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Multi-billion European funders consider divesting from Israel

By Rosa Doherty, January 20, 2014

European investors worth a combined $490 billion are reviewing their holdings in Israeli banks over concerns they are being used to fund Israeli settlements.

Pension funds ABP and KLP and fund houses Nordea Investment and DNB have requested more information from the banks about their involvement in financing settlements.

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Jewish leaders condemn Unesco decision to cancel Israel exhibition

By Rosa Doherty, January 17, 2014

Jewish groups have condemned a decision by Unesco - the cultural arm of the United Nations - to cancel an exhibition about Israel following pressure from Arab states.

“The People, the Book, the Land — 3,500 years of ties between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel” was due to open at Unesco's Paris headquarters on Jaunary 20.

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Liverpool council rejects anti-Israel motion

By Rosa Doherty, January 17, 2014

Liverpool council has thrown out a motion that condemned Israel for “human rights violations”.

Councillors voted 74 to two against the proposal , put forward by two members of the Green Party.

Labour councillor Jeremy Wolfson said: “The motion only had the support of the two Green councillors. Apart from them it was overwhelmingly rejected by all other parties.”

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Britain condemns Gaza rockets

By Daniel Easterman, January 17, 2014

Britain has condemned the firing of five rockets from Gaza into the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon yesterday.

Minister for the Middle East, Hugh Robertson said that the rockets fired into Israel were a “violation of international law”.

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Israelis deport activist over his involvement in violent protest in Belfast

By Marcus Dysch, January 17, 2014

A British activist has been deported from Israel because of his role in a university protest.

Gary Spedding, a Newcastle-based student, was detained at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. Israeli officials said he was thrown out of the country due to his involvement in a violent demonstration in Northern Ireland in 2011.

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Israel to invest in diaspora identity

By JCReporter, January 16, 2014

Israel plans to plough more than £1 billion into a programme to strengthen the identity of diaspora Jews.

The initiative, which will be developed and implemented jointly with local communities, is aimed at Jews between the ages of 12 and 35.

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Bangladesh editor jailed for planning Israel trip

By Bernard Josephs, January 16, 2014

A Bangladeshi editor whose paper publishes articles about Israel and criticises Islamist extremism has been sentenced by a court to seven years in jail.

The hearing, in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, said that Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, who runs The Weekly Blitz, had damaged the national interest with his writing and by planning to visit Israel more than a decade ago.

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A worldwide reaction

By Marcus Dysch, January 16, 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron has led the political tributes to Ariel Sharon following the former Israeli Prime Minister’s death at the age of 85.

Mr Cameron described Mr Sharon as “one of the most significant figures in Israeli history” and said he had taken “brave and controversial decisions in pursuit of peace”.

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Analysis: A gargantuan figure — but his role in Sabra and Shatila diminished him

By Martin Bright, January 16, 2014

The massacres at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp on the outskirts of Beirut in September 1982 remain the darkest stain on Ariel Sharon’s reputation.

Hundreds and possibly thousands of Palestinians were murdered by Lebanese Christian Phalangists while the Israeli army stood by.

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A warrior who knew how to get things done

By Uri Dromi, January 16, 2014

In January 1985, as a colonel in the Israeli Air Force, I ran a course for high-ranking officers of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), focused on lessons from Israel’s wars.

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