NIFI Events


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Amb Taub crowd scene

March 2009 The great hall at Stormont was packed to over capacity at our launch. Our keynote speaker was the deputy ambassador of Israel to the UK, Talya Lador-Fresher. Entertainment was provided by Israeli singer Hadar

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Hadar 2

NIFI’s mission statement was formally launched at a meeting at the Park Avenue Hotel, Belfast. A packed room listened to Israeli ambassador to the UK, HE Ron Prosor.

Gerald opening meeting

Anti-Semitism in modern guise – renowned academic and lawyer Anthony Julius spoke to over 300  NIFI supporters on Anti-Semitism in the UK

Anti-semitism slammed: Anthony Julius with MP Nigel Dodds and Lord Bew at NIFI meeting.
Anti-semitism slammed: Anthony Julius with MP Nigel Dodds and Lord Bew at NIFI meeting.

The Israeli ambassador to the Irish Republic, HE Zion Evrony, was guest of honour at our first meeting outside Belfast  – in Coleraine, another packed house.

HE Evrony and Terry

NIFI in the north west, Ambassador Evrony welcomed to Coleraine, Oct 2009
NIFI in the north west, Ambassador Evrony welcomed to Coleraine, Oct 2009

“The Case for Israel”, a film, was shown to large and receptive audiences in Bangor and Coleraine.

The Case for Israel at Bangor, Oct 2009
The Case for Israel at Bangor, Oct 2009

Case for Israel

NIFI’s football XI took on and beat the Northern Ireland Supporters’ Club in a hard fought match at Clandeboye Park, Bangor. NIFI supporters attended the international match at Windsor Park between the two countries. A few weeks earlier a party of NIFI supporters also attended the Glentoran Maccabi Haifa fixture at the Oval where we made a presentation to both clubs.

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Maccabi Haifa takes the prize: the Oval, Belfast, July 2009
Maccabi Haifa takes the prize: the Oval, Belfast, July 2009

Well over 200 people registered their opposition to the trade union boycott of Israel. Speakers included Eric Lee of Trade Union Links with Israel and Palestine.

Boycott protest

Cartoons in conflict – NIFI supporters enjoyed a sneak preview of the exhibition supported by the Bereaved Families Circle. Guests included Culture Minister Nelson McCausland MLA and Diane Dodds MEP.


Cartoon audience

Not even one of the coldest days of the year kept the crowds away to celebrate the centenary of the Kibbutz movement – with two speakers from the Kibbutz movement in Israel. Ex kibbutz volunteer, Alban Maginness MLA, gave the vote of thanks.

Kibbutz Alban

Hundreds attend NIFI’s photograph exhibition on Memories of the Jewish refugee farm in Millisle to mark Holocaust Memorial day. The exhibition was hosted by two local councils in Northern Ireland.


Millisle - boys

Jerusalem-based lawyer Solon Solomon, who was in Belfast as a guest of Queen’s University Law Department, was one of a number of speakers at a NIFI event on the evening before his lecture at Queen’s, along with the deputy ambassador of Israel to the Irish Republic. Sadly, Solon’s address at Queen’s the next day was disrupted and he was harassed by anti-Israel elements at the university.


NIFI’s summer reception welcomed the Anne Frank exhibition to Newtownabbey. Gillian Wallnes of the Anne Frank Trust spoke to a packed house. Culture Minister, Nelson McCausland MLA, was also among the speakers.


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300 people attended our meeting with the Ambassador of Israel, HE Ron Prosor – his second visit to Northern Ireland as our guest. The previous day 80 people attended the Ambassador’s briefing in Coleraine, kindly hosted at the offices of Coleraine Borough Council.

Coleraine mayor greets ambassador

Amb at Stormont hotel - audience

Over 100 attended our Case for Israel event at the Braid in Ballymena. Guest speakers included Michael Brodsky of the Israeli embassy in London and local MP, Ian Paisley Jnr.

A similar number enjoyed a party celebrating Israel’s birthday jointly supported by NIFI, the Belfast Jewish community and the Belfast branch of the Council of Christians and Jews.

