Zionist Federation

Gordon Brown's bid to fix rift with UK Jews

By Martin Bright and Simon Rocker, November 12, 2009

The government is to launch a charm offensive to rebuild the trust of the Jewish community in response to the anger unleashed by the Goldstone Report on Gaza.

Foreign Office Minister Ivan Lewis met senior representatives of the community on Tuesday to reassure them about last week’s decision to abstain in the UN General Assembly on a resolution endorsing the findings of the controversial report. Judge Richard Goldstone found that Israel and Hamas should be investigated for war crimes during the conflict.

More..

Board blasts Israel’s 'maverick' defender

By Marcus Dysch and Simon Rocker, October 15, 2009

Board of Deputies vice-president Jerry Lewis has launched a stinging attack on fellow Board member Jonathan Hoffman over his tactics when defending Israel in public.

Mr Hoffman, who is also vice-chair of the Zionist Federation, has been criticised by War on Want and Amnesty for his vociferous attempts to challenge attacks on the Jewish state.

More..

Common cause at ZF

By Leon Symons, September 17, 2009

An Israeli politician has called on diaspora communities to work together with Israel to tackle common issues such as assimilation and education.

Addressing the Zionist Federation’s biennial conference in London, Kadima MK Yoel Hasson said: “I believe we are all one people. We have the same destiny and the same future and we should help and support each other.

“We should deal with assimilation and problems with young people. It’s not just your problem, it’s ours too.”

More..

New Shalit appeal

September 3, 2009

The Zionist Federation has launched a Rosh Hashanah appeal for captured soldier Gilad Shalit.

The organisation will send New Year greeting cards from the public to the International Red Cross and ask them to help pass the messages to Gilad and his parents.

More..

University apologises to ZF for cancelled event...

By Jessica Elgot, July 14, 2009

University College London has apologised to the Zionist Federation for cancelling an Israeli Independence Day celebration at the Bloomsbury theatre because the poster featured members of the IDF in uniform.

The Bloomsbury Theatre, owned by UCL, cancelled one of the ZF's two Israel independence day events in April this year because publicity pictures included performers from the IDF entertainment troupe in uniform.

More..

Banned. Do they offend you?

By Marcus Dysch, April 23, 2009

A group of young Israeli entertainers are at the centre of an argument which has forced the relocation of an annual Yom Ha’atzmaut show.

The Zionist Federation planned to hold its annual family entertainment night at the Bloomsbury Theatre in central London next Tuesday (April 28), but was forced to move it after the venue refused to host members of the IDF dance troupe.

The decision followed complaints from anti-Israel groups about the performance, which was due to be part of the Israel 61 Family Show.

It will now take place at a secret location in north London.

More..

ZF guest Halevy hails Gaza action

February 12, 2009

Former Mossad head Ephraim Halevy hailed the impact of Operation Cast Lead in a speech to 500 Zionist Federation supporters in Central London on Sunday.

Addressing the ZF’s annual dinner, which raised over £100,000, Mr Halevy maintained that from a military standpoint, the operation had been an “all-out success”, inflicting a humiliating defeat on Hamas.

“This was also evident with the total isolation of Hamas in the Arab world. Egypt and Saudi Arabia turned their back, as did Iran and Syria. And where was [Hizbollah leader Sheikh Hassan] Nasrallah?”

More..

Kaufman blasted for ‘Nazi’ remark

By Leon Symons, January 22, 2009

Metro, the London freesheet, published an apology and changed the wording of a poll it ran on Monday which appeared to compare Israel with the Nazis.

The poll was based on comments made during a House of Commons debate on Gaza by Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman last week.

Sir Gerald, MP for Manchester Gorton, had said: “On Sky News a few days ago, the spokeswoman for the Israeli army, Major Leibovich, was asked about the Israeli killing of, at that time, 800 Palestinians—the total is now 1,000. She replied instantly that ‘500 of them were militants’.

More..

Election day for ZF

September 19, 2008

In the Zionist Federation's first contested elections for eight years, management consultant Jonathan Smilansky and City economist Jonathan Hoffman were elected ZF vice-chairs at its biennial conference in London on Sunday.

The defeated candidate was former Board of Deputies vice-president Jerry Lewis.

In addition, one-time Labour MP Eric Moonman and Manchester activist Joy Wolfe were elected to the two presidential positions.

More..

Shalit march planned

August 21, 2008
The Zionist Federation is organising a march and meeting in London on September 21 to publicise the plight of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.   

More..