Death of the Holocaust's quiet hero

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

The veteran Zionist, Arieh Handler, who died last week in Tel Aviv aged 95, was the last surviving witness of the declaration of the state of Israel.

For many years he was the embodiment of religious Zionism in the UK as the founder of the national branch of Bnei Akiva and as a leader of Mizrachi UK before he finally made aliyah at the age of 90.


Israel fears September as Arab Spring rattles IDF

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 19, 2011

The Israeli security establishment is rethinking its entire policy on security along the country's borders.

The attempts to storm across the borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza signal a change of strategy by the Palestinians, inspired by the uprisings throughout the Middle East.


Refugees' bows hit the right notes

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

A unique collection of more than 30 English Baroque instrument bows acquired by a German Jewish refugee couple is to be auctioned next month.

Otto and Trude Huttenbach, who fled to London in the late 1930s, collected bows made in the 18th century by some of the world's great violin-makers.


AJR marks its 70th anniversary

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

The lives of refugees who fled from antisemitic persecution will be celebrated in a week-long series of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the Association of Jewish Refugees.


On this day: Islamic republic established in Iran

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2011

The Iranian revolution, which ended more than 50 years of the rule of the US-baked Pahlavi dynasty, started in January 1978, when disparate groups of religious scholars, students, nationalists and communists began demonstrating against the Shah.


Equal rights celebrated

January 20, 2011

The Jewish Council for Racial Equality's work in combating racism and assisting refugees and asylum seekers was praised by civil liberties champion Baroness Helena Kennedy at a fundraising dinner in north London.

More than 100 guests, many new to Jcore, also heard its director Edie Friedman argue that concern for social justice should be an integral part of Jewish identity. "This is vital, not only for what it demonstrates to the wider community but also, perhaps more importantly, for our sense of what it means to be a Jew in today's Britain."


Why Jewish refugees are a hot topic again

By Nathan Jeffay, December 22, 2010

Israel's Foreign Ministry has begun a push to force the other Middle East refugees onto the international agenda and factor them into peace talks.

The United Nations estimates that, upon the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, 726,000 Palestinians became refugees. Meanwhile, Arab states displaced a large number of Jews. The advocacy organisation Justice for Jews from Arab Countries estimates the number at 856,000.

Two thirds moved to Israel but, strangely, Israel has done little to demand that they are compensated. So why is the Foreign Ministry taking up the issue now?


A drop-in for refugees

By Jessica Elgot, November 12, 2010

Why did you choose this cause?
Many are homeless and sleep on friends’ floors, night buses or in parks. Their plight has particular resonance with the Jewish people. Since March 2006, we have worked with more than 1,000 asylum seekers from 40 countries. We have volunteer lawyers, doctors, therapists, interpreters and childcare professionals.

Why does it make a difference?


Dinner with Gaddafi: a refugee goes home

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2010

A man whose family fled Libya in 1967 amid anti-Jewish violence has returned to his home city and had dinner with Colonel Gaddafi.

Raphael Luzon was 13 when, in the aftermath of Israel’s Six day War, the then 4,000-strong Libyan Jewish population was forced out of the north African country.

Several members of his family, including six cousins, were killed before they could escape.


Peer bids to block Israelis from EU

By Marcus Dysch, August 5, 2010

Crossbench peer Lord Hylton has called on the European Union to bar Israelis from entering Europe without a visa.

He tabled a motion asking for a House of Lords debate shortly before the summer recess, advocating a ban on Israeli goods being sold duty-free.

The motion calls for the Lords "to resolve that the EU should use its powers to prevent access to the EU without a visa by Israeli citizens and to remove duty-free access for Israeli goods if Israeli breaches of international law continue".