Belfast

Israel make their point in Belfast

By Danny Caro in Belfast, August 13, 2009

A first-half strike from Elyaniv Barda earned Israel a draw following an encouraging performance in an international friendly against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

Ahead of next month's World Cup qualifying double-header against Latvia and Luxembourg, Israel boss Dror Kashtan saw his squad performing for the first time in four months.

Going into the match, Israel had not beaten their opponents in six previous meetings.

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Northern Ireland Parades chief is Jewish woman

By Leon Symons, July 16, 2009

he new chair of Northern Ireland’s Parades Commission has been greeted with a baptism of fire — almost literally.

Rena Shepherd has claimed a double first — she is the first Jew and the first woman to head the body, which maps out the routes for Ulster’s marching season. The season reached its climax this week with the annual Twelfth of July Orange Order and Apprentice Boys’ marches.

The Parades Commission was created as part of the Good Friday Agreement.

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Ron Prosor and Gerry Adams: road to peace

By Marcus Dysch in Belfast, May 7, 2009

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has said he “would like to help” advance the Middle East peace process using his experience from Northern Ireland.

His comments came as Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor made a two-day tour of Belfast this week.

When Mr Adams visited the Middle East in March, Israeli officials refused to meet him after he held talks with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza.

But he offered Mr Prosor a warm welcome to Ulster ahead of an hour of private talks on Wednesday afternoon.

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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.

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

July 3, 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.

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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.

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Belfast community president resigns

June 12, 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.”

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