Monthly Archives: July 2012

Mitt Romney’s Jerusalem speech

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrived in Israel yesterday for some pre-election diplomatic talks and fund-raising for his election campaign, and his wonderful speech to the Jerusalem Foundation has delighted one side of the political spectrum while enraging the other. … Continue reading

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Tisha Be’Av 5772 – 2012

It is the fast of Tisha Be’Av (9th of Av) today (OK, technically it is the 10th today, since we don’t fast on Shabbat besides on Yom Kippur), the saddest day in the Jewish calendar. The fast commemorates the destruction … Continue reading

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If I forget thee O Jerusalem, my name is the BBC (and the Guardian)

The fast of Tisha Be’Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, is almost upon us (beginning tomorrow night, because the 9th itself falls on Shabbat), and the destruction of Jerusalem, even if only virtual, continues to this day. The … Continue reading

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Olympic gold in treachery to the IOC

A couple of months ago I addressed the refusal of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to hold a minute’s silence or some other kind of public ceremony in order to honour the memory of the 11 Israeli atheletes murdered at … Continue reading

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Opinion article in Independent hits all the classic antisemitic tropes

A nasty, very mean-spirited opinion article by Rupert Cornwell in today’s (Sunday’s) Independent managed to hit all the “correct” antisemitic tropes while not even making an attempt to hide its snide attitude towards US-Israel relations. Cornwell starts off with a … Continue reading

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Good News Friday

This is another in my Good News Friday series, even though the news this week has not been good at all.  However I don’t like to leave you with a bad feeling before Shabbat, so here are some heartening items. … Continue reading

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