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Holocaust Memorial – interesting broadcasts

Posted by nifriendsofisrael on 26/01/2016

On Holocaust Memorial week, NVTV (Belfast Local Television) have a number of programmes relating to the Shoah and the local Jewish community which will be of interest to NIFI supporters.

Belfast Local Television
Freeview 8 & Virgin 159

Holocaust art

In Focus – Mel Goldberger visits the NVTV studio as he shares the story of his father’s escape from Vienna to Northern Ireland after Kristallnacht

Duration: 30:00

January 27th – 19.45


January 27th – 22.45

January 29th – 21.15

January 31st – 20.15

I remember the Holocaust – Rare archive of Belfast choreographer Helen Lewis who survived Auschwitz. She survived two so called ‘selections’ by Dr Josef Mengele. She moved to Northern Ireland in 1947 and passed away in 2009.
Duration: 30:00

28 Jan – 21:45


29 Jan – 19.45

From the archives – A Century Later, Short Stories – With Ronnie Appleton QC. Reflections on the Jewish community which gave much to the development of Belfast.

Duration: 15:00

January 26th – 21.00


January 27th – 20.15

January 29th – 18.45

I remember little Jerusalem – Rare archive of the late Raphael Siev who talks about his childhood memories in the old Beth Hamedrash Hagodel Shul in Walworth Road, Dublin – now the Irish Jewish museum
Duration: 15:00

27 Jan 16 20:30

28 Jan 20.30

Discover the Archives – Archival interview with Rabbi Avraham Citron, former rabbi of the Belfast Jewish community, who shared his experiences and insights into Jewish culture and community with Northern Visions in 2006.
Duration: 30:00

28 Jan 16 22.45

29 Jan 17.45

Schedules can be subject to change – please check here:

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Holocaust Memorial Day in Northern Ireland

Posted by nifriendsofisrael on 18/01/2016

The Suitcase synagogue 2015

Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration
Monday, 25 January, 2016 – 18:30 to 21:00

Belfast City Council are joining with Spring Lane Production to host a showing of The Suitcase by Jane Coyle.
The storyline moves between modern day Belfast and 1930s Vienna. At its centre is the discovery of a suitcase in the house of the late Leo Edelmann, a Holocaust survivor from Berlin, who settled and raised a family in Belfast.

Address Belfast City Hall

Cost Free

Attendance details

Light refreshments will be available at 6.30pm. Booking essential: Email or call 028 9027 0663 to reserve your place.


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From Tel Aviv and Belfast City Halls

Posted by nifriendsofisrael on 15/11/2015

Belfast city hall france

Tel Aviv

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Israeli visitors in Belfast

Posted by nifriendsofisrael on 15/11/2015

Welcome visitors to Belfast – former government minister Gideon Sa’ar; news anchor journalist Geula Even and Eran Etzion, former diplomat and strategic planner. Seen here at the Colonel Patterson memorial on Northumbria Street.Israeli politicians belfast

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Presbyterian Herald

Posted by nifriendsofisrael on 04/11/2015

Huge thank you to NIFI supporter William Bennett who has the following letter published in the Presbyterian Herald:

I was very concerned to see such a one-sided piece concerning Gaza in the News section of the October Herald.

The piece, which appears to emanate from Christian Aid, does not mention Hamas once. Your readers may not be aware that Gaza is governed by Hamas, a body which is pledged to destroy Israel and murder Jews. A Hamas spokesman recently lauded the murder of a Rabbi and his wife in front of their children as a heroic act.

Christian Aid

Hamas has a history of diverting concrete from civilian purposes to the construction of sophisticated tunnels which extend into Israel. The purpose of these has been shown to be the murder, maiming and kidnapping of Israeli civilians.

Some balance in the coverage of the problems around Gaza would be welcome. Surely Israel is allowed to defend her people

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Shalom Declaration

Posted by nifriendsofisrael on 01/08/2015

The Shalom Declaration – a public declaration by Christians across the UK.

For more information – including where to send the signed declaration – please contact To download a copy of the Declaration please click here: Shalom Declaration – final

Shalom declaration Leeds 2015

A public declaration by Christians across our nation which states as follows: We hereby affirm as Christians that so much of our spiritual inspiration for our faith is derived from the Hebrew Bible. We pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!

