History

British warned of 'bitterness' over handling of the Exodus ship

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2013

The High Commissioner to Palestine warned officials in London that the "bitterness evoked" by events on board the SS Exodus in 1947 should not be underestimated.

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Arabs in 1943 'obsessed with Zionism' said secret British report into nationalism

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2013

Anti-Zionism, suspicion of US imperialism and Allied loyalties were key concerns for the Arab world five years before the state of Israel was declared, according to a report commissioned by British officials in May 1943.

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Secret documents reveal plans for 'British Haganah' in Palestine as Mandate ended

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2013

British men and women living in Jerusalem during the last days of the Mandate period planned to establish a "British Haganah" to protect themselves.

In a series of secret documents from the colonial period, newly released by the national archives after almost seven decades, the uncertainty felt by the British in what was then Palestine in the spring of 1948 becomes apparent.

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The tragic poet Oscar Wilde called a genius

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2013

A handwritten poem written by one of Victorian Jewry's most highly-regarded writers and feminist thinkers shortly before her suicide is expected to fetch up to £3,000 when it is auctioned next month.

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British saw 1948 Jewish fighters as 'like those of Nazi Germany'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2013

The High Commissioner of Palestine viewed the behaviour of Jewish fighters as comparable to that of the Nazis, according to an intelligence report issued two weeks before statehood was declared.

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Mazeltov! King David Suite to reopen

By Simon Rocker, April 24, 2013

The horas are set to spin again and toasts to the Queen and the President of the state of Israel be raised once more at what was one of London's most popular simchah venues.

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In my old grandpa’s name…

By David Robson, April 17, 2013

I can't really claim to have known my paternal grandfather Max Rabinovitch.

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Ben-Gurion and the debate over Winston Churchill's funeral

By Jennifer Lipman, April 17, 2013

Representatives of the Jewish world including the chief rabbi and the Israeli prime minister will be at St Paul's today to bid farewell to Britain's longest serving prime minister.

In attending the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, the Israeli prime minister is following a precedent set by Israeli statesmen when Winston Churchill died.

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Thatcher, Alan Clark and Finchley

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2013

Margaret Thatcher's former parliamentary private secretary has recalled how commitment to her Jewish constituents in Finchley led to the collapse of a plan to discourage the use of animal fur.

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Minister blocks export of rare temple wall hangings

By Zoe Winograd, March 27, 2013

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed an export ban on rare 18th century silk hangings due to “their outstanding significance for the study of Jewish ritual art”.

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