2012 London Olympics

Uncomfortable viewing for Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman's parents

By Jennifer Lipman, July 30, 2012

Jewish teen gymnast Aly Raisman competed in the qualifying rounds of London 2012 on Sunday, earning herself a place in the final. For parents Lynn and Ricky, it was a nerve-wracking experience.

The 18-year-old wrote on Twitter after the competition: "Proud of my team...had so much fun out there today. Feels amazing to officially be an Olympian! Can't wait for team finals."


'Angel of Mostar' walks with giants at London 2012 Opening Ceremony

By Jennifer Lipman, July 30, 2012

A Jewish children's campaigner who works to build links between Israeli and Palestinian youth was one of the Olympic flag bearers at Friday's Opening Ceremony.

Sally Becker, who earned the name "Angel of Mostar" for her work helping children in Bosnia and then Kosovo, was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the interfaith organisation "Children of Peace" three years ago.


Olympic Games: Day 2 review

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2012

It was a day of disappointment for Israel as the 2012 Olympic Games ended somewhat prematurely for several members of the delegation.


Misha Zilberman bowed out of the Badminton competition a second consecutive defeat in Group One, going down 21-9, 21-15 to Singapore’s Derek Wong.



Why shun our Becks appeal?

By David Robson, July 29, 2012

This is the day to consider the 2012 Olympics and the Jewish question. And what is the Jewish question? That is: "how many Jews are there in the British Olympic team?" And the answer is "none". Not a single one. And don't imagine I haven't checked. I've been up and down the lists searching with a feather and a candle.


Olympic Games tennis review: July 28

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2012

Israel made a winning start to the tennis competition after Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich won a tight first-round match in the doubles competition at Wimbledon.

The Israeli duo beat Spanish pairing Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (73) to move into the second round.


'Nazi stag MP' Aidan Burley criticised for 'leftie' Opening Ceremony jibe

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2012

A Conservative MP who attacked the Olympic Opening Ceremony as “leftie multi-cultural crap” has said that his comments were misunderstood.
Aidan Burley, who was part of a stag party where guests donned Nazi uniform, toasted the Third Reich and chanted the names of senior Nazis, criticised Danny Boyle’s spectacular on Twitter.


Lebanon's judo team refuses to train alongside Israelis

By Danny Caro and Marcus Dysch, July 27, 2012

Lebanon’s Olympic judo team has refused to train next to Israeli competitors during a session ahead of London 2012.

Olympic officials were forced to erect a special screen at the Excel venue following a complaint from a member of the Lebanese delegation.

It is understood the two squads had been warming up next to each other when the complaint was made on Friday afternoon.


Silences held despite IOC's refusal to mark Munich at Opening Ceremony

By Marcus Dysch and Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2012

Silences have been held around Britain to mark 40 years since 11 Israeli athletes were murdered during the 1972 Munich Olympics.

More than 20,000 people joined the Zionist Federation organised "Minute for Munich", a virtual silence conducted by individuals wherever they were at 11am, that had been promoted on social media.


Palestinians call minute's silence "racism"

By Jamie Michaels, July 27, 2012

The head of the Palestinian Olympic Committee has labelled as “racism” the minute’s silence campaign, in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics .


We're hoping to profit from the Olympics

By Candice Krieger, July 27, 2012

Managing Director Westfield UK and europe

In part two of our Olympics special, we talk to more entrepreneurs cashing in on London 2012.