Zionist Federation

ZF parties for Israel 63

April 21, 2011

Europe's biggest Israel Independence Day event is due to take place in London next month.

The Zionist Federation's Israel 63 Yom Ha'atzmaut party will feature singer Einat Sarouf.

Young Israeli performers Adi Bouskila, Gilan Shahof, Yael Erez and Ido Shavit, who were due to perform at Yom Ha'atzmaut last year, but were grounded due to the volcanic ash incident, will also be there.

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Experts: The Promise deliberately demonises Israel

By Marcus Dysch, March 3, 2011

The Zionist Federation has led a barrage of complaints to Channel 4 over its drama series, The Promise, which ended on Sunday. Letters of complaint were also sent by the Board of Deputies and the Israeli Embassy in London.

Channel 4 confirmed it had received more than 200 "comments" from viewers but a spokeswoman said: "Well over half were appreciative."

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Guttentag and Wolfe will galvanise the grassroots

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 4, 2011

A major conference to galvanise Jewish activists to fight public demonisation of Israel is being planned for Manchester, probably in May.

Joint president of the Zionist Federation, Joy Wolfe, said there was "a growing awareness" across the UK's Jewish leadership of an urgent need for a major tactic change to match the web of far-left activists and groups like the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign.

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Pro-Israel activists lobby MPs

By Marcus Dysch, February 3, 2011

More than 300 pro-Israel activists met their MPs to voice concerns during the Zionist Federation's annual Parliamentary lobby day.

They expressed their fears over rising extremism on campuses and attacks on Christian communities in the Middle East during sessions with parliamentarians last week.

A training session for lobbyists was led by ZF president Eric Moonman and Jacob Vince of Christian Friends of Israel.

Around 100 MPs, including Sir Alan Beith, Louise Ellman, Lee Scott, Theresa Villiers and Luciana Berger, later met constituents for private meetings.

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Israel activists raise concerns with MPs

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2011

More than 300 pro-Israel activists met their MPs to voice concerns during the Zionist Federation’s annual Parliamentary lobby day.

They expressed their fears over rising extremism on campuses and the existence of a Hamas-related centre in London during sessions with Parliamentarians on Wednesday.

A training session for lobbyists was led by ZF president Eric Moonman and Jacob Vince of Christian Friends of Israel.

Around 100 MPs, including Sir Alan Beith, Louise Ellman, Lee Scott, Theresa Villiers and Luciana Berger, later met constituents for private meetings.

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NatWest freezes Press TV bank account

By Jennifer Lipman, January 27, 2011

One of Britain's biggest clearing banks, NatWest, has confirmed that it has frozen the British account of the Iranian state-backed news channel Press TV.

Launched in 2007, the channel has been the subject of worldwide controversy for its coverage of stories including the stoning sentence of the Iranian Sakineh Ashtiani Mohammed.

Last month Press TV broadcast a re-enactment of the alleged murder of her husband.

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On this day: the Balfour Declaration

By Jennifer Lipman, November 2, 2010

Hailed as a “Jewish triumph” in that week’s JC, the Balfour Declaration is one of the most significant texts in the history of the Zionist movement.

Following a War cabinet meeting on the subject, it was a formal statement by the British government saying that they “View with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object.

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Hall of Infamy: Saleys Travel Goods

November 2, 2010

"Please don’t pay! Don’t contaminate our account with your blood money.

"We cannot supply you any of our goods as we don't want or need your blood money! Please do not contact us any more."

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ZF urges rationalisation of Israel groups

By Leon Symons and Katie Taylor, October 21, 2010

Outgoing Zionist Federation chairman Andrew Balcombe used his valedictory speech to call for a rationalisation of organisations supporting Israel.

Addressing the ZF's biennial conference in north-west London on Sunday, Mr Balcombe also bemoaned "the weakest pro-Israel leadership the community has had in many years.

"Israel is not the mainstream issue for the Jewish leadership, nor the Board of Deputies. All I see is apologies."

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Israel advocates get media training amid international criticism

By Marcus Dysch, June 3, 2010

Hopeful Israel advocates took part in a media training course with a renowned communications expert — as the Gaza flotilla deaths brought an avalanche of criticism against the Jewish state.

Linda Lovitch, who counts leading Israel spokesman Mark Regev among her former students, led the two-day exercise in London on behalf of the Zionist Federation.

After learning on Sunday the importance of being polite, knowing your audience and having facts at your fingertips, the 14 participants, including students and businessmen, were faced just 24 hours later with a real-time case study.

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