Birth of Israel

Shift to the centre could help lefty voices in the diaspora

By Ray Filar, February 28, 2013

It's tough out there for a left-wing Zionist. You can scarcely enter a student union without tripping over lefty Jews, but those of us who identify at all with Israel have to keep very quiet about it. I've lost count of the number of times I've heard Zionism wildly equated with racism, apartheid, Nazism and the perpetuation of all world evils.

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Irgun death sentence letter found in Hampshire residence

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 22, 2013

Mystery surrounds a copy of a death sentence letter issued by the Irgun in one of Mandate Palestine’s most controversial episodes. It was found in a house in Hampshire.

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Israel’s 65th will draw us all closer

By Simon Rocker, February 21, 2013

Plans are being drawn up for major communal events to mark Israel's 65th birthday in central London and Manchester on June 2.

They would be the biggest public displays of support for Israel since the parades which were staged in the two cities for Israel's 60th birthday five years ago.

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Lessons from Isaiah Berlin's liberal Zionism

By Arie Dubnov, January 31, 2013

A few weeks ago, while public attention in Israel was turned to the elections, a number of distinguished historians and scientists gathered at the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Jerusalem to talk about the legacy of Chaim Weizmann, the chemist, Zionist statesman and Israel's first president.

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Time to rediscover the land where dreams are fulfilled

By Jennifer Lipman, January 3, 2013

They wept on arrival, tears of joy, and sang the Hatikvah. After the plane landed on Israeli soil, there were emotional reunions for relatives long separated. The 53 men, women and children spoke of returning from exile, of a dream being fulfilled. "We've been waiting for this moment for hundreds of years," said one man.

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Lost babies of Cyprus go in search of their past

By Hadas Haimov, November 30, 2012

More than 2,000 Jewish babies were born in internment camps in Cyprus between 1946 and 1949. The British government had sent their parents to the camps for trying to enter Israel illegally. Those babies are now in their 60s and seeking to uncover the missing parts of their childhood.

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Israel to give Churchill recognition for his warm ties with the State

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 2, 2012

A bust of Britain’s wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill, will be unveiled in central Jerusalem on Sunday in a ceremony commemorating his contribution to the founding of the state of Israel and his warm ties with the Jewish people.

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Chaim Weizmann and how the Balfour Declaration was made in Manchester

By Josh Glancy, November 1, 2012

Ninety-five years ago, on November 2 1917, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour wrote his famous letter to Lord Rothschild, expressing the support of the government for the “establishment in Palestine of a National Home for the Jewish people”.

It was a major step towards the eventual founding of Israel.

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Negev named as top travel spot by Lonely Planet

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2012

Travel guide Lonely Planet has named the Negev desert as one of its top destinations of the year.

The Negev, which covers most of southern Israel, appears in second place on its annual list of ten top regions to visit. The desert area is in the company of Corsica, in France, Mustang in Nepal and the Palawan archipelago in the Philippines.

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Leading British Zionist killed in Jerusalem crash

By Jennifer Lipman, October 22, 2012

One of the leading figures in British Zionist history has been killed in a car accident at the age of 97.

Jack Sklan, who had lived in Israel for nearly 40 years, was crossing King George Street not far from the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem on Shabbat morning when he was hit by a car.

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