Zionist Federation

New friends in Sussex

By Cecily Woolf, January 14, 2013

The formation of a Sussex Friends of Israel group was announced at a Zionist Federation-organised meeting on the Middle East situation held at Brighton’s Ralli Hall, which was attended by 150 people.

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Brighton counters anti-Zionists

December 10, 2012

Zionist Federation director Alan Aziz has said that the best response to rising anti-Zionist sentiment in Brighton is “to bring more Israeli activity, culture, education and training”.

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Expo draws the crowds

November 29, 2012

More than 1,000 people attended the Israel Expo in London, where the exhibitors ranged from Christian Zionists to wine producers. There was also a “job centre” focusing on employment opportunities for those contemplating aliyah.

ZF chair Paul Charney said: “The Expo showed that Israel has many friends who will not abandon it at the first signs of trouble.”

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Zionist Federation elects its new board

November 1, 2012

A former IDF lieutenant has been elected the new chair of the Zionist Federation.

Solicitor Paul Charney made aliyah from South Africa in 1986 and served in an armoured division of the Israeli army for four years until 1996.

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South Africa government in court over labelling

By Moira Schneider, September 6, 2012

The South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) is taking the government to court over what has become known as the “relabelling issue”.

In May this year, a notice was published in the Government Gazette signalling the intention to require all goods produced in the West Bank to be labelled as emanating from the Occupied Palestinian Territories, rather than Israel.

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Silences held despite IOC's refusal to mark Munich at Opening Ceremony

By Marcus Dysch and Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2012

Silences have been held around Britain to mark 40 years since 11 Israeli athletes were murdered during the 1972 Munich Olympics.

More than 20,000 people joined the Zionist Federation organised "Minute for Munich", a virtual silence conducted by individuals wherever they were at 11am, that had been promoted on social media.

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'British Jews have new confidence' leaders tell Knesset

By Nathan Jeffay, May 24, 2012

Israelis should stop sensationalising the problems facing Jews in the UK, a British Jewish leader urged in the Knesset on Tuesday.

Mick Davis, head of the Jewish Leadership Council and chairman of the UJIA, said: “The hyperbole and headlines which dominate the discourse in Israel about the UK often harm our community and bilateral relationship.”

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We deserve more from Amnesty

By Alan Aziz, May 17, 2012

Once upon a time, the image of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) was positive. They were seen as groups that wanted to make the world a better place by working to cure disease and end poverty and hunger, or by taking on political battles against tyrannies and dictatorships. In many cases, this was, and still is, true.

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Anglo-Jewry is confused

April 19, 2012

The debate over who is best-placed to defend Israel in Britain was exemplified by widespread confusion over what the response should be to the Global March to Jerusalem protests in London last month.

As around 800 anti-Israel demonstrators protested outside the Israeli Embassy - a number displaying images of the Israeli flag interwoven with a swastika - only 20 counter-protesters attended, main

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Zionist Federation keeps Rabbi Rich as patron

By Simon Rocker, February 6, 2012

The Zionist Federation has rejected a move to oust Rabbi Danny Rich, the chief executive of Liberal Judaism, as one of its patrons.

ZF joint vice-chairman Jonathan Hoffman tabled the resolution to remove him at a meeting of a national council last week.

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