Top Met officer attends CST northern dinner

June 20, 2008

Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, former commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, addressed a capacity crowd at the annual Community Security Trust’s northern region dinner.

In his address to the 350 guests at the city centre Hilton Hotel he highlighted the country’s fight against terrorism and the significance of the controversial new Terror Bill which includes the extension to 42 days in which a suspect can be held before being charged.


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.


Board challenge on terror

By Leon Symons, June 6, 2008

Three members of a Jewish human-rights organisation have accused the Board of Deputies of misusing its claim to speak for the Jewish community.

Richard Kuper, newly elected chair of Jews for Justice for Palestinians, and two colleagues, Professor Irene Bruegel and Murray Glickman, have complained about a submission to the Home Office last August by the Board and the Community Security Trust on the Counter Terrorism Bill 2007.


Edgware Synagogue hears of hospital's terror plight

June 6, 2008

In a joint Jerusalem Day venture, Edgware Masorti Synagogue and the Zionist Federation presented “Ashkelon under fire”. The speaker was Lea Malul of Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Centre, who explained how the hospital coped with the constant threat of terror. Barzilai is fundraising for a protected underground facility for patients as its buildings are not fortified against rocket attacks.


Hizbollah ‘eager’ to do prisoner swap

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 30, 2008

Hizbollah has indicated that it is eager to reach a prisoner-swap deal with Israel, which will include the two captured Israeli soldiers and six Lebanese prisoners being held by Israel.

Lebanese media outlets close to Hizbollah have been reporting an impending deal this week, although Israeli sources suggest this is an effort by Hizbollah to push the negotiations forward.


Bin Laden calls for Gaza War

May 23, 2008

A recorded message claimed to be from Osama bin Laden called for Muslims to end the blockade on Gaza and attack Israel, which he claims is “very weak”. “Each one of us is responsible for the deaths of our oppressed people in Gaza, and dozens upon dozens have died due to this oppressive blockade,” a voice sounding like the al-Qaida leader is heard to announce on a recording posted on Islamist websites.


Terror's Advocate

By Gerald Aaron, May 16, 2008


The subject of Barbet Schroeder’s unsettling film is a cinema staple — the smug, limelight-seeking “star” lawyer. What makes Terror’s Advocate so chilling is that its “star” — French lawyer Jacques Vergès — is a real-life attorney notorious for his infamous clients.


She forgave a terrorist

By Simon Round, May 16, 2008

Storyville: My Israel
BBC4, Wednesday, May 14

Storyville: Flipping Out — Israel’s Drug Generation

BBC4, Thursday, May 15

BBC4’s Storyville strand celebrated Israel’ s 60th birthday with a season of films analysing different aspects of Israeli life.


JC readers give cash to help bomb victim walk again

By Candice Krieger, April 18, 2008

More than £7,500 has been donated by JC readers to the UK charity One Family to help Israeli paralysis victim Zion Shitrit realise his dream of walking again. Mr Shitrit, 23, was left paralysed from the chest down after a suicide bombing in Hadera, northern Israel.


Nostalgia for the Entebbe raid

By Simon Round, April 18, 2008

Age of Terror: Terror International
BBC2, April 15

For any government wishing to rescue hostages, the operation on Entebbe remains the gold standard. It spawned four star-studded feature films and dozens of documentaries. Indeed the survivors have spent most of the 30 years since the operation being interviewed; as this documentary demonstrated, the news footage from those eight days in June 1976 have been played so much that it is beginning to wear out.