Britain-Israel science links ‘undermine boycott movement’, says ambassador

By Sandy Rashty, April 11, 2016

Britain’s Ambassador to Israel hailed the “flourishing” bilateral relations between the countries after Israeli scientists met UK counterparts at a special conference on Monday.


Blood cancer ‘cure’ originated in Israel

By Josh Jackman, February 17, 2016

A study which cured almost all its patients of advanced blood cancer originated in Israel.

Professor Zelig Eshhar of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, near Tel Aviv, was at the forefront of a new type of treatment which extracts and genetically modifies white blood cells to help them fight cancer cells.


Government adviser praises Israeli scientists as important partners for the UK

By Sandy Rashty, February 1, 2016

A senior government adviser has welcomed the contribution Israeli scientists can make to major British institutions.

Speaking ahead of the arrival on Wednesday of a delegation of Israeli scientists in London, Emma Hennessey, the Foreign Office’s deputy chief scientific adviser, said Israel was “an important science partner for the UK”.


Baby steps towards £1m fertility support programme

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2015

For five years, GP Rachel Stone, 34, and her solicitor husband, Andrew, 35, tried to conceive.

After four cycles of IVF treatment costing a total £50,000, the Cheshire couple even contemplated moving to a cheaper property to fund another attempt.

She had one embryo left when her cousin told her about Bonei Olam, an international charity providing fertility treatment funding.


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.


Israel cultivates integration of Arab teachers

By Shira Rubin, May 7, 2015

Respect for "the other" is part and parcel of respecting oneself, said Sarah Silberstrom, a representative from the Ministry of Education at a recent conference aimed at addressing the dilemmas facing Arab teachers working in Israeli schools.

"But what about Yom HaNakba," interrupted an audience member, Lubna Hadija, referring to the day on which Palestinians commemorate the Nakba - "catastroph


Carl Djerassi, father of the pill, dies aged 91

By Rosa Doherty, February 3, 2015

Carl Djerassi, the Jewish chemist who developed the birth control pill, has died at the age of 91.

A professor at Stanford University, he was famous for heading a research team which developed norethindrone, a synthetic molecule that became a key component of the first birth control pill.

The pill revolutionised sexual practices and women’s lives.


Millions given to Cambridge for Israeli research posts

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

A new multi-million pound investment fund has been set up for Israeli scientists at the University of Cambridge.

The fund, provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, will enable Israelis to pursue post-doctorate research at the leading university.


British Jewish doctor helps paralysed man walk again

By Sandy Rashty, October 21, 2014

A British Jewish doctor is behind a new treatment for spinal cord injuries, which has been hailed as a historic breakthrough.

Geoffrey Raisman, who grew up in Leeds, pioneered a new method of treating injuries previously thought to be incurable.


Aliyah helped me to new career heights

By Charlotte Oliver, May 23, 2014

Young people in the UK are not given the same opportunities in science and entrepreneurship as Israelis, according to Martine Bernstein, a scientist in Tel Aviv.