Witness in limbo over aliyah bid

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

A British Jew who is hoping to make aliyah to Israel has told of his frustration with delays to the process - caused because he is in a witness protection programme.

The man, whom the JC has agreed not to name, said he was "in limbo" because red tape caused by his identity change has led Israeli authorities to make additional checks on him, stalling the process.

It is now more than a year si


WZO chief makes case

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

A leading member of the World Zionist Organisation has been overseeing plans in the UK to promote aliyah and encourage Israelis to return.

Menachem Lebovic, deputy chair of Keren Kayemet Le'israel, said he hoped to "close the deal" shortly on opening an aliyah centre here.

Nearly 800 people make Aliyah from Britain annually. In 2005, the figure hit a low of under 350.


ZF to lead aliyah push

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

The Zionist Federation hopes to launch its first campaign encouraging British Jews to make aliyah, historically promoted by the Jewish Agency.

Last year JA chair Natan Sharansky announced last year that he hoped the JA would make "Jewish peoplehood" its main aim rather than aliyah .


Aliyah figures from UK drop

By Robyn Rosen, December 28, 2010

The number of people moving to Israel from Britain has gone down by 11 per cent.

A total of 756 people made aliyah this year, 11 per cent less than 2009, when 853 people moved from Britain.

A spokesman from the Jewish Agency, which released the figures today, said: "One has to look at the bigger picture. You cannot base a trend on one year. It's still a very large number compared with before the 21st century. I wouldn't read into it."

All together, 19,129 people around the world are estimated to move to Israel in 2010, 16 per cent higher than the previous year.


Why Danny Ayalon picked this Manchester teen to defend Israel

By Jessica Elgot, August 19, 2010

A former Manchester schoolgirl has been leading Facebook's biggest pro-Israel campaign, despite being the target of pro-Palestinian hackers.

The group caught the attention of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has given the campaigners the chance to conduct video interviews with government spokesman Mark Regev and Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon.


Tel Aviv suicide bomb victim's brother leaves UK

August 12, 2010

The brother of Glasgow-born teenager Yoni Jesner, who was killed in a Tel Aviv suicide bombing, has made aliyah.

Jared Jesner, 30, said his brother's death eight years ago had influenced their decision to move. He said: "Yoni's death taught me life is short, and if you have an opportunity, you should just go for it, because you might not get another chance. You have to be bold, and not hang around. I think he would be proud of us coming here."


TalkSPORT Shimon Peres slip up

By Marcus Dysch, August 5, 2010

Listeners to a late-night radio phone-in got a shock when a man introduced as a Zionist Federation spokesman announced he could not discuss Shimon Peres's comments on British antisemitism because he was eating a toasted sandwich.

The imposter, pretending to be former ZF public affairs director Gavin Gross, failed to answer any questions about Mr Peres's remarks, saying he was too busy eating.

TalkSPORT presenter Adrian Goldberg, not realising he had been hoaxed, said the man's comments were "absolutely, utterly disgraceful" during Sunday's show.


Cuts hit Jewish Agency aliyah staff

July 30, 2010

There was confusion in Manchester this week about the future of dedicated Jewish Agency emissaries for aliyah.

Next week, the northern Aliyah shaliach (emissary), Alon Aron, based in Manchester, finishes his three-year term. Mr Alon said as far as he was aware, he would be replaced.

But Michael Jankelowitz, the Jewish Agency's spokesman, said there is currently a "worldwide streamlining exercise" to offer smaller communities the services of a shared roving aliyah emissary. He said major cities like London would continue to have their own permanent aliyah shaliach.


Ultimately, converts will be the losers

By Seth Farber, July 22, 2010

Whatever happens in the end to the conversion law, the real losers are the potential converts. Neither the bill - which was proposed by Yisrael Beiteinu in an effort to ease the road for converts in Israel - or the virulent response of the North American Jewish community, which tried to kill the bill, was going to significantly improve the chaos that has characterised conversion in Israel for the past decade.


Former Georgian minister makes aliyah

By Lev Samovsky, April 8, 2010

The former Minister of Defence of Georgia, David Kezerashvili, has moved to Israel.

Mr Kezerashvili, 31, headed the defence ministry during the Georgia-Russia war in 2008, but was dismissed from the post amid criticisms of the way the war was conducted.

Sources told the Rezonansi newspaper that an investigation is being conducted into corruption in the ministry during Mr Kezerashvili's tenure, including possible arms procurement. The former minister did not comment.