Israel and Paraguay

When the US moved its embassy to Jerusalem last month, Paraguay was quick to follow suit — much to the delight of the Israeli government. At an effusive ceremony in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the Paraguayan president for taking in Holocaust survivors, while President Rivlin said that Paraguay had been a true friend … Read more

Seventy Years Ago

Interview with the late Arieh Handler, the only British citizen in the room when Ben-Gurion read out Israel’s declaration of independence on 14 May 1948 You were a pre-war Bnei Akiva founder in London. When did you go to Israel? After my wife discovered that her father had perished in Auschwitz, the family went from London … Read more

May Day 2018

Fifty years ago, the student revolt broke out on campuses all over western Europe. The revolutionary fervour of the times spawned a generation who believed that a better world was possible if only we dedicated ourselves. In Communist Eastern Europe there were student demonstrations against state-sponsored anti-Semitism.  There were occupations and sit-ins at LSE, Leicester … Read more

Jeremy Corbyn and the Meaning of Socialism

Last week, the UK’s House of Commons was the scene of a debate about contemporary anti-Semitism. It was an occasion when many Labour MPs, both Jewish and non-Jewish, related intensely personal stories about how they had been targeted by the purveyors of anti-Semitism. Yet despite his formal public declarations against anti-Semitism, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader … Read more

One Family’s Fight against Fascism

In this well-researched and insightful book, British biographer Caroline Moorehead traces the transition of Italy’s pre-1914 liberalism to Mussolini’s Fascist utopia through the beliefs and actions of the Rosselli family and its matriarch, Amelia Pincherle. A Bold and Dangerous Family: One Family’s Fight against Italian Fascism, tells the story of a family who was proud … Read more

Remembering Bill Fishman

An East End Legacy: Essays in Memory of William J. Fishman Edited by Colin Holmes and Anne J. Kershen Published by Routledge 2018, pp.246   This volume of essays by accredited scholars in honour of the late Bill Fishman is a fitting memorial to a much loved historian of London’s East End. His telling of … Read more

What Israel means to me ….in 150 words!

For me, Israel is at the forefront of Jewish history. The state is the inheritor of the French revolutionary tradition and nineteenth century European liberal nationalism. As someone who was embedded in the political causes of the 1960s, the Six Day war in 1967 was a watershed. The Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 propelled … Read more