Israel news

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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'Katzav used his position to commit crime'

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 24, 2011

The eighth president of Israel will enter a prison cell on May 8.

Moshe Katzav was sentenced on Tuesday to seven years' imprisonment, and ordered to pay compensation of £15,000 and £4,000 to two women whom he had raped and sexually attacked.

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'Nakba Law prevents free expression'

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 24, 2011

On Tuesday the Knesset passed two laws: one to protect Israel's Zionist history, and another allowing small towns to prevent certain families from becoming residents.

Both laws have been attacked by left-wing parties and human rights groups as being targeted at Israel's Arab minority.

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Tel Aviv planning to go wireless

By Nathan Jeffay, March 24, 2011

London Mayor Boris Johnson has promised to provide wireless access citywide, but Tel Aviv may be about to outdo him.

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Israeli army braces for Arab Spring

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 24, 2011

A renewed push towards unity between the two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, is causing concern in the Israeli military.

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British tourist killed in Jerusalem bus stop bomb

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

The woman killed in yesterday’s explosion near the central bus station in Jerusalem was a British tourist.

Police said Mary Jean Gardner, 59, was not carrying any identification when the bomb exploded in the early afternoon, as schools were breaking up for the day. It had been left in a bag beside a stop along the 74 bus route.

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