Diaspora

Diaspora wants Israel to stay a liberal democracy

By Simon Rocker, May 30, 2014

Since most diaspora Jews live in liberal democracies, it is little surprise that they attach importance to Israel’s credentials as a democracy. But what would happen if Israel were seen to move away from its democratic foundations?

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Synagogue firebombing signals bleak horizon as chaos swirls in Ukraine

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 24, 2014

It is unclear who is behind a wave of antisemitic incidents in different parts of Ukraine, but many believe them to be part of the ongoing propaganda war between Russia and the new government in Kiev.

Jews arriving at a synagogue in Nikolayev on Shabbat morning discovered that petrol bombs had been thrown at the building.

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Israel’s zero-sum game for the diaspora

By Keith Kahn-Harris, March 23, 2014

Anyone who has ever written a non-fiction book on a contemporary issue knows the feeling: the cold fear that events will overtake what they write. Writers on anything connected to contemporary Israel suffer from this more than most.

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How Jews survived Japan

By Colin Shindler, March 21, 2014

Most Jews recall September 1 1939 as the date innocence ended, when the Nazis marched into Poland. Fewer remember December 7 1941, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbour.

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Leaders back Mick Davis after ‘unprovoked' JNF chief attack

By Simon Rocker, March 20, 2014

A group of communal figures has condemned the attack on Jewish Leadership Council chairman Mick Davis made by JNF UK head Samuel Hayek.

In a JC article last week, Mr Hayek lambasted “this wretched armchair Zionist leadership”, saying that Mr Davis should support the Israeli government rather than publicly criticise it over the peace process.

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Communal leaders join Israel's global debate on diaspora

By Marcus Dysch, February 14, 2014

Israel must be more open, must value voices of dissent and promote minority rights, according to Liberal Jews in Britain.

They also argued that diaspora communities should provide greater financial investments in Israel’s non-Jewish communities.

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Israel to invest in diaspora identity

By JCReporter, January 16, 2014

Israel plans to plough more than £1 billion into a programme to strengthen the identity of diaspora Jews.

The initiative, which will be developed and implemented jointly with local communities, is aimed at Jews between the ages of 12 and 35.

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Survey: America has more Jews than Israel

By Rosa Doherty, October 1, 2013

More Jews live in the United States than anywhere else in the world, including Israel, according to new research.

The survey indicates there were 6.8 million Jews in the US in 2012, nearly 2.2 per cent of the population, and 6.1 million in Israel.

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The highs and lows of Israeli life in Britain

By Zoe Winograd, September 1, 2013

For Iris Margolis, life in the UK is good.

The 28-year-old from Tel Aviv is studying for an MBA at the London Business School, a course she says “is regarded as one of the best in the world.

“I wanted to gain international experience and I wanted to learn among the best,” she explains. “London offers a great opportunity to scale-up professionally.”

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Gesher group come to UK to see unity in action

By Simon Rocker, July 11, 2013

A group of 20 Israelis have spent a week in London, learning how Jews of different stripes can rub along together.

The delegation was brought over by Gesher, an organisation whose mission is to bridge the secular-religious divide in Israel.

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