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Age not an issue for me, or my teenage comrades, says IDF’s oldest paratrooper

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2014

A former Londoner has become the oldest recruit to join the Israel Defence Forces’ elite paratroopers unit, at the tender age of 29.

Isaac Allen, who received his red beret last month, has been trumpeted as the IDF’s latest poster-boy in a campaign to close the army generation gap.


Full statement: The FA's decision not to appeal

By Darren Bailey, FA Director of Governance and Regulation, March 14, 2014

Nicolas Anelka’s use of the ‘quenelle’ was the first time this gesture had been seen in the English game.

It prompted significant public debate at home and abroad and, therefore, it is appropriate to share The FA’s response since 28 December, when the offence occurred, through to our decision today not to appeal the decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission.


Young volunteers are flying the flag for Israel in the UK

By Daniel Easterman, March 14, 2014

A select group of Israeli teenagers are working within Anglo-Jewry’s major communal organisations to introduce new projects to bring British Jews and Israelis closer together.


Cricketer Angus Fraser recalls Middlesex County Cricket Club's Auschwitz tour

By Angus Fraser, March 14, 2014

I had no idea of what to expect as the Middlesex County Cricket Club party travelled from our comfortable hotel in Krakow to the former concentration and extermination camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. I was not alone. There was a nervous silence on the coach as the group made its way through the stark Polish countryside.


Young people are struggling to afford the cost of Jewish activities

By Simon Rocker, March 13, 2014

Young people are struggling to afford the cost of Jewish activities.

The economic downturn since 2008 had presented an “increasing challenge” for youth organisations, according to a commission set up by the Jewish Leadership Council.


Jewish ambulance service has to turn off its blue light

By JC Reporter, March 13, 2014

The Hatzola Jewish ambulance service will no longer be able to use blue emergency lights on their vehicles after a judge overturned the acquittal of two drivers this week.

The Court of Appeal ruled that Michael Issler and Mordechai Bamberger, both emergency medics in Manchester, should be convicted of illegally using blue lights after attending victims of a car crash.


FA will not appeal for longer Anelka ban

By Daniel Easterman, March 13, 2014

The Football Association has decided it will not appeal against Nicolas Anelka's five-match ban for making the quenelle gesture.

An independent commission handed out the ban - the minimum available - to the player after he performed the gesture in a Premier League game.

The FA had wanted a more severe punishment but has now said it does not think an appeal would succeed.


David Cameron outlines his vision for a Palestinian state

By Marcus Dysch, March 13, 2014

David Cameron has called for an end to Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank and pledged his commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state.

Meeting Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, Mr Cameron outlined his vision of a new Palestine.


Another string to her bow

By Charlotte Oliver, March 13, 2014

There are plenty of talented teenage musicians, but being able to write music is a rarer skill.

Fourteen-year-old cellist Anoushka Sharp is already so accomplished as a composer that her first concerto is to be performed this Sunday at the Schott’s Music venue in central London. “I was really surprised that I was able to do it,” said Anoushka, who was named


JNF head attacks Mick Davis over Israel

By Simon Rocker, March 13, 2014

The chairman of JNF UK, Samuel Hayek, has launched a withering attack on Jewish Leadership Council chief Mick Davis for criticising the Israeli government and for his “wretched armchair Zionist leadership”.