Nobody buys muesli wrapped in an Israeli flag

It can’t be long now until the widely anticipated Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report on antisemitism within the British Labour Party is made public, together with various recommendations for the party to follow in the future. Since Jeremy Corbyn finally relinquished his death grip on the party after two major electoral defeats, much […]

  • 13 July, 2020

Statues and stupidity

For Jewish News June 19 2020 Of all the various aspects of stupidity that have followed on from the tragic death of George Floyd, it seems to me that the statues issue ranks high, and bids fair to be the stupidest. In the wake of the charged anti-racist protests — which may well have had […]

  • 22 June, 2020

A diplomatic error

Column for JN May 21 2020 Ordinarily, I would be cheering from the rooftops that the United Kingdom is to get its first female ambassador in the Israeli embassy. It’s way overdue and there are many talented women in the Israeli foreign service who would be wonderful representatives of the state of Israel. But, try […]

  • 26 May, 2020

Eichmann kidnap revisited 60 years on

Column for JN May 21 2020 Sixty years ago this month, a sick El Al airline employee —clearly identifiable by his uniform — was bundled into a first-class seat on a flight from Argentina to Tel Aviv. He was heavily sedated and unconscious, unable to exchange pleasantries with other passengers. The curious among the passengers […]

  • 26 May, 2020

The rabbi, the virus and the ‘lucky’ charms

Column for Jewish News April 24 2020 Like most Jewish News readers, I suspect, there is almost no limit to my admiration for Israeli ingenuity and “can-do-ism”. Apart from the many Israeli scientists currently engaged in a global race to find a vaccine against coronavirus, there is the ingenious development reported last week of new […]

  • 21 April, 2020

Time to get back under your rock

Column JN issue April 8 2020 Hallo, and welcome to the land of unrealistic expectations. We have arrived here in the wake of the election of Sir Keir Starmer, former Director of Public Prosecutions, as new leader of the Labour Party. Sir Keir made a welcome start with a heartfelt speech in which he paid […]

  • 20 April, 2020

What to wear for Going Out while Staying In

Column JN issue March 27 2020 by Jenni Frazer I don’t know about you, but I take my smiles where I can get them these days, and I think you might agree that laughter is a bit thin on the ground at the moment. So hooray, then, for the always reliable French who gave me […]

  • 1 April, 2020

We need these lawsuits like a loch in kopp

Column for Jewish News Feb 28 2020 It seems, these days, that we are in a period of entitlement: that everyone who can sue will sue, making much work for lawyers but simply aggravating everyone else. In Israel, in recent weeks, there have been several examples, from the woman who sued Israel Railways because she […]

  • 25 February, 2020

Making sense of the Holocaust — but not the Michael White way

Column JN Jan 2020 by Jenni Frazer It happens that my warmest coat is a bright red. Belatedly, I discovered it was not a colour to wear at Auschwitz, particularly not on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of that most notorious of death camps. Sombre black was the order of the day for most […]

  • 29 January, 2020

What’s a little rape between friends? Just bants

Column for Jewish News January 6 2020 It’s a hop and a skip from Tel Aviv to Larnaca, Cyprus, and then a bus ride to Ayia Napa, the holiday resort of choice for teenagers from all over Europe. For a scarcely noticeable 40 euros a night, it’s possible to check in to the cheapest, crummiest […]

  • 6 January, 2020