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Jello Biafra pulls out of Israel concert

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2011

The former lead singer of the Dead Kennedys has pulled out of a concert in Tel Aviv this weekend, but says he will still go to Israel.

Jello Biafra was 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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Four-legged chicken for Friday night dinner?

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2011

George Orwell's famous statement "Four legs good, two legs bad" is facing a challenge in a strictly Orthodox neighbourhood of Jerusalem.

A four-legged chicken had caused consternation amongst Mea Shearim residents as rabbis debate whether such a creature is properly kosher.

According to rabbis, the 12-toed bird must be slaughtered before its kosher status can be determined.

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Fake Gaza flotilla video criticised

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2011

A PR stunt publicised by an Israeli government staffer has been criticised because it featured an Israeli actor posing as a gay man involved in pro-Palestinian activism.

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Germany: Israel agreed Shalit deal, Hamas rejected

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2011

A deal to secure the freedom of Sergeant Gilad Shalit has been accepted by Israel, but not by Hamas, German officials have confirmed.

The comments by German government spokesman Steffen Seibert supported a claim by Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday about a German-brokered deal to return the soldier home more than five years after he was captured by Hamas.

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Five years on, Shalit capture marked

By Jennifer Lipman, June 27, 2011

Rallies and protests were held around the world to mark the fifth anniversary of the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit by Hamas.

The Israeli soldier was 19 when he was seized at the Gaza border by terrorists.

In Israel, hundreds of people travelled to the spot where Sergeant Shalit was taken , for a ceremony where they waved Israeli flags and read a letter from his grandfather.

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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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