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Nov 14, 2017, 6:51 PM
Germany’s Jews grapple with divisions against backdrop of political uncertainties
When I was invited to participate in a programme by the German Embassy in London entitled ‘Jewish life in Germany’, I had a fairly good idea of what to expect. Germany isn’t the only country to run such programmes which combine visits to museums and...
Nov 17, 2016, 7:06 PM
Ensuring the Jewish voice is never silent
It is easy to despair at international organisations such as the United Nations when they are used so brazenly as arenas in which to relentlessly attack and bully the State of Israel. The barrage of anti-Israel resolutions – which once caused a French translator to...
Jul 21, 2016, 1:44 PM
Turkish calls for death penalty puts pressure on relations with West
Last Friday was a sleepless night. I was in Bodrum with my Turkish partner. We’d arrived the day before from Antalya, where my mother lives. ISIS’ attack on Istanbul’s airport was fresh in people’s minds, but it felt like business as usual for Turkish politics....
May 20, 2016, 11:57 AM
Azerbaijan – Little known bastion of interfaith tolerance
Azerbaijan doesn’t always have the best name recognition – indeed it was subject of a sketch at the Eurovision Song Contest where Swedish comedian Sarah Dawn Finer (AKA Lynda Woodruff) repeatedly mispronounced the name of the country. Recent and upcoming events such as the Europe...
May 20, 2014, 4:44 PM
Liberal Judaism and the Third Way
Are you religious? A question asked so often of me by non-Jews that I’ve had to come up with some creative answers. “In my own way”, “quite religious”, “yes but not as you might expect.” But it’s even more complicated with fellow Jews. “You’re progressive...
Mar 31, 2014, 6:33 PM
Erdogan has won yet another election, but he’s losing the culture war
Millions of secular Turks were forced to swallow a bitter pill on Sunday when the results of the local election became clear. Erdogan’s AKP — besieged by corruption allegations and a nasty power struggle with Gulenists — emerged triumphant once again, holding on to Istanbul...
Feb 18, 2014, 9:41 AM
The peace process and the Apartheid smear: We need to be armed with the facts
The characterisation of Israel as an apartheid regime under which Palestinians live in a sort of Bantustan and minorities within the state itself are subject to systematic discrimination is not just a distortion of reality. By creating a toxic international environment, it is a threat...
Jan 26, 2014, 2:03 PM
It’s time for Turkish Jews to stand up and be counted
The word ‘azınlık’ in Turkish, meaning ‘minority’, comes with a lot of baggage. Turkey’s non-Muslim minorities are seen as an anachronism of the Ottoman Empire, the lucky few who got to stay in the upheaval which has led to a population of rather less variety...
Dec 29, 2013, 6:54 PM
Isn’t it difficult to be gay and Jewish?
Please introduce yourselves and tell us which gender pronoun you prefer to be known by. This was the first task for participants at an inclusivity training seminar run by Keshet, an organisation which works towards greater inclusion of LGBT individuals across the UK Jewish community....
International Affairs for the Board of Deputies of British Jews. Fluent Turkish speaker and LGBT rights advocate.