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Oct 30, 2018, 12:10 PM
Uncanny parallels and a murder in Istanbul
On 29 December, 1170, four royal courtiers waylaid Archbishop Thomas à Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. As it happens, I have a personal interest in the story: it was my own dear son-in-law’s putative ancestor (and namesake) who delivered the crushing mortal blow. Of course King...
Sep 28, 2018, 12:54 PM
Random presumptions of Israel’s villainy are bizarre
In a recent Jewish News piece, I suggested that Israel bears no moral obligation to fix the consequences of the Palestinian leadership’s aggressive folly of 1948 when they persuaded five Arab countries to reverse United Nations (UN) resolution 141 by force of arms. If there is no...
Sep 13, 2018, 4:00 PM
Is Israel morally obliged to fix Palestinian folly?
In his interview in this newspaper last week, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell conceded it was “of course” antisemitic “to oppose a Jewish state”, a phrase that he doubtless intended should stand as shorthand for “oppose the right of the Jewish people to a state of...
May 10, 2018, 2:49 PM
Ken’s Zionist remarks were correct, in context
Instead of advisedly keeping his own counsel, I fear Ken Livingstone did himself few favours in telling LBC last week that the anti-Semitism row in the Labour Party was a “complete diversion”. Whether it warrants his ultimate expulsion from the party between now and July will be...
Apr 5, 2018, 4:15 PM
The Netanyahu case and a tale of two newspapers
Although there is clearly not space here for a detailed critique of the various allegations of bribery in office made against Benjamin Netanyahu, it is worth examining Case 2000, one of the two which the police have referred to Attorney-General Mendelblit for indictment. This is...
Mar 5, 2018, 11:19 AM
Enough already with demonising Ken!
To recap: In an interview by Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio London two years ago Ken Livingstone was asked about Labour MP Nas Shah’s re-tweets of anti-Israel sentiments at the time of Israel’s 2014 action in Gaza. These, notably, included the graphic from Norman Finkelstein’s...
Feb 21, 2018, 2:46 PM
A smoking gun? What are Bibi’s accusers smoking?
Is the writing on the wall for Benjamin Netanyahu, now that Israel’s police have recommended his indictment? Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit may be in an awkward spot, but actually his task may not be all that problematical. Bibi should chill. “Case 1000” concerns gifts from the...
Dec 15, 2017, 11:32 AM
All claims withdrawn, yet Lord Janner injustice continues
With the resignations last year of New Zealand judge Dame Lowell Goddard, chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, and of Ben Emmerson QC, lead counsel to the inquiry, it might have been hoped that their replacements would at last bring some fresh,...
Apr 5, 2017, 8:47 AM
Suspending Ken Livingstone was a mistake
With the wave of impassioned criticism of Labour’s National Constitutional Committee for not expelling Ken Livingstone outright instead of “merely” extending his suspension of membership for a further year it may be time for calm and reflection. The Talmud enjoins that a unanimous judgment of...
Aug 8, 2016, 6:53 PM
Lord Janner’s reputation may be sullied by lack of due process
The decision, finally, by the children of the late Lord Janner to take legal action to stop the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse from probing the diverse allegations against him is eminently proper and makes perfect sense. But last week’s sudden resignation of inquiry...
David Wolchover is a Barrister and author of Culprits of Lockerbie