The impossibility of truly defining Judaism

Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People: There were times in Europe when anyone who argued that all Jews belong to a nation of alien origin would have been classified at once as an anti-Semite. Nowadays, anyone who dares to suggest that the people known in the world as Jews (as distinct from today’s…

America can barely feed its own people

The world’s richest nation starts to collapse from within: With food stamp use at record highs and climbing every month, a program once scorned as a failed welfare scheme now helps feed one in eight Americans and one in four children. It has grown so rapidly in places so diverse that it is becoming nearly…

Australia loves Zionist crimes, don’t you know?

Words fail me, but we shouldn’t be surprised. Israel can commit war crimes and Australia will welcome its leaders with welcome arms: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will host a delegation of senior Israeli politicians in Australia this week, including Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom. Mr Rudd will launch the Australia Israel Leadership Forum at a…

The horrors of Auschwitz by choice

A remarkable British solider in the Second World War, Denis Avey, smuggled himself into Auschwitz so he could tell the world the truth: Now 91 and living in Derbyshire, he says he wanted to witness what was going on inside and find out the truth about the gas chambers, so he could tell others. He…

Jewish settlers are the problem and remain so

BBC journalist Alan Johnston, kidnapped in Gaza in 2007, returns to the Palestinian territories for the first time since his release. It’s not a pretty picture: But in the West Bank signs of tension are never far away, if you know where to look. High on the crest of a hill you could make out…