Interviews

I’ve done hundreds of interviews with the famous and the not-so-famous. I do my best to try to ask the questions that anybody would ask if they had access to these subjects. So I do lots of research and present in-depth portraits, conscious that any interview can only skim the surface and be a snapshot of a person’s thoughts and feelings on that day, on that date.

If you want to check out a (partial) list of the hundreds of interviews I’ve done over the years, please take a look.


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

Exclusive: the Tory MP who has become Jewish

For the Jewish Chronicle posted March 30 2017 The Conservative MP Andrew Percy went home two weeks ago after a typically busy week in the House of Commons — and lit his Shabbat candles. Because on March 16, Mr Percy converted to Judaism, and as he said, “It was the first time I could say, […]

  • 30 March, 2017

Tory peeress says volunteers Britons who fight for Israel should be prosecuted

For the Times of Israel posted March 30 2017 LONDON — A once-prominent British politician has come under fire from Jewish and Conservative leaders for likening British citizens in the Israel Defence Forces to Muslims who join paramilitary and terrorist groups. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, who resigned from the government in 2014 after calling its policy […]

  • 30 March, 2017

Ya’alon comes out fighting

For the Jewish Chronicle March 21 2017 Moshe Ya’alon, Israel’s former defence minister is, as befits a former chief of staff, on the warpath. His target, however, is not the Arabs or the Palestinians. Instead, Mr Ya’alon, who curtly terminated his membership of Likud two weeks ago, has the prime minister and the present government […]

  • 21 March, 2017

ADL director calls for full Justice Department investigation

Jonathan Greenblatt for JN by Jenni Frazer March 7 2017 The director of the New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Jonathan Greenblatt, has called for “a fully resourced investigation by the Department of Justice” into the wave of hate crimes currently directed against the American Jewish community. These have included numerous hoax bomb threats against Jewish […]

  • 13 March, 2017

British Jewish couple making legal history

For the Times of Israel posted March 7 2017 LONDON — Seven years ago, Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld met at a lecture at the London School of Economics. “Actually, it was about Gaza,” they smile. Today, the two are making English legal history as they seek to change the law on civil partnership. They […]

  • 7 March, 2017

Antisemitism is in the air we breathe

Andrew Hussey for JC by Jenni Frazer Feb 2017 A leading British academic based in France says the subject of antisemitism has become almost “taboo” and that its various strands — from right and left — are coalescing to form a toxic threat to Jews in the country. Professor Andrew Hussey, director of the Centre […]

  • 16 February, 2017

The contacts man

For the Jewish News February 15 2017 Malcolm Hoenlein’s business card must have words falling off the edges, given his title and the organisation he represents. As executive vice-president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organisations, Hoenlein is arguably the world’s most powerful official Jew. He travels from the US three weeks […]

  • 16 February, 2017

A star from the shadows

Claire Bloom for the Jewish Chronicle January 6 2017 She’s made more than 60 films, she is lauded for her stage, TV and radio work, she is an Emmy and double Bafta award-winner, and she has worked with almost every great actor of the 20th century. So why isn’t the luminous Claire Bloom a Dame? […]

  • 5 January, 2017

The man who wrote the book on Labour antisemitism

For the Times of Israel posted October 3 2016 LONDON — Towards the end of a long summer contest for UK Labour leadership between Jeremy Corbyn and challenger Owen Smith, a number of people could be seen annotating a gaudily-covered paperback book. Dave Rich’s seminal primer, “The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Antisemitism” […]

  • 5 October, 2016