Maureen Lipman joins protest outside theatre staging The Siege

By Naomi Firsht, May 20, 2015

Maureen Lipman joined pro-Israel groups in a protest outside the London premiere of a Palestinian play about the second intifada last night.

West Bank’s Freedom Theatre production, The Siege, focuses on the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where dozens of suspected Palestinian terrorists hid during the Second Intifada in 2002.


It's now time for Israel to grow up and join up

By Geraldine Var Bueren, May 19, 2015

This is the barmitzvah year of the International Criminal Court. Now the court has reached maturity, it is appropriate for Israel to reconsider joining the majority of the world's states and becoming a member. It has been assumed that joining the ICC would open the door to litigation against Israel, but this can happen without Israel being a member.


Israeli academic Rivka Carmi to be honoured by the Queen

By JC Reporter, May 18, 2015

The Queen is to honour Israeli academic Rivka Carmi, it has been announced.

Professor Carmi, who is president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, will be made an honorary CBE for her work in strengthening ties between the UK and Israel.


Shimon Peres insists two-state solution is best way for Israel

By Sandy Rashty, May 18, 2015

Former president Shimon Peres has reaffirmed his commitment to a two-state solution to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.


Honey sweetens Women's Week pot

May 18, 2015

The face of this year's Wizo UK Jewish Women's Week collection campaign is Yossi, who struggled at school because of severe learning difficulties, but was given the opportunity through Wizo to train as a chef in Israel. He now manages a trendy Jerusalem restaurant.


The Siege not anti-Israel, says communal leader

By Naomi Firsht, May 15, 2015

A Jewish communal leader has dampened down concerns over a Palestinian play feared to be anti-Israel .

Sharon Bannister, president of the Manchester Jewish Representative Council, was present as The Siege began its UK tour this week.

The play focuses on an episode during the Second Intifada and has led one Jewish group to claim that it glorifies violence against Israel.


Pro-Israel flyers handed out before intifada play

By Naomi Firsht, May 14, 2015

Pro-Israel groups plan to hand out flyers at theatres across the country as part of a “counterbalance” campaign in response to the Palestinian play The Siege.

The production, by the West Bank’s Freedom Theatre, focuses on the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where dozens of suspected Palestinian terrorists hid during the Second Intifada in 2002.


Leeds chefs making a meal of their training

By John Fisher, May 14, 2015

The visit of Israeli chef Yossi Elud from award-winning Soho restaurant, The Palomar, to Leeds' MAZ community centre inspired eight amateur chefs to cook up a storm.

Under the tutelage of Mr Elud, Chloe Mitchell, Sara Graham, Rebecca Manning, Michele Jackson, Mike Sheaf, Andrew Lewis, Ayala Graham and Sarah Gould put their culinary skills to the test.


Dig starts for Tel Aviv Tube

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 14, 2015

The preliminary engineering works on Tel Aviv's new underground rail system began on Sunday.

The first stage of the Red Line is to have seven stations in southern and central Tel Aviv and neighbouring Ramat Gan, and is scheduled to start operating in 2021.


Israel rethink on Armenia genocide?

May 14, 2015

Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein has called on the Israeli government to formally recognise the Armenian genocide.

"It is no secret that Israel has taken an ambivalent position about the genocide," Mr Edelstein said, calling Israel's reaction "too hesitant and too restrained… Israel must re-evaluate the criteria for its position, since none of us can change the history".