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How Rory Stewart will sail to City Hall on a smoked salmon bagel

Rory Stewart for JN Oct 2019 from Jenni Frazer Politician Rory Stewart is said to speak up to 11 languages, but until now Yiddish has not featured on the list. And yet Mr Stewart, one of 21 MPs thrown out of the Conservative Party over Brexit disagreements, and who has now declared his intention to […]

  • 7 October, 2019

In memory of… my mum and dad

Column JN Sep 6 2019 by Jenni Frazer Sometimes it seems as though we reach out to mark anniversaries when the present-day news is almost too much to handle. It’s safer, somehow, to look back: the outbreak of the First World War, the handing over of the Balfour Declaration, the Armistice… And now we are […]

  • 1 September, 2019

Brown says Labour owes Jewish community apology

Gordon Brown for Jewish News July 8 2019 Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for a radical overhaul of Britain’s methods of combatting racism, including the Labour Party agreeing a raft of tough new measures to tackle antisemitism. In a barnstorming speech given on Sunday at Hampstead Synagogue, the 17th annual Isaiah Berlin Lecture, […]

  • 8 July, 2019

Pepys’ Diary sparks new row, 400 years late

Dweck and Pepys by Jenni Frazer for the JC June 27 2018 A leading Sephardi rabbi has made an extraordinary social media apology for a comment he made about the 17th century diarist, Samuel Pepys. Rabbi Joseph Dweck, senior rabbi of the S & P community in London, had picked up on an entry in […]

  • 5 July, 2018

Encounter with a legend

Barak for JN May 29 2018 by Jenni Frazer Ehud Barak’s memoir has a what-it-says-on-the-tin title: “My Country, My Life, Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace”. Israel’s 10th prime minister, from 1999 to 2001, is still, at 76, the joint most highly decorated soldier in Israel’s history, and it is clear that the one-time kibbutznik […]

  • 29 May, 2018

When in Gaul, do as Asterix and Obelix do…

Asterix the Jewish Gaul for Times of Israel posted May 23 2018 Children all over the world are familiar with the comic creation, Asterix the Gaul, and his sidekick, Obelix. The pair, along with a raft of characters from Druids to Romans, rejoice in a series of adventures where Rome, uncharacteristically, is usually defeated. The […]

  • 24 May, 2018

Yippee, I made the Times diary

Times Diary May 15 2018 OSBORNE GETS HIS WISH George Osborne recently discovered that he is Jewish via his maternal grandmother, a Hungarian immigrant who never mentioned her roots. This has given the former chancellor great joy. A few years ago he told guests at a Jewish community event that he had had so many […]

  • 15 May, 2018

While we weren’t paying attention

Column for Jewish News October 31 2016 As we enter the dying days of the US presidential race it is instructive to look at an unexpected side- effect of the allegations of sexual misconduct committed by the Republican nominee, Donald Trump. It’s been a matter of record for years that Israeli society is riddled with […]

  • 11 October, 2017

Palexpo professor dissects the “Israel lobby”

For the Jewish News July 8 2017 The controversial South African sheikh who quoted a Joseph Goebbels speech referring to Jews as “fleas” said this week that he thought it was “fair” to say “that a people who had gone though oppression should not mete it out to others”. Sheikh Ebrahim Bham was a keynote […]

  • 10 July, 2017

Scottish Parliament antisemitism meeting tries to eject Jews

For the JC posted April 28 2017 A Jewish leader in Scotland has protested to the Scottish Parliament over an attempt to throw her and two colleagues out of a meeting where antisemitism was to be discussed. Micheline Brannan, the chair of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (Scojec), said she had written to the […]

  • 28 April, 2017