We deeply appreciate that Israel is the only country in the Middle East which extends freedom of worship to all its citizens and where the Christian community is growing.
We grieve and stand with families in Israel and the wider Middle East, who have lost loved ones and with all who are persecuted by the rise of violent extremism and intolerance in the region. We pray that those inciting trouble and disharmony in the Middle East and who threaten the existence of Israel will be thwarted.
We further pray that the peacemakers will see their patience and vision rewarded so that Isaiah’s prophecy of “swords beaten into pruning forks” and the declaration of Jesus that “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God”, will soon become a reality.
We draw succour from the vibrancy of the State of Israel, from its democratic political system, its academic and cultural creativity and its remarkable contribution to humanity in terms of science and technology.
And we call upon the spiritual leaders and elected representatives of our nation to work tirelessly to combat anti-Semitism and violent extremism across the world and to strengthen understanding and co-operation between the peoples of our nation and of Israel.

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Message from NIFI

Posted by nifriendsofisrael on 31/07/2015

We condemn without reservation the arson attack at Duma which has left a Palestinian baby dead and the knife attack in Jerusalem which has left six Gay Pride marchers injured.

It is sad to see the fires of demonization against Israel being stoked by the actions of Jewish terrorists, but at the moment our thoughts are with the bereaved and injured.

A message from Belfast-born rabbi, Geoffrey Hyman:

I – as a human being, orthodox Jew and rabbi – severely condemn the acts of Jewish radicals who commit acts of violence against others in the name of our holy Torah. Whether it is a deranged criminal who stabbed participants at yesterday’s Gay Pride parade in Yerushalayim or militant West Bank settlers who burnt down Palestinian homes in Duma, acts of violence and terrorism against others are wrong. Such acts stand in stark contradistinction to our Torah teachings which are “deracheah darkhei noam” – its ways are the ways of pleasantness; “vekhol netivoteha shalom” – and its pathways are to peace

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Prime Minister Netanyahu’s message to the people of the UK

Posted by nifriendsofisrael on 16/07/2015

Please view Prime Minister Netanyahu’s urgent message to the UK delivered earlier today.

Netanyahu hammond photo

In the UK parliament yesterday, foreign secretary Hammond dismissed “Tel Aviv’s concerns” about the Iranian agreement. Listen to Netanyahu’s response to Philip Hammond.

The Iranian agreement gives Iran two paths to the bomb. It unleashes billions of dollars to a regime sponsoring terrorism across the world. The alternative to this agreement is not war but a much better agreement.

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NIFI salutes Jim Shannon MP

Posted by nifriendsofisrael on 10/07/2015

We salute Jim Shannon MPs contribution to the recent Westminster Hall debate on the UN commission’s report on Gaza.

Jim made clear the UN’s history of dealing with this issue has been so biased. Any international report should address the causes of on-going conflict and seek to restore peace for Israelis and Palestinians alike.

Jim Shannon

Such a report would need to address the aspirations of Hamas and more extremist groups in Gaza, who want to do with the Jews what is happening to other religious and ethnic groups across the Middle East – either slaughter them or force them to flight.

That sad truth should cause Mark Durkan MP and others to reflect on their suggestion that Israel should be subjected to an arms embargo. Israel is a small democratic state which has Hamas, Hezbolla, Islamic State, Al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad etc on its borders.

How would Mark like his own constituency in Foyle to be in the same position?

Mark Durkan’s call is therefore tantamount to saying “throw Israel to the wolves” – like the Christians, Yazidis and Muslim minority communities in the region.

The huge issue of reconstruction of Gaza needs to ensure funds and building materials will not get into terrorist hands. It must lay the foundations for a durable peace based on mutual recognition – not assist the likes of Hamas to instigate the next round of conflict and enable it to resist ceasefires and undermine negotiations.

NIFI is very thankful to Jim Shannon MP for speaking out on this difficult issue

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NIFI supports Golders Green together

Posted by nifriendsofisrael on 26/06/2015

Thank you to Northern Ireland MPs Jim Shannon (sponsoring), Alasdair MacDonnell and David Simpson for signing a resolution at Westminster condemning the neo-Nazi Jew-hating and anti-Israel provocation against the Jewish community of Golders Green London, planned for the Jewish Sabbath – 4th July, and calling for Government action to be taken against it. We hope more will sign!

Photo shows all faith communities in Golders Green, north London, standing together against this provocation.

Golders green together

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