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.


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Mid-East's forgotten minorities

By Jessica Elgot, September 27, 2011

While the United Nations controversial "Durban III" conference against racism took place in New York, protesters gathered in Trafalgar Square to highlight the plight of Jewish and other persecuted minorities driven out of the Middle East and North Africa.

Organised by Harif, which represents Jews from the Arab world, the British Israel Coalition and Stand With Us UK, around 100 demonstrators ha


Refugees on their bikes

By Jennifer Lipman, August 25, 2011

In a sprawling metropolis such as London, getting around can be difficult - and particularly so for refugees and asylum seekers without their own transportation.

To help rectify the problem, Habonim's social action worker Jem Stein set up the Habo Bike project earlier this year, supported by the Big Green Jewish campaign from the Jewish Social Action Forum, UJIA and Jeneration.

Modelled on a


Search begins for lost faces of Holocaust

By Jennifer Lipman, August 8, 2011

A campaign has ben launched to identify Holocaust survivors who lost contact with their families during the Nazi era.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has posted on its website photographs of some of the more than a million children who had been separated and displaced in the war years.