High time that Israel started playing the refugee card

By Lyn Julius, July 13, 2012

Last month, the UN marked World Refugee Day, a star-studded awareness campaign in which millions took part. Yet mention of one group of refugees was absent: the 870,000 Jews expelled from Arab countries since 1948. "Their history," said Israel's UN envoy Ron Prosor, "remains one of the 20th century's greatest untold stories".


Oxford gets biggest ever donation

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2012

A Jewish philanthropist has pledged a landmark £75million for a scholarship programme to help underprivileged students go to Oxford University, in what is being described as the biggest such gift in European history.


By the Skin of his Teeth

By Anthea Gerrie, June 22, 2012

John Izbicki’s autobiography, Life Between the Lines (Umbria Press, £12.95), opens with his memories of running down the street as a five-year-old, exuberantly shouting: “I am a Jew!”. As this was in Hitler’s Berlin, it gave his parents understandable cause for anxiety.


Israelis split over migrant deportations

By Noga Godein, June 21, 2012

As the first repatriation flight of South Sudanese immigrants took off from Tel Aviv on Sunday night, an improvised soup kitchen was being set up in Lewinski Park, near Tel Aviv’s central bus station, to cater for the large groups of Africans that gather in the area.


Refugees' hidden role to be revealed on stage

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2012

The Jewish refugees who played a vital but hidden role in Britain’s Second World War intelligence efforts are to be celebrated in a new stage production.

As war raged across Europe, the British recruited German-speakers who had fled Nazi persecution and posted them as “listeners” in prisoner of war camps across the country.


Kindertransport play makes debut

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 31, 2012

The harrowing journey of 10,000 Jewish children, in a new musical work about the Kindertransport, was exclusively previewed to the Jewish community on Wednesday.


More than a quarter are 'wandering Jews'

By Jessica Elgot, March 9, 2012

Jews have been wandering ever since Moses led his people out of Egypt – and more than a quarter of the world’s Jewish population are still moving, according to a new study of migration trends.

One in four Jews today has migrated to a different country, compared to just five per cent of Christians and four per cent of Muslims.


Israel planning to house Syrian refugees if regime falls

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2012

Israel is preparing to offer refuge to Syrian citizens if the regime of President Bashar al-Assad falls.

Although Syria has long refused officially to recognise the Jewish state, Israel's military chief has revealed that should it be necessary, the country would help house refugees from the Syrian minority Alawite sect.


Kindertransport memorial unveiled

By Jonathan Wittenberg, December 2, 2011

On Wednesday in Hoek van Holland, in sight of the gangway where over 70 years ago they embarked for England and freedom, gathered tens of Kinder from all over the world.


Review: The List

By David Herman, November 21, 2011

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