Josh Jackman

EU bans Hizbollah’s military arm

By Josh Jackman, July 22, 2013

Hizbollah’s military wing has been designated as a terrorist organisation by the European Union.

In a vote today, EU members unanimously approved the motion after Britain brought it before the body for a third time.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said that by taking this decision, “the EU has sent a clear message that it stands united against terrorism.”

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Travel firm Kuoni says sorry after Israel complaint

By Josh Jackman, July 19, 2013

Leading travel company Kuoni has apologised to a customer after he complained about its policy of not offering holidays in Israel.

The customer, who did not wished to be named, claimed that he had made a phone inquiry about booking a holiday and was told by a Kuoni employee that the company did not sell trips to Israel because it was worried about how surrounding Arab nations would react.

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Employee of HCA awarded £20,000 after antisemtism

By Josh Jackman, July 18, 2013

A Jewish former employee of a major private healthcare company has been awarded £20,000 after successfully suing his boss for antisemitic discrimination and harassment.

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Kinloss phone chaos

By Josh Jackman, July 18, 2013

Kinloss synagogue has been deprived of its principal phone line for almost a week because of a mistake made by the United Synagogue’s procurement agency.

The chairman of the synagogue, Jon Mendelsohn, said that the phone service had been disconnected “due to an error by a service provider under contract by the US centrally”.

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Israel and Palestinians close to peace talks

By Josh Jackman, July 18, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will declare the start of new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks tomorrow if the Palestinian leadership agrees to return to the table.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was reportedly due to meet with fellow leaders to discuss the proposed resumption of talks at 1pm local time.

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Polish PM sets up committee to fight shechita ban

By Josh Jackman, July 18, 2013

The Polish Prime Minister has established a special committee as part of his ongoing efforts to overturn a national ban on shechita.

The Polish Ambassador to the European Union, Marek Prawda, stated this morning that Prime Minister Donald Tusk had consented to the formation of the group after Poland’s parliament last week defeated his attempt to legally protect religious slaughter.

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No more aliyah delays, British families are promised

By Josh Jackman, July 18, 2013

British Jews planning to make aliyah this summer have been told that there will be no more disruptions resulting from industrial action by Israeli Foreign Ministry staff.

The Jewish Agency for Israel informed new immigrants that it has “found a temporary solution to the problem which will involve bringing the olim to Israel as tourists and changing their status in Israel”.

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Ambassador Taub launches Birthright plan

By Josh Jackman, July 17, 2013

Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub has launched Taglit-Birthright Israel’s new “UK awareness campaign” at an event celebrating the group’s 13th anniversary.

Mr Taub congratulated the Jerusalem-based organisation on its “barmitzvah”, stating that it was “one of the unusual, ambitious and effective projects in Jewish history”.

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Swiss banks ‘handed out £800m to Shoah victims and heirs’

By Josh Jackman, July 16, 2013

Holocaust survivors and victims’ heirs have reportedly been paid more than £800 million by a Swiss fund created after banks were accused of withholding money from Jews.

According to Tachles, a Swiss-Jewish magazine, 457,000 Jews have been compensated since a settlement was made in 1998 between the World Jewish Congress and Swiss banks.

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Hungary signs off reparations settlement

By Josh Jackman, July 10, 2013

The Hungarian government has agreed to a multi-million pound settlement to provide reparations to Holocaust survivors living abroad, ending a year-long dispute.

The deal, announced on last weekend, will initially release $5.6m (£3.76m) to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which distributes restitution payments.

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Tombstones hidden from the Nazis uncovered in Vienna

By Josh Jackman, July 10, 2013

Hundreds of Jewish tombstones which were hidden from the Nazis have been uncovered in Vienna.

Memorials at the Rossau site, the oldest Jewish cemetery in Vienna, were buried in 1943 by the few Jews who remained in the Austrian capital. They were unearthed during a recent renovation.

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Second ‘Prisoner X’ charged with more severe crime

By Josh Jackman, July 10, 2013

The attorney of the late ‘Prisoner X’ Ben Zygier has revealed that the anonymous inmate being held under similar conditions to his former client is charged with a more severe crime.

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Israel blamed for attack in Syria

By Josh Jackman, July 10, 2013

Syrian rebels are seemingly blaming Israel for an attack on a government navy barracks which was reportedly holding long-range missiles.

Qassem Saadeddine, a spokesperson for the Free Syrian Army, told Reuters that the explosion on Friday near the Western port of Latakia was “either by air raid or long-range missiles fired from boats in the Mediterranean.”

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Hamas facing crisis after Egypt coup

By Josh Jackman, July 8, 2013

A leading Middle East expert has said that “Hamas is in dire straits” after the Egyptian military removed Muslim Brotherhood Prime Minister Mohammed Morsi from power.

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Abu Qatada faces trial over plot to kill Israeli tourists

By Josh Jackman, July 8, 2013

Abu Qatada has asked to be released on bail ahead of his trial for conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks against Israeli tourists visiting Jordan.

The radical cleric, who was deported from London to Amman yesterday, is charged with planning assaults on Westerners, including Israelis and Americans, in 1999 and 2000.

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Both Israeli chief rabbis cancel on the Archbishop of Canterbury

By Josh Jackman, June 28, 2013

The Archbishop of Canterbury was unable to meet Israel’s two chief rabbis this week, after scheduled talks with both Rabbis were cancelled.

Archbishop Justin Welby was due to sit down with Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger and Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar on Thursday. However, plans were thrown into disarray when Rabbi Metzger was placed under house arrest amid corruption charges.

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Map of 19th century Jewish life on display

By Josh Jackman, June 28, 2013

This rare map, dated 1889, showing the distribution of Jews living in East London has just gone on display in the capital.

Created by cartographer George Arkell, it covers an area stretching three miles, from the borders of the City of London to Mile End, and reveals that the highest concentration of Jews — from 95 to 100 per cent, shown in blue — was located in and around Whitechapel.

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Decision on EU Hizbollah ban still ‘months away’

By Josh Jackman, June 28, 2013

The European Union may wait until late 2013 to take a third vote on whether to classify Hizbollah as a terrorist organisation.

The Lebanon-based newspaper The Daily Star reported that the Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Lapo Pistelli said a decision would not be made for “at least five [or] six months”.

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EU Syria row ‘scuppering Hizbollah ban’

By Josh Jackman, June 28, 2013

The European Union’s refusal to classify Hizbollah as a terrorist organisation may be due to a backlash from the divisive discussions over lifting the Syrian arms embargo.

Britain’s motion to have Hizbollah banned in Europe is supported by France, Germany and the Netherlands but was rejected for a second time last week.

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Gay Jewish woman in historic legal victory

By Josh Jackman, June 28, 2013

A lawsuit brought by a Jewish woman has led the Supreme Court in America to abolish a law which denied gay spouses equal benefits.

The justices narrowly voted 5-4 in favour of striking down section three of the Defence of Marriage Act (Doma), a move which further normalises gay marriage in America.

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