2012 London Olympics

Gould to Israeli Olympians: Munich has not been forgotten

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2012

The British ambassador to Israel has promised Israeli athletes "a proper British send off" before the London Olympics this summer.

Matthew Gould, speaking to Israel's Olympic hopefuls at the Dead Sea on Wednesday, said he was looking ahead to "the start of the greatest show on Earth".


London Olympics put the spotlight on local rabbis

By Jessica Elgot, December 29, 2011

Local rabbis will feature prominently within the contingent of 2012 Olympic Jewish chaplains with four rabbis from Redbridge working with Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

The quartet from Redbridge and Essex include official Olympic chaplains, Reverend Gary Newman, from Newbury Park United Synagogue; Rabbi Richard Jacobi, from Woodford Liberal Synagogue; and Rabbi Moshe Muller from Chabad.


Zionist Federation red-faced after Olympics gaffe

By Jessica Elgot, December 15, 2011

The Zionist Federation has hastily withdrawn Olympic tickets it had offered to sell as a fundraising project, after it learned that such a venture was illegal.

Last week the ZF advertised a deal, offering London 2012 tickets to two events, judo and taekwondo, both events in which Israel has a strong chance of doing well. The ZF offered a free Israeli flag with tickets sold.


Brits funding Israeli Olympic bid

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2011

A coalition of British and international multi-millionaires have pledged financial support to the Israeli Olympic team, hoping success at the 2012 London Games will enhance the country's image.


On This Day: hostages at the Munich Olympics

By Hannah Tosh, September 5, 2011

Nine members of the 1972 Israeli Olympic team were snatched from their apartment in the Olympic village and murdered by the terrorist group Black September.

Eight gunmen struck as the athletes slept. Others were spared when a colleague- Yossef Gutfreund heard a disturbance, raised the alarm.


Gymnast performs routine to Hava Nagila

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2011
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American Olympic hopeful Alexandra Raisman, 17, puts those of us who try to keep in time at a simcha to shame with this routine.


Ambassador shoots hoops with Israeli Paralympians

By Jennifer Lipman, August 8, 2011

With just over a year to go until London hosts the Paralympic Games, the British ambassador to Israel has tried his luck against the country's wheelchair basketball team.

Matthew Gould was accompanied by some of the Paralympians who are set to represent Israel in next year's games, which kick off on August 29.


London Olympics: Israel marks year countdown

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

British ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould spoke at the at the Knesset on Wednesday to mark one year until the games begin.



Olympics countdown: UK envoy tells Knesset door is open

By Jessica Elgot, July 28, 2011

With one year to go before the London 2012 Olympics, British ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould has extended an open invitation to Britain to Israeli athletes, students, sports fans and business people, calling the UK "a natural partner for Israel".

During a speech at the Knesset on Wednesday, Mr Gould said that Israelis would be welcome in the UK, both for the Olympic Games and after.


Seb Coe's message to Israeli Olympians

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2011
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Lord Coe, London 2012 chairman, greets the Israeli team as London marks one year to the Olympic Games.

The message was recorded earlier this month at a special function in London to launch the Forum of International Friends of the Israel Olympic Committee, a body to help raise funds overseas for Israeli athletes.