Politicians will say anything

Column for Jewish News September 24 2015 It is a truth universally acknowledged… that a politician in want of popular support is likely to say anything, anything, if he – and it is usually a “he” – thinks it has the slightest chance of being swallowed by a gullible electorate. And five minutes after the […]

  • 25 September, 2015

Pre-Rosh Hashanah blues

Column for Jewish News September 10 2015 It’s erev Rosh Hashanah and I should be full of “new year, new start” thoughts, of hope and optimism and warm cuddly somethings. Instead – as we all wait for the other shoe to drop in the seemingly endless farrago that has been the Labour leadership race – […]

  • 25 September, 2015

Tough questions for Corbyn

Column for Jewish News August 10 2015 A couple of weeks ago, I finally cracked and handed over my £3 to register as a Labour Party supporter in order to be able to vote in the forthcoming leadership elections. Those candidates who have written back to me have invited me to say why I signed […]

  • 25 September, 2015

Spies in the night

Column for Jewish News July 28 2015 “When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions”, wrote Shakespeare, a man with a classy knack for summing things up. I imagine that from his prison cell in Butner, North Carolina – incidentally, the same prison in which the deeply unlovable Bernard Madoff is incarcerated […]

  • 25 September, 2015

It’s all about facepalm

Column for Jewish News July 3 2015 by Jenni Frazer There are days when Israel does something so profoundly stupid that the only sensible response is to groan and cover one’s eyes. Facepalm, is the useful term. And facepalm was the instinctive reaction when the Foreign Ministry proudly unveiled – and fairly swiftly re-veiled – […]

  • 3 July, 2015

Asghar’s a “shoe-in”

Column for JN issue June 19 2015 by Jenni Frazer Of all items of clothing, shoes carry a certain potency, both within Judaism and Islam. Judaism has a somewhat arcane ceremony known as halitzah, in which a brother-in-law renounces his right to marry his deceased brother’s childless widow (I said it was arcane), and a […]

  • 18 June, 2015

Step up and speak out on July 4

Column for Jewish News June 5 2015 Almost too much news this week: Jeffrey Spector, FIFA, Tony Blair, George Galloway, the Chief Rabbi, a Charedi ban on women drivers and the looming neo-Nazi demonstration in Golders Green. At first glance, none of these stories has anything in common except their very notoriety in the public […]

  • 3 June, 2015

Conspiracy theories over Israel’s aid to Nepal

Column for Jewish News issue May 1 2015 by Jenni Frazer A friend of mine in Tel Aviv, much given to conspiracy theories, once told me that nothing ever happened over the weekend because Israeli newspapers didn’t publish on Shabbat. My friend was convinced that the government sat on news until life reached the sunlit […]

  • 5 May, 2015

Of stunts and bad behaviour

Jewish News issue March 13 2015 by Jenni Frazer Jonathan Kalmus, a reporter whom I much admire, decided to see what would happen if he followed in the footsteps of Zvika Klein, the Israeli journalist who was abused in Paris when he spent 10 hours walking around wearing his kippah in public. The stunt – […]

  • 16 March, 2015