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Gilad Shalit tells lone soldiers they are ‘courageous’

By Anna Sheinman, January 18, 2013

Former kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit met 50 lone soldiers in Jerusalem on Thursday and told them they were “courageous and admirable”.

Lone soldiers are young men and women who have made aliyah from countries all over the world without their families and joined the army.

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Four West Bank Palestinians killed in separate incidents

By Sandy Rashty, January 15, 2013

Four Palestinians have been killed since Friday following an escalation of violence near the West Bank border.

The four incidents took place in an area prohibited to the Palestinians.

Budrus village-resident Samir Ahmed Awad, 17, was reportedly shot four times by an IDF soldier today near the separation barrier.

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Would you die for this land?

By Orlando Radice, January 3, 2013

“I wanted to make people understand what serving in the army does to a person’s soul,” said David Ranan, author of A Land to Die For?, a collection of 27 interviews with young Israelis on the subject of conscription.

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Israeli pilot and crew forced to eject at 300kph

By Anna Sheinman, January 2, 2013

An Israeli Air Force pilot and his navigator were forced to eject as their fighter jet touched down at 300kph due to a technical problem that could have caused the plane to crash.

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Former IDF Chief Amnon Lipkin-Shahak dies aged 68

By Anna Sheinman, December 19, 2012

Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, a former chief of staff of the Israeli army and a leading member of Knesset, has died aged 68.

Mr Lipkin-Shahak joined the IDF in 1962, served in the Six Day War and succeeded Ehud Barak as the 15th Chief of the General Staff in 1995.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Swedish editor defends article accusing IDF of organ-theft

By Natalie Rothschild, November 22, 2012

A 2009 article in Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet by Donald Boström speculated that the IDF had “plundered” Palestinians’ bodies for organs. Now, the Swedish magazine, Filter, is saying that Boström was right all along.

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Surbiton mum’s terror after son injured in Hamas missile attack

By Ben Hartman, November 22, 2012

As missiles flew this week out of Gaza, one British-Israeli soldier received treatment to repair his eyesight, damaged in a Hamas strike on his jeep.

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