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UN to vote on recognition of Yom Kippur

By Josh Jackman, October 6, 2014

The United Nations will start debating this month whether Yom Kippur should be an official UN holiday after ambassadors from 32 nations signed a letter in support of the cause.

Countries including America, Canada and Uruguay have formally asked the UN General Assembly committee that Yom Kippur stand alongside Christmas and the end of Ramadan on the UN calendar.

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Lancet editor says sorry over Israel letter row

By Marcus Dysch, October 3, 2014

The editor of Britain’s leading medical journal has visited Israel and said he deeply regrets the controversy caused by his stance on a series of letters it published about the Gaza conflict.

Lancet editor Dr Richard Horton said he had been “horrified” to learn that some authors of the letter had also sent private emails which included antisemitic conspiracy theory videos.

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Neighbours at war over the Middle East

By Sandy Rashty, October 2, 2014

A quiet street in south-east London is the last place you would expect to be caught up in the Middle East conflict.

But the suburb of Brockley is the unlikely arena where two Jewish neighbours are at war over Israel.

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UK feared Israeli attack on Iran, reveals former defence chief

By Naomi Firsht, October 1, 2014

Former chief of the defence staff General David Richards has revealed in his new autobiography that during the early part of the Arab Spring Britain was concerned about an Israeli strike on Tehran’s nuclear installations.

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Israel must not alienate Western opinion, Philip Hammond tells Tories

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2014

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said he wants to help secure a better future for Israel.

He told a packed Conservative Friends of Israel reception at the party conference in Birmingham that his party had been consistent in its support of the country during the Gaza conflict.

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Bibi prepares UN rebuttal to Abbas ‘genocide’ speech

By Orlando Radice, September 29, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu will provide a forceful response to Mahmoud Abbas’s accusations against Israel in his speech to the UN General Assembly tonight.

The Israeli Prime Minister told reporters before boarding his plane for New York that he would “refute all of the lies being directed at us”.

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Be optimistic about peace, Miliband tells Israel supporters

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband has urged supporters of Israel to feel optimistic about the prospects for peace in the Middle East.

He said his party was "deeply, deeply committed" to helping Israelis and Palestinians secure a two-state solution and again called on the two sides to resume talks.

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Israeli army kills two suspects in teen kidnapping

By Rosa Doherty, September 23, 2014

Israeli soldiers have killed two of the men suspected of abducting and murdering three Israeli teenagers in June.

An IDF spokesman said Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisha were killed in a shoot-out when Israeli troops surrounded a building in the West Bank city of Hebron where they were hiding.

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Shimon Peres goes job hunting

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2014
Former Israel President Shimon Peres looks for a new job after leaving office, in this hilarious video released by the Peres Centre for Peace.

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Proud Zionist Simon Schama defends Israel’s action in Gaza

By Daniel Easterman, September 16, 2014

Historian Simon Schama has launched a stirring defence of Israel’s military operation in Gaza, strongly rejecting allegations that its forces were guilty of war crimes.

Speaking as guest of honour at the UJIA annual dinner, Mr Schama said: “We are not the killers of children. We grieve when the blood of innocent children is spilt because rockets are stored underneath or outside schools.

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