Board issues manifestos for Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish elections

By Marcus Dysch, March 30, 2016

Manifestos of Jewish concerns have been produced aimed at assisting candidates standing for election to the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in May.

The documents were created by the Board of Deputies and the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, and Jewish representative councils in Wales and Northern Ireland.


Hope for Herzog’s birth plaque

By Charlotte Oliver, February 11, 2016

A campaign to commemorate the birth of Chaim Herzog in Belfast has been launched in the city - two years after a memorial to the former Israeli president was removed following attacks.


New Israel ambassador starts work in Ireland

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2015

Israel’s new ambassador to Ireland has presented his credentials to the country’s president.

Ze’ev Boker, 57, met President Michael Higgins yesterday.

Mr Boker, who was raised in an Israeli kibbutz, has served as a diplomat since 1987.


Irish museum wins temporary reprieve

By Josh Jackman, May 7, 2015

Dublin's Irish Jewish Museum, which has been under threat of closure, has secured a stay of execution from the trust that owns its premises.


Lord Bew: If we could bring peace to Ireland, why not Israel?

By Sandy Rashty, April 28, 2015

An Irish-born, left-leaning academic who is not Jewish is not most people's idea of a high-ranking Israel advocate. But, as chairman of the Anglo-Israel Association, Lord Bew is working at the forefront of building bilateral relations between the two nations.


Irish Jews welcome HMD agreement over Israel

By Josh Jackman, December 24, 2014

Leaders of the Irish Jewish community have welcomed news that the Israeli ambassador will, for the first time, speak about links between the Shoah and Israel at Ireland’s national Holocaust Memorial Day next month.


New low as racist abuse aimed at Irish politician Alan Shatter

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2014

The campaign of antisemitic abuse against Ireland’s most senior Jewish politician has intensified with images of Nazi soldiers, swastikas and a package of white powder sent to his home.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter’s Jewish background, support for Israel and even domestic reform policies have been used as excuses for antisemitic insults.


Council tribute to aristocrat who was Ireland’s first lady of giving

By Rosa Doherty, January 30, 2014

A council in Ireland has honoured the figure regarded as “the most important Jewish woman in Irish history” by opening a bridge in her name.

Kilkenny City Borough Council was due to unveil the Lady Desart pedestrian bridge this week as a tribute to philanthropist Ellen Odette Bischoffsheim — known in Ireland as the Countess of Desart after her marriage to a local peer.


Irish TV channel retracts Ariel Sharon massacre claim

By Charlotte Oliver, January 30, 2014

An Irish television channel has admitted it “was not correct” in its coverage of Ariel Sharon, after reporting that the former Israeli prime minister led the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut in 1982.


Irish teachers’ ban challenged

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2013

Israeli students are expected to travel to Ireland to challenge a teachers union’s academic boycott.

The initiative, planned by the Northern Ireland Friends of Israel (Nifi) group, follows the Teachers Union of Ireland vote in April to boycott all collaboration with Israel.