Gordon Brown

Brown won’t visit Sderot

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 18, 2008

Prime Minister Gordon Brown will visit Israel next week — but despite requests by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, he is not scheduled to visit Sderot.

Mr Brown’s visit to Jerusalem on Sunday and Monday will not last much longer than 24 hours. He is due to meet Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, the foreign and defence ministers, and the head of the opposition. He will also sign two treaties, including an initiative of academic exchange reported by the JC last week.


The Sderot tour our PM avoided

By Shelly Paz and Jessica Elgot, July 18, 2008

Although Gordon Brown is visiting Israel next week, the Prime Minister has decided to avoid scheduling a trip to the Kassam-ravaged town of Sderot. The Jewish Chronicle — which has long campaigned for more UK awareness of what we have called “Israel’s unreported war” — believes this to be a lost opportunity for Mr Brown to learn first-hand how Hamas rockets have been tormenting the Negev town’s residents.

So today the JC offers Mr Brown this whistlestop guide to the Sderot that he should be seeing for himself.


PM to unveil new UK-Israel academic links

By Candice Krieger, July 11, 2008

Gordon Brown is to announce a groundbreaking initiative between the UK and Israel when he visits the country in 10 days’ time.

The JC has learned that the Prime Minister is due to reveal plans for an academic research and exchange programme administered by the British Council and supported by a range of partners, governmental, non-governmental and philanthropic.


PM prepares for a Knesset address

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 11, 2008

An address to the Knesset on July 21 is likely to be part of a two-day visit to Israel by Gordon Brown, the JC understands.

Mr Brown’s visit was planned months ago to coincide with Israel’s 60th-anniversary celebrations. But it was delayed because of the crowded list of world leaders visiting Jerusalem of late.

US President George Bush and Nicolas Sarkozy have been there in recent weeks. After Mr Brown, it will be the turn of Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi.


MP warns of Middle East ‘disaster’

By Simon Rocker, June 13, 2008

Mike Gapes MP, the chairman of the Commons’ foreign-affairs committee, this week said that he was “very pessimistic” about the prospect of a breakthrough towards an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement this year.

“There are two reasons for that,” he told a Jewish Labour Movement event in London on Sunday to celebrate Israel’s 60th anniversary.


Volunteers get a big thank-you

By Craig Silver, June 6, 2008

As communal charities staged “thank-you” events for their armies of unpaid helpers to mark National Volunteers’ Week, Gordon Brown’s independent champion of volunteers, Baroness Neuberger, observed that Jewish charities “could not survive” without them.

“We see some superb practice in supporting, training, thanking and celebrating volunteers in the Jewish world,” she told the JC.


Brown praises head

By Jay Grenby, April 25, 2008

Tributes from Gordon Brown and Ed Balls to Wolfson Hillel Primary head Sharon Margolis were read out at a retirement lunch for Mrs Margolis, who has left the Southgate school after 15 years.

Praising the commitment and vision of Mrs Margolis, Mr Brown wrote that “at Wolfson-Hillel, you have built up a great school”. In his message, Mr Balls, the Education Secretary, noted that “the excellent facilities and reputation the school now enjoys is due to your leadership skills”.