Zoe Winograd

Israel releases 25 Palestinians as peace talks resume

By Zoe Winograd, August 14, 2013

Twenty-six Palestinian prisoners were released by Israel late last night as part of the build-up to peace negotiations.

More than 1000 people gathered at the presidential compound in Ramallah to welcome the prisoners.

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Rocket attack on Eilat intercepted

By Zoe Winograd, August 13, 2013

The Iron Dome intercepted a rocket attack aimed at Eilat on Monday night.

Sirens woke the city at midnight, just before the missile defence system destroyed two rockets in mid-air. There were no major injuries or damage.

An Islamist faction in the Sinai Peninsula called Magles Shoura al-Mujahideen claimed responsibility.

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Family mourn dead cyclist

By Zoe Winograd, August 12, 2013

The cyclist who was killed riding his bike on a busy north London main road was a prominent member of New North London Synagogue.

Retired GP Clive Richard s suffered a heart attack after he was hit by a lorry on Archway Road in Highgate last week.

The 67-year-old, from Whetsone, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

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Protests expected in Israel over Palestinian prisoner release

By Zoe Winograd, August 12, 2013

Tel Aviv is braced for angry demonstrations following the publication of the names of 26 Palestinian prisoners to be released by Israel on Wednesday as part of the build-up to peace negotiations.

Since the publication of the names on Sunday, the Israeli government has been flooded with protest letters written by families of terror victims. Members of the public have two days to appeal.

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Paving the way to honour heroes of the Great War

By Zoe Winograd, August 8, 2013

The courage of four Jewish soldiers who were awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War is to be celebrated with a special government tribute.

Frank de Pass, Jack White, Robert Gee and Leonard Keysor will be among 480 soldiers honoured with memorial paving stones to be placed in their home towns.

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FZY teenagers injured in Zanzibar acid attack

By Zoe Winograd, August 8, 2013

Two Jewish 18-year-old girls from north west London have been victims of an acid attack in Zanzibar, east Africa.

Two men on a moped threw acid at Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup as they walked through the island’s capital, Stone Town, on Wednesday night.

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Surgery will stop the teasing for boy born with no ears

By Zoe Winograd, August 8, 2013

According to his mother, eight year old Kieran Sorkin is “a little apprehensive but excited” to receive two new ears, a much awaited operation since the Michael Sobell Sinai pupil has lived without a set of ears his whole life.

Kieran was born with bilateral microtia, a rare condition meaning that he was born with no ears and only 20 per cent hearing.

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Antisemite Mahathir Mohamad gets green light from UN

By Zoe Winograd, August 8, 2013

A United Nations committee is to work with a non-governmental organisation founded by former Malaysian prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, who once stated he was “glad to be labelled antisemitic”.

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Women of the Wall blocked from holy site by chanting protesters

By Zoe Winograd, August 7, 2013

The Women of the Wall conducted a Rosh Chodesh service at the back of the Western Wall plaza on Wednesday morning, despite the presence of protesters and a police barricade.

The 300 women were not able to pray directly in front of the wall due to a large crowd of strictly Orthodox protesters who were screaming and chanting while standing between the feminist group and the holy site.

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US has given ‘yellow light’ for Iran strike, says ex-IDF chief

By Zoe Winograd, August 7, 2013

A former head of Israeli military intelligence has said that America is strengthening its support for an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear programme.

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Netanyahu aims to open army service for Israel’s Christians

By Zoe Winograd, August 6, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to facilitate the entry of Christian Arabs into the IDF.

Mr Netanyahu is to set up a forum to promote the army and civil service among the Christian community.

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Netanyahu seeks new rules on bank governor selection

By Zoe Winograd, August 5, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might change the process of selecting the Bank of Israel governor after two candidates stepped down last week.

Reportedly, Mr Netanyahu is considering including the Turkel Committee, an advisory committee on senior appointments, in the decision-making process.

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Kerry announces ‘positive’ start to talks

By Zoe Winograd, July 30, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry has announced that a “very positive meeting” was held between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Washington today.

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Frenkel withdraws Bank of Israel candidacy

By Zoe Winograd, July 30, 2013

Jacob Frenkel has withdrawn his bid to be the next governor of the Bank of Israel following allegations of theft.

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First, break bread: Palestinians, Israelis have peace-talks supper

By Zoe Winograd, July 30, 2013

Peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders resume in Washington today.

On Monday evening, US Secretary of State John Kerry hosted a dinner for Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s envoy Yitzchak Molcho and two Palestinian negotiators, Saeb Erekat and Mohammad Shtayyeh.

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Israel to release 104 Palestinian pre-Oslo prisoners

By Zoe Winograd, July 29, 2013

The Israeli cabinet has agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners in an effort to restart the peace process.

Israeli ministers held a meeting on Sunday which resulted in 13 votes in favour, seven against and two abstentions to release the prisoners who were jailed before the Oslo Accords in 1993.

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Tiny Newport has a big giveaway

By Zoe Winograd, July 22, 2013

The five remaining active members of Newport Hebrew Congregation held a kiddush on Monday to mark the handover of two sifrei Torah to a new Israeli community.

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Smart starter

By Zoe Winograd, July 22, 2013

JNF UK and KKL have launched an online giving service.

SmartGiving allows users to create personal accounts into which they can deposit money and distribute funds to any registered charity. They can also create fundraising pages for specific events. Commission is charged to cover administrative costs and any “surplus fees” go to JNF.

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Measles hits Orthodox community

By Zoe Winograd, July 18, 2013

A government health agency has urged Orthodox Jews in London to vaccinate their children against measles.

Public Health England said that out of the 50 cases of measles found this year in Hackney, north London, the most affected area in London, 45 sufferers were from the Orthodox community.

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James Bond and Potter cars in Tel Aviv

By Zoe Winograd, July 18, 2013

The Batmobile, Hagrid’s motorcycle from the Harry Potter films and 007's Aston Martin from the latest Bond movie Skyfall are just three of the 14 vehicles that have arrived from Hollywood for this week’s Automotor exhibition in Tel Aviv.

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