Africa

On this day: the Lockerbie bombing

By Jennifer Lipman, December 21, 2010

When a bomb exploded on the Boeing 747 that was flying between London and New York, all 259 people – passengers and crew – were killed. The terrorist attack was so-named because 11 others died in the Scottish town of Lockerbie when sections of the plane crashed there.

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WikiLeaks: antisemitic campaign to shut Libyan M&S

By Jennifer Lipman, December 21, 2010

The Libyan government attempted to force the Tripoli branch of retail chain Marks & Spencer to close using a "repugnant antisemitic" smear campaign and “pseudo-populist rhetoric against ‘the force

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Laura's Rwanda mercy mission

By Jessica Elgot, December 2, 2010

Laura Roth says her late brother's passion for helping survivors of the Rwandan genocide inspired her to go on World Jewish Relief's Rwandan mission to honour his memory.

Ms Roth, 28, from Finchley, has always wanted to visit the country. Her brother Nick, who died six years ago in a climbing accident, had been planning to work at the Rwandan genocide tribunals in Tanzania.

"He was passionate about helping under-privileged kids around the world. He'd never visited the country and so when the opportunity came up for me to go, it was amazing."

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Uganda rabbi hopes to be first Jew in parliament

By Jennifer Lipman, November 26, 2010

A Ugandan Jew who grew up under Idi Amin is aiming to become the first member of his community to be elected to the country's parliament.

When Ugandans go to the polls in February Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, 41, hopes to be chosen to represent the mostly Muslim area of Bungonkho North, in the city of Mbale.

Rabbi Sizomu, whose brother served two terms in regional office, has already been endorsed by Uganda's main opposition party and has the support of several leading politicians.

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African rabbi in bid to become first Ugandan Jewish MP

By Jennifer Lipman, November 18, 2010

A Ugandan Jew who grew up under the Idi Amin regime is hoping to become the first rabbi serving in a national parliament outside of Israel or Europe.

If Gershom Sizomu is elected he will also be the first Ugandan Jew elected to national office.

The African country goes to the polls in February 2011 and this week Rabbi Sizomu will find out if his application to stand for the parliamentary seat of Bungonkho North, in the city of Mbale, has been accepted by the electoral commission.

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Ethiopian Jews in Israel: final chapter?

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 18, 2010

The Israeli government voted unanimously on Sunday to bring some 8000 members of the Falashmura from Ethiopia over the next four years.

Previous government decisions had stopped the emigration of the Falashmura in 2008.

The decision, sponsored jointly by Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Interior Minister Eli Yishai, is purported to be "an end to the story of Ethiopian Jewry". The groups lobbying to allow the Falashmura to emigrate have promised to stop campaigning once the group currently waiting in a transit camp are on their way to Israel.

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Cabinet agrees last Ethiopian Jews can move to Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2010

The remaining members of the Ethiopian Jewish community are to move to Israel.

After years of wrangling, Israel’s cabinet voted in favour of giving the more than 7,800 Falash Mura Jews citizenship.

The decision, likely to be the final chapter in the saga of the Ethiopian Jewish community, comes almost exactly 26 years after Operation Moses, when Israel airlifted 8,000 Jews out of Ethiopia in secret.

A further 14,000 came to Israel in 1990 on a second airlift, with many more arriving independently.

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New Gaza boat struggles to sail from Libya

By Jennifer Lipman, November 11, 2010

Pro-Palestinian activists hoping to breach the naval blockade of Gaza have run into trouble off the coast of Libya.

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Honeymooners join Kenyan charity cycle

November 4, 2010

Norwood's money-spinning Kenyan bike ride was very much a family affair.

Some £400,000 was raised by the 120 cyclists, who included four husbands and wives, four fathers and sons, supporters from Brazil and America and users of Norwood services.

Ariella and Jeremie Dreyfuss, who married last year, used the 400 kilometre ride as a delayed honeymoon.

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Why the star of David is rising across Africa

By Simon Rocker, October 28, 2010

Timbuktu: the name is so steeped in mystique that many people think it is an imaginary rather than a real place. Historically, the city in the republic of Mali has been a centre of Islamic civilisation in Africa. It is also home to an emerging Jewish community.

According to local lore, some of the Jewish traders who crossed the Sahara centuries ago settled there but their descendants were forcibly converted to Islam. Now a new generation wants to return to their roots and openly identify as Jews. They have taken the Hebrew name Zakhor, "remember".

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