Israel news

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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Did Israel really hit a Hyundai in Sudan?

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2011

Mystery still surrounds the attack last week on a car killing two men near the Red Sea coast of Sudan, but it bears all the hallmarks of another strike in Israel's campaign against arms smuggling to Hamas and Hizbollah.

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WikiLeaks: extent of US-Israel ties laid bare

April 14, 2011

The early publication of part of the WikiLeaks US State Department cables regarding Israel reveals a startling degree of openness between senior Israeli officials and their American counterparts.

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Goldstone refuses to have report cancelled

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2011

Although the Israeli government is trying to cancel the Goldstone Report on Operation Cast Lead, the Foreign Ministry believes that the chances are nil and Judge Richard Goldstone himself, despite his retraction of part of the report's conclusion, has also said he will not co-operate in the efforts to have it cancelled.

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Israel fears Obama's wrath at UN

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2011

The Israeli government is worried that the Obama administration has decided not to block attempts to recognise an independent Palestinian state at the United Nations General Assembly in September.

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