Israel news

Deadly clashes on Syria-Israel border

By Jennifer Lipman, June 6, 2011

The United States has called for an end to "provocative actions" on the border between Syria and Israel.

The comments by a spokesman for the US State Department followed Sunday’s deadly clashes. Up to 20 people were killed when Syrian protesters attempted to storm the border with the Golan Heights.

An IDF spokesman said shots were fired only after numerous verbal warnings.

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Israel's richest man Sammy Ofer dies at 89

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

The man at the centre of a controversy over whether an Israeli company flouted the law by trading with Iran has died.

Sammy Ofer, a shipping magnate said by Forbes to be the 109th richest man in the world, was 89.

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Payout for train passenger after bad journey

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

An Israeli court has ordered a train company to pay £90 compensation after a passenger suffered overcrowding on his journey.

Judge Ruthi Bahat at the Beersheva small claims court ruled that Israel Railways had not lived up to its obligations to maintain the public's well-being.

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Israelis disappointed as Coldplay back Palestine song

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

British band Coldplay have angered Israeli fans after they backed the musicians behind a song about Israeli "injustice" and human rights abuses.

Earlier today Coldplay alerted fans of their official Facebook page to OneWorld's 'Freedom for Palestine' single," and posted a link to its website.

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Security up as Israelis celebrate Jerusalem Day

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

Israeli security forces are on high alert today as the anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem is marked.

Some 3,000 police officers will be patrolling the city as Israelis hold events celebrating Jerusalem Day and marking 44 years since the Six Day War.

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British ambassador learns 'reality' of Sderot life

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

The British ambassador to Israel has praised the spirit of Israelis who live under the constant threat of terror attack, while on a visit to the southern town of Sderot.

Matthew Gould spent Wednesday with Sderot's mayor David Buskila. The town is located just 840 metres from the Gaza border and continues to face rocket attacks by Hamas.

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Sarah Silverman ready to shock Israeli audience

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2011

Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman is to bring her unique humour to Israeli audiences.

The controversial US star, who last year released her memoir The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee, will perform a night of stand-up comedy in Tel Aviv later this month.

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Bank of Israel's Stanley Fischer tipped for IMF return

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2011

The Governor of the Bank of Israel has not ruled himself out of the running to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn at the International Monetary Fund.

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde is widely seen as the frontrunner for the role. But Israel's Stanley Fischer has also been tipped as a possibility.

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Bob Geldof: 'Expand the mind' for Middle East peace

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2011

Bob Geldof has called for the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to expand their minds in order to find a solution to the "rejectionism of now".

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Israel: a looser country than the UK

By Jennifer Lipman, May 27, 2011

Israel is home to one of the four "loosest" cultures in the world, a new study has found.

According to an international research team, Israeli social norms are far less rigid than those of countries including Mexico, the UK and France.

Researchers, lead by psychology Professor Michele Gelfand at the University of Maryland, examined 33 countries and surveyed nearly 7,000 people.

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