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Col Richard Kemp's UN Goldstone testimony

By Jessica Elgot, October 19, 2009
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Colonel Richard Kemp is a former commander of the British forces in Afghanistan and an experienced military leader in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Macedonia and the Gulf War.

Here he defends Israel at the UN Human Rights Council emergency session where the Goldstone Report into Operation Cast Lead was approved.


Anne Frank: the only video footage

By Jessica Elgot, October 2, 2009
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July 22 1941. The girl next door is getting married. Anne Frank is leaning out of the window of her house in Amsterdam to get a good look at the bride and groom. It is the only time Anne Frank has ever been captured on film. At the time of her wedding, the bride lived on the second floor at Merwedeplein 39. The Frank family lived at number 37, also on the second floor.


Rabbis arrested for New York protest

By Jessica Elgot, September 24, 2009
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More than 100 rabbis gathered in New York, to block the car of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who was enroute to give his speech at the UN.

Police arrested the protestors, who were given a ticket for disorderly conduct.

The rabbis, mainly from New York and New Jersey, once they were released from custody, then joined the Iranian protest outside the UN building against Mr Ahmadinejad's visit.


The dog that sounds like a shofar

By Jessica Elgot, September 16, 2009
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Marrying out? Come to Israel instead

By Simon Rocker, September 9, 2009
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An anti-assimilation campaign with Israeli government backing is generating fierce controversy, according to Ha’aretz.

The newspaper reports: “The campaign… urges Israelis to report the particulars of acquaintances living abroad so that these people, who are ‘in danger’ of marrying non-Jews, can be persuaded to come to Israel.

“The 10-day Hebrew-language campaign has been mounted by MASA, a partnership between the Jewish Agency and the Israeli government that helps finance and market Israel programs for diaspora Jews.


JCoSS: the virtual video tour

By Jessica Elgot, August 24, 2009
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A virtual guide to new Jewish secondary school JCoSS has been released, touring classrooms, dining hall and social spaces.

Students and parents can take a virtual tour of the state-of-the-art building, including all-weather sports pitches, computer pod and the central atrium.

JCoSS, which aims to provide a cross-communal Jewish education to all Jewish children, is the most expensive state school of its size ever built.

The school will open East Barnet in September 2010.


Bernie Madoff: the musical

By Jessica Elgot, August 21, 2009
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There's been Tony Blair the Musical and Jerry Springer the Opera, but now a group of Yale students, who are part of Magevet, Yale University's Jewish, Hebrew and Israeli a-cappella singers have created the inevitable Madoff! The Musical.

The group's "spring-jam" featured a cast of 17 in tuxedo and cocktail dresses who sang comedy numbers and a few Hebrew tunes.


The children of Missile City

By YouTube, August 17, 2009
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The Children of Missile City is a documentary following the lives of children in Sderot suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, which affects 86 per cent of the city's children.

More than 7,400 children live in Sderot and must shelter an average of three times a day.

Liane Thompson's film is part of a campaign to raise money for the Sderot clinic which helps theose children suffering from post-traumatic stress, which is scheduled to shut down this July due to lack of funding.


Mudslinging bikini activists protest against Ahava and Kristin Davis

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2009
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Stolen Beauty, a group committed to boycotting Israeli goods, has specifically targeted Oxfam ambassador Kristin Davis and her promotion of Ahava cosmetics.

Stolen Beauty is run by American women who were initially opposed to the Iraq war. They turned their attention to Israel in June, with bikini-clad protestors demonstrating outside an Ahava store in Washington DC and gate-crashing a beach party event promoting Tel Aviv in New York City.


Flying rabbis to stop swine flu

By Jessica Elgot, August 12, 2009

More than 50 rabbis took to the skies above Israel to ward off swine flu in the country.

The rabbonim recited tehillim and blew the shofar in an effort to stop the spread of swine flu.

The flight's aim was "to stop the pandemic so people will stop dying from it," according to Rabbi Yitzhak Batzri, whose father David Batzri organised the flight.

"We are certain that because of our prayers danger is already behind us," he added.

Another participant, Rabbi Benayahu Shmueli, claimed swine flu has spread in Israel because of the “immorality and indecency that exists.“