YH Party Belfast 2011

NIFI’s summer reception was attended by 200+ people who were enlightened and entertained by Colin Nevin, who spoke on the subject of a Christian living in the Jewish state.

Colin with from left, councillors Guy Spence, William Humphreys MLA and Thomas Hogg
Colin with from left, councillors Guy Spence, William Humphreys MLA and Thomas Hogg

The deputy ambassador of Israel in the UK, Alon Roth-Snir, addressed over 80 community leaders at an event promoted jointly by NIFI and the East Belfast Mission, as well as speaking at universities and colleges.

You must be joking! Deputy ambassador meets senior academics in Belfast.
You must be joking! Deputy ambassador meets senior academics in Belfast.

Faces of Israel, a group of young Israelis from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds, visited Belfast as guests of NIFI – meeting elected representatives at Stormont and various community groups in Belfast.

Faces of Israel 2012

Over 170 people attended NIFI’s presentation on the Forgotten Refugees, the Jews from Arab lands, venue courtesy of Newtownabbey Borough council. Guest speaker was Lyn Julius of Harif.

Harif event - crowd

From left: Steven Jaffe (NIFI co chair), Gerald Steinberg (President), Deputy Mayor Ald Victor Robinson and deputy mayoress, guest speaker Lyn Julius of Harif
From left: Steven Jaffe (NIFI co chair), Gerald Steinberg (President), Deputy Mayor Ald Victor Robinson and deputy mayoress, guest speaker Lyn Julius of Harif

160 heard the shocking story of the decline of the Christian community who live under the Palestinian Authority. Our speaker, a Palestinian from Bethlehem, also spoke to a gathering of over 600 at a north Belfast church.

Over 300 people attended NIFI’s meeting with Israel’s ambassador to the UK, HE Daniel Taub.

Amb taub and Grant

Amb Taub crowd scene

350 + people welcomed two Israeli students in Belfast. The 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht was also  commemorated. The students from Israel also visited churches, youth groups and schools.

Lord Mayor, Yedida and Paz

Jonathan Bell with Yedida and Paz

Kristallnacht - group

Solidarity with the people of Sderot – over 160 supporters hear ex Sderot Mayor, David Buskila, talk about everyday life in a city which has taken the brunt of thousands of missile and rocket attacks. The event took place at the East Belfast Mission.

Sderot audience 2


Approx 200 people attended an event featuring former Knesset member Einat Wilf. Einat also spoke to NGOs and local think tanks at a breakfast briefing hosted by NIFI.

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Israeli diplomat, Rony Yedidia-Clein, leads a NIFI breakfast briefing on the forthcoming  Israeli elections

Rony breakfast 2015

Over 100 supporters attended an evening with Ishmael Khaldi, Israeli diplomat who spoke about his career from Bedouin shepherd boy to Bedouin diplomat for the state of Israel. Ishmael also led two round table discussions with churchmen, academics and senior community leaders.


NIFI was proud to host Israeli press attaché Yiftah Curiel at a breakfast briefing in Belfast. During his visit Yiftah was guest of honour at an evening to celebrate Israel at Stormont and spoke at a packed Great Hall. He met with senior journalists and briefed community leaders and elected representatives at our NIFI event.

Yiftah breakfast June 15

Over 150 heard Noam Bedein speak about life in southern Israel under bombardment from Hamas and other Islamist terror groups in Gaza.

Noam Bedein shul crowd oct 2015

Noam bedein group photo

On the eve of the Labour Party conference over 100 NIFI supporters heard director of We Believe in Israel, and lifelong Labour Party activist, Luke Akehurst, talk about the problem of anti-Semitism on the Left. Nigel Goodrich, convenor of the Confederation of Friends of Israel in Scotland, also spoke.


NIFI held events outside Belfast, at churches in Bangor and Carryduff, where the guest speaker was Simon Barrett, presenter of the Middle East Report. Simon spoke to large and attentive audiences.

