Easy life obliges us to face hard facts

By Jeremy Brier, November 30, 2012

It has been pretty easy for my generation. In Britain's leafy Jewish communities, the children of the 1980s grew up with the freedoms that our grandparents were denied and the opportunities to which our parents could not aspire. Sure, it came with a deep awareness of the past and, at times, with the terrible mantle of survivor guilt ("You're having a bad day?


Caryl Churchill, Mike Leigh call for international Israel boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2012

British arts figures are among the signatories of an open letter calling for an international military boycott of Israel.

Filmmakers Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, playwright Caryl Churchill and Pink Floyd star Roger Waters are among those who have backed the call for "urgent" international action in the wake of this month's Gaza fighting.


Northern Ireland councillors end Gaza twinning

By Marcus Dysch, November 30, 2012

One of Northern Ireland’s smallest towns has reversed its controversial decision to twin with Gaza.

Councillors in Moyle, County Antrim, voted to end the partnership with Gaza’s municipal authorities at a meeting on Monday.


Thousands take to streets for Gaza protest

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

Thousands of anti-Israel protesters marched through London demanding “justice for Gaza” last Saturday.

Organisers claimed as many as 15,000 people had taken part in the rally, which started outside Downing Street and continued to the Israeli Embassy in Kensington.


Gaza knifeman killed by IDF after he stabbed a woman in her home

By Ben Hartman, November 29, 2012

A series of security failures helped a Gaza man to infiltrate Israel, where he stabbed a woman at her home in Sde Avraham on Monday.

The attacker cut through the electric Gaza border fence, then the Eshkol region fence. He walked several kilometres undetected before finally cutting the fence at Sde Avraham.


Hamas arms network down but not yet out

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 29, 2012

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh denied over the weekend that the terror group would agree to stop smuggling arms and missiles to Gaza through the tunnels under Rafah. Israel is demanding an end to the smuggling in the ongoing talks in Cairo over the terms of the ceasefire agreement.


The ceasefire has began, Israel reinforces the Iron Dome

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 29, 2012

Following the success of the Iron Dome system during Operation Pillar of Defence, another element of Israel’s planned “multi-layer” defence shield was successfully test-fired this week.

The “David’s Sling” system is de-signed to protect Israel from medium-to-long-range missiles of the kind in Hizbollah and Syrian arsenals.


Israeli youngsters discuss Middle East conflict with British pupils

By Sandy Rashty, November 29, 2012

A group of five young Israeli students arrived in the UK on the eve of last week’s ceasefire to discuss the Israel-Gaza conflict.

The group arrived as part of the Israel Jewish Congress’s initiative to “strengthen the connection of Israelis with the Jewish community across Europe.”


Lieberman may surprise you

By David Landau, November 29, 2012

Is Avigdor Lieberman’s pencil-bearded, steely-grey-eyed visage Israel’s new face of moderation? Is the ex-Soviet immigrant leader with prime ministerial pretensions the next chain in Zionism’s long story of pragmatism triumphing — sometimes — over destructive dogmatism.


Man killed after attempt to breach Israel-Gaza border

By Marcus Dysch, November 23, 2012

Israeli troops have shot and killed a man after hundreds of Palestinians attempted to breach the Israel-Gaza border.

The IDF said around 300 people had approached the border fence at locations throughout the Gaza Strip in an apparent attempt to cross into southern Israel on Friday.