Jeremy Corbyn to speak at Labour Friends of Israel reception

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has accepted an invitation to speak at Labour Friends of Israel's reception at next week's party conference in Brighton.

He will be joined by Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn.


Brighton rejects Reform change on Jewish status

By Simon Rocker, September 17, 2015

Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue has rejected the Reform movement's new policy to recognise the Jewish status of the children of Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers.

Reform rabbis voted in July to accept patrilineal Jews on the recommendation of the person's local rabbi.

But Brighton chairman Michael Harris said this week that "we have decided we won't be following the policy.


SodaStream shop closes in Brighton after boycott row

By Sandy Rashty, July 3, 2014

The Israeli-owned EcoStream shop in Brighton has closed in the wake of weekly boycott protests.

EcoStream, which sold SodaStream recyclable bottles made in the West Bank settlement of Mishor Adumim, was boarded up on Monday. This time last year, the management had reported a 40 per cent rise in sales.


Brighton plaque honours Victorian policeman

By Cecily Woolf, June 2, 2014

A blue plaque has been unveiled by Brighton mayor Brian Fitch to commemorate Henry Solomon, the first chief officer of Brighton Borough Police and the only one to have died on duty.

Mr Solomon was appointed in 1838 and commanded 31 officers for six years but he was attacked with a poker in his office by a petty thief, John Lawrence, on March 13, 1844, and died a day later of his wounds.


Case against Israel activist dismissed

By Sandy Rashty, November 7, 2013

A court hearing against a pro-Israel activist was dismissed because the complainant failed to attend the hearing as he was reportedly in the Gaza Strip.

Defendant Daniel Barnett, a Jewish member of Sussex Friends of Israel, had been charged with a public order offence against Chris Osmond after a protest outside Israeli shop EcoStream this year.


Hofesh Shechter named Brighton Festival guest director

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2013

An Israeli choreographer has been appointed as a guest director of the Brighton Festival 2014.

Hofesh Shechter, 38, is globally renowned for his work with his dance troupe, the Hofesh Shechter Company, which has been a resident group at the Brighton Dome since 2008.

Now he will be the creative force behind the festival which attracted almost half-a-million people last year.


Bagels for counter PSC Brighton protest

By Sandy Rashty, October 3, 2013

Supporters of Israel turned out in force to counter the national day of boycott activity at the weekend.


Protests fail to halt Brighton EcoStream party

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2013

An Israeli-owned shop in Brighton saw record sales during its first anniversary celebrations last weekend — despite being picketed by boycott activists.

Israel supporters from London and along the south coast flocked to the EcoStream store for the festivities.

Sussex Friends of Israel member Daniel Laurence described the event as “excellent — the shop was packed”.


Police alert over Brighton shop protests

By Sandy Rashty, August 8, 2013

An Israeli-owned shop in Brighton will celebrate its first birthday this weekend — and Sussex police are preparing for potential trouble.

Hundreds of anti-Israel activists and members of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) are expected to picket EcoStream, which sells SodaStream recyclable bottles made in the West Bank settlement of Mishor Adumim.


Stanmore couple charged with £26,000 fraud of 100-year-old uncle

By Anna Sheinman, May 3, 2013

A couple from Stanmore have been charged with defrauding their 100-year-old uncle, who lived in Brighton, of £26,000.

A statement from Sussex police said: “Janice Olaff, the victim's niece and who had power of attorney, along with her husband, Leslie Olaff, had written cheques and used debit cards over a six year period.”