Israel news

Next Shin Bet chief's religious advantage

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 31, 2011

Yoram Cohen is to be appointed in two months as the next chief of Israel's internal security organisation, the Shin Bet.

Mr Cohen, 51, was the deputy of current Shin Bet chief, Yuval Diskin, who will be stepping down after six years.

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Netanyahu sues over freebie claims

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 31, 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has filed libel suits against Channel 10 and Ma'ariv newspaper over allegations that he accepted a series of expensive freebies from wealthy associates.

Last week, a Channel 10 report alleged that, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Mr Netanyahu took lavish foreign trips at the expense of Jewish organisations and private philanthropists.

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D-Day at the UN: Israel's grand plan

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 31, 2011

The Israeli government has launched a diplomatic campaign to block plans by the Palestinian Authority to gain United Nations recognition for an independent state in September.

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Ron Prosor: Israel hate at UK universities worst ever

By Martin Bright, March 30, 2011

Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor has delivered a devastating attack on British universities for their role in educating members of the autocratic elites of the Middle East, tolerating extremism on campus and becoming the focus of the boycott movement against Israel.

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Could this Jewish prince charm Kate Middleton?

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2011

A Manchester-born Jew living in Israel has decided he has looks to match the future king.

Budget airline EasyJet is marking the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton with an international lookalikes search.

The prize for the top ten hopefuls who submit their photos is a free trip to London to coincide with the Royal wedding on April 29.

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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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