OPINION: Israel’s the best and worst thing to happen to the Jews
The oldest hatred, this time cloaked as legitimate concern for Gaza, has once again cast its ominous shadow across Europe. From Berlin, Paris and Rome to Amsterdam, Ankara and Istanbul, protests are turning into pogroms. In France, home to Europe’s largest Jewish community, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has warned of a “new anti-Semitism” taking hold.… Continue reading
OPINION: Moral illiteracy: Jew-hatred camouflaged as concern
Plain old Jew-hatred dressed up as concern for Palestinians raised its hideously familiar head across the world this week. From Berlin, Paris and Rome to Amsterdam, Ankara and Istanbul, protests turned to pogroms and shuls were attacked. A German imam urged his congregation to murder Jews. Malicious mood music was also heard loud and clear on… Continue reading
OPINION: The truth about my ‘attempt to entrap Muslims’
This week I was called a “slimy Jew”, a “rabid Zionist” and “filthy racist scum”. It all started on Saturday night when sinister tweets began appearing on my timeline, claiming I’d been “tripped up”, had “got my comeuppance” and been a “naughty boy”. Next came a barrage of links to a message board on Muslim website… Continue reading
OPINION: Sometimes the best way to avoid war is to talk war
Hope turned to heartbreak on Monday as the bodies of kidnapped Israeli teenagers Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel were found beneath a pile of rocks outside Hebron. Now comes the agonising question: what next? As every Israeli parent holds their children a little closer tonight and asks: who next? Thoughts and prayers are with the boys’ families and a grief-stricken… Continue reading
OPINION: Why does Israel ignore the Jewish media?
Despite star turns from Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres, the loudest spontaneous applause at last week’s Jewish Media Summit in Jerusalem was bestowed on a panelist who accused Israel of ignoring the Jewish media. You could almost hear the organisers groan. The dissenting voice was that of fellow British delegate Jenni Frazer, who noted with irritation… Continue reading
Newspaper editor and publisher with 30-years’ experience at national and local titles in the UK and USA including the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and Jewish Advocate. Editor of Jewish News (Free Weekly Newspaper of the Year 2021/22) since 2009. Columnist for The Times, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, Independent and others.