Zoe Winograd

Former Times editor takes the role of BBC news director

By Zoe Winograd, April 16, 2013

James Harding, former editor of the Times, has been confirmed as the new director of news and current affairs at BBC.

Mr Harding, who has previously expressed his views on the pressures of being a Jewish editor, is due to commence his new role in August.

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Israelis helped prepare Boston hospital for mass-casualty event

By Zoe Winograd, April 16, 2013

An Israeli team has been credited for having prepared the Massachusetts General Hospital for the current influx of victims of the Boston marathon bombing.

Seventeen critically injured people are being treated at the hospital after two explosions in downtown Boston on Tuesday afternoon.

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Israel's population reaches eight million on the eve of independence day

By Zoe Winograd, April 15, 2013

Israel’s population has reached eight million on the anniversary of its 65th year of independence.

According to a report released on Sunday by the Central Bureau of Statistics, th e population increase d by 1.8 per cent over the last year.

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PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has resigned

By Zoe Winograd, April 15, 2013

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has resigned.

President Mahmoud Abbas accepted Mr Fayyad’s resignation after a brief meeting at the Muqata government compound in Ramallah on Saturday.

Rumours of Mr Fayyad’s resignation surfaced last week following his disagreement with Mr Abbas over the departure of finance minister Nabil Qassis.

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Justin Bieber says Anne Frank 'would have been a belieber'

By Zoe Winograd, April 15, 2013

Justin Bieber has caused controversy by expressing the view that Anne Frank “would have been a belieber” during his visit to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

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US and Europe act to prevent resignation of Fayyad

By Zoe Winograd, April 12, 2013

American and European officials have asked Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to postpone a meeting with Prime Minister Salam Fayyad which was meant to take place today.

It is believed that Mr Abbas wanted to discuss the possibility of Mr Fayyad leaving the government.

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Israeli Eurovision singer forbidden from wearing Galliano

By Zoe Winograd, April 12, 2013

Israel’s Eurovision contestant has been told she is not allowed to wear an outfit designed by John Galliano.

The French fashion designer “accepted the challenge” to create a dress for Israeli singer Moran Mazor, but the Israel Broadcast Authority has forbidden the deal.

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Fake rabbi sent to jail

By Zoe Winograd, April 12, 2013

A New York immigration lawyer who pretended to be a rabbi has been sentenced to four years in jail.

Earl Seth David, 49, known as Rabbi Avraham David, used the title of rabbi for 13 years to gain the trust of US immigrants looking to bid for naturalisation. According to sources, David pocketed up to $30,000 per case to forge false immigration papers.

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Israeli chefs deny £250,000 book deal

By Zoe Winograd, April 11, 2013

The two Israeli chefs behind a small London restaurant have poured cold water on speculation that their highly anticipated cookbook is expected to earn them a six-figure publishing deal.

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Largest ever UK delegation leads March of the Living

By Zoe Winograd, April 11, 2013

A record-breaking 220 people joined the British delegation for this year’s March of the Living in Poland on Holocaust Remembrance Day .

And in recognition of the size of the group, they were given the honour of leading the 11,000 strong march from Auschwitz to Birkenau.

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Imperial measures up on union’s glamour night

By Zoe Winograd, April 11, 2013

Imperial college JSoc was the surprise big winner at the Union of Jewish Students’ fifth annual awards night.

The London society won the JSoc of the Year award for the first time, breaking the stronghold of Britain’s largest Jewish societies — from Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham — to take the top title.

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Horror truck crash in Israel

By Zoe Winograd, April 10, 2013

At least six Israelis have been killed and 12 injured in a car collision near Haifa.

According to sources, the accident occurred when a truck driver lost control and collided with cars and pedestrians Wednesday afternoon.

With some cars ablaze, fire fighters, ambulance services and the police rushed to the scene.

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British government's £15 million project to support Palestinian businesses

By Zoe Winograd, April 10, 2013

The British government is launching a £15-million plan to aid Palestinian businesses.

UK International Development Minister Alan Duncan met Palestinian businessmen and women at the Hebron Chamber of Commerce this week to unveil the Palestinian Market Development Programme.

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Opinion divided over Kerry peace talks visit

By Zoe Winograd, April 10, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry has left Israel feeling optimistic – but the Palestinians less so - after a three-day shuttle diplomacy visit.

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Israel's wealthiest man is moving to the UK

By Zoe Winograd, April 9, 2013

Idan Ofer, whose net worth is estimated at $6.5 billion, is reported to be relocating to London for “family reasons”. His son, who has recently finished his Israeli army service, may decide to study in the UK and Mr Ofer's mother, Aviva, already lives in London.

Mr Ofer, 57, is the controlling shareholder of Israel Corporation, which has interests in shipping and energy.

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Margaret Thatcher and the Jewish community

By Zoe Winograd, April 8, 2013

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died on April 8 at the age of 87. Here we revisit some of the times she met with the Jewish community.

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Survey: antisemitism rises 30 per cent worldwide

By Zoe Winograd, April 8, 2013

A survey has shown a 30 per cent increase in global acts of antisemitism.

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Kerry arrives in Israel to kick-start peace process

By Zoe Winograd, April 8, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Israel to broker negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Mr Kerry is expected to take part in the Yom Hashoah ceremony at Yad Vashem this morning followed by a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres in the afternoon.

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Air France fined for refusing to fly activist to Israel

By Zoe Winograd, April 5, 2013

Air France has been court ordered to pay a $12,800 (£8,400) fine for taking a pro-Palestinian activist off a plane for not being Jewish.

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Unrest in Gaza and the West Bank

By Zoe Winograd, April 5, 2013

The United Nations humanitarian agency has suspended aid services to Palestinians in Gaza after demonstrators stormed its headquarters.

Protestors broke into the compound of the United Nations Relief and Welfare Agency building in Gaza city in reaction to UNRWA’s decision temporarily to stop relief payments to Palestinian families.

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