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Sep 20, 2016, 3:08 PM
What have Methodists done for Jewish-Christian relations?
The relationship between the Methodist Church and the Jewish community in Britain has experienced its highs and lows in recent years. Conversations between Jewish and Methodist leaders have often been overshadowed by the fallout from Methodist conference reports and resolutions in support of BDS. Most...
Sep 20, 2016, 12:21 PM
Is Jeremy Corbyn an anti-Semite?
Discussions of antisemitism in the Labour Party inevitably include the assertion that Jeremy Corbyn himself is NOT an anti-Semite. Take this by Jonathan Freedland for example: Which brings us to Jeremy Corbyn. No one accuses him of being an antisemite. This is despite Mr Corbyn’s associations...
Sep 19, 2016, 6:45 PM
Israel’s a magnet for lots of superstitious rhubarb
From time to time, I get notifications on social media as to who has decided to follow me. This week, I was amused to discover a person from what I can only describe as the Corps of Kabbaloonies had opted to follow my various musings....
Sep 19, 2016, 5:25 PM
What have Methodists got against the Jews?
This week, Hinde Street Methodist Church is installing a replica of an Israeli checkpoint in their church. It is a move that singles out Israel and attempts to call into the question the legitimate means used by democracies to defend their peoples from terrorists. As...
Sep 19, 2016, 2:21 PM
Suicide Terrorism: Rational or Irrational
A suicide attack is an operational method in which the perpetrator knows it costs his or her life. This characteristic distinguishes the suicide attack from any other acts of terrorism. It places this action in the psychological realm and requires the suicide bomber to create...
Sep 16, 2016, 11:49 AM
Peace efforts are in dire need of female voices
After Tory MP Karl McCartney’s spectacularly misguided rant last week about the ‘shrill equal pay brigade,’ and in the same week that police considered making misogyny a hate crime, attitudes to gender have again, rightly, hit the spotlight. As well as incorrectly interpreting the statistics,...
Sep 16, 2016, 11:44 AM
We are not at liberty to abstain from the Jungle
UNTIL A fortnight ago, I resisted many invitations to visit the ‘Jungle’ in Calais, primarily because I was not sure of what use I could be other than to observe in a voyeuristic sense. But a combination of anger, and the possibility of doing something...
Sep 14, 2016, 3:58 PM
Reflecting on the prime minister’s plan for education
I had the pleasure of being invited to hear the Prime Minister’s address on Friday. It was significant that she had chosen education as her first major speech in the UK, and her vision for the future sounded impressive. There were four key strategies for...
Daniel J Levy
Sep 14, 2016, 12:00 AM
Book review: The Automobile Club of Egypt
The Automobile Club of Egypt is Alaa al-Aswany’s latest book, and matches – if not bests – his earlier Yacoubian Building. Set in post-Second World War Cairo, it offers a portrait of the tensions between Egypt’s Turkish elite, European upper class, and native Egyptian working...
Sep 13, 2016, 3:04 PM
How Brexit can help move Europe away from right-wing dogma
American Nobel prizewinning economist Professor Joseph Stiglitz is one of the great advocates of a progressive approach to global issues. As a former chief economic adviser in President Bill Clinton’s White House, an adviser to Hillary and an ex- World Bank chief economist, one might...