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

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

Jewish Tories and a LibDem

For the Times of Israel posted June 7 2017 LONDON — The Jewish vote was so important to Conservative politician Zac Goldsmith during his unsuccessful run for mayor of London last year that the candidate launched his campaign at London’s Jewish Community Centre, JW3. Goldsmith, who is not halachically Jewish, has nonetheless suffered antisemitism due […]

  • 7 June, 2017

Labour candidates

For the Times of Israel posted June 5 2017 LONDON — After two leaders of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) decided to toss their hats into the ring to square off against two pro-Israel Conservative MPs in Britain’s June 8 general election, it looks like all bets are off. Chairman and vice-chairman of the JLM […]

  • 6 June, 2017

Lithuanian Shoah ‘whitewash’ claim

For the JC posted March 30 2017 The Lithuanian parliamentary ombudsman, Augustinas Normantas, has refused to open an investigation into a complaint that his country’s Genocide and Resistance Centre presents a revisionist version of wartime history. Instead, the ombudsman said that the centre itself must address the issue first, and “if its answer is disputed, […]

  • 30 March, 2017

Tory peeress says volunteers Britons who fight for Israel should be prosecuted

For the Times of Israel posted March 30 2017 LONDON — A once-prominent British politician has come under fire from Jewish and Conservative leaders for likening British citizens in the Israel Defence Forces to Muslims who join paramilitary and terrorist groups. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, who resigned from the government in 2014 after calling its policy […]

  • 30 March, 2017

Ya’alon comes out fighting

For the Jewish Chronicle March 21 2017 Moshe Ya’alon, Israel’s former defence minister is, as befits a former chief of staff, on the warpath. His target, however, is not the Arabs or the Palestinians. Instead, Mr Ya’alon, who curtly terminated his membership of Likud two weeks ago, has the prime minister and the present government […]

  • 21 March, 2017

ADL director calls for full Justice Department investigation

Jonathan Greenblatt for JN by Jenni Frazer March 7 2017 The director of the New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Jonathan Greenblatt, has called for “a fully resourced investigation by the Department of Justice” into the wave of hate crimes currently directed against the American Jewish community. These have included numerous hoax bomb threats against Jewish […]

  • 13 March, 2017

British Jewish couple making legal history

For the Times of Israel posted March 7 2017 LONDON — Seven years ago, Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld met at a lecture at the London School of Economics. “Actually, it was about Gaza,” they smile. Today, the two are making English legal history as they seek to change the law on civil partnership. They […]

  • 7 March, 2017

Antisemitism is in the air we breathe

Andrew Hussey for JC by Jenni Frazer Feb 2017 A leading British academic based in France says the subject of antisemitism has become almost “taboo” and that its various strands — from right and left — are coalescing to form a toxic threat to Jews in the country. Professor Andrew Hussey, director of the Centre […]

  • 16 February, 2017