Daniel Easterman

Anelka told FA commission he knew nothing of Holocaust and "Jewish stories"

By Daniel Easterman, March 6, 2014

West Bromwich Albion player Nicolas Anelka implied that he was unaware of the Holocaust in his evidence to the Football Association’s independent commission investigating his quenelle gesture.

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Warning by NGO founder over upcoming civil strife in Israel

By Daniel Easterman, March 6, 2014

Israel must do more to build a cohesive society for all its citizens, including minorities, or risk serious the possibility of civil strife.

That was the message from Mike Prashker, founder of the Israeli NGO Merchavim, at a panel discussion on “society-building” at the LJCC in London.

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FA releases full Anelka judgment

By Daniel Easterman, March 6, 2014

The Football Association's independent commission has released its written reasons explaining why it banned West Bromwich Albion player Nicolas Anelka for five matches.

The report, which runs to 35 pages, provides the witness statements from Anelka, and arguments from both his and the FA's legal teams.

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Anelka expected to accept five game quenelle ban

By Daniel Easterman, March 6, 2014

West Bromwich Albion player Nicolas Anelka will accept the five game ban
handed down to him by the Football Association's independent
disciplinary commission for his antisemitic quenelle gesture, according
to reports.

The Telegraph claimed Anelka and his lawyers had decided to accept the
verdict after receiving the commission's written reasons, which have yet
to be made public.

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Hidden cameras show repeated racist abuse

By Daniel Easterman, March 6, 2014

The Community Security Trust has condemned the “totally unacceptable level of antisemitic abuse” revealed by a Channel Four documentary into racism and homophobia in professional football this week.

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Anelka suspended by West Bromwich Albion after FA ban

By Daniel Easterman, February 28, 2014

West Bromwich Albion have suspended footballer Nicolas Anelka following the five match ban handed down by the Football Association for his use of the quenelle gesture.

The club said it would not select the player until the FA disciplinary process is completed and the club has concluded its own internal inquiry

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Secret MI5 files reveal Zionist plot to kill Winston Churchill

By Daniel Easterman, February 28, 2014

Zionist group the Stern Gang plotted to assassinate Prime Minister Winston Churchill, newly released MI5 documents have revealed.

One of the group's leaders, Eliyahu Bet-Zuri, planned to send agents to London on a special mission to kill Churchill and other high-ranking members of government.

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Bennett's £240 million plan will strengthen Israel links

By Daniel Easterman, February 27, 2014

Communal leaders have welcomed a plan by Israel Economy Minister Naftali Bennett to inject around £240 million over the next five years into Jewish education in the diaspora.

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Barrister who represented Michael Jackson and Simon Cowell is defending Anelka

By Daniel Easterman, February 25, 2014

A barrister who has represented Michael Jackson and Simon Cowell is defending Nicolas Anelka at the Football Association disciplinary hearing over his quenelle gesture.

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FA Anelka hearing underway

By Daniel Easterman, February 24, 2014

The Football Association's long-awaited hearing into Nicholas Anelka's quenelle gesture is nearing the end of its first week.

The West Bromwich Albion player performed the quenelle, a form of Nazi salute, during a Premier League match last December.

The FA charged the player with making a gesture that was “abusive/ and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper.

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Ukraine protesters call on Jewish oligarchs to give president ‘a gun’

By Daniel Easterman, February 21, 2014

A member of Ukraine’s opposition movement has called on Jewish and Muslim billionaire businessmen to force the president, Victor Yanukovich, to step down.

In a speech in Kiev’s Independence Square, the unnamed protester, who said he was Muslim, urged Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Victor Pinchuk and David Zhvania - oligarchs with links to the protest movement - to talk to the president.

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Questions over financial management at Board

By Daniel Easterman, February 20, 2014

A former senior vice-president of the Board of Deputies has demanded greater financial transparency to explain how it went into the red last year.

Jerry Lewis, the deputy for Hampstead Synagogue, was dissatisfied with the official explanation that the deficit had been caused by “one-off unanticipated staffing costs”.

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‘Hub’ dropped over Amia fears

By Daniel Easterman, February 20, 2014

Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman said he was “positive” about the possibility of sharing new headquarters with the Jewish Leadership Council “and I believe they are, too.”

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Board may resume its Oxfam collaboration

By Daniel Easterman, February 20, 2014

The Board of Deputies has left the door open to further collaboration with Oxfam despite widespread criticism of a joint project with the charity.

In an interview on Wednesday, Board President Vivian Wineman said that he would “not rule out a new project” with Oxfam despite the strong opposition to the partnership.

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Nuclear talks with Iran kick off in Vienna

By Daniel Easterman, February 18, 2014

Negotiations between Iran and six world powers on the Islamic Republic's contentious nuclear programme are beginning in Vienna this morning.

This latest round of talks is meant to build on the progress made last November when Iran said it would reduce uranium enrichment activities - the process needed to make a nuclear bomb - in return for sanctions relief.

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Pro-Zionist Christians meet at ‘security wall’ church

By Daniel Easterman, February 13, 2014

A Christian group has hit back at the London church which erected a controversial replica of the Israeli security wall in its grounds.

Organisers of the “Bethlehem Unwrapped” festival at St James’s Church in Piccadilly said the wall had been built to highlight Israeli treatment of Palestinian Christians.

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He is 16, still at school but he is a radio star

By Daniel Easterman, February 13, 2014

For most, the path to success means university, a first job and steadily climbing the career ladder.

But GCSE student James Gilmore, 16, has already taken a very different approach.

Four years ago, he launched his own Internet Radio station — and now has 50 volunteers, including 20-odd presenters, covering everything from pop music to politics and advice on bullying and obesity.

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Denmark bans shechita to 'put animal rights before religion'

By Daniel Easterman, February 13, 2014

The Danish government has banned shechita, saying "animal rights come before religion".

Denmark's Agriculture and Food Minister Dan Jørgensen yesterday signed a regulation preventing Danish slaughterhouses from applying for an exemption to pre-stunning, which effectively bans any religious slaughter in the country.

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Ben Uri Gallery launches pro-immigration campaign

By Daniel Easterman, February 13, 2014

The Ben Uri Gallery has launched a campaign to promote the beneficial impact immigrant communities have had on British society.

The gallery, which specialises in European Jewish art, has changed its website to highlight great works by painters who came to this country as immigrants, labelling them as “Great British artists”.

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Fears for synagogue as residents evacuate flooded homes

By Daniel Easterman, February 13, 2014

A rabbi of a synagogue in the Thames Valley described this week how his congregants have been forced to abandon their homes as a result of the severe flooding in the area.

Rabbi Jonathan Romain, of Maidenhead shul, said a young family in the village of Wargrave, in Berkshire, had moved out after water from the nearby Thames inundated their house.

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