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“Instead of us, and not next to us”

Hilik Bar for the JC May 2018 from Jenni Frazer The Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, MK Hilik Bar, has accused British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of friendship “with those elements in the Middle East who want to live here instead of us [Israel], and not next to us”. Mr Bar, whose idea it was […]

  • 10 May, 2018

Curses, curses, everywhere

Column for Jewish News May 10 2018 While, as we all know, Yiddish curses are the best, having a flavour and pungency that exists in no other language, the Chinese have their own collection of subtle nudges. One of the best-known is “may you live in interesting times”. Well, you’ll get no argument from me […]

  • 10 May, 2018

Candidates vie for Board presidency

For the Jewish News May 10 2018 Those expecting blood on the streets at the presidential hustings for the Board of Deputies triennial elections were to be disappointed. At the JW3 hustings on Tuesday night, all the candidates — Edwin Shuker, Marie van der Zyl, Sheila Gewolb (both Board vice-presidents) and Simon Hochhauser — stepped […]

  • 10 May, 2018

Destroying the myth

For the Jewish Chonicle, published April 27 2018 Leonard Crystall’s face, still rounded with teenage puppy fat, stares solemnly from the cover of Michael Greisman’s remarkable new book, Jews in Uniform, his sailor hat at a jaunty angle, giving no hint of the tragedy which was to befall him. Crystall, who died aged just 18, […]

  • 29 April, 2018

Dude, where’s my beetroot?

For the Jewish News April 25 2018 Occasionally, as he is prowling around his Islington allotment, the following thoughts may occur to Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party: 1.I’ve had nothing but trouble from the Jewish community since the day I came into office. 2. I’ve done a lot to show them that […]

  • 27 April, 2018

Natalie hates Beebs, yah, boo…

Column JN April 28 2018 by Jenni Frazer Politics, we are often told, makes strange bedfellows, a dictum of which we could scarcely fail to be reminded in the wake of this week’s Natalie Portman furore. For those who have been asleep in their caves over the winter and are just peering out to see […]

  • 23 April, 2018

Shopping hell

Column JN March 2018 from Jenni This column is being brought to you by the magic of technology. Since I have broken my arm, I am learning about a whole new world of the one-handed — and included in the things that I can do seems to be writing by voice recognition, although it is […]

  • 2 April, 2018

Macedonia re-born

Macedonia for JC by Jenni Frazer March 2018 Ninety-eight per cent of the Jews of Macedonia were murdered in Treblinka during the Holocaust. Yet, 75 years after their deportation, an extraordinary museum has opened in Skopje, Macedonia, a joint project of the tiny Jewish present-day community and the Macedonian government. The Holocaust Memorial Centre, designed […]

  • 1 April, 2018

Corbyn: nothing will change

For the JTA March 29 2018 LONDON (JTA) — On Sunday, hundreds of British Jews stood outside the Houses of Parliament and demonstrated against the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn. The event was unprecedented, not just because almost no one in Britain has ever taken to the streets to demonstrate against the […]

  • 29 March, 2018

Prince William, the movie…

Column for JN March 2018 from Jenni Frazer Dateline: Summer 2018, Kensington Palace. Interior: A Royal apartment. Suitcases are sprawled all over the room. Catherine is supervising the packing, William is flapping. Catherine: I wish I were coming with you, darling. It’s going to be an exciting visit. And look — you don’t need to […]

  • 5 March, 2018