Daniel Easterman

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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Israeli politician apologises for saying Reform not Jewish

By Daniel Easterman, February 10, 2014

MK David Rotem has apologised for using the phrase "another religion" to refer to Reform Jews, which some say echoes the wording of Israel's Law of Return to differentiate between Jews and non-Jews.

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Satmars claim WhatsApp destroys their community

By Daniel Easterman, February 7, 2014

Leaders of New York's Satmar Chasidic sect have expressed alarm over the impact of the social media messaging service WhatsApp on their community.

The strictly Orthodox group banned its members from using Facebook and other social media platforms in 2012.

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Diplomats recall life-saving efforts of countrymen

By Daniel Easterman, February 3, 2014

Envoys from Portugal, Japan and Poland relayed stories of their diplomats’ Holocaust heroism to the London Jewish Cultural Centre’s HMD ceremony at its Golders Green premises.

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Miliband: 'I'm here for my family's Shoah victims'

By Daniel Easterman, February 3, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband spoke movingly about family members who lost their lives during the Holocaust at the UK’s main HMD commemoration in Westminster on Monday.

“I never met my mother’s father,” Mr Miliband told an audience of survivors, politicians and religious leaders at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre.

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Holocaust day row leaves war veterans out in the rain

By Daniel Easterman, January 30, 2014

A clash between Orthodox and Reform in Brighton led to a rabbi being barred from a prayer hall at a Holocaust Memorial Day service.

War veterans and members of Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue were forced to hold their own ceremony standing outside in the rain.

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Ed Miliband and Eric Pickles address Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony

By Daniel Easterman, January 27, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband spoke movingly about the members of his family who lost their lives during the Holocaust, and the need to remain vigilant against antisemitism.

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Shoah event at City Hall

By Daniel Easterman, January 27, 2014

The harrowing experiences of a survivor who fled the Nazis as a child in Holland were recounted to a City Hall audience on Monday as the Greater London Assembly held its annual Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony.

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Earl of Wessex out to launch at JLGB

By Daniel Easterman, January 27, 2014

The Earl of Wessex helped JLGB to launch a volunteering initiative in Kensington on Tuesday at a gathering of 800 brigade members and supporters.

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Israeli jets bombed Assad missile stations, say rebels

By Daniel Easterman, January 27, 2014

The Israeli Air Force bombed several missile launcher positions in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia last night, according to unconfirmed reports from Syrian opposition groups.

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Senior Reform rabbi attacks community over ‘elitist’ attitude

By Daniel Easterman, January 23, 2014

A leading rabbi has criticised the Jewish community for being elitist and “experts in exclusion”.

Laura Janner-Klausner, Reform Judaism’s senior rabbi, said that Anglo-Jewry seemed to “specialise in raising and maintaining barriers, obstacles.”

She added: “We need to recognise that the fortress around Judaism is counterproductive to a Judaism that we want.”

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Hate comedian Dieudonne calls Anelka ‘courageous’

By Daniel Easterman, January 23, 2014

Dieudonne has pledged his full support for Nicolas Anelka in the ongoing row over the footballer’s use of the Nazi-style salute popularised by the antisemitic French comedian.

The comedian, who has been convicted of multiple antisemitic offences in France, said he was “proud” of the West Bromwich Albion striker, calling him “courageous”.

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CST shaken by secrecy in Anelka affair

By Daniel Easterman, January 23, 2014

The Football Association’s lack of transparency in investigating Nicolas Anelka’s controversial quenelle gesture has shaken the Community Security Trust’s confidence in the process, it has revealed.

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Lihi Lapid: Confessions of a woman of valour

By Daniel Easterman, January 23, 2014

Yair and Lihi Lapid are, in the eyes of many, Israel’s most glamorous couple. And, with Yair Lapid’s recent rise to prominence as Finance Minister in Israel’s coalition — the most powerful.

The one downside is that, now he is a political insider, his popularity is not what it was in his former life as an actor, playwright and celebrity writer.

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Nicolas Anelka charged by FA over quenelle gesture

By Daniel Easterman, January 21, 2014

The Football Association has charged the West Bromwich Albion footballer Nicolas Anelka over his quenelle gesture.

In a statement issued this morning, the FA said it was alleged that Anelka "made a gesture which was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper, contrary to FA Rule E3[1]".

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Zoopla pulls West Bromwich sponsorship over Anelka

By Daniel Easterman, January 20, 2014

Property website Zoopla has said it will end its £3-million shirt sponsorship deal with West Bromwich Albion football club over Nicolas Anelka's quenelle gesture.

In a statement released this afternoon, Zoopla said the sponsorship would cease at the end of the current season in May.

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Zoopla threaten to pull West Brom sponsorship over Anelka

By Daniel Easterman, January 20, 2014

Online property-search company Zoopla has threatened to cancel it £3 million shirt sponsorship deal with West Bromwich Albion football club over Nicolas Anelka's quenelle gesture.

According to the trade publication Marketing Week, Zoopla said it would cancel the arrangement immediately if the player is selected for tonight's Premier League match against Everton.

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Britain condemns Gaza rockets

By Daniel Easterman, January 17, 2014

Britain has condemned the firing of five rockets from Gaza into the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon yesterday.

Minister for the Middle East, Hugh Robertson said that the rockets fired into Israel were a “violation of international law”.

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