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Melanie Phillips is a British journalist and author. She is best known for her controversial column about political and social issues which currently appears in the Daily Mail. Born in 1951, Melanie read English at St Anne’s College, Oxford before training as a journalist.
She joined the Guardian in 1977. After a stint as the paper’s news editor, she started writing her column in 1987, taking it to the Observer and then the Sunday Times before starting to write for the Daily Mail in December 2001.
Awarded the Orwell Prize for journalism in 1996, she is the author of several books including “Londonistan”

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The state of the Jewish people
Filed under Israeli politics, Diplomacy, Opinion Editorials, Israeli Palestinian relations, Israel’s borders, USA foreign policy, Disputed territories – on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 – By: Philips, Melanie

Beyond the grandstanding over President Bush’s visit to Israel this week, there is an even more important concern than over what America may be pushing it to do. This is Israel’s own attitude towards its identity and history and, by extension, its right to exist at all.
Among the Israeli intellectual elite, the instinct for national self-destruction reaches near-hallucinatory levels.
A recent research paper by doctoral candidate Tal Nitzan, which wondered why unlike other armies Israeli soldiers did not rape women under their occupation, claimed that this was because IDF troops viewed Arab women as sub-human. This absurd piece of malice was awarded a teachers’ committee prize by the Hebrew University.
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