Israel news

Law to criminalise Israel boycotts planned

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 24, 2011

A new law that will fine Israelis who promote boycotts of Israel and prevent foreign citizens who do so from entering the country will be brought to the Knesset next week.

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Advertising war exposes Israel's religious-secular divide

By Nathan Jeffay, February 24, 2011

There is a new battleground for Israel's secular-religious tensions: the advertising sales room.

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Netanyahu's coalition starts to crumble

February 24, 2011

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu remained silent last week after his foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, publicly vetoed his plan to appoint the National Security Council chairman, Professor Uzi Arad, as the next ambassador to London.

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Munich Olympics massacre victim's ID returned to family

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2011

Nearly 40 years after a group of Israeli athletes were massacred during the Munich Olympic Games, the identity card of one of the victims has been returned to his family.

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Chilean miners arrive in Israel with wives and girlfriends

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2011

The Chilean miners have landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport.

Four months after they were rescued from a collapsed mine in the Atacama Desert, 31 of the 33 men , and their partners, have arrived for a tour of Israel.

The visit, organised by Israeli Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov just days after the men were saved, has been labelled “the pilgrimage of thanks in the Holy Land”.

Mr Misezhnikov said he offered them the free holiday in tribute to their “bravery and strength of spirit”.

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Praise for Sharansky's indomitable spirit on freedom anniversary

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2011

Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky has marked 25 years since he escaped from behind the Iron Curtain.

Mr Sharansky, now the chairman of the Jewish Agency, spent almost ten years in a Siberian gulag as punishment for his political activism.

His lengthy struggle for freedom finally came to an end in February 1986, when he stepped across a bridge in Berlin and was then able to make aliyah to Israel.

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Coen Brothers win Israeli prize for 'unique' partnership

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2011

True Grit directors the Coen Brothers have been named as the recipients of an Israeli prize honouring achievements of outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact.

The US filmmakers, whose films include Fargo and A Serious Man, are the 2011 winners of the Dan David Prize.

The prize celebrates the work of individuals or groups in three categories, past, present and future. Worth $1 million each, the prizes have been awarded since 2002 by Israeli philanthropist Dan David and Tel Aviv University.

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Norway: Israeli embassy must move

By Jennifer Lipman, February 21, 2011

The municipality of Oslo has demanded that the city's Israeli embassy is moved to a different location because of concern that its current address poses a security risk and is a nuisance.

Embassy staff have been given a year to find a new building, according to Israeli newspaper Ynet.

However they have found it difficult to find a suitable place and, in a cable sent to Jerusalem, ambassador Michael Eligal claimed no one wanted to sell to them.

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Google plans Jerusalem street view

By Jennifer Lipman, February 21, 2011

Israelis could soon have the opportunity to spy on their neighbours and look around their cities from the comfort of their sofas, following Google’s announcement that it hopes to bring Street View to Israel.

Ministers will decide this week whether to give the internet giant the go-ahead and allow Google cameras to photograph the streets of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and elsewhere in the country.

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'Happy occasion' as Israel names first gay judge

By Jennifer Lipman, February 21, 2011

Civil rights activists in Israel have praised the appointment of Israel’s first openly gay judge.

Dori Spivak, a lawyer and the former chairman of Israel’s Association for Civil Rights, (ACRI) was named as a Tel Aviv Labour court judge on Sunday.

Mr Spivak, a Harvard graduate who lectures at Tel Aviv University’s law department, has been involved in several high profile gay rights cases, including the Supreme Court’s landmark 1997 decision forcing a state channel to broadcast a programme about gay teenagers.

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