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DAILY flights from Manch­ester to Is­rael could soon be­come a re­al­ity, the Jewish Tele­graph sug­gests. A re­port on the in­au­gu­ral flight to Tel Aviv by bud­get air­line Thom­son­fly last week notes that 222 pas­sen­gers were on board. The route will ini­tially be thrice weekly and talks are be­ing held on in­creas­ing the fre­quency. Lest the sig­nif­i­cance be lost on read­ers, the pa­per urges: “Manch­ester has its link to Is­rael back. It is up to us to sup­port it and thus keep it.”

In ad­di­tion to those new flights to Tel Aviv, Manch­ester also sent 10 mem­bers of its Charedi com­mu­nity on a trip to Poland with Aish UK — the first trip of its kind, ac­cord­ing to the Jewish Tri­bune. They were joined by Is­raeli-based Aish UK mem­bers and Holo­caust sur­vivor Yitz­chok Farb­stein, who had es­caped by jump­ing from a train bound for Tre­blinka. Par­tic­i­pants, whose itin­er­ary in­cluded Tre­blinka, Auschwitz and the War­saw Ghetto, were said by the Tri­bune to be “par­tic­u­larly moved and hon­oured”.

Mean­while, the Jewish News bids “cello” (groan) to cel­list Natalie Clein, daugh­ter of a Holo­caust sur­vivor and now Clas­sicFMMagazine cover girl and Liver­pool Phil­har­monic Hall mu­si­cian. She’s played edgier venues, though. “I’ve tried night­clubs. They’re great when they’re quiet enough,” she con­fides.

Over in Oz, the Aus­tralian Jewish News re­ports that for­mer Labour Prime Min­is­ter Bob Hawke has blasted the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment af­ter Chan­cel­lor Peter Costello claimed that Labour’s sup­port for Is­rael would wane be­cause of pres­sure from its own left-wing if it re­sumed power. Mr Hawke, PM from 1983-91 — with a proud track record of sup­port­ing Is­rael — ac­cused Mr Costello and Prime Min­is­ter John Howard of say­ing “de­spi­ca­ble things”. He branded the com­ments “a pa­thetic, low-class ac­cu­sa­tion from des­per­ate men”. Now, now, boys.

The Jewish News on Ms Clein’s Mersey de­but

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