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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

The libel lawyer who’s fighting for Israel

Mark Lewis for Times of Israel by Jenni Frazer April 12 2017 You really wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side of the media and libel lawyer, Mark Lewis. For a good 20 minutes of our interview Lewis re-lives — in withering detail — tiny victories over alleged antisemites at his old school in […]

  • 12 April, 2017

Jewish founders recalled in agency re-brand

For the Jewish News Posted March 30 2017 One of Britain’s top advertising agencies is to rebrand itself in the names of its original Jewish founders, as part of a campaign to encourage diversity in the advertising industry. Grey London, whose headquarters are in Hatton Garden, the heart of the jewellery trade, has reached back […]

  • 30 March, 2017

Lithuanian Shoah ‘whitewash’ claim

For the JC posted March 30 2017 The Lithuanian parliamentary ombudsman, Augustinas Normantas, has refused to open an investigation into a complaint that his country’s Genocide and Resistance Centre presents a revisionist version of wartime history. Instead, the ombudsman said that the centre itself must address the issue first, and “if its answer is disputed, […]

  • 30 March, 2017