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David S. Harris
Jan 3, 2017, 1:07 PM
Call out Theresa May’s rebuke of Kerry’s speech for what it is
The British government’s criticism of the US Secretary of State’s Middle East speech was not a show of support for Israel. It was a fairly straightforward strategic calculation by Downing Street about how to gear up for a new foreign policy approach when Donald Trump...
Jan 2, 2017, 3:04 PM
The wisdom of the Kiwi foreign minister
New Zealand was one of the four countries which sponsored the biased and unhelpful Resolution 2334 at the UN Security Council last week. The main proponent of the Kiwi initiative was Murray McCully, the Foreign Minister. Thanks to the excellent online publication Shalom.Kiwi we can...
Jan 1, 2017, 10:57 PM
Obama and Israel
W.C. Fields famously said “Never Work with Animals or Children”. Around the time I left University when Victoria Beckham was a singer and rather than a fashion icon and matriarch and Blair was lauded and respected rather than…. you get the picture, I decided that...
Jan 1, 2017, 8:09 AM
The Year 2016 and my successful Journey towards Israel
It was the month of January 2016 when I decided to speak up in public through my writing about what I gained throughout the past two years’ research on the Israel and Palestine conflict. My first article was published through the Jerusalem Post newspaper in...
Dec 29, 2016, 7:29 PM
Time to go, Professor
Professor David Feldman is the Director of the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism in London – the only such academic institute in the UK. You would think that such an augustly and precisely named body would be part of the solution to the...
Dec 29, 2016, 5:03 PM
Hopeful & surprising week at Limmud
Before I even get to Birmingham and Limmud, I see a Facebook post from a friend: “Something has happened to Limmud. There are more Conservatives here every year.” Knowing him, that statement is one of outrage rather than contentment. Without knowing his personal experience, I...
Dec 29, 2016, 3:02 PM
The medics who make 2016 worth remembering after all
It doesn’t matter what part of the political spectrum you favour: pretty much everyone is agreed 2016 has been an extraordinary year which few of us are ready to have repeated in a hurry. Besides the wide-scale lunacy which has overtaken many parts of the...
Dec 29, 2016, 2:57 PM
We no longer have the right to preach our ways
Friday-night kiddush in shul makes me feel like crying. Perhaps you know this quaint little ritual. The rabbi, or cantor, or someone important, pours a full chalice of grape juice at the end of the Kabbalat Shabbat service, turns to the congregation and intones the...
Dec 29, 2016, 2:50 PM
A part we can all play in creating a better world
In 1960, as campaigning began for a general election in Israel, the Mapai Party printed a series of full-page advertisements, using quotes from an interview with Ha’aretz by Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik zt’l, urging voters to abandon Mizrachi and to vote for it instead. The...
Dec 29, 2016, 1:23 PM
2016 saw hate go mainstream, in 2017 we must unite
As we head into the New Year, you won’t be reading many articles this week looking back at 2016 with anything but shock, sadness and a little rage. Leaving aside all the incredible and talented people we have lost in the last 12 months, 2016...