Story of Muslim Shoah heroes is finally told

By Andrew Rosemarine, March 22, 2012

A French film that premiered in London this week, Les Hommes Libres, depicts the heroic stand of a gentile against Nazi mass-murderers.

It may come as a surprise but, in this case, the hero is a Muslim.


PA officials pocket fifth of West Bank GDP

By Nathan Jeffay, March 22, 2012

While the Palestinian economy is in a state of "severe fiscal crisis", wages for Palestinian Authority staff eat up a staggering 20 per cent of GDP, according to a World Bank report released on Wednesday.

The report also points out that international aid has kept the Palestinian welfare state running but has not succeeded in kick-starting the private sector.


Jailed Tesler could serve his sentence in the UK

By Jessica Elgot, March 8, 2012

Relatives of British solicitor Jeffrey Tesler, who was sentenced to almost two years in a US prison for bribing Nigerian officials for £4bn construction contracts, will lobby the Ministry of Justice to bring him home to serve his sentence here.

A close relation, who did not wish to be named, said they were investigating options for the Hendon solicitor, who has dual British-Israeli citizenship


Don't tour with your eyes shut

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, January 20, 2012

There is a wonderful talmudic story that goes something like this: a father and son go for a walk, get lost and find themselves in a terrible area where the sick and dying and impoverished languish on the streets.


Draconian 'illegals' law

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 19, 2012

A new law allowing the authorities to detain, for up to three years, illegal immigrants caught in Israel, was passed by the Knesset last week.


Tunisian Jews asked to return by new president

By Jennifer Lipman, December 20, 2011

The Tunisian president has extended the hand of friendship to the Jewish community.

The North African country was once home to 100,000 Jews but after independence from France and the Six Day War in Israel many fled, fearful of their safety. The population now stands at around 1,500 Jews and is concentrated on the island of Djerba.


Lessons from Ghana in co-operation

By Jessica Elgot, November 17, 2011

Strict discipline, a love of dance and creative ways to use small spaces were the key impressions brought back by three Jewish teachers from a week working in Ghanaian schools.

The trio went to West Africa with international development charity, Tzedek, which runs twinning programmes between Ghanaian schools and their British-Jewish counterparts.

It was the first time Tzedek had taken Britis


The poor whom we can't afford to ignore

By Rabbi Gideon Sylvester, October 19, 2011

This week, we come in from the cold. A midrash suggests that our time spent out of the house living in a temporary hut is a kind of divinely imposed exile. It is an opportunity for reflection before the final judgment which takes place tomorrow on the festival of Shemini Atzeret (Yalkut, Emor 753).


Fashionistas hold auction for famine relief effort

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2011

High end fashion companies including Prada have donated valuable items to a Jewish group raising money for famine relief efforts in East Africa.

The Closet Den committee, who earlier this year raised more than £12,000 for the Bet Hayeled foster home in northern Israel, are hoping to raise at least £5,000 this week for World Jewish Relief's appeal.


Emergency appeal feeds the hungry

By Jessica Elgot, August 25, 2011

Around £170,000 has been raised to help those affected by the famine in East Africa through a World Jewish Relief campaign.

WJR launched a fundraising drive last month in response to reports of draught and malnutrition in Somalia.