Daniel Easterman

Jewish figures condemn government's prison books plan

By Daniel Easterman, April 10, 2014

A group of leading Jewish figures has condemned government regulations preventing prison inmates receiving books through the post.

In a letter to The Times signed by 18 rabbis, journalists and activists, the group wrote: “Jewish culture is united by a deep-rooted conviction in the power of the written word. We are therefore sensitive to any attempt to restrict access to books.”

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Gurlitt signs agreement over looted art

By JC Reporter, April 8, 2014

Art collector Cornelius Gurlitt has signed an agreement with the German authorities to allow investigators to hold on to artworks confiscated from him that could have been looted by the Nazis.

At least 593 pieces among over 1200 paintings found in Mr Gurlitt’s Munich flat will be held by a team researching whether the works were stolen from Jewish owners.

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Israeli diplomats ‘beat up’ Indian border official

By Daniel Easterman, April 7, 2014

Three Israeli diplomats allegedly assaulted an Indian immigration officer in New Delhi airport after a dispute over customs delays ahead of a flight to Kathmandu.

According to the Times of India, the Israeli Foreign Ministry employees held diplomatic passports, which grant them immunity from prosecution.

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DNA test reveals Jewish ancestry of Hitler's wife, Eva Braun

By Daniel Easterman, April 7, 2014

DNA tests have revealed that Adolf Hitler’s wife Eva Braun had Jewish ancestry.

The scientific examination, carried out by analysing a strand of Braun’s hair from her hairbrush, show that she had a genetic sequence strongly associated with Ashkenazi Jews.

The revelation comes as part of the Channel 4 documentary Dead Famous DNA, which will be aired on Wednesday evening.

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Dan Gillerman: still an envoy, this time for business

By Daniel Easterman, April 4, 2014

“There is no political risk at all when investing in Israel,” says a confident Dan Gillerman, the former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations.

“Israel has survived so many crises, so many wars and so many challenges that it has proved without any doubt how resilient it is.

“We have prevailed and our industry and economy has excelled in times of challenges.”

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Space IL: Flying to the moon on a shoestring

By Daniel Easterman, April 4, 2014

British donors have raised £610,000 towards Israel’s budget space mission to the moon.

The SpaceIL unmanned capsule is due to launch next year at a cost of only £22 million, funded by private investors —the cost of space missions is usually counted in billions.

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Lying fallow during the Shmittah year — the way to avoid financial meltdown

By Daniel Easterman, April 4, 2014

The global economic crash of 2008 might have been avoided if bankers had followed the ancient biblical principle of shmittah.

That is the view of Rabbi Julian Sinclair, an Israel-based economist and environmental activist.

Shmittah is the ancient religious injunction under which farmers allow agricultural land to lie fallow every seventh year.

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Israel's diplomatic strike over as deal agreed

By Daniel Easterman, April 3, 2014

The first full-scale strike by Israel’s Foreign Ministry diplomatic staff has ended after weeks of embassy closures and diplomatic cancellations.

“Israel’s fighters abroad will return to serve on Israel’s global front lines. We are sorry for the needless hardships caused,” said the Foreign Ministry workers committee.

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Peace process near collapse as Palestinians make UN move

By Daniel Easterman, April 2, 2014

The Palestinians have initiated moves to join 15 UN agencies, causing yet another blow to the stalling peace process.

One implication of the move is that it could become easier for Palestinians to prosecute Israeli officials in the International Criminal Court.

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Government to probe Muslim Brotherhood over terror claims

By Daniel Easterman, April 1, 2014

The government is to launch an immediate investigation into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood organisation in the UK.

It is thought the probe will look into the Brotherhood’s involvement in the killing of three tourists in Egypt in February and its planning of terrorist attacks from Britain.

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Palestinian envoy was holding the explosives that killed him

By Daniel Easterman, March 31, 2014

The Palestinian ambassador in Prague was holding explosives in his hands when he died in a bomb blast at his official residence in January, say the Czech police.

According to Prague police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova, the Czech authorities conducted ballistics tests which demonstrated that the bomb material was being held by ambassasdor Jamal al-Jamal’s at the time of the explosion.

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Blow to peace talks with Israel set to miss prisoner-release deadline

By Daniel Easterman, March 28, 2014

Israel will not release the fourth and last group of 26 Palestinian prisoners on Saturday evening as agreed under the US-led peace talks.

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Turkey may renew ties with Israel

By Daniel Easterman, March 27, 2014

Embassies in Turkey and Israel are set to reopen for the first time since official diplomatic ties were severed between the two countries.

According to Turkish media reports, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may also be planning to visit the country.

Turkey’s Zaman newspaper reported that a possible visit has been discussed by Israeli and Turkish intelligence chiefs.

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Big gains for far-right Front National in French elections

By Daniel Easterman, March 24, 2014

The far-right Front National party has dramatically increased its share of the vote in France’s local elections.

Exit polls from last night show that the party now has 7% of the vote – a massive gain considering it only has representation in 600 of the 36,000 local French constituencies where voting took place.

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Israel has two billion pound fund for possible attack on Iran

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

Israel is keeping a budget worth almost two billion pounds to fund a pre-emptive attack against Iran's nuclear facilities.

According to a report in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, the budget information was revealed during a Knesset committee hearing which outlined plans to ensure sufficient money would be available to attack Iran in 2014.

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Age a factor in Ukrainian Jews' loyalties

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

The Ukrainian Jewish community is split along generational lines, with older people supporting Russia and younger members backing the government in Kiev.

That is the verdict of Rabbi Nachum Ehrentrau, from Zaporozhye in the south-east of the country.

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Ex-FA man says Anelka ban debate is a sideshow

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

The debate over the length of Nicolas Anelka’s ban for performing an antisemitic gesture during a Premier League football match is “cartoonish”, “bickering” and a “sideshow”.

That is the view of Simon Johnson, the chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, and a former director of corporate affairs at the Football Association.

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Old hate goes high-tech with new boycott app

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

A new smartphone app that identifies Israeli goods and services has been attacked as a modern, high-tech version of traditional Israel-hatred.

The app — which will be released within the next few weeks — has been built by Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) campaigners at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States.

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Now that’s what we call an exchange

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

You’ve travelled abroad and forgotten to change your money in advance. Now you’re forced to pay extortionate exchange rates charged by the local banks or the airport’s bureau de change. It’s a situation that has been faced by many.

But 26-year-old Londoner Daniel Abrahams has co-founded a company set to battle currency woes.

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MK campaigns for release of Jews convicted of terror offences

By Daniel Easterman, March 19, 2014

Outspoken Likud MK Miri Regev is leading a letter-writing campaign calling for the release of several “nationalistic” Jewish prisoners convicted of terrorism against Palestinians and Arab citizens of Israel.

The demand comes as Israel prepares to release the fourth and final round of Palestinian prisoners on March 29, a move that is deeply controversial.

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