Daniel Easterman

New hope for Duggan mother as she heads to court

By Daniel Easterman, May 29, 2014

The mother of a north London student who died under suspicious circumstances in Germany has taken her quest for justice to the British courts.

Erica Duggan has waged an 11-year battle with the German authorities over the fate of her son Jeremiah.


Four killed in attack at Brussels Jewish Museum

By Daniel Easterman, May 24, 2014

Belgian synagogues are reported to be under armed police guard as the death toll rises to four killed in the attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

The hunt for the lone gunman involved in the shooting continues.

Two of the dead have been identified as a couple in their 50s from Tel Aviv visiting Belgium as tourists.

The third person killed was a museum volunteer.


It’s time for a new start, insists Bengis chief at Ben Gurion University

By Daniel Easterman, May 23, 2014

The Bengis centre for Entrepreneurship and Hi-Tech at Ben-Gurion University was set up to equip Israel’s southern region with the business acumen and technological prowess, currently concentrated in Tel Aviv.

But the centre, established in 2000, has struggled to disassociate itself from its founder, South African businessman Arnold Bengis.


Michael Bloomberg to give away $1 million Genesis Prize

By Daniel Easterman, May 23, 2014

Billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg has announced that he will give away the $1 million (£590,000) he received in prize money for the Genesis Award presented to him by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel.

Shortly after receiving the award, the three-time former Mayor of New York pledged that the money would be used for a new global entrepreneurship competition.


Jewish schools to lead mobile phone research

By Daniel Easterman, May 22, 2014

Jewish schools in London are to play a leading role in the largest ever investigation into the effects of mobile phone use on the cognitive abilities of children.

Immanuel College in Bushey is one of only two schools — the other is non-Jewish Kingsmead School in Enfield — that will take an active role in the research being conducted by Imperial College London.


Rachel Corrie death case returns to Israeli court

By Daniel Easterman, May 20, 2014

The Israeli Supreme Court is about rehear the case against the state over the death of American activist Rachel Corrie in Gaza in 2003.

Ms Corrie was protesting against house demolitions in Rafah with the International Solidarity Movement when she was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer.


MKs propose access to Temple Mount for Jews

By Daniel Easterman, May 19, 2014

Knesset members on the left and right have proposed a new law which would allow Jews to pray on the Temple Mount.

The bill, co-authored by right-wing Likud MK Miri Regev and Labour MK Hilik Bar, is an attempt to overturn the current ban on Jewish worshippers at the site, currently reserved for Muslims.


What protests? Livni enchants the crowd at JNF event

By Daniel Easterman, May 16, 2014

Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni has revealed that she proudly displays a “wanted" picture of herself in her home alongside a similar photograph of her father when he was a militia leader during the pre-state British Mandate period.


Christian worshippers welcome Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub

By Daniel Easterman, May 16, 2014

The diplomatic duties of an Israeli ambassador don’t normally involve giving Bible and Hebrew lessons to a church of Christian worshippers.

But last Sunday ambassador Daniel Taub found a receptive audience in the form of the congregation of the Anglican Holy Trinity Brompton church in London’s Knightsbridge.


Baroness Warsi calls for ‘inventive’ Holocaust remembrance

By Daniel Easterman, May 15, 2014

Baroness Warsi revealed this week how a visit to Yad Vashem had sharpened her appreciation of the importance of Holocaust remembrance.

The minister for faith and communities told an audience at the Foreign Office in London on Tuesday: “I was really struck by the image of a young girl. She was the same age and a spitting image of my daughter.


Olmert given six years in prison

By Daniel Easterman, May 13, 2014

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to six years in prison and fined over £170,000 for taking bribes and fraudulent activities while he was mayor of Jerusalem.

This is the first time in Israeli history that a former prime minister has received jail time.


Amos Oz attacks extremist Jewish settlers as 'Hebrew neo-Nazis'

By Daniel Easterman, May 12, 2014

Amos Oz, one of Israel’s most famous novelists, has hit out at radical Jewish settlers, labelling them “Hebrew neo-Nazis”.

At an event celebrating his 75th birthday, Mr Oz said strong language should be used to describe extremist settlers who target Christian sites in so-called "price tag" attacks including vandalism, arson, graffiti, and even threats against leaders of other faiths.


Tory MPs lobbying for compulsory labelling on kosher and halal meat

By Daniel Easterman, May 9, 2014

Conservative MPs are lobbying for a change in the law which would force restaurants and supermarkets to label their meat if it is halal or kosher.

The move by Conservative backbenchers comes as it was revealed this week that several major food and drink chains including Pizza Express, Ask and Costa have been serving halal meat without informing customers on their menus.


Chicken dance by South African Jewish artist ruffles French feathers

By Daniel Easterman, May 8, 2014

A South African artist was found guilty of “sexual exhibitionism” by a Paris court after he danced in public with a live cockerel attached to his penis.

The court was not able to hand down any fine or punishment to 51-year-old Steven Cohen as no formal complaint was made against him by onlookers — which included a group of nuns — and he did not engage in any public sexual acts.


Auschwitz hit by wave of vandalism

By Daniel Easterman, May 8, 2014

Young Polish people and tourists are vandalising the Auschwitz museum site by stealing large objects and scribbling their names on prisoner bunk beds, it has emerged.

In addition to widespread cases of tourists carving names and inane messages on the camp’s wooden bunks, there have even been reports of visitors stealing barbed wire and sections of the train track.


Nazi-looted art hoarder leaves collection to Swiss Museum

By Daniel Easterman, May 8, 2014

Art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt made a Swiss museum the “sole heir” for the vast collection of Nazi-looted art he stored in his apartment over several decades, it has emerged.

Mr Gurlitt died on Tuesday aged 81 after undergoing major heart surgery.


Sixty-six years old, and partying hard

By Daniel Easterman, May 6, 2014

Israel is celebrating 66 years since gaining independence with street parties and fireworks displays taking place throughout the country.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres both sent video messages to diaspora communities around the world to mark the day.


Scot charity chief departs to save services

By Daniel Easterman, April 28, 2014

Jewish Care Scotland chairman George Hecht has pledged there will be no cuts to frontline services after the charity announced the "mutually agreed" departure of chief executive Suzanne Neville in order to balance the books.
"Our community is suffering at the moment," Mr Hecht said.


Alarm prevents El Al plane crash in London

By Daniel Easterman, April 24, 2014

An El Al passenger plane came close to disaster on a runway at London’s Heathrow Airport last month after pilots forgot to lower the plane’s wheels moments before landing, it was revealed this week.

The Boeing 737 was 250 metres above the runway when an alarm went off in the cockpit warning that the landing gears had not been lowered.


El Al plane in near disaster at Heathrow

By Daniel Easterman, April 23, 2014

An El Al passenger plane came close to disaster on a runway at London Heathrow Airport after pilots forgot to lower the plane’s wheels moments before landing.

The incident took place last month but was made public in the Israeli media only on Tuesday evening .