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EasyJet flight to Tel Aviv turned back after cabin crew fall ill

By JC Reporter, May 29, 2015

An easyJet flight to Tel Aviv has been forced to return to Luton Airport after cabin crew members reported feeling unwell.

The plane was turned back as a precautionary measure, the company said. It will now leave on Saturday.

Passengers on the flight, EZY 2083, will be provided with overnight accommodation.

EasyJet apologised for the inconvenience caused by the delay.

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Labour was 'catastrophic' on Israel, says shadow cabinet member Michael Dugher

By Robert Philpot, May 27, 2015

A combination of “neglect” and “incompetence” led Labour to “mishandle” its relationship with the Jewish community, a senior member of the Shadow Cabinet has admitted.

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Israel in Eurovision final for first time in five years

By Naomi Firsht, May 22, 2015

Israel will be singing its heart out along with 26 other countries after qualifying for the 2015 Eurovision final for the first time in five years.

Representing his country on Saturday night is 16-year-old Nadav Guedj singing “Golden Boy”. His semi-final rendition was met with loud applause on Thursday night and is a favourite to make it into the top 10.

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The West is obsessed with the ‘primeval’ Israel-Palestinian conflict, says Jon Snow

By Naomi Firsht, May 21, 2015

Channel 4 journalist Jon Snow has said he is obsessed with the Israel-Palestine conflict because “I see people like me doing horrible things to other people”.

Speaking at a panel discussion following a performance of Palestinian play The Siege, Mr Snow, who chaired the debate, labelled the conflict a “primeval war”.

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Labour's Israel question

By Daniel Finkelstein, May 21, 2015

Leaving a Minister's office in March, I was taken down in the lift by one of the messengers. We had met many times over the past five years and with the election coming up, I said to him: "Well, this might be the last time you take me downstairs like this. In a month, you may have a new government and a different minister."

He looked at me, shook his head slowly and said: "Naah".

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Genocide recognition not a job for politicians

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 21, 2015

Yuli Edelstein is Benjamin Netanyahu's hand-picked choice as speaker of the Knesset. For the past two years, he has run the Israeli parliament in accordance with the prime minister's often conflicting wishes, not sprung any surprises and, where needed, bent procedure to accommodate his agenda.

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Maureen Lipman joins protest outside theatre staging The Siege

By Naomi Firsht, May 20, 2015

Maureen Lipman joined pro-Israel groups in a protest outside the London premiere of a Palestinian play about the second intifada last night.

West Bank’s Freedom Theatre production, The Siege, focuses on the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where dozens of suspected Palestinian terrorists hid during the Second Intifada in 2002.

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It's now time for Israel to grow up and join up

By Geraldine Var Bueren, May 19, 2015

This is the barmitzvah year of the International Criminal Court. Now the court has reached maturity, it is appropriate for Israel to reconsider joining the majority of the world's states and becoming a member. It has been assumed that joining the ICC would open the door to litigation against Israel, but this can happen without Israel being a member.

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Israeli academic Rivka Carmi to be honoured by the Queen

By JC Reporter, May 18, 2015

The Queen is to honour Israeli academic Rivka Carmi, it has been announced.

Professor Carmi, who is president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, will be made an honorary CBE for her work in strengthening ties between the UK and Israel.

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Shimon Peres insists two-state solution is best way for Israel

By Sandy Rashty, May 18, 2015

Former president Shimon Peres has reaffirmed his commitment to a two-state solution to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

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