Israel

American rabbis plan to boycott Donald Trump

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

Rabbis are planning to protest a speech by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a conference organised by a leading pro-Israel lobby.

Mr Trump, his party’s frontrunner in the race for the nomination, will give a speech to around 18,000 attendees at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference in Washington DC.

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BBC apologises after radio host tells listeners ‘Israel hasn’t really worked out'

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

The BBC has apologised after one of its radio presenters said on-air that Israel “hasn't really worked out” as a country.

BBC Radio London host Chris Rogers was hosting a phone-in on Tuesday about the refugee crisis when a caller asked: “Why can’t they put a load of them (refugees) in Africa?”

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Professors plan High Court challenge over Israel conference

By Naomi Firsht, March 16, 2016

The organisers of a scrapped academic conference which had planned to question the legitimacy of Israel are to take their university to court for the second time.

Professors from Southampton University had been given permission from the institution to hold their previously cancelled conference this year if they covered security costs amounting to £24,000.

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Labour candidate dumped over ‘Hitler is Zionist God’ comment is elected as local party vice-chair

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2016

A former Labour parliamentary candidate who claimed Hitler might be a “Zionist God” and claimed Daesh should attack Israel appears to have been reappointed to a leading position in her local party.

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Violence cannot defeat Israel - defiant message from Sir Eric Pickles at Manchester rally

By JC Reporter, March 13, 2016

Britain will defend Israel was the stirring message from Sir Eric Pickles at a national gathering of Zionist supporters.

The former Cabinet minister told a crowd of over 1,000 people that terrorist violence “can not drown out the legitimacy of the Jewish State”.

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Auschwitz survivor who settled in Israel is world's oldest man

By JC Reporter, March 13, 2016

An Auschwitz survivor is the world’s oldest man, according to Guinness World Records.

Yisrael Kristal was born in 1903, and broke the record at 112 years and 178 days old.

He takes over as the oldest living man after the death of Yasutaro Koide of Japan, who was 112 years and 312 days old.

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Manchester Israel rally set to attract 2,000 people, say organisers

By Josh Jackman, March 11, 2016

The national pro-Israel rally which was cancelled after protests from boycott activists is set to attract 2,000 supporters to a new venue this Sunday - and has the support of the Israeli Prime Minister.

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BuzzFeed removes ‘political’ article about Israelis defending themselves

By Josh Jackman, March 10, 2016

A BuzzFeed article praising Israelis for using everyday items to defend themselves against terrorist attacks has been taken down because it supports a “political agenda.”

“Seven Unbelievable Israeli Defence Technologies That Could Save Your Life” was removed from the Community section of the site - an open platform which anyone can contribute to - a few hours after being posted.

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Anti-Israel activists protest against Knesset Speaker's address to MPs in Westminster

By Josh Jackman, March 1, 2016

Activists campaigned against Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein's meeting with members of Parliament in London this week.

The speaker - who lives in the West Bank settlement of Neve Daniel, south of Jerusalem - met British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on Tuesday and will address MPs at Westminster Palace on Wednesday, at the invitation of his counterpart in the House of Commons, John Bercow.

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