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Chief Rabbi honoured in Israel

March 10, 2011

The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has received a prestigious award from Israel's Ben Gurion University for his contribution to society.

The Ladislaus Laszt Ecumenical and Social Concern Award was made in recognition of his work "as a widely-published theologian and philosopher whose aspirations for truth and mutual respect of all peoples guide his actions".

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IPhone becomes traffic spy camera

By Nathan Jeffay, March 10, 2011

Israel is notorious for bad driving. But transgressors should beware - big brother is watching.

New software transforms normal citizens' iPhones into monitoring and reporting devices for dangerous driving.

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Anglican bishop fights Israel deportation

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 10, 2011

The head of the Anglican church in Israel, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan, Bishop Suheil Dawani, is fighting the Israeli Interior Ministry's decision not to renew his residency visa with a petition to the Supreme Court.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai announced six months ago that Bishop Dawani's visa would not be renewed but he has been allowed to remain in Israel pending a review of his case.

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IDF prepares for popular uprising in West Bank

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 10, 2011

The Israeli military is worried about the effect the revolutions currently sweeping the Arab world may have on the Palestinian population.

Contingency plans have been adapted to take into consideration the kind of demonstrations recently seen on the streets of Cairo and Tunis, although most officers do not believe there is much chance of seeing similar scenes soon in Ramallah.

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Israeli MK plans to visit Pollard in jail

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 10, 2011

An Israeli cabinet minister is due to visit to incarcerated spy Jonathan Pollard in the United States for the first time in years.

Moshe Kahlon, the Minister of Telecommunications and Social Services and a Likud party leader, is scheduled to visit Mr Pollard at Butner Prison in North Carolina on Wednesday.

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Knesset approves NGO law

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 10, 2011

The Knesset approved a law placing sanctions on individuals and companies involved in boycotts of Israel on Monday.

The law, by Likud parliamentary faction chairman, MK Zeev Elkin, passed 32-12 in its first reading and will now be prepared in the Justice Committee for its final readings.

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Israel lets Strangers No More pupils stay for now

By Jennifer Lipman, March 10, 2011

The pupils featured in an Oscar-winning film about a Tel Aviv school for the children of migrants can remain in Israel for the time being.

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Rodin sculpture stolen from Israel Museum

By Jennifer Lipman, March 9, 2011

A valuable sculpture from the 1890s by French artist Auguste Rodin has been stolen from the Israel Museum.

The work, given to the Jerusalem museum by Broadway impresario Billy Rose, went missing at the end of last year. The museum was being renovated at the time and has since reopened.

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Dana International to represent Israel at Eurovision

By Jennifer Lipman, March 9, 2011

Thirteen years after she won the competition for Israel Dana International is to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest.

The transgender performer, whose song “Diva” convinced European voters to give her the top spot in 1998, was the third entrant to ever win the contest for Israel.

Her win came as Israel celebrated its 50th birthday.

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Hollywood deal for Israeli film clip search start-up

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2011

Film studio Universal has teamed up with an Israeli internet company to create the most comprehensive digital film archive yet.

AnyClip, founded in 2009 in Jerusalem, enables viewers to search for memorable scenes or key moments by entering keywords into a search engine.

Once a clip has been found, the scene can be watched online and posted on Facebook.

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