Israel at 60

IDF chief at camp tribute

May 2, 2008

The March of the Living, an annual gathering of young Jews at Auschwitz, will be led by IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi this week in honour of Israel’s upcoming 60th anniversary. Some 10,000 participants will vow to fight all forms of genocide and discrimination at the ceremony, due to take place at the site of the former camp on Thursday.


Jackie Mason should not be at an Israel 60 event

By Jonathan Wittenberg, May 2, 2008

He may be funny, but his prejudices are far from the values we should be aspiring to

Comedian Jackie Mason is being presented as the champion of Anglo-Jewry’s “Israel 60” celebration, which will take place at Wembley Arena next week. I think he is a terrible choice.

His love of Israel is unquestionable. He abandoned his show to stand with the Jewish state while the Scuds descended in 1991. He will be funny and robust. He will draw the crowds and, with so much venom about Israel, solidarity matters. But solidarity with what?


'They want to kill me for making documentaries'

By Nick Johnstone, May 2, 2008

Filmmaker Raneen Geries receives death threats for showing the Palestinian view of the events of 1948.

When Raneen Geries, a Palestinian woman, arrived at Tel Aviv University to study for a degree in social work, most of the students on her course were Jewish. As conversations frequently touched on family history, she realised how little she knew of her own.


The Nakba narrative now dominates

By Alex Brummer, May 2, 2008

The Palestinian ‘disaster’ framed much of the UK media’s coverage of Israel’s 60th

Anyone tuning into Jeremy Bowen’s documentary Birth of Israel, reviewed below, would instantly recognise the progress the revisionists and the Palestinians have made in framing the history of the Jewish state. No longer is it sufficient to record how Ben-Gurion and his generals repelled five Arab armies in the aftermath of the United Nations vote in favour of the Jewish state.


Israeli ambassador speaks of hardships

April 25, 2008

Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor told an audience of 200 people of the dangers that Israel faces. Speaking at the annual UJIA fundraising dinner at Etz Chaim Synagogue Mr Prosor said: “Day in, day out, Israel is under fire.” UJIA regional director Howard Foreman said that the event was planned as a celebration of Israel’s 60th and to show how communities benefit from UJIA donors.


Decisive moments in history

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 18, 2008

Six historic choices

Opening the gates of Aliyah


The settlements as told by a leader of the religious Zionist movement

By Israel Harel, April 18, 2008

The Settlements :A leader of the religious Zionist movement says its resolve has only been strengthened by government confrontations



A few moral truths that define our nationhood

By A B Yehoshua, April 18, 2008

The acclaimed novelist demolishes the claims of Israel's detractors in his call for two states


Machal: the 1948 volunteers who signed up to fight for Israel

By Rachel Fletcher, April 18, 2008

Machal: The 1948 Volunteers


On the Kibbutz: Communing with a rural Zionist ideal

By Simon Rocker, April 18, 2008

On the kibbutz: A JC reporter explores the great social experiment that was the kibbutzim — and why his stay failed to live up to the dream


No institution has so embodied the Zionist ideal of return to the land as the kibbutz, with its collectivist aspiration of turning the People of the Book into a nation of farmers. Here, with hoe in hand rather than bent over a ledger, would arise the new-model Jew, burnished under the testing gaze of the sun.