Jenni Frazer

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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How Munich widow broke news to her children

By Jenni Frazer, August 9, 2012

Ilana Romano, widow of the weightlifter Yosef Romano, spoke in Hebrew of the agony of her loss in 1972.

She said: "We are gathered again in anxiety and agony to mark the 40th anniversary of the cruel tragedy at the Olympic village in Munich.

"This is the 10th Olympiad since 1972.

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Ambassador says tragedy should embody fight against terror

By Jenni Frazer, August 9, 2012

Ambassador Daniel Taub spoke at the beginning of the emotional Guildhall commemoration ceremony on Monday. He said: "There are some who have suggested that remembrance does not sit well with the Olympic atmosphere. But we answer: without remembrance there is no true celebration.

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Obama's tribute to murdered athletes

By Jenni Frazer, August 9, 2012

America's ambasssador to the UK, Louis Susman, brought a message from President Obama to the Guildhall commemoration.

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German Foreign Minister pledges solidarity with Israel

By Jenni Frazer, August 9, 2012

Germany’s Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, paid tribute at the Guildhall ceremony to the 11 murdered Israeli athletes and the German policeman, Anton Fliegerbauer, who died in the botched rescue attempt at the 1972 Munich Games.

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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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