Relative of first Righteous Arab refuses the award

By Isabel Fraser, October 24, 2013

A relative of the first Arab to be named Righteous Among the Nations has declined to accept the honour on his behalf.

The award was bestowed posthumously by Yad Vashem on Mohamed Helmy, an Egyptian-German doctor, for his role in saving a Jewish family during the Holocaust.


New job for woman who championed Israel’s Arabs

By Sandy Rashty, October 10, 2013

The director of an organisation that raises awareness about issues affecting Arab citizens of Israel, has stepped down after more than three years at the helm.

Alice Wood has left UK Task Force to take up a consultant position at a public affairs company.

“I’m sad to go, but I’m really ambitious and want to try new things. I decided that I needed a new challenge,” she said.


Fit to be world Olympics chief?

By Bernard Josephs, September 12, 2013

The man who this week became the sports world’s most powerful bureaucrat has been embroiled in a row over his role as head of an organisation that advises companies on the Arab boycott of Israel.


Sweden's right royal gaffe?

By Natalie Rothschild, August 22, 2013

Sweden’s royal couple have come under fire for posing in keffiyehs during a visit to a northern Swedish town as part of the King’s 40th jubilee celebrations.

The scarves featured images of the al-Aqsa mosque and Arabic writing, which translates as: “Our Aqsa and not their temple”.


The backlash

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 2, 2013

Within the space of three weeks, Mohamed Morsi has gone from being the first democratically-elected president of Egypt to a prisoner charged with murder. With him, his movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, has gone from being the ascendant political party in the Arab world to being besieged on all sides.


How Sir Cliff Richard held court in Israel

By Shira Rubin, July 11, 2013

A tennis ball whizzed past Sir Cliff Richard so fast the crowd could almost hear it.

Rather than disappointment at missing the ball, however, a look of happy surprise spread across his face.

For this was a special opponent — a 12-year-old tennis champion at Nazareth’s YMCA — and these games carried a special mission: to promote co-existence between Jews and Arabs.


Charities to raise cash for Arab healthcare

By Dan Goldberg, May 31, 2013

Hundreds of critically ill Palestinian children in the West Bank and Gaza will have access to improved healthcare under a landmark collaboration between a Jewish and Christian organisation in Australia.


Israel welcomes Arab League shift on peace talks

By Zoe Winograd, May 1, 2013

The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office has “welcomed” the Arab League’s new positioning on peace talks with Israel.

Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani announced that the Arab League backed minor land swaps after an Arab delegation met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington on Monday.


Arabs in 1943 'obsessed with Zionism' said secret British report into nationalism

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2013

Anti-Zionism, suspicion of US imperialism and Allied loyalties were key concerns for the Arab world five years before the state of Israel was declared, according to a report commissioned by British officials in May 1943.


Israeli Arab wins TV talent show in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, March 28, 2013

An Israeli-Arab citizen has won a TV talent singing competition in Israel.

Lina Makhoul, 19, won The Voice last week with her rendition of Leonard Cohen’s "Halleujah" at the final in Tel Aviv.