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Mar 1, 2021, 3:14 PM
Absence of Jews on mayor’s commission is a monumental oversight
Last month, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced the appointment of the first members of his “Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm.” “Fifteen panellists [the Mayor’s 6 February communiqué revealed] have been selected to form the Commission and work to improve diversity in...
Jan 22, 2021, 3:25 PM
Back from the brink or brinkmanship by Campaign Against Antisemitism?
The Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) was established in 2014. Its foundation grew out of extreme frustration with some of the policies vis-à-vis anti-Jewish prejudice then being pursued by what one might term the Anglo-Jewish Establishment (AJE) – pre-eminently but not only the Board of Deputies....
Jan 11, 2021, 1:19 PM
Imposing IHRA definition risks increasing anti-Jewish sentiment
On 20 January the Academic Board of University College London [UCL] will debate the report of its “Working Group on Racism and Prejudice.” The bulk of this report addresses the “working definition” of antisemitism adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance [IHRA] in 2016, and...
Oct 9, 2020, 12:12 PM
The IHRA definition: Good, but only in parts
A movement is afoot to compel every university in the United Kingdom to endorse the definition of antisemitism adopted on 26 May 2016 by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. This definition, which received the imprimatur of the UK government the following 12 December, declares that:...
Oct 5, 2020, 3:25 PM
Lady Swire and the ‘Jewish lobby’
On 24 September the journalist Sasha Swire, wife of the former Tory MP Sir Hugo Swire, published Diary of an MP’s Wife: Inside and Outside Power, a racy, gossipy, at times titillating but also entertaining account covering the two decades (2001-19) during which her husband...
Sep 29, 2020, 12:22 PM
For Tory Zionists, a moment of unpleasant truth
On Thursday 24 September 2020 a debate took place in the House of Commons on a motion proposed by Labour MP Stephen Kinnock, asking the House to consider the “settlement and annexation of the Occupied Palestinian territories.” Mr Kinnock did not beat about the bush....
Sep 21, 2020, 1:50 PM
What ‘Left Out’ has left out
In their recently published and much acclaimed exposé Left Out: The Inside Story of Labour Under Corbyn, journalists Gabriel Pogrund and Patrick Maguire tell a gripping but at the same time very sad yarn. Elected as the Labour MP for Islington North in 1983, the...
Sep 2, 2020, 7:25 PM
The real meaning of El Al flight 971
On 31 August the world witnessed the first commercial flight between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The importance of this journey can hardly be overestimated. The UAE and Israel have never been at war. But as a member of the Arab League the UAE...
Jul 24, 2020, 1:58 PM
The Deputies rediscover the Charedi world
On Tuesday 21 June the inelegantly-titled “Minister for Welfare Delivery,” Will Quince MP, was graciously pleased to receive [virtually!] a high-powered delegation from the UK’s Charedi world. The mission included no less than four representatives from the Jewish Community Council of Gateshead and two from...
Jun 19, 2020, 3:54 PM
Something’s the matter with Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter (BLM) appeared first in the USA in 2013, following the Florida killing the previous year of teenager Trayvon Martin. BLM activists contended that Martin’s killing was an act of murder. The jury thought otherwise and acquitted his killer, George Zimmerman, whose plea of...
Professor Geoffrey Alderman is an academic, author and journalist