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Hawkish Israeli minister Silvan Shalom favours restart of peace talks

By Orlando Radice, June 22, 2015

Israeli Interior Minister Silvan Shalom has said that he is in favour of a resumption of negotiations towards a two-state solution as soon as the world powers’ talks with Iran have come to a conclusion.

The minister, who would head up any such diplomatic process with the Palestinians, said: “We want to resume negotiations but it takes two to tango.”

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Jewish leaders condemn attack on Jesus ‘miracle’ church

By Naomi Firsht, June 19, 2015

Jewish leaders around the world have condemned a suspected arson attack on a church in northern Israel where Jesus was supposed to have fed the “five thousand” with fish and bread.

Hebrew graffiti found on a wall suggested Jewish extremists may have been behind the attack on the Roman Catholic church of Tabgha on the Sea of Galilee on Thursday.

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Israeli ambassador to UK Daniel Taub to leave post this summer

By Naomi Firsht, June 19, 2015

Israel's Ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub and his wife, Zehava, will be returning to Israel this summer, the Israeli embassy announced today.

Ambassador Taub took up his post four years ago and since then Israel-UK trade has doubled.

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Boycott motion flops at Reading University

By Naomi Firsht, June 12, 2015

An Israel boycott motion at Reading University’s student union failed today.

Students were able to vote from Monday to Friday this week on a motion to boycott Israeli organisations operating beyond the Green Line, but the total number of votes only reached 180, 20 below the minimum 200 needed to make a quorum or valid vote.

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Twitter brings crowd to funeral of Holocaust survivor with no relatives

By Franciska Fabriczki, June 10, 2015

A Twitter post about the funeral of a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor with no remaining family went viral earlier today, leading to over 100 people attending.

Former banker Rachel Steinmetz tweeted at dawn on June 10, asking her followers to attend the funeral of a 93-year-old woman, who was being flown in from her home in New York to be buried in Israel.

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Hamas struggles against pro-Islamic State groups in Gaza

By Naomi Firsht, June 8, 2015

Hamas is trying to control a variety of jihadi groups inside Gaza who are believed to be behind recent attacks on Israel.

Salafist militants who support Islamic State are thought to have carried out bombings at Hamas security posts, and shot rockets at Israeli towns, actions that have provoked reprisals from Israel.

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Fury as NUS leaders vote to boycott Israel

By Naomi Firsht, June 4, 2015

The National Union of Students’ decision to boycott Israel has been condemned by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jewish leaders in Britain.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio Dances At Celebrate Israel Parade

June 3, 2015

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio got into a Zionistic mood this weekend, dancing with some Chasidic parade-goers at the Celebrate Israel parade.

Over 30,000 people attended the parade on Sunday which was part of a festival celebrating Israeli culture and food, hosted by the Israeli-American Council.

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Police called after fracas on El Al flight

By Rosa Doherty, June 2, 2015

Police were called to deal with a disturbance on an El Al flight from Israel to Heathrow last night.

A fight is believed to have broken out between passengers during the flight, on its trip to London.

A spokesperson from the Metropolitan Police said: “It appears a man had a dispute with another passenger about their child kicking his seat.

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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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