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Kinder to receive compensation for lost childhood

For Jewish News December 2018 In a unique agreement, the last survivors of the Kindertransport — the 10,000 children who came to Britain in 1938 from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia — are to receive one-off compensation payments, as a result of prolonged negotiations between the Claims Conference and the German government. Greg Schneider, executive vice-president […]

  • 21 December, 2018

How to live in the West Bank with no Hebrew

For the JC December 2018 The mayor of one of the biggest settlements in the West Bank, Efrat, has belied the stereotype of “settler image” by speaking out strongly against Israel’s security wall and also calling for “those behind the ‘price tag’ violence to be put behind bars”. (Price tag attacks are acts of violence […]

  • 14 December, 2018

The diaspora and Israel… how to complicate things

For the Jewish Chronicle December 7 2018 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must have thought it was his lucky day. Fresh from yet another difficult encounter with Israeli police, and juggling a rocky coalition with several ministerial portfolios, the Israeli Prime Minister was entitled to be on his guard as he faced us, a group of […]

  • 14 December, 2018

I, Robot — by a Jewish lawyer

For the Jewish Chronicle December 14 2018 It is the year 2028 and you have a court case coming up, trying to prove negligence on the part of … a robot. This is not the stuff of science fiction, but an increasingly likely scenario in a world in which artificial intelligence, or AI, will affect […]

  • 14 December, 2018

The whack-a-mole conman resurfaces

For the Jewish Chronicle December 14 2018 The mystery surrounding the identity of a man who was married in jail under the auspices of the London Beth Din — but who may in reality be a Sudanese Muslim facing eventual deportation from the UK — deepened this week. In August this year, Rabbi Julian Shindler […]

  • 14 December, 2018

A new kind of address in Jo’burg. Good grief.

For the Jewish News December 10 2018 Hallo, gentle reader. Work with me on this, please, because a little bit of imagination is required here. Imagine, if you would, that, say, Westminster Council decides to do a little bit of road-name overhauling. Its councillors look at relatively innocuous thoroughfares such as Oxford Street — and […]

  • 10 December, 2018

Just answer the questions

Column for Jewish News November 2018 Thanks to what a friend of mine calls “the orange poltroon” in the White House, being a journalist has never felt tougher. The atmosphere is toxic in every country, from America to Russia, from Britain to — of course — Israel. And before readers say, aw, diddums, if you […]

  • 6 December, 2018

Biker boys (and girls) in Berlin

Back to Berlin for JN Nov 2018 from Jenni Frazer Broadcaster and film-maker Catherine Lurie knows a good story when she sees one. Six years ago, as someone with a long association with the World Maccabi movement, she was asked to be a broadcaster for the Maccabi Games of 2013, which were to be held […]

  • 19 November, 2018

Lord Lester exclusive

Lord Lester for JC by Jenni Frazer November 2018 The peer at the centre of a controversial sexual harassment storm has told the Jewish Chronicle that he was “completely devastated” by the claims made against him by Jasvinder Sanghera. Lord Lester of Herne Hill,QC, often described as the father of Britain’s Human Rights Act, was […]

  • 18 November, 2018

Words and weasels

When is an apology not an apology? And what do we want an apology to say, exactly? What qualifies as weasel words, and what is absolutely genuine? Sometimes an apology can be obviously heartfelt and thus will be accepted. I’m thinking of the apology given by the Labour MP for Bradford West, Naz Shah, after […]

  • 15 November, 2018