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Jello Biafra to play in Israel despite protests

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011

Musician Jello Biafra has vowed to defy calls for him to boycott a planned performance in Israel.

The former lead singer of the Dead Kennedys is set to play in Tel Aviv for the first time on July 2 with his band the Guantanamo School of Medicine.

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Netanyahu: party over for jailed terrorists until Gilad Shalit freed

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011

Binyamin Netanyahu has warned that Israel will make conditions for jailed terrorists less relaxed in the face of Hamas' rejection of an appeal to prove Gilad Shalit is still alive.

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Immigration now less popular in Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, June 23, 2011

Almost one in five young sabra adults believes that Israel should stop welcoming new immigrants, according to a new survey.

Tel Aviv University pollster Camil Fuchs asked Israeli-born Jews aged 18-25 about their views on immigration, and asked immigrants of the same age about their integration, ahead of the Immigrant and Absorption Ministry's annual conference last week.

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Israelis train for attack

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2011

Israel this week completed a five-day national emergency exercise designed to test the co-operation between the IDF, civilian emergency services, government departments and local authorities in the case of missiles being fired on Israeli cities.

The scenario for the annual exercise was a war in which missiles are fired on Israel from Lebanon, Syria, the Gaza Strip and Iran.

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Israel tells Apple: drop intifada app

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2011

The Israeli government is demanding that Apple remove an app called "The Third Palestinian Intifada" from its online store.

The iPhone application, designed by a software company in Dubai, supplies users with information in Arabic on upcoming demonstrations against Israel in the West Bank and on the country's borders, as well as anti-Israel articles and photographs of protesters killed by Israe

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Israel and Turkey edge to détente

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2011

Israel and Turkey are working to resolve the diplomatic differences that have clouded the once "strategic" relationship between the two countries.

Israeli officials have interpreted the recent announcement by Turkish movement IHH that it would not be participating in the upcoming flotilla to Gaza as a signal of the willingness of the government in Ankara to improve relations.

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How a dating romance turned into a nightmare

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

A woman who was tricked into believing she was conducting an online relationship with a Jewish bachelor has described her humiliation after the "romance" turned into a nightmare.

Elian Cohen, 37, had been using the JDate dating site because she wanted to meet a British man before relocating to London from Tel Aviv.

She met "Phil" and the pair spoke for two hours online every night.

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Peter Tatchell under fire for gay meeting attack

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been accused of "stirring up antisemitic rhetoric" after he condemned a gay organisation for hosting a meeting in Israel.

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Campaigners keep the fires lit for Shalit

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2011

The fifth anniversary of the capture of Gilad Shalit has rekindled the debate over the price worth paying for his release. A flurry of diplomatic activity in Israel in recent weeks has so far failed to deliver a breakthrough.

On Shabbat, June 25, it will be five years to the day in which Palestinian fighters attacked a tank by Kerem Shalom, killed two and took Shalit.

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Red Cross demands proof Shalit is alive

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

Hamas must prove that Gilad Shalit is alive, the aid group the Red Cross (ICRC) has said.

In a public statement two days before Corporal Shalit's family mark five years of his captivity, ICRC director-general Yves Daccord said they were "more concerned that ever about his fate".

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