Zionist Federation

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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Cancel event, Amnesty is urged by ZF

By Marcus Dysch, January 19, 2012

Amnesty International should cancel the launch of an anti-Israel activist's book about Palestinians because he allegedly "justified antisemitism", according to the Zionist Federation.

Ben White's new book, Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy, is due to be launched at Amnesty's London offices on January 26.

The ZF has written to AI managing director Kate Allen en

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Zionist Federation red-faced after Olympics gaffe

By Jessica Elgot, December 15, 2011

The Zionist Federation has hastily withdrawn Olympic tickets it had offered to sell as a fundraising project, after it learned that such a venture was illegal.

Last week the ZF advertised a deal, offering London 2012 tickets to two events, judo and taekwondo, both events in which Israel has a strong chance of doing well. The ZF offered a free Israeli flag with tickets sold.

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UJS Sheldon apologies to ZF's Hoffman

By Jessica Elgot, November 14, 2011

UJS Campaigns Director Dan Sheldon has apologised for linking Zionist Federation co-vice-chair Jonathan Hoffman with the English Defence League.

Mr Sheldon clashed with Mr Hoffman during a heated debate hosted by Leeds JSoc two weeks ago, over UJS’s “Liberation” campaign.

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Gilad Shalit release 'wonderful' for Jewish world

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2011

Israel and the international community have been sharing their reactions to the release of Gilad Shalit after more than five years as a prisoner of Hamas.

Sergeant Shalit has been taken across the border to Israel and is undergoing a medical check-up. He will soon be reunited with his family, who have dedicated the last five years to securing his freedom.

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