Wednesday, May 1, 2013


The Zionist Federation together with Edgware United Synagogue and the Springboard Education Trust will proudly celebrate Jerusalem Day on Tuesday 7th May at 7.30pm in fine style to mark the 46th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem with an evening in Edgware of film, music and food.

The event will be with speakers Chief Rabbi elect Ephraim Mirvis who will stress the centrality of Jerusalem in Jewish life, and Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi the Secretary General of the Italian Muslim Assembly who will say that Jerusalem is the capital city of the Jewish state of Israel. Guests will also see the first showing of Springboard’s new film ‘Jerusalem and the Temple Mount’ featuring historian Sir Martin Gilbert.  This short documentary film examines the 3,000 year old connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem. 

Alan Aziz, Executive Director of the ZF said “this event is a fitting way to mark the 46th anniversary of the re-unification of Jerusalem, its significance to the Jewish people and why it should never be divided”.

Edgware United’s Synagogue Chairman, Carroll Raphael said “On 28th Iyar 5727 the city of Jerusalem, previously divided, became one.  Edgware United Synagogue is proud to host this important event for the 46th anniversary of re-unification and wish Jerusalem and its inhabitants Hatzlacha raba”.

The ZF and all its UK members will continue to highlight the importance of Jerusalem to the Jewish people.

Photos will be available upon request.


In 1987, Sheikh Abdul Palazzi, after completing religious and secular education in Rome and Cairo has served as Imam to the Italian Islamic Community in Rome.   Holds Ph.D in Islamic Sciences from the Grand Mufti of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He has lectured on the History of Religion and wasco-producer of reportages from Middle East for Italy’s public television. He was secretary-general of the Association of Italian Muslims and nowadays he is president of the Italian Muslim Assembly.

Apart from his websites he has published numerous papers and articles and addressed international conferences on a variety of issues on peace in the Middle East and the relations of Muslims and the State of Israel.

Sheikh Palazzi is not only a “Muslim Zionist”.   He also denounces Muslim extremists - the PLO, the Al Aqsa Brigade and their like as perverting authentictraditional Islam.

In 1998, Sheikh Palazzi and Dr. Asher Eder (Jerusalem) co-founded the
Islam-Israel Fellowship which promotes a positive attitude towards Jews and
Israel based on what Sheikh Palazzi believes are the authentic teachings of
Muhammed as expressed in the Koran and Hadith (Muslim oral tradition).
Sheikh Palazzi serves as Muslim co-Chairman of the Fellowship.  Dr. Eder
is the Jewish co-Chairman. 

It is thanks to the Springboard Education Trust that Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi was able to come to the UK and see the film on Jerusalem that the Springboard Education Trust put together.