Put it up in lights

Column JN August 28 2020 There’s a joke in Israel — admittedly not a very good one, but you take what you can get these days — that the best job in the country is held by the person who changes the lightbulbs in the front of Tel Aviv City Hall. And my, hasn’t this […]

  • 24 August, 2020

As the crow flies…

Column for Jewish News August 14 2020 If you happen to have a spare crow handy, do take it into your garden and have a word with it. Not for nothing is a group of the black birds known as “a murder of crows”. For yes, it’s protest week in the Jewish Corral (when is […]

  • 11 August, 2020

Mark Lewis takes no prisoners

Column for JN July 2020 Three years ago I interviewed the lawyer Mark Lewis, fresh from securing a libel victory for the food blogger Jack Monroe against the controversial, and contrarian, Katie Hopkins. Hopkins had erroneously claimed on social media that Monroe had supported the daubing of a war memorial. A furious Monroe, from a […]

  • 31 July, 2020

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