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West Bank rabbi's passionate appeal to price tag attackers

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2011

A rabbi of a West Bank settlement has written to "the new Hasomeans" in a bid to tackle the rise in extremism.

In the wake of the rash of "price tag" attacks by Jewish settlers on Palestinian mosques, cars and property, Efrat’s Rabbi Shlomo Riskin called on Jews in the West Bank to cease their behaviour before it was too late.

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Settlers hurl block at IDF colonel and attack base

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 15, 2011

The relationship between Jewish settlers in the West Bank and the IDF took another plunge this week after dozens of rioters attacked a brigade headquarters and a jeep in which two senior officers were travelling.

The attacks seem to have been part of a co-ordinated attempt to prevent the army from carrying out eviction orders against illegally-built outposts in Samaria.

The first incident oc

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Netanyahu: Extremist attackers not representative

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

The Israeli prime minister has pledged to devote more resources to investigations into extremist activity in the West Bank as part of a crackdown into the groups behind the rash of so-called "price tag" attacks.

Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that administrative detention orders, usually reserved for Palestinians under suspicion, could now be issued for Jewish extremists.

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Streisand to sing for Israeli soldiers

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2011

Barbra Streisand is to entertain Israeli soldiers for an evening next week.

The globally celebrated star will perform at a gala dinner organised by friends of the IDF in Los Angeles on December 8.

Among the more than 1,000 guests will be the former IDF chief of staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, and Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander.

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Warning over religious coercion in IDF sparks anger

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 17, 2011

A petition signed by 19 former generals cautioning against religious coercion in the IDF is causing uproar in the army.

The petition follows series of flashpoints involving religious soldiers.

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British academic hits out at Israeli uni that docked professor's pay

November 16, 2011

A British academic has stepped into a row over the Ben-Gurion University professor Idan Landau, whose pay was cut this week by the university because he was jailed in May for refusing to perform army reserve duty.

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One dead in West Bank shooting accident

By Netta Geist, November 11, 2011

The IDF accidently killed one man and wounded three others in the West Bank early this morning.

The incident occurred just after 5am when Dan Mertzbach, a 55-year-old rabbi and resident of the Otniel settlement, passed a makeshift IDF checkpoint on the road between Yatta and Hebron.

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Netanyahu: Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit days away from freedom

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2011

The Israeli Prime Minister has confirmed that a deal is underway to bring home the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

According to Mr Netanyahu's official Twitter feed, the 25-year-old will be coming home within days.

"We have concluded arduous negotiations with Hamas to release Gilad Shalit. He will be coming home in the next few days," said a message posted on Twitter.

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Israeli general to test universal jurisdiction reform

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2011

The Israeli army general whose planned visit to Britain five years ago sparked a campaign to change the law on universal jurisdiction is finally to complete his aborted journey.

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Defence cuts 'madness' say IDF chiefs

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 27, 2011

The battle for social justice, demanded by hundreds of thousands on the streets of Israel throughout the summer, is swiftly becoming the battle for the defence budget.

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