Simon Barrett Carryduff crowd sep 2017

Bangor West Simon Barrett Mayor Ivor sep 17

Steve Beth Aiken Balfour Nov 17

Over 200 celebrated the centenary of the Balfour Declaration at a packed Great Hall Stormont. Guest of honour was deputy ambassador of Israel to the UK, Sharon Bar-li. Speakers included historian, Roy Thurley, David Parsons of the International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem, Rabbi David Singer and Steven Jaffe. Israeli singer, Tally Koren, enthralled the audience with a rendition of Jerusalem the Gold. The event was organised jointly between NIFI and ICEJ. Peter Weir MLA was host.


A packed NIFI reception at the Linen Hall Library launched a year of marking the centenary of Israeli President Chaim Herzog’s birth in Belfast. The Ambasador of Israel, HE Mark Regev, was amongst the speakers.


Our Exhibition on the  Herzog family in Belfast was hosted at the Linen Hall Library.

Exhibition in Linen Hall Cafe 1 March 2018 a
Israel’s 70th birthday was celebrated in style – over 100 packed the Long Gallery at Stormont. Speakers included the deputy ambassador, Sharon Bar-li, and Rabbi David Singer of the Belfast Jewish community performed Israeli songs. Peter Weir MLA was host for the event.
Yom Ha'atzmaut Stormont 2018 2
Jerusalem council woman, Fleur Hassan,  addressed NIFI supporters on the city of Jerusalem, a Biblical city with modern challenges and needs. Fleur met the deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast and party leaders at Stormont during her visit.
Fleur Hassan crowd at synagogue June 2018
The centenary of Chaim Herzog’s birth in Belfast was celebrated in October 2018 with a visit to Stormont, a luncheon in Belfast, a tour of the city for visiting guests from Israel, Ireland and the rest of the UK, and an evening gala event at Stormont.
Herzog family at Clifton Park Avenue Belfast
It was a particular honour to welcome members of the Herzog family to Belfast – here pictured outside the former family home on Cliftonpark Avenue.
Eban Siniver PRONI October 2018
Over 60 people attended a lunchtime lecture on Abba Eban, Israel’s most distinguished diplomat and foreign minister. Eban was living in Belfast a century ago as a child evacuee. Guest speaker was Dr Asaf Siniver of Birmingham University. The event was hosted by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
Former Ambassador of Israel to Spain and Belgium, Victor Harel, addressed NIFI supporters on the forthcoming Israeli elections. Ambassador Harel also visited party leaders at Stormont. Our event was jointly organised with Israel Bonds.
Victor Harel Israel Bonds Stormont March 2019 DUP
Rev Bruce Thompson, a Methodist minister from England, spoke to a packed room of over 100 supporters of Northern Ireland Friends of Israel and members of the Belfast branch of the Council of Christians and Jews, on the subject of anti-Semitism in the Churches. Here Rev Bruce is being interviewed for Radio Ulster.
Bruce Thompson radio ulster
This year we celebrated Israel’s birthday with a play! Actor Niv Petel performed his play Knock Knock to an appreciative audience in Belfast. The event was arranged jointly with UJIA.
Niv Petel Belfast may 2019 audience
Just under 200 people turned up to hear the amazing story of Israel’s rescue mission – the Raid on Entebbe. Told by one of the rescuers, Major Rami Sherman. The event was organised jointly with MDA UK.
shoshana rami sherman dec 2019
Israel and the Corona Virus Crisis – as we were in Lockdown, Daniel Burger of MDA UK briefed us on Facebook Live on the front line work of Magen David Adom – Israel’s equivalent to the Red Cross.
mda corona israel
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Israel and the Irish Republic: we reached near Zoom capacity for our speakers, former Irish government minister, Alan Shatter, and director of Ireland Israel Alliance, Jackie Goodall.
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red sea spies

BBC journalist Raffi Berg lifted the lid on the dramatic Mossad operation that assisted thousands of Ethiopian Jews to make aliyah to Israel via a fake diving resort in Sudan. We welcomed friends from the Isle of Man, West and East Midlands and Highlands Friends of Israel to our Zoom event.
NIFI and the Centre for Scotland and Israel Relations hosted Linda Menuhin Abdul Aziz to mark the annual commemoration of the expulsion of 800,000 Jews from Arab lands and Iran.
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