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Israel's Habima play will come to Shakespeare's Globe - thanks to the JC

By Jessica Elgot, April 19, 2012

The Israeli theatre company targeted by boycotters for its forthcoming performance at the Globe Theatre next month is £10,000 short on funding for the visit.

But, after an intervention by the JC, the Israeli Foreign Ministry this week agreed to cover the shortfall.


'You don't defend Israel properly'

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

A leading pro-Israel activist believes the mainstream Jewish community "cannot be trusted" to defend Israel and claims non-Jews are now leading the way in combating delegitimisation efforts.

Sam Westrop, a founder of the British Israel Coalition (BIC), said the community was often "paralysed" because it could not agree on positions to take on issues affecting Israel.


Thrills but no frills as Ryanair eyes Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, April 19, 2012

As travellers welcomed this week's news that easyJet plans to extend its budget service to flights between Israel and Manchester, there were signs that a third low cost airline would be landing at Ben-Gurion in the near future.

Ha'aretz's financial supplement reported this week that a senior executive from Ryanair had visited Israel just before Pesach for a meeting with the director-general of


Open Letter: Why some fans are just not laughing

By Dan Bloom, April 19, 2012

Dear Ricky and Karl,

Can you guys maybe start to leave Anne Frank out of your comedy routines? Okay, some of your fans are laughing, but I'm not: why did the Holocaust diarist become a subject for mirth?


'The Office' star's Anne Frank 'jokes' appal TV viewers

April 19, 2012

Viewers have threatened to boycott shows by Ricky Gervais, after he joked that Anne Frank's family went into hiding from the Nazis because they did not want to pay rent.

The comedian has been harshly criticised in the UK and across the Atlantic for using Anne Frank as "comedic fodder" on The Daily Show in the US.


Lord Sugar: Nobody should vote for Ken Livingstone as mayor

By Jennifer Lipman, April 19, 2012

A high-profile Labour peer has publicly stated that voters should not back Ken Livingstone to be mayor of London.

Lord Sugar, the Apprentice boss and millionaire entrepreneur, wrote on Twitter: "I don't care if Ed Miliband is backing Livingstone.

"I seriously suggest NO ONE votes for Livingstone in the Mayoral elections."


Israel boycott activist to take part in Olympic poetry festival

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2012

Israeli and Palestinian poets will be on the bill at an international poetry festival later this year as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Anat Zecharya, a Tel Aviv-born writer and photographer, will be one of the up to 204 poets from Olympic nations taking part in the week-long celebration of verse at the Southbank Centre.


Tillman's Aquascutum goes into administration

By Jessica Elgot, April 18, 2012

Aquascutum, the clothing company owned by Jewish businessman Harold Tillman, has gone into administration putting 250 jobs at risk.

Fashion businessman Mr Tillman, the former chairman of Jaeger, bought the luxury British brand, which dressed Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother, from its Japanese owners in 2009.


Third of Britons: Dislike of Jews 'understandable' because of Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, April 17, 2012

More than a third of Britons believe dislike of Jews is understandable given the actions of Israel.

According to a Europe-wide survey on prejudice and discrimination on the continent, conducted by Germany's Friedrich Ebert Foundation, 13.9 per cent of people in the UK believe that Jews wield too much influence in this country.


'Blood libel' cleric Salah returns to Israel

By Jessica Elgot, April 17, 2012

Controversial Islamic activist Raed Salah returned to Israel last night – after a ten month stay in Britain.

Israeli media reported that Sheikh Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was detained briefly by security forces at Ben-Gurion Airport but was later released.