Belfast reeling after spate of hate attacks

By Marcus Dysch, August 21, 2014

Belfast's Jewish community is coming to terms with a series of antisemitic incidents that have followed demonstrations over Gaza.

The city's main Orthodox synagogue was attacked and had windows smashed on two consecutive nights at the height of the conflict last month.


Lions well beaten by Malaga Academy

June 10, 2014

London Maccabi Lions U15's have returned from their second consecutive post season football tour where they played against a strong Malaga CF U15 academy side.

The tour was based in Marbella, Spain where the boys were due to play two games at the prestigious Marbella Football Centre, including game that pitched the boys from north London against the mighty La Liga outfit.


Singer on song in Belfast

By Joe Cohen, March 31, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was in Ireland at the weekend to induct Rabbi David Singer as minister of Belfast Jewry.

Former Olympic golden girl Mary Peters, now the city's Lord Lieutenant, and ex-Northern Ireland First Minister David Trimble were among a congregation of 220 at Belfast Synagogue.


Belfast Seder warms up Israelis for World Cup win

By Cathy Forman, April 8, 2013

A Seder service in Belfast proved the ideal preparation for the Israel football squad before the World Cup qualifying group game against Northern Ireland last week.

Celtic defender Rami Gershon — who played in the 2-0 defeat of the Irish — was among those who enjoyed the festival celebration in the squad’s hotel the previous evening.


Belfast injection

By Joe Cohen, March 25, 2013

The Belfast Jewish Community’s new spiritual leader brings a para medical background to the congregation and has also pledged to attract more of the Northern Ireland community who identified as being Jewish in the last census.


Stormont hosts anti-racist forum

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2012

Political leaders joined a reception at the home of the Northern Ireland Assembly to discuss combating antisemitism.

The Stormont event was organised by the Westminster-based All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism to promote cross-party action.


Steinbergs go to court

By Marcus Dysch, July 15, 2011

The children of late bookmaking tycoon Lord Steinberg are taking legal action against the remains of his gambling empire following an alleged multi-million pound dispute.
Lord Steinberg's son Jonathan and daughter Lynne argue that their father had not pledged a £20 million guarantee to the Stanleybet company to fund a joint venture.

It is thought the money is needed by Stanleybet to support a


How to win friends in Ireland

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

Belfast's Jewish community may be shrinking, but the city has become the base for one of Britain's fastest-growing and most successful Israel advocacy groups.


Israeli lecturer attacked by Belfast pro-Palestine activists

By Marcus Dysch, March 4, 2011

An Israeli law lecturer had to be rescued by security officers when a seminar was abandoned after being disrupted by pro-Palestinian demonstrators.

Solon Solomon, a former legal adviser to the Knesset Foreign Affairs committee, had been invited to speak to law school students at Queen's University in Belfast.


Pro-Israel historian barred from Irish Middle East debate

By Simon Rocker, October 21, 2010

Professor Geoffrey Alderman is to lodge a formal protest against Queen's University, Belfast after the withdrawal of an invitation to be a speaker at a Middle East debate on Monday night.

The staunchly pro-Israel JC columnist and historian, who is a guest professor at Ariel College on Israel's West Bank, had been invited to join the panel at a discussion on "Conflict in the Middle East" as part of the Belfast Festival.

But last Friday festival director Graeme Farrow told Professor Alderman that the invitation had been a "mistake" as he had not consulted the other panellists about it.