Miliband cuts Israel trip

June 13, 2008

Foreign Secretary David Miliband was forced to cut short his trip to Israel this week because of a three-line whip on Wednesday night’s House of Commons vote on the length of time police can question terror suspects before charging them.

Government and Opposition MPs were brought in from foreign trips and far-flung constituencies in order to be present for the vote, viewed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown as a vital test of his premiership. On Tuesday, Mr Miliband was due to have visited the southern Israeli town of Sderot, scene of repeated rocket attacks from Hamas.


Talent show raises money for Sderot's children

May 16, 2008

Seven Immanuel College students raised over £6,000 for Sderot by organising a Stars In Their Eyes talent show. The girls-only competition saw eight finalists sing and dance before an audience of 250 and a judging panel of music industry experts. The winner was 17-year-old Beth Leslie, who performed George Gershwin’s Summertime. Proceeds will go towards playgrounds for Sderot.


JNF's first Women 4 Sderot fundraiser a success

May 9, 2008

The JNF Israeli Forum has launched a new women’s committee, Women 4 Sderot, in response to the crisis in Sderot. The group’s first fundraising event raised £6,000 and was held in Borehamwood, where 70 people attended a lecture by life-coach Noa Rockman. JNF Israeli Forum chairman Leora Torn-Hibler and committee member Riki Joel recently visited Sderot to ensure that shops have received the funds and are distributing vouchers for people in need.


Debate grows over how to defend Sderot

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 19, 2008

An intense political, financial and media battle is raging within the Israeli defence establishment over what system should be bought to counter the missile threat to Sderot and Ashkelon.

According to one senior defence ministry official, a number of retired Israeli generals are on retainer as consultants of American defence firms, interested in selling their system to Israel.