Israel news

Palestinian envoy was holding the explosives that killed him

By Daniel Easterman, March 31, 2014

The Palestinian ambassador in Prague was holding explosives in his hands when he died in a bomb blast at his official residence in January, say the Czech police.

According to Prague police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova, the Czech authorities conducted ballistics tests which demonstrated that the bomb material was being held by ambassasdor Jamal al-Jamal’s at the time of the explosion.

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Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert found guilty of bribery

By Sandy Rashty, March 31, 2014

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been found guilty of bribery by an Israeli court.

He was convicted on Monday morning after an investigation into his role in the so-called “Holyland affair”, in which bribes were received to speed up the development of luxury properties, during his time as mayor of Jerusalem.

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Blow to peace talks with Israel set to miss prisoner-release deadline

By Daniel Easterman, March 28, 2014

Israel will not release the fourth and last group of 26 Palestinian prisoners on Saturday evening as agreed under the US-led peace talks.

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Use the back door, Paris university tells Israelis

By Naomi Firsht, March 27, 2014

Israeli students visiting a Paris university were asked to leave and re-enter through a back door to appease pro-Palestinian demonstrators.

The request came from the president of the Paris VIII University, after 50 members of the anti-Israel Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement protested against their presence.

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IDF and Hamas taking digs at each other over discovery of Gaza tunnel

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 27, 2014

The discovery of a large tunnel leading from Gaza to Israel has led to a war of words between Israel and Hamas.

The tunnel, one of the longest discovered so far, leads 700 metres east of the border, and runs close to the Israeli communities of Kibbutz Nirim and Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, according to the Israeli army officers who uncovered it.

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Netanyahu attempts to bury report on migrants

By Shira Rubin, March 27, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has attempted to block an official report on the country’s treatment of African asylum seekers.

Harel Locker, Mr Netanyahu’s Chief of Staff, urged the State Comptroller Joseph Shapira to restrict access to the document out of security concerns, as well as a fear that it could harm the country’s foreign relations.

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No sex charge for Energy Minister Silvan Shalom

By JC Reporter, March 27, 2014

Police are expected to close an investigation into sex offence allegations against Israel’s Energy Minister Silvan Shalom — but his presidential campaign may have suffered a terminal blow nonetheless.

A woman identified only as M, a former Science Ministry employee, complained last week that he had pressured her to have sexual relations with her in his Jerusalem hotel room in 1998.

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Pharrell Williams very happy about Israeli video

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2014

American singer Pharrell Williams has paid special tribute to the Israelis who covered his award-winning single ‘Happy’.

The Grammy-winning rapper and record producer chose the video tribute filmed in Tel Aviv, to be shown at the UN’s International Day of Happiness .

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Thousands of runners take part in Jerusalem Marathon

By Naomi Firsht, March 21, 2014

Jerusalem hosted its fourth annual marathon today, with over 26,000 runners taking part.

Roads across the centre of the city were closed to cars as the crowds turned out to see Kenyan athlete Ronald Kimeli Kurgat come home in first place in a course-record time of 2 hours and 16 minutes.

He was one of 2,460 foreign runners from 54 different countries participating.

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Israel has two billion pound fund for possible attack on Iran

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

Israel is keeping a budget worth almost two billion pounds to fund a pre-emptive attack against Iran's nuclear facilities.

According to a report in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, the budget information was revealed during a Knesset committee hearing which outlined plans to ensure sufficient money would be available to attack Iran in 2014.

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