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Rudin to face trial at last

Moot court for the JC July 16 2018 Ernst Rudin could be said to be the father of Nazi ideology. The German-based psychiatrist and neurologist was a proponent of “eugenics”, or racial “hygiene”. But despite Rudin’s advocacy of racial purity — support which led to the murder of thousands of so-called “genetic defectives”, and thereafter […]

  • 16 July, 2018

CPS drops prosecution of Al-Quds convenor

Nazim Ali case for JN July 2018 by Jenni Frazer The Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) is taking legal advice after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPA) controversially dropped a prosecution — due to begin next week — against the convenor of last year’s Al-Quds march in central London, Nazim Ali. Mr Ali, who is a director […]

  • 5 July, 2018

Atzmon apologises

For the Jewish News July 2 2018 The Israeli-born jazz musician, Gilad Atzmon, was obliged to make a humiliating apology in the High Court on Monday after having libelled the chairman of the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), Gideon Falter. But Atzmon, whose costs and damages are understood to have run into tens of thousands of […]

  • 2 July, 2018

Oh, that Samuel Pepys…

For the Jewish Chronicle published June 27 2018 A leading Sephardi rabbi has made an extraordinary apology for a comment he made about the 17th century diarist, Samuel Pepys. Rabbi Joseph Dweck, senior rabbi of the S&P community in Britain, had picked up on an entry in Pepys’ diaries. Pepys is, says Rabbi Dweck, “well […]

  • 27 June, 2018

Roseanne, who we wish were not Jewish

Roseanne for the JC by Jenni Frazer May 30 2018 The nicest thing, perhaps, that one could say about the writer and comedienne Roseanne Barr, is that she has a conflicted relationship with Judaism and Israel. She sprang to fame for being white trash and proud of it. Her TV sitcom, Roseanne, which she wrote […]

  • 30 May, 2018

Gilad Atzmon to face libel action

For the Jewish News posted May 22 2018 A libel case brought by the chairman of the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), Gideon Falter, against the Israeli-born jazz musician Gilad Atzmon, will now go ahead after a High Court judge ruled against Mr Atzmon in much of his defence argument. Mr Atzmon, who describes himself as […]

  • 23 May, 2018

And the women sweep the Board

For the Jewish News May 13 2018 The top table of the Board of Deputies has been transformed as women candidates triumphed in the elections on Sunday. Marie van der Zyl, an employment lawyer, beat three other contenders to become only the second woman president in the Board’s 250-year history; and Sheila Gewolb has become […]

  • 14 May, 2018

On the road with the United Synagogue

For the JC published May 14 2018 Israel’s president has pledged the country’s solidarity with the UK Jewish community in the wake of attacks from the left and right of the political spectrum. In a warm and sympathetic address, Mr Rivlin spoke to 160 members of the United Synagogue (US) who were in Israel on […]

  • 14 May, 2018

Board rings changes

For Jewish News May 13 2018 The top table of the Board of Deputies has been transformed as women candidates triumphed in the elections on Sunday. Marie van der Zyl, an employment lawyer, beat three other contenders to become only the second woman president in the Board’s 250-year history; and Sheila Gewolb has become senior […]

  • 13 May, 2018

“Instead of us, and not next to us”

Hilik Bar for the JC May 2018 from Jenni Frazer The Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, MK Hilik Bar, has accused British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of friendship “with those elements in the Middle East who want to live here instead of us [Israel], and not next to us”. Mr Bar, whose idea it was […]

  • 10 May, 2018