THE JEWISH PRESS
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