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Dayan's daughter in documentary on Camp David Accords

October 7, 2011

A documentary to be released later this month will give audiences a behind-the-scenes look into the 1979 Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty.

Featuring Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger and Yael Dayan (daughter of Moshe Dayan), Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace is a documentary looking into the interactions of the key players of the Camp David Accords.


Ivan Lewis moved to International Development role in reshuffle

By Jennifer Lipman, October 7, 2011

The MP for Bury South has been given the role of Shadow Secretary for International Development in the Shadow Cabinet shake-up.

Ivan Lewis, who is Jewish and a former vice-chairman of Labour Friends of Israel, has spent the past year as the Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport.

He has been in office since 1997 and as of the last election he held a 3,292 majority.


British rabbis condemn mosque attack

By Simon Rocker, October 6, 2011

At least 40 British rabbis have signed an online statement organised by the New Israel Fund to condemn an arson attack on a mosque in Galilee.


El Al helps three charities

October 6, 2011

El Al frequent flyers will be helping three charities under a new scheme introduced by Israel's national airline. Five per cent of points earned through the Matmid club will go to the Make a Wish Foundation, helping terminally ill children; Wellbeing of Israel's soldiers; and Birthright, which takes young diaspora Jews on trips to Israel.


Terror fatwa Imam fears student hate

By Jessica Elgot, October 6, 2011

A leading Muslim peace activist, who proclaimed a fatwa against terrorists, has called on the Orthodox Jewish communities to engage with him.

Dr Mohammad Tahir ul-Qadri, a Pakistani Sufi scholar, who was the keynote speaker at last month's "Peace for Humanity" conference in front of 10,000 people at Wembley Stadium, said he regretted organising the conference on Shabbat, because it had excluded


Israelis fear protests at Globe Shakespeare festival

By Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2011

The producer bringing an Israeli theatre company to perform for the first time at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre has described it as "a dream come true".

But Rut Tonn of the Habima Theatre also expressed concern that the production would be targeted by protesters.

Habima's version of The Merchant of Venice will be one of 37 plays staged in 37 different languages at the Globe next April as part


Mobile way to report hate crimes

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2011

The Community Security Trust has launched a system to help members of the community report antisemitic incidents direct from mobile phones.

CST Report is similar to an "app" for smart-phones, but can be used on any mobile which has internet access.

It allows users to register where and when an incident took place, the nature of it, a description of what happened, and their details.


Guardian cleared of 'jeering Jews' report

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2011

The Press Complaints Commission has rejected complaints that a Guardian story about the London riots unfairly singled out Chasidic Jews for allegedly "jeering at police".

In a report published online on August 7, the Guardian described how a double-decker bus had been set alight and local businesses broken into, and noted that teenagers were wandering the streets with stolen goods.

It went o


Jail term for synagogue office fraudster

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2011

A synagogue office worker has been jailed for eight months for stealing more than £36,000 from her community to fund a luxury lifestyle.

Susan Rudette spent the money she took from the United Hebrew Congregation in Leeds on a new kitchen, Sky TV subscription, holidays, mobile phone bills and cars.


Big Tent appeals for £80,000 for event

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 6, 2011

Northern synagogues have used Rosh Hashanah as a call to find £80,000 for the Big Tent Israel advocacy conference being organised in Manchester.

Whitefield Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag, who is behind the November 27 gathering, used his sermon to call for "galvanising the quarter of a million Jews who live in this country" and to "leverage that into several million non-Jews, w