Scottish Jews and Christians to heal 'damaged' relationship

By Josh Jackman, August 3, 2016

Scottish Jews and the Church have announced reconciliation talks, three years after Christian congregants were told they should not support Jewish claims to Israel.

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (ScoJeC) and Church of Scotland plan discussions leading to a joint resource “with agreed theological terms and references,” ScoJeC has revealed.


Israeli gaming firm snapped up by Chinese buyers for £3bn

By Josh Jackman, August 2, 2016

An Israeli gaming company has been sold for more than £3 billion to a Chinese consortium.

Playtika, whose mobile casino games including World Series of Poker and Slotomania have attracted tens of millions of downloads, secured the third-largest amount ever for an Israeli business.


Protesters burn Israeli flag outside Democratic convention

By Daniel Sugarman, July 27, 2016

An Israeli flag was set on fire by protesters outside the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Shouts of “long live the Intifada” were heard as the flag was torched, while a Palestinian flag was waved nearby.

Posters supporting former candidate Bernie Sanders were also set alight outside the arena where the convention is being held.


We'll sue UK over Balfour Declaration, says Palestinian leader

By Lianne Kolirin, July 26, 2016

Palestinian officials are planning to sue Britain over the Balfour Declaration of 1917 which laid out a framework for the future state of Israel.

The lawsuit will be filed in an international court, according to Riyad al-Maliki, the Palestinian foreign minister.


Palestinian woman shot at Jerusalem checkpoint had knife in her bag

By Daniel Sugarman, July 26, 2016

Israeli border guards have shot a Palestinian woman in the legs in what is being reported as an attempted stabbing attack at the Qalandia checkpoint near Jerusalem.


Israeli tourist 'gang-raped' in India

By Daniel Sugarman, July 25, 2016

An Israeli tourist has been gang-raped in India, according to police reports.

The 25-year-old woman was attempting to travel from the resort of Manali, in the state of Himachal Pradesh, to a nearby town to meet friends.

At 3am on Sunday morning she flagged down a car which she mistakenly thought was a taxi, but accepted an offer of a lift, Indian media reported.


Al Qaeda group urges attacks on Israeli Olympic athletes at Rio

By Daniel Sugarman, July 22, 2016

Jihadists have reportedly been using social media to encourage lone wolf-style attacks on Israelis at the Rio Olympics.

According to material obtained by the Foreign Desk news website, social media messages from a group backing Al Qaeda urge would-be jihadists to attack athletes from a number of Western countries, including France and the UK.


Record crowd at Jerusalem Gay Pride

By Daniel Sugarman, July 22, 2016

LGBT revellers took to the streets in Jerusalem on Thursday evening under tight security after police announced that they had foiled an assault planned by last year’s attacker.

Yishai Schlissel, who killed a young girl taking part in last year’s Gay Pride parade, was arrested in his cell on suspicion of plotting to attack the march for a second time along with his brother, Michael.


Government water project aims to help Israelis and Palestinians work together

By Daniel Sugarman, July 21, 2016

The government has launched a joint initiative with Israeli and Palestinian scientists aimed at encouraging them to work together to solve health and water issues.

The programme, known as Growth, will offer fellowships to Palestinian water technology and health students, enabling them to conduct postgraduate studies in Israeli laboratories as well as to take part in UK conferences.


'Israel is creating terrorists with a justified grudge', Baroness Tonge claims

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2016

Baroness Tonge has accused Israel of being responsible for the rise of Islamist terrorism and Daesh.

The life peer told the House of Lords that Israel was provoking a generation of violent extremists who would have “a justified grudge” against Israel and Britain.