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Turkey may renew ties with Israel

By Daniel Easterman, March 27, 2014

Embassies in Turkey and Israel are set to reopen for the first time since official diplomatic ties were severed between the two countries.

According to Turkish media reports, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may also be planning to visit the country.

Turkey’s Zaman newspaper reported that a possible visit has been discussed by Israeli and Turkish intelligence chiefs.

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Jenin gunfight sparks fear of more violence

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 27, 2014

A firefight in the Jenin refugee camp which resulted in the deaths of three Palestinians has raised fears of renewed anarchy in the West Bank.

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Seeing Wizo take care of business

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014

Take five socially-conscious movers and shakers, place them under the wing of an international women’s movement at the forefront of social action in Israel and show them its work at first hand.

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Herzog stresses UK community ’s vital role in defending Israel

By Marcus Dysch and Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014

The leader of Israel’s Labour movement has called on British supporters of Israel to take a two-pronged approach to their advocacy efforts.

Isaac Herzog, chairman of the Labour Party and leader of the opposition in the Knesset, said tackling the “lunatic” boycott movement was vital.

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Boycott hypocrites

March 27, 2014

Last week we pointed out that the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is now officially antisemitic, having voted to support a ban on Jews — or Israelis, as the motion put it — from joining the International Union of Architects.

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Sitting on your bum makes it bigger says science

By Rosa Doherty, March 26, 2014

It’s official: sitting on your tuchus all day will make you fat. How do we know? A team of researchers at Tel Aviv University say so.

Their findings may not exactly come as a surprise but they have spent the past two years making sure as part of a four-year study into obesity.

It’s all to do with the way prolonged periods of sitting still allows a build-up of fats in our rear ends.

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‘Longest ever Gaza tunnel’ extended 700 metres into Israel, according to IDF

By Charlotte Oliver, March 25, 2014

A tunnel thought to have been built by Hamas to attack Israel extended 700 metres into Israeli terrority, the IDF has announced. It is the longest yet discovered.

The earthwork was unearthed near the border with the Gaza strip, after heavy rainstorms exposed one of its entrances in Israel.

Its length took it close to the Israeli communities of Kibbutz Nirim and Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha.

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New Tel Aviv rock festival attracts top international bands

By Rosa Doherty, March 24, 2014

A line-up of international bands will play at a new rock festival in Israel, it was announced this week.

Artists such as The Pixies, The Hives and Soundgarden will perform in the country for the first time at the Rock ‘N’ Roller Festival in Tel Aviv in June.

They will play alongside home-grown Israeli talent Elisha Banai and his band The Forty Thieves.

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Israel’s zero-sum game for the diaspora

By Keith Kahn-Harris, March 23, 2014

Anyone who has ever written a non-fiction book on a contemporary issue knows the feeling: the cold fear that events will overtake what they write. Writers on anything connected to contemporary Israel suffer from this more than most.

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Beware kneejerk reactions to anti-Israel slurs

By Chas Newkey-Burden, March 22, 2014

It’s a familiar cycle. A politician makes an incendiary allegation against Israel. Pro-Israel advocates rush to issue defensive rebuttals. An almighty scrap develops, few give any ground, but the original allegation is repeated by both sides as the controversy drags on.

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