Daniel Easterman

UK is learning from Israel in the fight against cyber crime

By Daniel Easterman, April 18, 2014

Britain is strengthening its already close ties with Israel to combat the threat posed by cyber criminals and terrorists.

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Rabbis call for action on hunger

By Daniel Easterman, April 17, 2014

A cross-communal group of 30 rabbis is calling on political leaders to take urgent measures to help people who cannot afford to feed themselves.

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Pope Francis to fly El Al on journey home from Israel

By Daniel Easterman, April 14, 2014

Pope Francis will fly with Israeli national carrier El Al when he returns home from his visit to Israel next month.

El Al will assign a special crew and mark the plane with the official Vatican seal for the Boeing 777 flight.

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Naftali Bennett threatens to quit Israeli government over prison release

By Daniel Easterman, April 11, 2014

Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett has threatened to quit Israel’s governing coalition if a group of Palestinian prisoners are released in a last ditch attempt to save the peace process.

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Architect of Oslo Accords Ron Pundak dies

By Daniel Easterman, April 11, 2014

Ron Pundak, one of the leading figures behind the Oslo Accords, has died aged 59 after a long battle with cancer.

In early 1993, while the official negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in Washington were failing, a secret back channel with the PLO was opened by Mr Pundak together with fellow academic Yair Hirschfield - first in London, and then Oslo.

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Rabbi attacks Orthodox over disconnect from IDF

By Daniel Easterman, April 11, 2014

A prominent Israeli rabbi has described the lack of respect shown by Charedim towards the IDF as a “huge blemish”, arguing that the “obligation to serve in the army is greater than the obligation to learn Torah”.

Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth is the head of Beit Hillel, an organisation that promotes moderate approaches to Judaism. He presides over an alliance of 200 modern Orthodox rabbis.

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Families fail in bid to reclaim £165m treasures

By Daniel Easterman, April 10, 2014

A panel of German legal experts has ruled that medieval artefacts worth £165 million should not be returned to three Jewish families.

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Anelka will serve his ban in full, FA insist

By Daniel Easterman, April 10, 2014

The Football Association expects Nicolas Anelka to serve his five-match ban if he signs for Brazilian club Atlético Mineiro.

The player was suspended and fined £80,000 for performing an antisemitic gesture during a Premier League match but was sacked by his former club, West Bromwich Albion, for gross misconduct before he could serve the ban.

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The £100 British Airways kosher sandwich

By Daniel Easterman, April 10, 2014

When Gilian Walker took a flight to Vienna she asked the stewardess for a kosher sandwich — and was told it would cost her £100.

That was the difference between her economy class seat and one she would have to upgrade to in British airways’ world club business class, a few yards further to the front.

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Sheldon Adelson pledges £10 million to Israeli space mission

By Daniel Easterman, April 10, 2014

American casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has pledged $16.4 million (almost £10 million) to fund the Israeli SpaceIL mission to the moon.

With only 20 full-time staff and 250 volunteers, the SpaceIL project is one of the most ambitious of its kind. The project organisers aim to land a spacecraft on the moon at a cost of just £22 million – a tiny amount compared to most space programmes.

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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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