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Sep 22, 2016, 4:15 PM
Zionist Federation v. Reverend of the Hinde Street Methodist Church
Charney (as a representative of all members of the Zionist Federation of Great Britain) v Reverend of the Hinde Street Methodist Church GWLR 1 Tension abounded today as judgment was handed down in this controversial case, presided over by...
Aug 2, 2016, 10:01 PM
Wearing the Palestinian flag – what’s it to you?
According to the Daily Express, viewers were “left shocked” as former EastEnders actor John Altman appeared on Loose Women wearing a Palestinian flag lapel badge. Shocked. Astonished. Scandalised. Horrified. Unable to believe their eyes. Who would have thought it? What...
Jun 9, 2016, 12:29 PM
Breaking news: Person says controversial thing at public speaking competition
In Jerusalem, right now, military chiefs are gathering in a bunker. Prime Minister Netanyahu is linked in by video. Sweating, shaking with fear, he calls the meeting to order. “Gentlemen. We are gathered here to discuss a new and serious...
May 23, 2016, 10:45 AM
Breaking Breaking the Silence’s silence
Anonymity is actually a big theme in the Jewish tradition, although (perhaps ironically, perhaps appropriately) it is seldom given the recognition it deserves. Maimonides championed the virtues of giving to charity anonymously. In all the writings of the Vilna Gaon,...
Feb 26, 2016, 1:35 PM
Checkpoint your privilege: The latest Jewish Human Rights Watch battle against reality
The latest episode in the quest by Jewish Human Rights Watch to coerce the British state into banning all forms of expression it dislikes, is threatened legal action against Cambridge University for allowing Israel Apartheid Week campaigners to erect a...
Feb 22, 2016, 10:21 AM
#BDSfailfail: the paranoid schadenfreude of the keyboard warrior
The only thing more pathetic than taking systematic joy in others’ failures is taking systematic joy in others’ inevitable and inconsequential failures. This makes popular hashtag #BDSfail the pinnacle of pathetic. It was originally used to facilitate slightly smug, but ultimately...
Feb 15, 2016, 1:38 PM
Leicester, lawfare and BDS: what would Mr Pickwick say?
In The Pickwick Papers, Mr Pickwick accidentally becomes engaged to his landlady. When he realises the mix-up, he makes clear to Mrs Bardell that he will not be marrying her. She responds, in true Victorian comic fashion, by suing...
Feb 11, 2016, 11:47 AM
The Corbyn is not for bashing
“Since our last meeting,” Jonathan Arkush told the Executive Committee of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, “I’ve met with President Putin, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. What order shall I tell you in?” “Economic...
Jan 28, 2016, 12:42 PM
Why would anyone pretend to oppose BDS?
I fairly frequently get accused of supporting (even ‘loving’) BDS. I am, apparently, an ardent devotee of the boycott, divestment and sanction movement which is so severely detrimental to the peace process. When these accusations arise, I typically point to...
Jan 14, 2016, 5:46 PM
An open, democratic society is willing to bear offence
In 2002, the IDF carried out Operation Defensive Wall. Aware that suicide bombings were being planned in the Jenin refugee camp, Isreali forces stormed it in one of the most hellish episodes in Israeli military history. Palestinian terrorists hid...
Gabriel is freelance journalist and Jewish communal professional. He is also an elected member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. He writes in a personal capacity.