male black professor an innocent question. History Lesson: A Race Odyssey By Mary Lefkowitz Yale University Press, £18 However malevolent or misguided those British proponents of an academic boycott of Israel might have been in recent years, they rarely reached the nadir […]

  • 25 April, 2008

So glad I pushed the boat out

Jenni Frazer didn’t fancy the idea of cruising, until she stepped aboard Emerald Princess that is. I am having breakfast and the flying fish are having a leaping competition in the seemingly endless stretch of water in my eye-line. Once again, the sky and the sea are that exact shade of brilliant blue that you […]

  • 1 February, 2008
Leonard Cohen Interview

Leonard Cohen – A Yiddle in monk’s clothing

The singer and producer Anjani Thomas has just incinerated a locally bought bagel in the kitchen of the Richard Goodall Gallery in Manchester. A slight, quiet man appears in the kitchen. “Leonard,” cries Thomas, his romantic partner, “you must have a bagel, these are really good.” Leonard Cohen gravely accepts a bagel smothered in smoked […]

  • 20 July, 2007

Andrew Sachs: Manuel’s German roots

Before Fawlty Towers, Andrew Sachs’s biggest drama was his escape from the Nazis. By Jenni Frazer. Andrew Sachs has a slightly evil gleam in his eye. He is speaking of his secret ambition to work on Coronation Street: “I fancy being Norris’s twin brother. We would drive Rita Fairclough mad.” Playing the twin brother of […]

  • 11 May, 2007

Christopher Hitchens: “Bellow, Amis and me.”

Combative political commentator Christopher Hitchens discusses Jews, friends and enemies with Jenni Frazer. Former radical Trotskyist, Christopher Hitchens is in fine form — even after an overnight flight from Washington, countless cigarettes and a couple of double measures of Johnny Walker Black Label whisky. He is in London to take part in a double act […]

  • 2 March, 2007

Vanessa’s real-life story

With a TV show and a burgeoning film career, Vanessa Feltz is putting the bad times behind her. She talks to Jenni Frazer. Vanessa Feltz is in love… with Russell Brand. “I absolutely adore him,” she declares. The affection is mutual — the comedian, who is the hottest property on TV at the moment, was […]

  • 22 December, 2006