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Cyprus, Greece, Turkey all want deals with Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 4, 2016

When Syriza first swept to power in Greece in January 2015, no one could have foreseen that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and half his cabinet would mark the first anniversary of their government with a joint meeting with their Israeli counterparts in Jerusalem.

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Israeli far-right group labels Amos Oz 'mole'

By Nathan Jeffay, February 4, 2016

Israeli right-wing activists have provoked outrage by presenting some of Israel's best-loved cultural figures as "moles" who are promoting foreign governments' agendas.

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Attack by PA soldier sparks chaos fears

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 4, 2016

A gun attack on Israeli soldiers last Sunday by a member of the Palestinian Authority's security forces has led to the first closure of Ramallah in more than a decade and renewed concerns over a breakdown in Israeli-Palestinian security co-ordination.

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Spouses of rescue volunteers get counselling to cope with trauma

By Nathan Jeffay, February 4, 2016

there are hundreds of volunteers around Israel who rush to terror scenes after shots are fired or knives pulled. And almost all have a family - children who get left with neighbours at the drop of a hat; spouses who are abandoned without notice and who grapple with helplessness when their partner returns with a headful of traumatic images.

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Left-winger boycotts restaurant for going kosher

By Nathan Jeffay, February 4, 2016

A local Israeli politician has said she would boycott a restaurant for going kosher.

Lior Ben-Hemo, one of the owners of River Ranaana, said he was taken aback when a local Jewish councillor used her party's Facebook page to announce the boycott. "We didn't think that in Israel, and in Ranaana, we would face such a thing," he said.

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Sweden Shoah project wins major grant

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 4, 2016

Two young Swedes who tour schools telling their grandparents' stories of surviving the Holocaust have been awarded 300,000 krona (£24,500) to expand their activities.

The pair are founders of the Stockholm-based non-profit group, Zikaron (meaning "memory" in Hebrew), whose grandmothers survived Auschwitz.

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Palestinian 13-year-old girls launch knife attack

By Naomi Firsht, February 4, 2016

A security guard was lightly injured when two Arab girls attacked him with knives in the city of Ramle.

According to the police, two teenage girls approached a building entrance at the central bus station and the 25-year-old guard asked them to identify themselves. The two then pulled knives out of their clothing and stabbed the guard in the leg and hand.

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School textbook under fire for 'ideological slant'

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 4, 2016

A new civics studies textbook for high schools has become the latest front in Israel's culture wars.

It has been five years in the making, and is the only textbook on the national curriculum for the matriculation exams that all schools - secular and religious, Jewish and Arab - have to use.

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Keep mobile phone out of your pockets, warns Israeli infertility study

By Josh Jackman, February 3, 2016

Men who keep a mobile in their pocket all day are four times more likely to suffer from infertility, an Israeli study has revealed.

The research - conducted at Haifa Technion and Carmel Medical Centre - also found that most men who speak on the phone for more than an hour a day see their sperm levels dropping to infertile levels.

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Border police officer, 19, dies from wounds after attack near Jerusalem’s Old City

By JC Reporter, February 3, 2016

The Border Police officer who was critically wounded in the shooting and stabbing attack at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate on Wednesday morning has died from her wounds, a police spokesperson has announced.

The officer, Hadar Cohen, was among three wounded in the attack.

The 19-year-old was wounded along with another female Border Police officer and a young man.

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