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Political debate turns to panto

Political debate turns to panto

by Sadie Smith / 23 Nov 2012 15:19

I was watching Question Time last night.

Yes, I know, I know. I’ve tried to kick the habit, but within the first couple of minutes of Dimbers’ weekly bumblefest I’m on my feet, roaring at the television, causing a good deal of collateral damage to my carpets and red wine glasses. What can I say? I’ve got a problem.

Last night’s panel comprised of a woman from Dragon’s Den (who, for someone

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Zionism: a catch-all label for opponents of Israel

Zionism: a catch-all label for opponents of Israel

by Alex Diner / 19 Nov 2012 14:41

It was almost four years ago that I vowed to never again attend a public demonstration about the Israeli-Palestinian confict. Gaza was in flames from IDF tank fire, and homes in Ashdod and Beersheba were on the receiving end of Hamas rocket fire. So, off I popped on the Victoria Line from my inward looking London suburb, keen to join the debate and strut around Westminster on what would otherwise have been a very

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My experience of a neighbour dispute in Hebron, West Bank

My experience of a neighbour dispute in Hebron, West Bank

by Ian Lucas / 22 May 2012 15:29

Neighbour disputes are the most difficult cases to solve. I learned this truth as a high street solicitor and am reminded of it often in my role as Wrexham's Member of Parliament.

But the difficult cases I have seen are as nothing compared to what I saw in Hebron recently.

Hebron, a biblical city, has the centre to prove it. Built on a collection of hills, it boasts

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Ashton on Toulouse: a gaffe too far

Ashton on Toulouse: a gaffe too far

by Daniel Rolle / 23 Mar 2012 14:00

Poor choice of wording has put the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Cathy Ashton under fire this week, when she ill-advisedly compared the shootings of three young children in Toulouse by a suspected al-Qaeda trained terrorist to the deaths of Palestinian children in Gaza.

The source of the problem, according to EU diplomats, was a mistake by one of Ashton's press team, which led to a faulty transcript being issued

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It's not what you said, Baroness Tonge, it's how you said it

It's not what you said, Baroness Tonge, it's how you said it

by Sadie Smith / 19 Mar 2012 12:38

This morning three children and a man, thought to be a rabbi who taught at the school, were gunned down in a ride-by shooting at Ozar Hatorah secondary college in south-west France. The attack mirrors a series of similar ones perpetrated against paratroopers believed to have returned from a tour of Afghanistan, although it’s currently not clear whether the events are linked. Responding to the attack, the Inter-parliamentary Coalition on Combating Anti-Semitism (ICCA)

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The dilemma of freeing Gilad Shalit

by Charlotte Henry / 19 Oct 2011 13:45

Yesterday's freeing of Israeli soldier Sergeant Gilad Shalit, as part of a prisoner swap, poses many moral dilemmas for those of us whose instinct is to support the state of Israel.

Surely giving into such ransom demands increases the likelihood of future kidnappings of Israelis? Surely terrorism, which capturing a soldier in such conditions unquestionably is, should not be shown to have any benefit?

I'll try to look at the positives first

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Who will have the courage to tame Netanyahu?

Who will have the courage to tame Netanyahu?

by Jerry Hayes / 04 Jun 2011 11:01

This morning, whilst wading though the usual Fleet Street Saturday piss and wind about venal politicians, Simon Cowell  and why most people think the Ed Miliband is a bit of a knob, I stumbled upon a small but deadly story in the Guardian.

It concerns an outburst by the recently retired head of Mossad, Meir Dagan, attacking his Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, for being reckless and irresponsible in threatening to

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