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Jul 5, 2020, 1:21 PM
Why we need to speak about the Absentee Property Law
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about the Sumarins, an East Jerusalem family facing eviction under Israel’s 1950 Absentee Property Law. The resulting hostility took me by surprise: the comments were so abusive they had to be closed, and a blog supposedly responding...
Jun 15, 2020, 12:13 PM
The Board has mistaken silence for neutrality
The Board of Deputies’ statement of 22nd May statement explained that they would not take a position on Israel’s anticipated annexation of parts of the West Bank because they “do not in good faith support one view over the other”. However their rationale, that by...
May 24, 2020, 2:29 PM
The Jerusalem family at risk of losing their home – and how we can help
Last Friday, we celebrated Jerusalem Day, the anniversary of the day in 1967 when the Jewish people regained access to our holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem. This Friday, we celebrate Shavuot, and the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people. Hillel...
Jan 29, 2020, 12:41 PM
It’s time for our community to be anti-occupation
Supporting a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become a mainstream position in British Jewry; it is the position of the Board of Deputies, Union of Jewish Students, and many others. Yet as the idea gained traction in our community, it became an ever...
Mar 12, 2019, 5:06 PM
Jerusalem’s cable car: Moving in the wrong direction
Would you be willing to damage something you love to stop someone else from having it? Specifically, would you be willing to damage the beautiful and ancient landscape of Jerusalem to stop East Jerusalem becoming part of a future Palestinian state? The Israeli government’s answer,...
Aug 8, 2018, 4:05 PM
Heading to Israel? Be careful what you say.
Entering Israel as Diaspora Jews, we’re used to being asked “Do you have relatives in Israel?” or “What synagogue do you attend?”. We don’t expect to be detained for hours and asked “What do you think of Bibi Netanyahu?” or “Would you go to a...
Mar 29, 2018, 10:08 AM
For We Were Strangers
I watched, moved, as an elderly Jewish man, a Kindertransport refugee, briefly placed a comforting hand on the shoulder of a young Congolese woman, as she paused, in tears, as she described how she, too, had fled her home. We were at an event I...
Nov 10, 2017, 3:09 PM
Hebron, the death of Sarah, and the death of Wedad
Walking down an empty street, knowing you are closely watched by soldiers is surreal
Sep 26, 2017, 6:22 PM
Glimpses into daily life in the West Bank
After 10 years as a London divorce lawyer, I needed a break. Given how much time I spent thinking, reading and talking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I decided head to Jerusalem. I had spent time there before: a year in seminary at 18, and numerous holidays. This...
Jun 27, 2017, 10:58 AM
The strength and song of the Women of the Wall
After a lifetime of humdrum synagogue attendance, praying with the Women of the Wall was inspirational
Anna Roiser is a lawyer also studying part-time for an MA in Israeli Studies at SOAS.