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Jews being persecuted; Rochester Chronicle, 13th century Britain Europe 

In Britain and Europe, antisemitism’s ugly history repeats itself

Violent Islamist attacks on Jews in mainland Europe are causing acute concern. But fanatical religious belief which creates the impulse to murder Jews in the service of God, however appalling and terrifying, is not hard to grasp. What is even more unsettling is that people from the European mainstream, who have gone to great lengths to show they have learned the lessons of the Holocaust, or who display affection for the State of Israel, or who are obsessed with anti-racism and human rights – that such people are now coming…

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Justice Britain 

Justice in the dock

The justice system is in deep trouble. Two developments suggest at least the beginnings of an attempt to rescue it. First, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, is to stand down at the end of her term of office. This has been marked by a series of controversies and disasters at the Crown Prosecution Service. The second welcome development is the level-headed approach being taken by the Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick. She will abandon the Met’s policy of automatically believing people who claim they are victims of crime,…

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Antisemitism demo London; giddy Britain 

Giddy at their boldness – but Corbyn didn’t cause Labour antisemitism. He’s its product

Giddy from having put its collective head above the parapet for the first time ever, Britain’s Jewish community leadership is telling itself that it has managed to change the political weather. Earlier this week, the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council published a blistering attack on Labour’s leader Jeremy Corbyn for facilitating antisemitism in his party. A demonstration they called outside Parliament, which brought around 2,000 mainly Jewish people onto the streets, produced the extraordinary sight of dozens of Labour MPs turning up to express solidarity against their…

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Antisemitism demo London; giddy Britain 

Open and shut case

An open letter backed by more than 2,000 supporters of Jeremy Corbyn has claimed that the Jewish community’s protest against antisemitism in the Labour Party was the work of a “very powerful special interest group”, the Independent reports. Some 2000 people turned up at Monday’s demonstration. There are around 65 million people in the UK. The Jewish community numbers about 270,000. There are an estimated 2.8 million British Muslims. The letter says the organisers of the demonstration had mobilised its “immense strength” to “employ the full might of the BBC” in order…

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Antisemitism demo London; giddy Britain 

Mouse roars. Look what happened

The Jewish mouse finally roared – and just look what happened. For the first time in its history the congenitally nervous Board of Deputies of British Jews, along with the Jewish Leadership Council, publicly denounced the leader of a mainstream political party over his support for antisemitism. They published a blistering letter yesterday denouncing the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for facilitating antisemitism in his party. Then they organised a demonstration outside Parliament. This was supported by dozens of Labour MPs along with other parliamentarians. These joined the Jewish community in…

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HepHep riots, Frankfurt, 1819; from contemporary engraving by Johann Michael Voltz; antisemitism Britain 

The Corbyn uproar

I shall be writing about the uproar that has exploded over Jeremy Corbyn and UK antisemitism in this Friday’s Jerusalem Post. In the meantime, you might like to know that I will be setting all this in a broader context next month when I am due to deliver the Simon Wiesenthal lecture in London. My title is Time to Leave? Jews in Britain and Europe. Details on the flier below.

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guardian-angel-blog-pic Britain 

Guardian Angel

My personal and political memoir Guardian Angel was published a few weeks ago. To whet your appetite, here’s an extract. When I started writing about the baleful effects of family breakdown, I was accosted angrily by someone I had previously thought of as a friend. “How can you possibly say that family breakdown hurts children?” he spat out at me. “The worst damage to a child is always done by the traditional nuclear family!” I could only gaze at him, defeated by the sheer impossibility of conveying the stupendous shallowness…

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massacre_of_jews_woodcut_1493 Britain 

Left wingers can’t see their cesspool of antisemitism

For the left, bashing Israel and supporting the Palestinians is a noble cause. So there’s no reason to suspect that anyone associated with it will be anything other than decent. This is to ignore the symbiotic connection between Israel-bashing and antisemitism. No, that does not mean criticism of Israel is antisemitic. It is as legitimate as criticism of any other country. The way in which Israel is treated, however, is totally unlike the treatment of any other country. We’re talking here about demonisation: a unique campaign based entirely on malicious…

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HepHep riots, Frankfurt, 1819; from contemporary engraving by Johann Michael Voltz; antisemitism Britain 

The sewer of left-wing antisemitism

There was only one thing worse than the remarkable revelation of institutionalised antisemitism on the left revealed by David Collier on his website last week. It was the reaction. Collier is an indefatigable blogger who spends much of his life immersed in the cesspools of anti-Jewish and Israel-bashing bigotry in British institutions. His aim is to bring the epidemic of open antisemitism to the attention of the wider public. He is positively heroic in subjecting himself to the traumatic effects of wading through all this filth. But last week he…

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katharine-birbalsingh Britain 

One school that won’t settle for second best

At Michaela, which hasn’t been going long enough for pupils to get to GCSE, the children read classic literature including Shakespeare, Homer and Sophocles. I saw a class being taught to analyse Bach’s musical notation. Chronological and cumulative knowledge of history and literature, along with daily quizzes and other regular tests, ensures pupils know, understand and remember. Birbalsingh also grasps that for education to happen something else needs to be in place. When the bell goes, the whole school files between classes in total silence, or chanting in unison Kipling’s…

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