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Alice Walker and the Jews, Again

After the San Diego Community College District announced that Alice Walker would be the keynote speaker for the new Chancellor’s installation, protests immediately followed. Various Jewish organizations wrote in protest, and the San Diego Union Tribune reported on the ensuing controversy. At least two opinion pieces (here and here) came out against the invitation.  Walker,…

“More on-screen diversity could mean more Jewish stories”

Google ‘Jewish UK drama’ and only one show appears. Ridley Road. The four- part series about Jewish opposition to British Fascism in the 1960s, which aired last October, was the first drama to put characters of the faith front and forward. And without a klezmer soundtrack or thick shtetl-honed accents to infuriate. Eddie Marsan ,…

Lavrov and the contemptuous distortion of history and politics

Russia’s brutal war in Ukraine has been based from the start on a twisted reading of history. Moscow says it wants to ‘de-Nazify’ its neighbour and cleanse it of fascist elements within, while arguing perversely that Ukraine has no independent existence. This forms the backdrop to the reprehensible comments made last week by Russia’s foreign…

Law Profs, Jewish Groups File Briefs Supporting Texas Anti-BDS Law

Law professors and Jewish groups have each filed separate briefs urging the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to overturn a January ruling finding Texas’ anti-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) law unconstitutional.  The law, which bars the state government from entering contracts with those who boycott Israel, was declared a violation of…

OPINION: A desperate attempt to discredit me and the National

Last week, Jewish News revealed that James Marlow, chief executive of newly-launched communal organisation the National Jewish Assembly – set up as an alternative to the Board of Deputies – expressed sympathy for far-right activist and convicted fraudster Tommy Robinson in a series of social media posts, compared gay people to paedophiles, claimed sexuality is…