Israel news

Netanyahu plans political talks in London

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to visit the UK next week for meetings with British politicians.

The Israeli Prime Minister’s office would not say what was on the agenda beyond “political matters”.

Mr Netanyahu is also expected to visit France while in Europe.

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The silent Charedi revolution

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 21, 2011

"The best solutions for the Charedi community can come from within the community, and nowhere else," says Yossi Deitch, chairman and one of the founders of the Kemach Foundation, as he looks through the personal files of some of the thousands of Charedi men and women who his organisation is helping into the workplace.

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Goldstone's colleagues turn on him

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 21, 2011

Three members of the panel that investigated Operation Cast Lead in Gaza two years ago have published a joint statement accusing the chairman of the group, Richard Goldstone, of "misrepresenting the facts" following his retraction of the report.

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'Cold-blooded' confession from DNA pair to Fogel murders

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 21, 2011

"This was the most shocking murder I have ever looked into," said one veteran Shin Bet investigator after a five-week inquiry into the murder of the Fogel family in Itamar.

Two suspects whose culpability, the authorities argue, is in little doubt after DNA traces linked them to the scene of the attack, now await a military trial.

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Italian Israel activist found dead in Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2011

An Italian pro-Palestinian activist has been captured and murdered by extremists in Gaza,.

Vittorio Arrigoni was found dead in Gaza City by Hamas officials on Thursday after he was kidnapped by a group called "Monotheism and Holy War".

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Justin Bieber performs in 'amazing' Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, April 14, 2011

Justin Bieber has performed for the first time in Israel to a crowd of screaming fans.

The star, famous for the song Baby, was greeted with rapturous applause when he took to the stage at Hayarkon Park.

The Canadian teenager, whose manager Scooter Braun is Jewish, arrived in Israel on Monday morning and checked in at Tel Aviv's Sheraton Hotel.

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Goldstone colleagues attack 'unjustified' report reversal

By Jennifer Lipman, April 14, 2011

Judge Richard Goldstone's recent comments challenging the key findings of his report into Operation Cast Lead have been described by three other members of the probe as unjustified and an attempt to "misrepresent" the original document.

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My nails were from Jesus's cross

By Nathan Jeffay, April 14, 2011

The Israeli who claims to have identified two nails from Jesus's crucifixion says that the widespread trouncing of his theory points to a deep problem in the field of archaeology.

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Itamar Fogel murder arrests continue

By Simon Griver, April 14, 2011

The IDF arrested dozens of Palestinians in the village of Awarta this week but has yet to charge any with last month's brutal murder of Ehud and Ruth Fogel and their three young children in the nearby Jewish village of Itamar.

But Israel's security forces believe they are on the brink of a breakthrough in finding the killers.

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Beauty pageant girl expelled from religious school

April 14, 2011

Maayan Mader, a pupil at a religious school in Gedera in central Israel, has been expelled for taking part in a beauty pageant. Mader, who won the contest, was told she broke school rules by wearing immodest clothing."I was in shock," Mader told Israeli website Ynet.

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