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Rocket from Gaza hits Israel

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2014

A rocket has been fired from Gaza to Israel for the third time since the ceasefire was announced this summer.

A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in the UK confirmed the attack via Twitter today.

The rocket landed in an open area in Eshkol, which is close to the Israel-Gaza border in the south.

No injuries have been reported.

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At last, the flying selfie available off the shelfie

By Nathan Jeffay, December 18, 2014

The selfie stick, which lets people hold their mobile phones at a distance while snapping themselves, is taking the world by storm.

But an Israeli firm is taking digital narcissism to even greater heights.

Zano, the "selfie drone", can track its owner from the air, taking photos from pre-set angles and distances before automatically "homing in".

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Israeli police crack down on anti-Arab group

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2014

Israeli police have cracked down on the "anti-assimilation" group Lehava after three of its members were arrested on suspicion of carrying out the arson attack on the Jewish-Arab Billingual School in Jerusalem three weeks ago. On Tuesday morning, Lehava leader Benzi Gupstein was arrested, along with nine other members of the group.

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One in five Israelis live in poverty

By Nathan Jeffay, December 18, 2014

Statistics released by Israel's National Insurance Institute reveal that 1.6 million people - out of a population of 8 million - lived below the poverty line in 2013.

Almost one in three children was living in poverty, and the figures place Israel as the third worst country in the OECD for poverty levels.

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Violence goes on but no 'wave'

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2014

The death of Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein following a violent altercation with Israeli border police last Wednesday did not result in a wave of rioting as some had feared.

Sporadic attacks continued, however. On Friday, a member of Islamic Jihad carried out an acid attack against Israelis who had stopped their car to collect a passenger south of Jerusalem.

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Split may decimate Shas

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2014

Shas is facing its biggest crisis since the Sephardi-Charedi party first ran for Knesset 30 years ago.

Scarcely a year after its founder and spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadya Yosef, passed away, an irrevocable rift at the top of the party has meant that in the next elections there will be two parties claiming the mantle of the late rabbi.

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Rabbi blocks women from Kotel lighting

By Nathan Jeffay, December 18, 2014

chanucah-lighting at the Western Wall will remain a men's-only affair after the Kotel rabbi this week refused a request for a communal chanuciah to be set up in the women's section.

The women's group that lodged the request - via the Prime Minister's Office - is claiming that the decision is motivated by sexism, not by religious objections.

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Hamas shows off refreshed rocket arsenal

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2014

Hamas celebrated its 27th anniversary on Sunday with a military parade in Gaza in which it exhibited rockets and Iranian-built drones.

In recent weeks, the Islamist movement has resumed test launches of missiles designed to be fired at civilian targets in Israel.

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The self-inflating cabin bag is a grower of an idea

By Shyam Kumar, December 18, 2014

A young Israeli entrepreneur has come up with a piece of hand luggage that can be converted into a larger, hold-only bag at the touch of a button.

At its smallest size, the Fugu case - still in prototype stage - complies with airline limitations on cabin bags.

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Death of PA minister sparks chaos fears

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

Security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority remains in the balance in the wake of the death of a Palestinian minister following an altercation with Israeli police.

Ziad Abu Ein, 55, who had been put in charge of issues related to settlements and the separation barrier by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, had been leading a demonstration against the settler outpost of A

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