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.


Ireland’s President visits Belfast synagogue

By Joe Cohen, February 4, 2010

Mary McAleese praised the achievements of Belfast Jewry when making the first visit by an Irish President to the community’s synagogue.

Addressing 40 members, President McAleese recalled growing up in Belfast and her many Jewish friends at Belfast University. She told her audience to “never ever underestimate your influence and power. Belfast would not be what it is without the commitment of this small community, who have made a contribution to every level in the world of politics, business, arts and education.”


Belfast remember the Holocaust

By Joe Cohen, January 28, 2010

Ulster Television presenter Paul Clark was master of ceremonies for the Northern Ireland HMD event which was at Belfast City Hall.

More than 400 people attended the event in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Belfast Naomi Long and the Junior Minister Robin Newton.


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Lord Steinberg dies at Ritz Hotel, London

By Jessica Elgot, November 4, 2009

The tycoon Lord Steinberg has died at the Ritz Hotel, London, where he was staying before attending the House of Lords.

The former Leonard Steinberg, 73, a Conservative life peer and president of the Northern Ireland Friends of Israel, died suddenly in his room in London's Picadilly.

His body was escorted back to his home in Hale by the Manchester Chevra Kadisha and the funeral was at Dunham Lawn cemetery in Altrincham today.

Lord Steinberg, who was born in Belfast, made his fortune in the gambling industry, as the founder and non-executive chairman of Stanley Leisure.


Jews schmooze in city festival

By Joseph Cohen, October 15, 2009

The community in Northern Ireland is to make its mark on the cultural calendar with a series of events to raise awareness of Judaism.

Belfast’s Lord Mayor Councillor Naomi Long and the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure, Nelson McCausland were among 70 guests who attended Belfast Hebrew Congregation for Tuesday’s launch of “Jews Schmooze”.

Mr McCausland said: “I am delighted to show my support for Jews Schmooze and the invaluable work that the Belfast Jewish community and others undertake to build awareness and understanding of Jewish culture in the wider community.”