Conservative Friends of Israel director Stuart Polak receives peerage

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2015

Amid the rumours and rows surrounding the announcement of the long-awaited dissolution honours list, one name was repeatedly highlighted as an inevitable inclusion.

Stuart Polak, the veteran Conservative Friends of Israel director, was handed a seat in the House of Lords when David Cameron finally revealed the names on the list today, months behind schedule.


Hamas takes Mossad spy dolphin into custody

By Naomi Firsht, August 19, 2015

Hamas claims it has captured a dolphin that was spying for Israel.

The terrorist group claimed that the dolphin, found off the Gaza coast, was equipped with “spying equipment” including cameras.

The Israeli Navy does have a fleet of “Dolphin-class” submarines, but the Army Radio report made it clear Hamas was referring to a mammal.


Amnesty defends senior official’s anti-Israel tweets

By Naomi Firsht, August 17, 2015

Amnesty International has defended their campaigns manager after the Israeli embassy complained about alleged anti-Israel tweets, saying the posts highlighted “the need for justice and accountability”.

Kristyan Benedict posted messages about the arson attack on a Palestinian home in the village of Douma in July, which resulted in two deaths.


Mark Regev to be announced as Israel's next UK ambassador

By JC Reporter, August 13, 2015

Mark Regev, the spokesman for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is expected to be announced as the new Israeli ambassador to Britain.

According to Israeli television reports and Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, Mr Regev’s appointment will be confirmed by the cabinet after receiving approval from the Civil Service Commission.


Jeremy Corbyn pulls out of conference at which antisemitic cartoonist is due to appear

By Josh Jackman, August 13, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has pulled out of a conference where he was due to appear alongside antisemitic cartoonist Carlos Latuff.

The Islington North MP, who is the frontrunner in the race to become Labour leader, confirmed his withdrawal from the event after the JC queried his attendance among seven key questions representing communal fears over his potential leadership.


Monarch airlines announces new flights to Israel

By Sandy Rashty, August 11, 2015

Budget airline Monarch has announced two new flight routes to Israel from London’s Luton Airport.

The British airline says it will operate two new flights to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv and the Ovda civilian and military airport north of Eilat from December.

Tickets will go on sale from midday today.


Shin Bet rounds-up settlers in major West Bank operation

By Jessica Weinstein, August 10, 2015

Israeli police have rounded up extremist Jewish settlers in their biggest operation in years.

The Shin Bet arrested nine people suspected of extremist activities against Palestinians on Sunday. Two more were placed in “administrative detention” without trial.


It’s official: tiny Israel is giant when it comes to Nobel prizes

By Nathan Jeffay, August 6, 2015

Like proud parents, Jews around the world have long kvelled about the fact that Israel punches far above its weight when it comes to Nobel Prizes.

But now it's official: Times Higher Education this week ranked the country fifth best in the world for overall Nobel performance this century.


Israelis put second ‘Jewish extremist’ in administrative detention

By JC Reporter, August 5, 2015

Israel has detained a second alleged Jewish extremist in line with the prime minister’s vow to crack down on “terror”.

Eviatar Slonim was arrested on Tuesday night, accused of belonging to an extremist organisation and placed in ‘administrative detention’.


Bibi and Obama engage in Iran deal lobbying wars

By Jessica Weinstein, August 5, 2015

In direct appeals to American Jewish leaders, US President Barack Obama has warned that Israel would suffer if a nuclear deal with Iran was blocked, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged them to fight the deal.