Israel news

Palestinian woman shot at Jerusalem checkpoint had knife in her bag

By Daniel Sugarman, July 26, 2016

Israeli border guards have shot a Palestinian woman in the legs in what is being reported as an attempted stabbing attack at the Qalandia checkpoint near Jerusalem.

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The day that shook foundations of UK-Jewish ties

By Colin Shindler, July 22, 2016

Seventy years ago, on July 22, 1946, the Irgun Commander, Menahem Begin, sat by his radio, eagerly anticipating a dramatic announcement on the BBC. It was not, however, the news that he had expected.

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Record crowd at Jerusalem Gay Pride

By Daniel Sugarman, July 22, 2016

LGBT revellers took to the streets in Jerusalem on Thursday evening under tight security after police announced that they had foiled an assault planned by last year’s attacker.

Yishai Schlissel, who killed a young girl taking part in last year’s Gay Pride parade, was arrested in his cell on suspicion of plotting to attack the march for a second time along with his brother, Michael.

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Bibi denies money-laundering rumours

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2016

In his first ever prime minister's questions on Monday, Benjamin Netanyahu denied rumours that an investigation into money-laundering by his eldest son had been launched.

Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit has confirmed that a police probe relating to the prime minister, among other people, is ongoing, but has added no details about the allegations against Mr Netanyahu.

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Gay couples reorient the conflict

By Rosa Doherty, July 21, 2016

Identifying as a Palestinian while having a Jewish boyfriend "is not as complicated as it sounds", according to Khader Abu-Seif, the main protagonist of a documentary that chronicles the lives of three gay Palestinians living in Tel Aviv.

Born and raised in Jaffa, the 29-year-old and his Jewish ex-boyfriend Daniel, were filmed during the 2014 war in Gaza and the events surrounding the murder of

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'Abuser' rabbi extradited

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2016

Rabbi Eliezer Berland was extradited to Israel - his home country - this week, where he will face charges of sexual assault, following a three-year saga in which he tried to evade justice.

Rabbi Berland, 78, the leader of the "Shuvu Banim" Brelav Chasidic sect, fled Israel in 2013 when police began investigating allegations that he had coerced women into performing sexual acts with him.

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Why many Israelis agree with this IDF refusenik

By Nathan Jeffay, July 21, 2016

To many Israelis, Tair Kaminer has done the unthinkable. But her parents are kvelling.

The Israeli military has just agreed to release the 19-year-old from prison later this month, when she will have served more than half a year for refusing her draft order and become the longest-serving military objector.

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Suspension law passed

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2016

The law allowing the suspension of Knesset members was approved on Tuesday night following a stormy session.

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Israelis welcome arrival of Theresa May at Number 10

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 14, 2016

Israeli officials watching the leadership contest in the Conservative Party were pleased at Theresa May's victory.

Along with veteran pro-Israel stalwart and former justice secretary Michael Gove, Ms May was a clear favourite to replace David Cameron. Her repeated expressions of support both for the Jewish community in Britain and for Israel have, of course, been noted.

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Israel edges closer to peace talks in Cairo

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 14, 2016

The visit of Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to Jerusalem on Sunday, the first such trip in nine years, was a sign of the intensifying relations between the two countries on a wide range of issues.

Mr Shoukry's meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were officially focused on Egypt's offer to host direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in Cairo, but they also

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