Zionist Federation

Zionist Federation calls for Iranian Revolutionary Guard proscription

By Marcus Dysch, May 2, 2013

The Zionist Federation has urged the British government and European Union to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation.

In a campaign launched this week, the ZF claimed the IRG was responsible for arms transfers to terrorist groups, had worked with al-Qaeda, backed Syrian President Bashar Assad, and had masterminded attacks against British citizens abroad.


X Factor winner Alexandra Burke pulls out of Israel 65 concert

By Marcus Dysch, April 15, 2013

X Factor winner Alexandra Burke has pulled out of this week's Zionist Federation concert to celebrate Israel’s 65th birthday.

The singer, who performed at Jewish weddings with the Gilev Showband before her rise to fame in 2008, was due to perform at the Yom Ha’atzmaut event at Wembley Arena on Tuesday evening.


Alexandra Burke to celebrate Israel's 65th birthday

By Sandy Rashty, March 19, 2013

The X Factor winner Alexandra Burke will perform at next month's Zionist Federation event, celebrating Israel’s 65th birthday.

The star, who spent time singing at weddings and barmitzvahs with leading simchah performers the Gilev Showband before her rise to fame in 2008, will perform at the Yom Ha’atzmaut event on April 16.


Former spies discuss Israel, Iran and Middle East at Zionist Federation dinner

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2013

Israel faces a series of extreme challenges in the changing Middle East but can overcome the threat of a nuclear Iran, former intelligence chiefs have claimed.

Efraim Halevy, former Mossad director and ex-chief of Israel’s National Security Council, and Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of MI6, discussed a wide range of issues affecting the region at the Zionist Federation annual dinner.


Storm in a Zionist teacup...

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 11, 2013

Should we be concerned that the national council of the Zionist Federation has declined to approve an application for ZF membership that had been lodged several months ago by an organisation calling itself Yachad?


Zionists I would want on my side

By David Aaronovitch, March 8, 2013

It's been one of those fortnights. So much so that, in the bookshop at Jewish Book Week last Sunday, I spotted a coffee-table effort with an octopus on the cover and wearily thought "another tome on antisemitism", before closer inspection showed it to be a book on Venetian cookery.


Yachad: ZF acting like 'Zionist police'

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

The Zionist Federation rejected a membership application from Yachad because the grass-roots advocacy group had not done enough to show vocal support for Israel, it was claimed this week.

ZF chairman Paul Charney had initially said there were “no grounds” for not accepting the Yachad application, which was rejected following a ZF national council vote.


Redbridge seniors take 'Birthright' trip

By Simon Rocker, March 4, 2013

The Birthright trips to introduce Israel to young Jews who have never visited have become a fixture of the Zionist calendar. But Redbridge is about to pioneer a new take on the idea — a Birthright-style trip for senior citizens.


ZF damages us all

February 28, 2013

Last week, the Zionist Federation issued a strongly worded statement attacking George Galloway for refusing to debate with an Israeli student. The organisation clearly has no sense of irony. A few days later, the same ZF voted to reject the application by Yachad UK to affiliate to the self-proclaimed umbrella organisation for UK Zionist organisations.


Zionist turns on Zionist in 'anti-Israel' attack

By Marcus Dysch, February 28, 2013

The Zionist Federation has refused to accept grassroots advocacy group Yachad as an affiliate member after claiming the organisation's day-to-day activities do not support Zionism - despite ZF chairman Paul Charney admitting in an email to Yachad that there were "no grounds" for vetoing its application.