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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...
Sep 12, 2016, 6:51 PM
Anti-Semitism and the UK Charedi Jewish Community
Anti-Semitism is highly under-reported in the Charedi Jewish community, an issue that has been acknowledged at government level, however no feasible solution has been put forward other than an ongoing plan which is already in place. But it’s obviously not working very well to tackle...
Sep 8, 2016, 4:17 PM
The magic of a rabbi’s blessing in Azerbaijan
Former Board of Deputies treasurer Laurence Brass recently returned from a visit as patron of Faith Matters to Azerbaijan, where he addressed an international conference on multi-culturalism. Azerbaijan is at the crossroads of western and eastern cultures. An anomaly in the Islamic world, it is...
Sep 6, 2016, 5:29 PM
British Jews know offensive bigotry when they see it
On the whole, and I hope you will agree, we are a pretty tolerant community in this country. We have more things in common than what divides us: we abhor anti-Semitism and are getting better at denouncing it from whatever source. We’re also relatively sophisticated...
Sep 3, 2016, 8:56 AM
New Holocaust on the Streets of London
Some people argue that anti-Semitism is not related to terrorism while in reality, there are many such incidents that are related to terrorism. We need to understand how anti-Semitism relates to the menace of terrorism? The word terrorism means to create fear and anxiety within...
Sep 2, 2016, 4:20 PM
A brave new world without experts
Jewish schools in London are failing us badly. This year’s results show on average that 86% of their students received a grade of between A* and C at GCSE. The national figure meanwhile had fallen from 2015 to 66.9%. What Jewish educators failed to realise...
Sep 1, 2016, 6:18 PM
Testament to the fact we can see eye to eye
I have just spent three weeks at the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches with 16 other young Christians, Jews and Muslims on an academic inter-religious studies course. After looking at the basics of each religious tradition, we explored how each faith relates...
Sep 1, 2016, 6:15 PM
Turn the negative burkini ban into an opportunity
THE BURKINI ban has dominated news not just in France but around the world. The ban, enforced by several French municipalities, has since been rightfully suspended by the High Court. France is known for having separated the religion from the state (the core concept of...
Aug 31, 2016, 2:38 PM
Make this propaganda coup for BDS the last
The longer the stalemate on Middle-East peace talks and the more entrenched Israel becomes in the disputed territories, the harder it becomes to loosen the grip of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. I understand the Netanyahu government is planning a direct diplomatic assault...