Daniel Easterman

Labour opposed to Israel’s Gaza invasion, says Ed Miliband

By Daniel Easterman, July 22, 2014

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has said he is firmly opposed to Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Mr Miliband said: “We oppose the Israeli incursion into Gaza. I don't think it will help win Israel friends. I don't think this will make the situation better. I fear it will make it worse.”

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David Cameron voices concern over mounting Gaza death toll

By Daniel Easterman, July 21, 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons this afternoon that he has grave concerns over the heavy loss of life during the ongoing crisis in Israel and Gaza.

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Hendon residents' shock after fatal stabbing

By Daniel Easterman, July 4, 2014

Local residents have spoken of their fear and shock the morning after a brutal killing in the heart of Jewish north London.

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Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson - the introvert who was a spiritual leader to thousands

By Daniel Easterman, July 3, 2014

Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the leader of thousands of strictly Orthodox Chabad Lubavitch emissaries across the globe, was an introverted man who shied away from public attention and praise.

The description of one of the most venerated figures in Jewish history came from Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, the author of a bestselling biography called The Rebbe.

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Hundreds gather at London vigil for murdered teenagers

By Daniel Easterman, July 2, 2014

Hundreds of people gathered for a candlelit vigil outside the Israeli embassy on Wednesday night to express their solidarity with the bereaved families of the three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped and killed in the West Bank.

Representatives of major communal organisations were present, including the Jewish Leadership Council, the Board of Deputies, UJIA and the Zionist Federation.

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‘Ex-Fatah militants’ killed in IDF Gaza strike

By Daniel Easterman, June 27, 2014

The Israeli air force has hit a target in the northern Gaza Strip, killing two people and wounding several others, according to Palestinian reports.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the target was a vehicle driving along Gaza’s main coastal road near the al-Shati refugee camp, not far from the home of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.

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Fifa to take no action over anti-Semitic fans at World Cup

By Daniel Easterman, June 27, 2014

Fifa says it will not take disciplinary action against the Russian and Croatian football associations for the antisemitic behaviour of their fans at the World Cup.

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Bryn Terfel to become the next Tevye

By Daniel Easterman, June 26, 2014

Opera superstar Bryn Terfel is set to take the lead role in a production of Fiddler on the Roof planned for next summer at the Grange Park country estate in Hampshire.

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From a tent in Galilee to a diplomatic career: the opposite ends of a nomadic spectrum

By Daniel Easterman, June 26, 2014

Ishmail Khaldi is a diplomat who likes to keep a low profile.

Throughout the 27 months he has been working at the Israeli embassy in London, his name has rarely appeared in the British media, and, by his own admission, he has had only limited contact with the Jewish community.

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UK defies Euro rush to make aliyah

By Daniel Easterman, June 26, 2014

The UK is continuing to defy the wider trends affecting aliyah across Europe and has maintained a constant level compared with last year.

One hundred and seventy one people made aliyah from January to May, compared with 179 in the same period last year.

By contrast, in France the number rose from 580 to 2,254, an increase of 289 per cent.

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Songwriter Gerry Goffin dies at 75

By Daniel Easterman, June 20, 2014

Oscar-nominated songwriter Gerry Goffin, who wrote classic songs such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and The Loco-Motion, has died aged 75 in Los Angeles.

Mr Goffin composed more than 50 top 40 songs, writing with fellow Jewish songwriter Carole King. The couple were married in 1959 when Ms King was 17 and divorced nine years later.

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Honours from Day Lewis to Martin Lewis

By Daniel Easterman and Rosa Doherty, June 19, 2014

Jewish figures from the worlds of entertainment, diplomacy, and finance have been recognised in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Three-times Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day Lewis was honoured with a knighthood for services to drama.

The star of films such as Lincoln and My Left Foot said: "I am entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure."

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Stamford Hill unites in mourning

By Daniel Easterman, June 19, 2014

Hundreds of mourners poured on to north London streets on Tuesday to witness the funeral processsion of Rabbi Nachman Sudak, the leader of Chabad Lubavitch UK for more than 50 years.

Almost 600 followers of the rabbi, who died at the weekend aged 78, gathered outside his home in Stamford Hill with his oldest son Rabbi Leivi Sudak leading the prayers through a loudspeaker.

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Fifa to probe World Cup fans' antisemitism

By Daniel Easterman, June 19, 2014

Croatia and Russia could be deducted points in the World Cup, after Fifa confirmed it was opening an investigation into antisemitic actions by their supporters.

Football's world governing body said it will start disciplinary proceedings against over supporters displaying neo-Nazi banners during Croatia's and Russia's opening matches.

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Tribute to an enemy: Campaign to change grave of WWI Jewish Soldier

By Daniel Easterman, June 13, 2014

Two historians are campaigning for a star of David to be engraved on the headstone of a Jewish soldier who died fighting for Germany during the First World War.

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Palestinian envoy to UK gives nod to Israel as 'Jewish state'

By Daniel Easterman, June 12, 2014

The Palestinian envoy to Britain has said Israel must be recognised as a Jewish state if there is to be real lasting peace between the two nations.

Manuel Hassassian said: "Both sides need to make painful concessions andreach a compromise. Israel shall recognise the state of Palestine. Palestine shall recognize the Jewish state of Israel."

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His name is Jose - and to us, he's the special one

By Daniel Easterman, June 12, 2014

Colombia fever is spreading as the team’s Jewish manager is our leading representative in Brazil.

Jose who? north Londers get into the spirit: Chen ben Attia, Daniele Vaknin, Sinai Akbas, Maria Issobel, Joseph Curtis, Rebecca and Adina Levy, and Mark Ebert

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Nike critics seeing stars

By Daniel Easterman, June 12, 2014

Nike, the sports goods multinational, has come under fire for using a symbol in its advertising that some people have said resembles a Star of David.

The promotional video published on Youtube shows animated footballers, including Christiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Wayne Rooney, battling against evil clones who are wearing a symbol derived from the shape of a football.

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Rabbis condemn UK government over child poverty

By Daniel Easterman, June 12, 2014

Leading rabbis have condemned the government for its failure to reduce child poverty in the UK.

The letter to the Guardian was signed by 44 rabbis from four different denominations, including Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner of the Reform movement, Sandra Kviat, the outreach Rabbi for Liberal Judaism, Masorti Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg and Rabbi Natan Levy, who is Orthodox.

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Mahmoud Abbas condems Gaza rocket fire on Israel

By Daniel Easterman, June 11, 2014

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the firing of a rocket into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip this morning.

Israel said it would hold Mr Abbas responsible for future rocket attacks coming from Gaza after the swearing in of a new Fatah-Hamas unity government earlier this month.

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