Berlusconi: Italy won't support unilateral Palestine

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2011

Silvio Berlusconi has promised that Italy will not recognise a Palestinian state if one is declared without agreement with Israel.

The Italian Prime Minister, speaking during a Yom Ha'atzmaut event in Rome, was quoted pledging that Italy would "absolutely not" accept a unilateral declaration.


'Extraordinary' Tullia Zevi mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2011

The JC’s longtime Italy correspondent and the only female president of Italian Jewry in history has died at the age of 91.

Tullia Zevi, whose family left their home in Milan for France in the 1930s when the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini instated antisemitic laws, also served in the World Jewish Congress and European Jewish Congress.

From 1983 she spent five years as head of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, during which time she oversaw the first papal visit to the Rome synagogue in modern history.


Spurs: don't bring Israeli flags to Inter Milan

By Jennifer Lipman, October 15, 2010

Spurs fans have been warned that they should not take flags with the star of David on to the club’s Champions League game in Italy next week.

Included in an article on the Tottenham website about travel to the Inter Milan match on October 20, is the statement: “Flags and banners with appropriate wording would be welcome at the stadium.”

However the announcement continues: “But the police authorities have advised that those flags showing the star of David will not be allowed access and may be confiscated.

“Please respect this request.”


On this day: Palestinians hijack the Achille Lauro

By Jennifer Lipman, October 7, 2010

More than 400 people were on board the Mediterranean cruise ship Achille Lauro when it was seized by hevaily armed Palestinian terrorists as it sailed near to the Egyptian coast.

The gunmen, representing the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF), redirected the ship to Syria and demanded that Israel release 50 Palestinian prisoners.


New chapter in restitution opened as Catholic manuscript is sent home

By Jessica Elgot, September 21, 2010

A looted 12th-century manuscript is to be returned to Italy, the first under a new law designed to restitute art work in British museums and galleries stolen during the Holocaust.

The intricately decorated missal, a manuscript for Catholic mass, is to return to the cathedral in Benevento.

The missal was acquired by a British soldier from a secondhand book-seller in Naples in 1944, and subsequently bought by the British Museum at an auction in 1947.

Looted by Axis forces in Italy before turning up in the bookshop, the manuscript was later transferred to the British Library.


Strong start for Israel basketball

August 5, 2010

Israel's qualification campaign for Eurobasket 2011 got off to a strong start with a 79-71 away victory over group favourites Italy in Bari.

Yotam Halperin topscored with 16 points as the Israelis opened up a large lead by the second quarter.

The victory was all the more impressive because NBA star Omri Casspi failed to shine with only nine points to his name.


TalkSPORT Shimon Peres slip up

By Marcus Dysch, August 5, 2010

Listeners to a late-night radio phone-in got a shock when a man introduced as a Zionist Federation spokesman announced he could not discuss Shimon Peres's comments on British antisemitism because he was eating a toasted sandwich.

The imposter, pretending to be former ZF public affairs director Gavin Gross, failed to answer any questions about Mr Peres's remarks, saying he was too busy eating.

TalkSPORT presenter Adrian Goldberg, not realising he had been hoaxed, said the man's comments were "absolutely, utterly disgraceful" during Sunday's show.


Ban Jewish burka, say Israeli rabbis

By Nathan Jeffay, July 29, 2010

Israeli rabbis are set to ban the burka for a small group of radical Jewish women who have taken to wearing it.

Two years ago, it emerged that around 100 women in the city of Beit Shemesh had begun to cover their faces with a veil and wear numerous layers of clothing to obscure their body shape. When many rabbis criticised the trend, the women took no notice because they considered the rabbis too moderate.


International Israel support initiative launched

By Leon Symons, July 22, 2010

An unprecedented show of support for Israel has come from a group of almost entirely non-Jewish European and American politicians, statesmen and women and theologians.

Led by former Spanish prime minister José Maria Aznar, they have formed the Friends of Israel Initiative, to oppose the rising tide of criticism and delegitimisation that has questioned Israel's right to exist and act in self-defence.


Nun who hid Jewish family honoured

By Robyn Rosen, March 25, 2010

An Italian nun who hid a Jewish family in her convent during the Second World War has been awarded posthumously with the title of Righteous Among the Nations.

Madre Maria Agnes Tribbioli was nominated for the Yad Vashem honour by Cesare Sacerdoti, of Brondesbury, who was rescued by her when he was five years old.

Florence-born Mr Sacerdoti, 72, went into hiding with his mother and younger brother, Vittorio, on November 6 1943, after the Florence synagogue was raided and vandalised by German SS and Jews were rounded up.