Daniella Peled

How do you celebrate Israel at 60? Any way you like . . .

By Daniella Peled, April 24, 2008

With Israel about to mark its 60th anniversary next month, parties have been planned throughout the Jewish state and the diaspora. Barbecues will be fired up, falafel will be fried, and blue-and-white flags will be waved.

But some have decided to celebrate in a rather more unusual style.

In Israel, the committee tasked with organising the 60th-anniversary celebrations has come up with a variety of events — at a cost of NIS 98 million (£14m) — including a mass wedding for 60 new immigrant couples officiated at by Chief Rabbis Shlomo Amar and Yonah Metzger .


College rejects Shoah denier

By Daniella Peled, April 24, 2008

Auschwitz inmates ‘enjoyed swimming pool and water polo’, UCL fellow claims

A university has withdrawn a researcher’s fellowship after he published an article claiming that the gas chambers of Auschwitz never existed.

Nicholas Kollerstrom, an academic specialising in astronomy, posted the article, The Auschwitz “Gas Chamber” Illusion, on the website of the revisionist Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust.


Bibi: Iran will exploit withdrawals

By Daniella Peled, April 18, 2008

Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu has warned that any Israeli withdrawals from the West Bank will result in a power vacuum that Iran will exploit through proxy organisations.

“The promise of additional Israeli withdrawals today is that if the IDF moves out, Hamas moves in — and so does Iran,” he told a Jerusalem press conference on Wednesday. “We can stick to political correctness and pretend this is not going to be the case but it will be, because of the endemic weakness in Palestinian leadership and society.”


The future of Israel: The Negev and Galil

By Daniella Peled, April 17, 2008

The Negev and Galil make up 80 per cent of Israel, but house only 20 per cent of its people. Pioneers want this to change



The Chassid who got too close to Natalie Portman

By Daniella Peled, March 19, 2008

Most aspiring actors would jump at the chance of starring as Natalie Portman’s husband in a Hollywood movie.

But one young amateur —a Chassidic kitchen-cabinet salesman from Brooklyn — has stepped down from just that role after an outraged response from his community.

Abe Karpen, 25, was to partner Israel-born Ms Portman in one of 12 five-minute romantic vignettes in New York, I Love You, currently shooting in the city.