Zionist Federation

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.


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.


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."


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."


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.


ZF celebrates Yom Ha'atzmaut despite travel chaos

By Leon Symons, April 22, 2010

The Zionist Federation claimed a triumph out of disaster after its London concert to celebrate Israel's 62nd birthday fell victim to the travel chaos caused by the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud.

With the Israeli stars of the show unable to travel, the ZF had 24 hours to put together a replacement Israeli-style informal party for 400 people at Logan Hall in Bloomsbury, featuring a London-based Israeli band, a singer and a comedian.


ZF Yom Ha’atzmaut concert cancelled

By Jessica Elgot, April 19, 2010

The Zionist Federation has cancelled its Yom Ha’atzmaut concert, due to be held tomorrow, after the volcanic ash cloud stopped Israeli musicians travelling to London.

But the Israel 62 party will still go ahead with Israel food and dancing, including performances from a London-based Israeli band and a stand-up comedian.

Israeli singer Achinoam Nini and her band, plus five other musical acts, are unable to fly to London. Those who have bought tickets to the concert may attend the party free of charge.


Mira Awad: I won't perform on Israel Independence Day

By Jessica Elgot, April 12, 2010

Arab-Israeli singer Mira Awad, who pulled out of a performance at the Zionist Federation’s Israel Independence Day concert, has insisted death threats were not behind her decision to cancel.

In a message on her Facebook page, the singer, who jointly represented Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest, maintained she had pulled out after she realised the significance of the date of the performance.

Ms Awad was due to perform with her Eurovision partner Achinoam Nini, known as Noa, with whom she sings to sell-out audiences internationally, promoting a message of peace and co-existence.


Death threats silence Independence Day singer

April 9, 2010

The woman who sang for Israel at the last Eurovision Song Contest, has pulled out of the ZF Israel Independence Day Concert in London following death threats.

Mira Awad, is an Arab-Israeli and one half of a duo with Achinoam Nini, otherwise known as NOA, with whom she performs to sell-out internationally audiences, promoting a message of peace and co-existence.


Zionist Federation may sue David Bellamy over talk pull-out

By Marcus Dysch, February 18, 2010

The British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (Bricup) has claimed its campaign led TV botanist David Bellamy to pull out of a Zionist Federation science event.

Prof Bellamy was scheduled to be guest speaker at the Israel Blue White and Green event last week, but withdrew offering no explanation for his absence.

The JC understands that the ZF is now considering taking legal action against Prof Bellamy for breach of contract.