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Israel an apartheid state, says German party head

By Benjamin Weinthal, March 22, 2012

Sigmar Gabriel, the head of Germany's second largest party and a hopeful for Chancellor in the next federal election, last week called the Jewish state an "apartheid regime" after a visit to Hebron in the West Bank.

Writing on his Facebook page, the 52-year-old Social Democrat noted: "It's a zone without legal rights for Palestinians.

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Striving to rediscover hunger will make successful start-ups

By Candice Krieger, March 15, 2012

Think Jews in business and names such as Sir John Ritblat (British Land), Lord Kalms (Dixons) and Lord Sugar (Amstrad) might well spring to mind. Go back a bit further and there was Tesco's Sir Jack Cohen (1930s), Michael Marks, co-founder of Marks & Spencer (late 1880s), and Nathan Rothschild (N M Rothschild and Sons) in the early 1800s.

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Silver surfers need better equipment

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 9, 2012

Manchester's Nicky Alliance Centre has issued a plea to the community for help in replacing old computers which allow 90-year-olds to communicate with family members across the globe.

The day care centre, attended by more than 200 frail and elderly people, requires either £5,000 or donated equipment. The 10 PCs used by its weekly IT club for the past nine years are now the worse for wear.

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Fighting war on hate

March 8, 2012

All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism members Mike Gapes and Mike Freer addressed a Shabbat forum at Finchley Synagogue about their efforts to combat antisemitism.

In a discussion before more than 200 congregants moderated by shul chair Jon Mendelsohn, Mr Gapes discussed his early efforts in Parliament to counteract Holocaust denial and his continued campaign against hate on the in

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Shimon Peres makes friends with Facebook

By Jennifer Lipman, March 6, 2012

Shimon Peres has called for more communication at a meeting with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Speaking during the launch of his official Facebook page at the company's Silicon Valley headquarters, the Israeli president said that peace was "not a matter for governments but for people.

"When people talk, they are surprised they can be friends," said the 88-year-old.

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Shimon Peres wants to be your Facebook friend

By Jennifer Lipman, February 24, 2012

Shimon Peres is to join Facebook.

The Israeli president has revealed plans to unveil his page today, ahead of an official launch at the social networking site's California headquarters next month.

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Author publishes new book on Facebook first

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2012

An Israeli writer has decided to bypass traditional methods of publishing and print his work on Facebook.

Russian-born Alex Epstein, who moved to Israel as a child, is an award winning author and has enjoyed literary success with two collections of short stories.

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Interview: Daniel Sieberg

By Simon Round, February 2, 2012

Daniel Sieberg's wife used to have a nickname for him. She called him "glow worm" because every night when the lights were off, his face was always illuminated by some kind of screen.

She began to get frustrated by her husband's compulsive online behaviour. He would be on social networking sites or surfing the internet and their relationship began to suffer.

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The Facebook backer's $350m start-up fund

By Candice Krieger, January 26, 2012

It is every venture capitalist's dream: invest in a young company and watch it grow on an unprecedented scale in a short space of time. And that is exactly what leading VC firm Greylock has managed to do - again and again.

It counts US-based Facebook, LinkedIn and Groupon among its successful investments.

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Gilad Shalit logs in to Facebook

By Jennifer Lipman, January 16, 2012

The news that most 25-year-olds had joined Facebook would not normally be greeted with much amazement.

But when the individual in question is an Israeli soldier who was held captive by Hamas for more than five years, it is slightly more interesting.

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