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Crowdfunding campaign launched to raise £10,000 for film about Auschwitz survivor

By Rosa Doherty, November 10, 2015

The grandson of Auschwitz survivor Zigi Shipper has launched a crowdfunding campaign to make a film about his life.

Darren Richman, a journalist, has set up the campaign on the Kickstarter website to raise £10,000 to produce “Zigi & '8 4 3 0 3'”. Over £1,000 has already been donated.


Majority of Britons see Israel as key Middle East ally

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2015

Israel is seen as Britain’s leading Middle East ally by more than half of the British public, a poll has found.

Fifty-two per cent of Britons saw Israel as a key friend in the region, but only 19 per cent of the public feel “warm” towards Israel. Twenty per cent have positive feelings about Palestinians.


Wife and family of Angad Paul in shock after fatal plunge

By Rosa Doherty, November 9, 2015

The family of a businessman who fell to his death from his penthouse said they are “in shock” over the tragedy.

Angad Paul, 45, who was married to Jewish media lawyer Michelle Bonn, is said to have suffered fatal injuries after falling from the eight-storey property in Portland Place, central London.


LL Camps director released on bail

By Sandy Rashty, November 9, 2015

The former director of a leading children’s camp has been released from custody on bail.

Ben Lewis, who ran LL Camps, had been detained since he was charged with three counts relating to the possession of indecent images of children in August.


SNP politician 'apologises' for 'offence caused' by antisemitic tweet

By Marcus Dysch, November 9, 2015

The Scottish National Party has apologised on behalf of a MSP after she posted an antisemitic image on Twitter “in error”.

Sandra White, who represents the party in the Glasgow Kelvin seat at Holyrood, had highlighted a cartoon of piglets suckling a large pig with the word “Rothschild” written on it and showing a bank with a Star of David.


Don’t despair at violence, says peace activist honoured by New Israel Fund

By Simon Rocker, November 9, 2015

An Israeli activist who pursues reconciliation between Jews and Arabs told supporters that he would not give up despite the current outbreak of violence in the country.

Dr Gadi Gvaryahu, the founder of Tag Meir, was one of three recipients this year of the UK branch of the New Israel Funds’ annual human rights awards which honours Israeli social activists.


Siblings agree compromise in High Court dispute over mother’s burial

By JC Reporter, November 9, 2015

The strains of the song 'If You Were the Only Girl in the World' will ring out after Iris Freud's warring children finally agreed on how she should be buried.

Mrs Freud died, aged 92, at West Middlesex University Hospital in October, and her body has been kept in storage as a “'biblical” High Court battle was waged over her funeral.


Star-studded opening to UK Jewish Film Festival

By Barry Toberman, November 8, 2015

The 19th UK Jewish Film Festival got off to a glitzy start on Saturday evening as stars of the gala premiere, Closer To The Moon, joined 300 movie fans for a reception and screening at BFI on the Southbank.

Set in Romania in 1958 where antisemitism was rife, the film is based on the true story of a disenchanted group of Jewish friends who plot an audacious bank raid.


Did Jeremy Corbyn back artist whose mural was condemned as antisemitic?

By Marcus Dysch, November 6, 2015

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn apparently backed the painting of a mural which was condemned as having antisemitic undertones.

The graphic, Freedom for Humanity, was painted on a property near Brick Lane in London’s East End by renowned international graffiti artist Kalen Ockerman, known as Mear One, in 2012.


New Israel ambassador starts work in Ireland

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2015

Israel’s new ambassador to Ireland has presented his credentials to the country’s president.

Ze’ev Boker, 57, met President Michael Higgins yesterday.

Mr Boker, who was raised in an Israeli kibbutz, has served as a diplomat since 1987.