Israel discovers many friends in Ireland

By Joe Cohen, March 19, 2009

Former Northern Irish First Minister Rev Ian Paisley was among the speakers at the inaugural meeting of the Northern Ireland Friends of Israel last Thursday at the Stormont parliament building.

Mr Paisley spoke of his ties to Israel and, on the domestic front, expressed revulsion at the killings of two soldiers and a policeman by Republican extremists. A minute’s silence was observed for the victims.


Belfast Jewish community invited to Stormont to celebrate Israel’s 60th

July 4, 2008
Members of the Belfast Jewish community were invited to Stormont, the Northern Ireland Parliament Building, to celebrate Israel’s 60th anniversary. The evening was organised by the Irish branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and hosted by Jeffrey Donaldson MP. More than 200 people were entertained with an evening of dance and music. The guest speaker was Israel’s Ambassador to Ireland, Zion Evrony.


Young Wizo lunches at the Wolfson Centre

June 20, 2008

Belfast Young Wizo held its annual luncheon at the Wolfson Centre. The occasion included celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of Israel at which the guest speaker was Paul Clark, a presenter from Ulster TV. Chairman Margaret Black said: “We were delighted with the turnout of 60 guests, with some people coming from Dublin as well as from Manchester.” The event raised £800 for Wizo projects in Israel.


Belfast community president resigns

June 13, 2008
Ronnie Appleton QC, president of the Belfast Jewish Community for the past 14 years, has resigned. Addressing the annual meeting, Mr Appleton said: “Having reached the age of 80 I think it’s time I took it a bit easier, but I will still make my contribution to the Belfast community.” He added: “I have enjoyed serving the Belfast Jewish Community into which I was born, which I love and of which I am justly proud.”