Israel news

New Facebook Intifada page after first one closed

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2011

Facebook has blocked a page calling for violent uprisings and a "Third Palestinian Intifada" following complaints from users and Jewish organisations.

Nearly 350,000 people had registered support for the Arabic language page, which people to rise up against Israel on Nakba Day - May 15 - the date on which Palestinians mourn the establishment of Israel.

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Concern growing over Facebook Third Intifada page

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2011

The Community Security Trust (CST) and the Board of Deputies have added their names to the growing list of individuals and organisations calling for Facebook to ban a page deemed “a call to arms” for Palestinian terrorists.

The creators of the page are urging violent uprisings on May 15 or Nakba Day, the date on which Palestinians mourn the establishment of Israel.

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Jordan fights Israeli Bedouin over ancient texts

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2011

An Israeli Bedouin man is battling the Jordanian authorities over allegations that he smuggled a collection of rare religious texts out of Jordan.

The 70 lead plates date back two millennia and have been described by experts as “as significant as the Dead Sea Scrolls”. They are inscribed with symbols of what could be among the earliest example of Christian writing.

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'Ludicrous': Reuters calls terrorist attack 'Palestinian strike'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 27, 2011

Jewish groups have complained of “ludicrous” and “dangerous” reporting for the way news agency Reuters covered the bomb in central Jerusalem.

The attack, which Israeli police said was the work of terrorists, was described by the Reuters in copy sent out around the world as “a Palestinian strike”.

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Prof: Johannesburg Israel boycott 'not a boycott'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 25, 2011

The vice-chancellor of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has denied that his university supports an academic boycott of Israel despite announcing earlier this week that it is severing ties with its longtime Israeli partner Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).

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Israel's British-born UN Human Rights Council representative

By Jennifer Lipman, March 25, 2011

A Manchester-born academic is to become the first Israeli representative on a UN Human Rights Council committee.

Professor Frances Raday, who was born in Britain, studied at the London School of Economics and made aliyah in 1968, was chosen to be part of a team of five independent experts looking at gender equality and discrimination against women.

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Orkney student killed in Jerusalem bomb named

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

The British woman who died following Wednesday’s bomb attack in Jerusalem had been in Israel just a few months.

Mary Jean Gardner, a 59-year old woman from Orkney in Scotland, was studying at Hebrew University when she boarded the 74 bus.

An evangelical Christian, she was in Israel for a six month period to improve her language skills for her work translating the Bible for a Togo tribe.

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Israel demands UN response to rockets and bomb attack

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations has submitted a complaint to the president of the Security Council and to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon regarding the recent “serious escalation of Palestinian terrorist attacks targeting innocent Israeli civilians”.

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Johannesburg university condemned for 'brutal' Israel boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

Jewish and Israeli groups have criticised the decision by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to sever its ties with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).

The South African university announced it would no longer work with BGU, following a long anti-Israel campaign by academics and intellectuals, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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Reports: rocket hits 15km from Tel Aviv

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

Rockets fired from inside the Gaza Strip have hit sites less than half an hour’s drive from Tel Aviv, according to reports in the Israeli media.

The last week has seen the most intense barrage of rocket and morta r shells out of Gaza in two years, as Hamas has escalated attacks on southern Israel.

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