Jenni Frazer

Cameron: we must remember Munich, a sickening act of terrorism

By Jenni Frazer, August 7, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to the Guildhall audience at a private reception before the main ceremony.

He said: "This evening we mark the 40th anniversary of one of the darkest days in the history of the Olympic Games. A sickening act of terrorism that betrayed everything the Olympic movement stands for and everything that we in Britain believe in.

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Munich massacre widows attack Rogge for silence ban

By Jenni Frazer, August 7, 2012

Two of the Munich massacre widows, Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Romano, made a bitter personal attack on the International Olympics Committee president, Jacques Rogge, at the official Guildhall ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1972 murders of 11 Israeli athletes.

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Home free?

By Jenni Frazer, July 27, 2012

After his deplorable reception of two of the Munich massacre widows on Wednesday night — my colleague Jennifer Lipman reported the two women were devastated and heartbroken at his response — Jacques Rogge may well be feeling pretty pleased with himself.

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Fraudster wins UK frozen cash appeal

By Jenni Frazer, July 26, 2012

An israeli fraudster has won a battle to protect family assets in the UK from seizure by the UK authorities.

Israel Perry was jailed in Israel in 2008 for 12 years (later reduced to 10 on appeal) – and fined £3 million for a fraud involving pension funds.

In 2009, his and his family’s UK assets, including £14 million in banks, were frozen.

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Lord Sterling is new Ajex president

By Jenni Frazer, July 26, 2012

The man praised for his close involvement in June’s Diamond Jubilee river pageant, Lord Sterling, has succeeded Lord Janner as president of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women. Jeffrey Fox, national chairman, said Ajex was proud to have Lord Sterling on board.

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So let me get this straight

By Jenni Frazer, July 23, 2012

Jacques Rogge is president of the International Olympic Committee.

Jacques Rogge, in this capacity, has consistently and repeatedly refused to hold a minute's silence in memory of the 11 murdered Israeli athletes. Their deaths, incidentally, took place at the Munich Games at which Rogge himself represented his country as an Olympian.

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How the would-be Oldham terrorists became radicalised

By Jenni Frazer, July 20, 2012

Mohammed Sajid Khan was born in Pakistan but was raised a British national from the age of three or four years old. He had run a car valeting service in Bradford but was unemployed at the time of his arrest.

Shasta Khan was born in the UK and her marriage to Sajid Khan was her third. She ran a hairdressing business from the couple's home on Foster Street, Oldham.

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Manchester terror trial husband and wife sentenced

By Jenni Frazer, July 20, 2012

The Oldham couple convicted of terrorism offences in which they planned to attack Jews in north Manchester have been jailed today.

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Mr Yaffe’s little shop of wonders

By Jenni Frazer, July 20, 2012

Jack Yaffe died last week, aged a staggering 103. He made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for being Britain's oldest shopkeeper, the owner of Yaffe's hardware store in Prestwich, north Manchester.

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I remember Jack

By Jenni Frazer, July 16, 2012

Jack Yaffe died last week, aged a staggering 103. He made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for being Britain's oldest shopkeeper, the owner of the eponymous Yaffe's hardware store in Prestwich, north Manchester.

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Church Synod vote in support of EAPPI motion

By Jenni Frazer, July 9, 2012

Backers of a resolution calling for support of a West Bank volunteer programme have scored an overwhelming victory at the General Synod of the Church of England.

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The Medici Code: tales of medieval daring found in Hebrew manucript

By Jenni Frazer, June 28, 2012

It is a story which out-Dan-Browns Dan Brown, a tale of Italian mediaeval courts, spies, intrigue, and, at its heart, an extraordinary Jewish scholar, Abraham Ben Mordecai Farissol.

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The Renaissance manuscript and the 'Hebrew' New World

By Jenni Frazer, June 28, 2012

It is a story which out-Dan-Browns Dan Brown, a tale of Italian mediaeval courts, spies, intrigue, and, at its heart, an extraordinary Jewish scholar, Abraham Ben Mordecai Farissol.

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Miami: Life is more than a beach

By Jenni Frazer, June 12, 2012

On January 1 1927, excited fans crowded into Miami’s Coconut Grove Theatre to see The Sorrows of Satan, the new “moving picture” by D W Griffith.

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Shimon Peres congratulates the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee

By Jenni Frazer, May 31, 2012

Israel's president, Shimon Peres, has sent warm wishes to Queen Elizabeth II to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

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Vidal Sassoon: What a nice man

By Jenni Frazer, May 9, 2012

Without a doubt, Vidal Sassoon, whose death has just been announced, was a really lovely guy. I interviewed him a few years ago and was astonished when Sassoon, rather than take refuge behind a usual retinue of "people" and hangers-on, made all the arrangements for the meeting himself, phoning me up, just like a regular human being.

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The Nordic noir detective you've been waiting for

By Jenni Frazer, April 27, 2012

Britain is in the throes of a full-on love affair with all things Scandinavian, on television, film, and books. From The Killing to the just launched The Bridge, from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo to the gore of author Jo Nesbo, it is simply cool to be - well, cool.

And now Nordic Noir has its very own Jewish hero, in the unlikely figure of a Finnish Jewish police detective, Ariel Kafka.

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Extraordinary

By Jenni Frazer, April 25, 2012

The Guardian's letters page and its adjunct Corrections column is a constant source of fascination. This week it excelled itself with a letter from Ben (I am not an antisemite) White, letters attacking the Globe Theatre for not withdrawing its invitation to Habima to perform in London, a correction for having traduced the JC over a BNP blog, and this little gem:

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Wanted: high fliers to lead Jewish Community Centre

By Jenni Frazer, April 11, 2012

The Jewish Community Centre for London's announcement that it is seeking a new chief executive means that three high-profile Jewish community posts are now up for grabs.

Aside from the JCC job, the chief executive position at Bicom, the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre, until recently held by Lorna Fitzsimons; and the chief executive role at the United Jewish Israel Appeal, who

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In Israel, it's not the political fight that makes a difference

By Jenni Frazer, April 6, 2012

Tzipi Livni's dramatic rise and fall has been pored over by the commentariat. From being the golden girl of Israeli politics on the international stage - cool and gorgeous with a "mysterious" Mossad background - one-time Foreign Minister Livni managed effectively to throw away the leadership of Kadima, after being dealt a knock-out blow by Shaul Mofaz.

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