Category Archives: News and politics

Anniversary Musings

Thirty-nine years ago today, on July 29th 1974, I left England, land of my birth, and came home to Israel, land of my people’s birth. Thirty-two years later, that is to say, seven years ago today, “The View from the … Continue reading

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Making Mountains Out of Molehills

There has been a lot of hysteria in the news lately about Israeli building in “Palestinian territory”- specifically, the Israeli announcement that 3000 housing units would be built between Jerusalem and the town of Ma’ale Adumim, on the hill known … Continue reading

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Letters from the War Zone

Sometimes, it’s hard to escape the feeling that watching the reports from the “Pillar of Defence” campaign in Gaza is rather like watching reality TV,  what with round-the-clock reports from the south, on-the-spot interviews with residents of the towns hit … Continue reading

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The Innocence of Muslims, the Naiveté of Hillary Clinton

“I don’t understand,” said the Muslim Arab taxi-driver who drove me to work one day last week. “Why do they always insult the Prophet Muhammed and the Islamic faith?” Attempts to elicit who “they” are prove less than successful, but … Continue reading

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If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem

Tomorrow, Sunday, marks Jerusalem Liberation Day – the 45th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem from the illegal Jordanian occupation, by the Israel Defence Forces in the Six Day War. Amongst other things, it will be celebrated with the traditional … Continue reading

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Günther Grass: Conscience, Senility – or Just Plain Antisemitism?

The defenders of Günther Grass claim that his “poem” – “What Must Be Said” – was not an expression of antisemitism, but merely a legitimate criticism of Israeli policy vis-a-vis Iran. They further claim that what he wrote must be … Continue reading

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Toulouse: All Over Bar the Shouting?

So it was Islamist terrorism after all! I should have known. There’s a direct line between Samir Kuntar, the Lebanese terrorist who smashed the skull of four-year-old Einat Haran in Nahariya in April 1979,  through Amjad and Hakim Awad, who … Continue reading

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