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Sep 9, 2018, 1:30 AM
Should we – shouldn’t we?
For some time now, the UK Jewish community has been calling for the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition to apologise for his past failings, so that there can be a meaningful dialogue with him. There have been additional calls...
May 24, 2018, 5:39 PM
The generation gap
If you have no memory of the palpable risk of Israel's destruction, you might just say kaddish for terrorists
Mar 7, 2018, 4:53 AM
If they lift the carpet for chametz, will they find anything else?
We write this blog as two lawyers, Brian is a barrister and I am a solicitor. We are also deputies representing our own organisations at the Board of Deputies of British Jews. Here in the UK there has been, for...
Nov 12, 2017, 4:49 PM
So how was your trip to Poland?
For some time now, there have been regular trips to the remains of the Concentration Camps in Europe made by Jews from all over the world. My friend Wendi Cooper, from North Manchester in the UK recently went and...
Oct 16, 2017, 11:33 AM
What is to be done?
For some time the British Labour Party has been described as having a problem with the Jews. Following the latest conference in Brighton it is now clear that the Jews have a problem with the Labour Party. At a time...
Jul 22, 2017, 10:07 AM
Excluding the Jews
When I was growing up, I remember meeting people who had left Europe before the second world war and asking them when it was they realised they had to leave. The answers I was given varied depending on the...
Jul 25, 2016, 7:32 AM
So this is what anti-Semitism feels like…
It is so much easier to observe and understand history, than it is to understand that it is happening again, and to oneself. I am not sure when I first became aware of feeling I was more vulnerable because I...
May 27, 2016, 6:28 AM
The left wing fight against anti-Semitism needs to be colour blind
Since the beginning of 2016, in the UK there have been a number of Labour politicians holding office either as a local councillor or MP who have been suspended for anti-Semitic conduct. On the face of it the Labour Party...
Apr 26, 2016, 9:28 PM
The New Pharaohs
Now is the festival of Passover, which details the escape of the Jews from the land of Egypt. It is traditional for many to sit around the meal table and talk about Moses, the plagues and how we as...
Jan 14, 2016, 11:47 PM
The Two State Solution and False Messiahs
“I believe in the two state solution”. This is the mantra chanted by those claiming to be seeking a way out of the current impasse which is the Israeli Palestinian conflict. It is the entry requirement to many debates...
Robert Festenstein is a solicitor based in Manchester with considerable experience in Court actions. He is active in representing groups opposing BDS and fighting the increase in anti-Semitism, particularly amongst the left-wing in the UK.