Zoe Winograd

‘Jews corrupting Muslims with pornography’

By Zoe Winograd, November 29, 2012

An Egyptian preacher has accused Jews of financing internet pornography as a way to corrupt Muslims.

In a sermon broadcast by Egypt’s Tahrir TV on November 23, Egyptian cleric Abd Al-Fattah Abu Zayd told his followers that “they replaced the armed forces with soft power.”

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Begin and Meridor fail in Likud primaries

By Zoe Winograd, November 27, 2012

The results of the Likud primary elections demonstrate a clear lean to the right ahead of Israel’s elections in January.

More moderate ministers Benny Begin and Dan Meridor did not make the list, whilst extreme right-wing politician Moshe Feiglin was placed in a solid middle spot.

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Livni announces the formation of new party named Hatnua

By Zoe Winograd, November 27, 2012

Former Kadima leader Tzipi Livini announced today that she will be forming a new political party called Hatnua, meaning “The Movement”.

Ms Livni said at a press conference today: “"I have come to fight for peace, and I will not give my hand to those who try to turn the word peace into a dirty one."

“If we don’t make a change now, we won’t be able to make it in the future.”

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EU considers blocking violent Israeli settlers from entering EU states

By Zoe Winograd, November 27, 2012

The European Union is considering a move to block violent Israeli settlers from entering European Union countries.

A report earlier this year by the consuls general in East Jerusalem and Ramallah asked officials in Brussels to draw up a blacklist of “known violent settlers” who could be forbidden to enter the 27 EU states.

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Tzipi Livni plans new secular party

By Zoe Winograd, November 27, 2012

Former Kadima leader Tzipi Livini is expected to announce today that she will be forming a new secular party.

According to reports, Ms Livni will declare the formation of a new centre-left movement called the National Responsibility Party that will run in the up-coming election.

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Norway police apologise for Holocaust deportation

By Zoe Winograd, November 26, 2012

Norwegian police have apologised for sending over 750 Jews to concentration camps during the Holocaust.

On the 70th anniversary of the first deportation of 532 Jews on the SS Donau, police chief Odd Reidar Humlegaard said: "I want to apologise on behalf of the Norwegian police and those who were responsible for carrying out the deportation of Norwegian Jews to concentration camps."

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Fashion legend Lea Gottlieb dies at 94

By Zoe Winograd, November 19, 2012

Israeli fashion great Lea Gottlieb died on Saturday evening in Tel Aviv at the age of 94.

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Special barmitzvah is a product of Norwood's unity

By Zoe Winograd, November 16, 2012

The parents of a Borehamwood boy with learning difficulties and epilepsy have praised a Norwood recreational facility for enabling him to celebrate his barmitzvah.

Michael Lang’s ceremony was on Sunday at Norwood’s Kennedy Leigh Centre in Hendon.

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City of London pupil runs multi-faith conference

By Zoe Winograd, November 16, 2012

A 17-year-old City of London pupil organised and hosted a multi-faith conference for sixth-formers from London schools including JFS.

Times religion correspondent Ruth Gledhill and Adam Copson of the British Humanist Association were among a panel recruited by Hannah Cowen to debate the place of religion in the modern world.

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Golan Heights Winery wins prestigious award

By Zoe Winograd, November 14, 2012

The Golan Heights Winery in Katzrin has won a prestigious award from Wine Enthusiast’s Magazine - a first for an Israeli winery.

The winery was awarded the 2012 Wine Star in the New World Winery of the Year category and will be honoured at a ceremony in New York in January next year.

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Strictly ballroom

By Zoe Winograd, November 12, 2012

Is it all about chandeliers, pillars and ceiling mouldings? Is it about historic London locations? Perhaps it is the feeling of all the glitterati who danced and dined there in centuries gone by. Whichever it is, there is something special about a classic venue.

The Savoy

Iconic architecture, history, enviable London views

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Israel rescue team sent to Ghana in wake of building collapse

By Zoe Winograd, November 8, 2012

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has sent a search-and-rescue team to Ghana after a shopping centre collapsed in Accra on Wednesday.

The team of doctors, engineers and communication experts left Israel Wednesday evening, only hours after the multi-story building collapsed, trapping many people inside.

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Former Barnet mayor Brian Coleman apologises for 'blackshirts' comment

By Zoe Winograd, November 8, 2012

An eight-month-long political dispute was finally resolved this week after two political activists in north west London received an apology from the former mayor of Barnet, Brian Coleman, over email comments he made about their Israel boycott campaign.

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Hendon Hermie designer releases kosher app

By Zoe Winograd, November 1, 2012

Graphic designer and member of Hendon United Synagogue, Richard Herman, 46, is the creator of Hungry Hermie, a new kosher food-themed game made for Apple iPhones and iPads, and Android.

Two years ago Mr Herman came up with the concept of an animated hungry character as a “fun and engaging way to encourage eating kosher in a non-patronising way.”

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'Jewish Indiana Jones' sentenced to prison for fraud

By Zoe Winograd, October 12, 2012

Rabbi Menachem Youlus, known as ‘the Jewish Indiana Jones', was sentenced to 51 months in prison for fraud in a Manhattan federal court on Thursday.

Rabbi Youlus, father of nine from Maryland, was charged with pocketing $1.2 million from donations that had been made to his charity ‘Save the Torah’.

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Recycled, refitted and re-imagined: How the succah got a global revamp

By Zoe Winograd, October 4, 2012

DIY is not normally associated with Jews but, during Succot, our hidden handyman talents come to the fore.

Tabernacle-building is now increasingly an artistic, imaginative enterprise, as these photographs of constructions from around the world demonstrate.

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In Norway, plan hatched for 'symbolic' circumcision

By Zoe Winograd, August 9, 2012

Norway’s ombudsman for children’s rights has proposed that Jews and Muslims replace male circumcision with a non-surgical ritual.

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Liverpool couple seeks new homes for death camp saplings

By Zoe Winograd, August 9, 2012

A Liverpool couple are seeking new UK homes for trees that are linked to the Theresienstadt concentration camp.

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Four more self-immolations in Israel

By Zoe Winograd, July 26, 2012

The horrific self-immolation earlier this month by a man protesting against living conditions has triggered a wave of copycat acts across Israel.

Last Sunday, Mr Yaakov Mapay, a 47-year-old disabled war veteran, set himself on fire at a bus stop in Yehud, near Tel Aviv.

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A letter to the woman at at the Tel Aviv asylum seeker protest

By Zoe Winograd, May 25, 2012

After seeing the image of an Israeli woman wearing a vest with the message 'Death to Sudanese', as part of protests against African workers in South Tel Aviv, I wrote a letter:

Dear Miss Vest Wearer,

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