Monthly Archives: March 2011

In Praise of Altruism: The Antidote to a Morally Bankrupt Ethnocentrism

This piece is cross-posted from Eretz Acheret where it was published today. It’s been fashionable in recent decades to be sniffy about altruism. Self-interest, we are told, is the most important instinct that leads to action in support of people … Continue reading

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Israel’s Cynical Exploitation of the Murder of Jewish Settlers in Itamar on the West Bank

The horrific murder of three children and their parents in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Itamar on 11 March was a shocking and sickening event. Even in a long-running conflict which has seen the bloodiest of murders and the … Continue reading

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Shami Chakrabarti’s Comments on Antisemitism Distorted in Jewish Chronicle Headline

I greatly admire Shami Chakrabarti, the head of Liberty. Britain would have been a much more repressive society without her having taken such strong, consistent and brave stands on justice, freedom of expression and civil and human rights generally over … Continue reading

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Israel Doesn’t Reciprocate Devotion of Diaspora Jews

This piece is cross-posted from Eretz Acheret, where it was published today. Clear signs of changing attitudes towards Israel among British Jews have been emerging in recent years. And yet old thinking dies hard. Whereas a very significant proportion of … Continue reading

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Pro-Israel Jewish Organizations Are Likely to Have a Negative Impact on the Object of Their Affection

Apart from running down the battery on my BlackBerry at a phenomenal rate, the Twitter feed I activated recently does have its positive side. Tweets about breaking developments in Egypt and Libya gave me a sense of immediate and uncanny … Continue reading

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Libya: Arab League Supports No-Fly Zone. Now What About Egyptian Military Help for the Rebels?

On 23 February I doubted whether the West would agree to intervene militarily in the Libyan crisis. It still looks that way and there are good reasons why the West shouldn’t. But the discussion about outside help for the rebels … Continue reading

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Changing Jewish Perceptions of the Arabs and the Holocaust

This piece is cross-posted from Eretz Acheret where it was published on 10 March 2011. Spring is unfolding slowly this March. When I ventured out late last Thursday evening (3 March) to attend a session at the huge annual literary … Continue reading

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Celebrity Antisemitism Teaches Us Very Little About the Reality of Prejudice

The piece is cross-posted from openDemocracy where it was published on 10 March 2011 The outbursts of alleged antisemitic sentiment by John Galliano, Charlie Sheen and Julian Assange have been roundly condemned. It shows that there is still widespread sensitivity to the public … Continue reading

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Is Galliano’s Antisemitism the Height of Fashion?

This piece is cross-posted from Eretz Acheret where it was published on 3 March 2011 The flamboyant, bandana-wearing haute couture dress designer John Galliano can be seen abusing two women with antisemitic insults in a Paris bar in October last … Continue reading

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