Israel at 60

'Israel missing a window of opportunity in Middle East’

By Simon Rocker, September 19, 2014

Israel’s expropriation of 1,000 acres of West Bank land to extend the Etzion settlement bloc was a “huge mistake”, according to the incoming president of the New Israel Fund, Talia Sasson.

The current situation in the Middle East gave Israel the chance to restart peace talks with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, she argued.


65 facts you didn’t know about Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2013

1. Israeli cows produce more milk per cow than almost any country in the world, vying only with South Korea.

2. With peanuts introduced to their diets earlier (mostly in the form of the snack, Bamba), babies in Israel are 10 times less likely to suffer from a peanut allergy than Jewish children in the UK.

3. Israel is alone in having revived an unspoken language as its national tongue.


Archive revelations: ‘Holy war’ fears after Jerusalem bombing

By Bernard Josephs, November 1, 2012

A British intelligence chief’s personal diary, just released by the National Archive, contains his assessment that the bombing of Jerusalem’s King David Hotel in 1946 persuaded the Arabs they could not take on the Jews in face-to-face battle. He also warns that the attack, on what had been British Mandate headquarters, could spark a wave of Arab terrorism and even lead to a “holy war.”


Chief Rabbi is YouTube hit

By Simon Rocker, October 25, 2010

A video of the Chief Rabbi singing Oseh Shalom has just received its millionth Youtube visitor.

The song, set in a new version by Shabbaton choir director Stephen Levey, was recorded by leading producer Trevor Horn and featured three chazzans as well as children from the Moriah Jewish Day School.

“I’m delighted it has touched so many people,” said Lord Sacks. “It’s a piece of music that has lifted people’s spirits.”


Salute to Israel protest case is dropped by the CPS

By Marcus Dysch, March 19, 2009

A criminal charge has been dropped against the founder member of an anti-Israel campaign who protested with fake blood on her hands at a rally for Israel.

Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, of Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods, was one of eight people arrested during the Salute to Israel parade through central London last June.

As a UJIA float passed her in Haymarket, Ms Wimborne-Idrissi held up her hands, covered in red food dye, and shouted: “Palestinian blood on Israeli hands.”

She was arrested and charged with a public order offence for “causing harassment, alarm and distress”.


Kingston United Synagogue members joine former congregants for celebratory lunch

October 23, 2008

Kingston United Synagogue members joined former congregants who are now Nightingale House residents for a celebratory lunch organised as part of an "Israel at 60" programme at the South London home. Among the lunch guests was centenarian Flora Moss, who is life president of the Kingston ladies' guild. Guest speaker was Kingston board member Colin Green, who highlighted Israel's achievements in world-transforming technologies.


Haiku mania

September 29, 2008

To mark Israel's upcoming 60th anniversary, we challenged JC readers to write a haiku -the traditional Japanese verse form - to sum up what the country means to you.

This obviously struck a chord, with over 100 readers taking on the tricky three-line, 17-syllable structure of the haiku to express views about Israel, from the poetic to the political.


JFS art project winners rewarded with Israel Embassy tour

August 8, 2008

Winners of the JFS Israel at 60 art project were rewarded with a tour of the Israel Embassy, organised by the Jewish Agency. They learned about the building's history, met ambassador Ron Prosor and later enjoyed a picnic in the park opposite Kensington Palace.


Sixty walk sixty to mark Israel's birthday.

July 22, 2008

Sixty walkers from the Barnet Israel Group strolled a combined 60 kilometres to mark Israel's 60th birthday. The walk took place around Reading and the local Hebrew congregation hosted a post-event reception. Participants were aged from three to 73 and the £15,000 raised will benefit a variety of Israeli charities.


Now proof that the Nakba narrative rules

By Alex Brummer, July 11, 2008

An analysis of the coverage of Israel’s 60th shows that the Palestinian view dominates

There has long been a need for authoritative monitoring of Israel coverage by British media outlets. Just Journalism (JJ), headed by Middle East commentator Adel Darwish, seeks to do this with quantitative and content analysis. The group’s first major study, looking at UK media coverage of Israel’s 60th birthday, reinforces many of the stereotypes held by British Jewry.