Jenni Frazer

British envoy warns that Hamas rockets have to stop

By Jenni Frazer, November 15, 2012

Britain's ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, returned today from a spontaneous visit to Kiryat Malachi, where three Israelis were killed by Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza, pledging solidarity with the people of southern Israel.

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Polished black Polish

By Jenni Frazer, November 9, 2012

After Scandinavian noir and Finnish noir, we now have Polish noir. Or, should I say, Polish-Jewish noir.
For Zygmunt Miloszewski’s terrific A Grain of Truth (Bitter Lemon Press, £8.99) examines the fraught relations between Poles and Jews, 70 years after the country’s Jews were destroyed by the Holocaust.

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Zaytoun

By Jenni Frazer, November 5, 2012

So, finally, the first fruit of the long-awaited Israel-British film co-production treaty has reached the UK. Zaytoun, a kind of improbable step-bromance-cum-road movie, between a shot-down Israeli air force pilot and a Palestinian child refugee, was one of the opening gala films at this year's UKJFF and received a rapturous audience reception.

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Israel’s envoy Daniel Taub deploys movies and high-tech to beat the boycott

By Jenni Frazer, October 25, 2012

In the year since his appointment as Israel’s ambassador to Britain, Daniel Taub has barely drawn breath.

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Shock findings of ‘apartheid’ poll questioned

By Jenni Frazer, October 25, 2012

A controversial poll suggesting that Israeli Jews would “support apartheid” if the West Bank were annexedhas been strongly criticised.

The poll, whose results were reported in Ha’aretz on Monday, was commissioned by the Yisraela Goldblum Fund, an independent family foundation in the name of the former senior news editor of Kol Israel, who died in 2006.

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Gainsbourg by Gainsbourg, An Intimate Self-Portrait

By Jenni Frazer, October 23, 2012

One word for this 99-minute archive documentary chronicling the life and times of the writer and musician Serge Gainsbourg - smoking.

Narrated by the late, great (or should that be grate?) enfant terrible of the French avant-garde, this film, much of which is previously unseen footage, seems entirely viewed through a cloud of cigarette smoke.

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All In

By Jenni Frazer, October 23, 2012

We're in Jewish Buenos Aires for Daniel Burman's romantic comedy which won best screenplay at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

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Foreign Letters

By Jenni Frazer, October 23, 2012

Everyone remembers the agony of school friendships. You like someone, they don't like you, you don't know the reason; your best friend is suddenly no longer your best friend; girls huddle in corners, whispering, and lockers are interfered with.

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David Cameron lays it on the line about Iran and Israel

By Jenni Frazer, October 18, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron pledged on Monday that “nothing — and I mean nothing — is off the table if Iran makes the wrong choice.”

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Paris-Manhattan

By Jenni Frazer, October 18, 2012

This year's gala festival opening, Paris-Manhattan, is a frothy fairytale as light and inconsequential as your grandma's best spongecake - and it is all the better for that.

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Cameron: 'nothing off table if Iran makes wrong choice'

By Jenni Frazer, October 16, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron pledged on Monday that "nothing - and I mean nothing - is off the table if Iran makes the wrong choice."

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Brotherly hatred

By Jenni Frazer, October 12, 2012

Joachim Fest was a renowned German historian and publisher of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, who wrote award-winning biographies of Hitler and Albert Speer. Born in Berlin in 1926, he died in 2006 and had the perfect ringside seat to chronicle the rise of Nazism.

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Qatar emirate to buy iconic Hertzl hotel

By Jenni Frazer, October 4, 2012

It is the image familiar to tourists and Israelis alike, the face of the father of modern Zionism that appears on mugs, tea-towels and every other flat surface imaginable.

Few people’s casual holiday snaps have become as famous as the picture of Theodor Herzl taken in Basel, gazing idly into the horizon as he leaned over the balcony of his hotel room, overlooking the Rhine river.

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Review: Leonard Cohen

By Jenni Frazer, September 13, 2012

Ten years after he came down from his mountain-top Buddhist monastery, Leonard Cohen embarked, for financial reasons, on a series of concert tours whose astonishing success must have exceeded even his wildest expectations. From Tel Aviv to Tokyo, he plundered his back catalogue and played to ecstatic critics and audiences.

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Moses Montefiore may be reburied

By Jenni Frazer, September 7, 2012

One hundred and twenty-seven years after his death, the remains of the most famous Jew of his era may be reburied in Israel.

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In praise of the endangered

By Jenni Frazer, September 6, 2012

Maybe it is a metaphor for life. But I am increasingly worried about the fate of the apostrophe and its place — and do, please note, how that three-letter word is displayed — in the firmament.

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Itzhak Perlman’s chicken soup for the ear

By Jenni Frazer, August 30, 2012

One event we are guaranteed not to see: the families of superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman and that of the equally starry cantor, Yitzchak Helfgot, on stage together.

For despite the free-flowing musicality that runs through both families — four of Perlman’s five children are professional musicians — neither man seems disposed to have their children follow directly in their footsteps.

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Haifa court rules against Corrie family

By Jenni Frazer, August 28, 2012

The family of the US activist, Rachel Corrie, has vowed to take their case to Israel's Supreme Court after a Haifa court ruled today that the state of Israel was not responsible for their daughter's death. Rachel Corrie was killed in the Gaza Strip by an Israeli army bulldozer in 2003.

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Jewish leadership tells Rogge: your presence is not enough

By Jenni Frazer, August 10, 2012

Mick Davis, chair of the UJIA and the Jewish Leadership Council, spoke on behalf of the community at the Guildhall ceremony to commemorate the Munich athletes. In unusually trenchant remarks, addressed directly to Jacques Rogge, the IOC president, he said: "We - British citizens, Israelis, Jews and all people of conscience – are here this evening to honour the memory of the victims.

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Why? No proper answer

By Jenni Frazer, August 9, 2012

When a veteran Israeli journalist asked Lord Coe, the chairman of the London Games, if he could address the vexed question of the missing minute's silence for the murdered Israeli athletes at the Games' Opening Ceremony, the response was extraordinary.

"That's an impertinent question," he said. "Impertinent?" responded the Israeli journalist. "It's a very sensitive matter in my country."

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