Israel news

Apple cuts Third Initifada app after criticism

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

Apple has removed an application glorifying Palestinian violence against Israel from its online store.

The decision was made after an Israeli minister wrote to Steve Jobs urging him to drop the "Third Intifada" app, which was available for iPads and iPhones


Tony Blair, Amos Oz and more at Presidential Conference

By Ophir Samson, June 22, 2011

Quartet envoy Tony Blair has told an audience at the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem that "supporting freedom is an intervention that goes with the grain of human progress".


Apple's Steve Jobs urged to remove Third Intifada application

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011

Apple has so far failed to remove an application promoting attacks on Israel despite an appeal by an Israeli government minister to Steve Jobs.

The "ThirdIntifada" application is available for download in the Apple Store.

The free software encourages users to organise violent uprisings against Israel, such as the recent attempts by protesters in Syria and Lebanon to breach the border.


Shakira: education key to peace in Middle East

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011

The pop star Shakira has expressed hope that the world "can act as a team" to educate future generations while at a conference in Jerusalem.

The Colombian musician, who launched an education charity in 1997, was speaking to some of the 1,700 guests at the third annual Presidential Conference. She said the Holy Land was the "perfect place to talk about how urgent it is to invest in education."


Middle East peace deal 'urgent'

June 20, 2011

Israel's president Shimon Peres has called for an "urgent" return to peace talks with the Palestinians, and warned that time is running out.

He told the US news channel that both sides had reached a stalemate. "Neither side has much time. We have to act dynamically.""


'No dog stoned to death in Jerusalem court'

By Jessica Elgot, June 20, 2011

No stray dog was condemned to death, or stoned by a rabbinical court in Jerusalem, the Beth Din have insisted.

Israeli’s newspaper Maariv reported that a stray dog has wandered into a Beth Din financial court in the strictly Orthodox area of Mea Shearim and refused to be moved, which a judge decreed was a reincarnation of a secular lawyer who died 20 years ago.


Ron Prosor starts work for 'vibrant' Israel at UN

By Jennifer Lipman, June 17, 2011

The former Israeli ambassador to the UK has completed his first few days in his new role.

Ron Prosor, who was appointed as Israel's ambassador to the United Nations earlier this year, started work on Wednesday.

He said he considered it an "honour and a privilege to represent Israel - a vibrant, democratic state - in the halls of the UN".


Hamas supporters want to abduct wife for Gilad Shalit

By Anna Slater, June 17, 2011

Palestinian activists have set up a Facebook campaign to "abduct a partner for Shalit".

The page, set up earlier this week, calls for the capture of a female prisoner to use as bait so that the Israeli authorities will release Palestinian prisoners.

The group's profile photograph has been edited to show an Israeli soldier chained and held by an armed woman in a veil.


Whenever, Wherever: Shakira to meet Peres in israel

By Jennifer Lipman, June 17, 2011

Israeli President Shimon Peres is to take part in a meeting with a Colombian representative next week – the pop star Shakira.

The singer will join Nobel Prize winners, politicians, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and US comedian Sarah Silverman at the annual Presidential Conference in Jerusalem.


Turkey's IHH won't send ship on flotilla to Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, June 17, 2011

Technical problems have been blamed for the decision by Turkish activists not to send a ship in a flotilla to Gaza later this month.

The president of the Islamist group IHH, Bulent Yildirim, said they would not be able to participate.