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Blow to peace talks with Israel set to miss prisoner-release deadline

By Daniel Easterman, March 28, 2014

Israel will not release the fourth and last group of 26 Palestinian prisoners on Saturday evening as agreed under the US-led peace talks.

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Jewish lawyers plan a brief visit to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, March 28, 2014

A group of British lawyers plan to organise a visit to Israel and the West Bank as an alternative to similar trips which, they say, give “a distorted impression” of the Israeli legal system.

UK Lawyers for Israel will run the tour with the Zionist Federation to allow them to meet their Israeli counterparts.

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Use the back door, Paris university tells Israelis

By Naomi Firsht, March 27, 2014

Israeli students visiting a Paris university were asked to leave and re-enter through a back door to appease pro-Palestinian demonstrators.

The request came from the president of the Paris VIII University, after 50 members of the anti-Israel Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement protested against their presence.

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IDF and Hamas taking digs at each other over discovery of Gaza tunnel

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 27, 2014

The discovery of a large tunnel leading from Gaza to Israel has led to a war of words between Israel and Hamas.

The tunnel, one of the longest discovered so far, leads 700 metres east of the border, and runs close to the Israeli communities of Kibbutz Nirim and Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, according to the Israeli army officers who uncovered it.

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No sex charge for Energy Minister Silvan Shalom

By JC Reporter, March 27, 2014

Police are expected to close an investigation into sex offence allegations against Israel’s Energy Minister Silvan Shalom — but his presidential campaign may have suffered a terminal blow nonetheless.

A woman identified only as M, a former Science Ministry employee, complained last week that he had pressured her to have sexual relations with her in his Jerusalem hotel room in 1998.

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Threat to ‘Bibi’s paper’ Yisrael Ha'Yom

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 27, 2014

Members of six different Knesset parties have backed legislation designed to limit the influence of Yisrael Ha’yom, the free daily newspaper financed by casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson which supports Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In the seven years since it began being distributed for free, the paper has become the country’s most widely-read, eclipsing tabloid Yediot Ahronot.

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Turkey may renew ties with Israel

By Daniel Easterman, March 27, 2014

Embassies in Turkey and Israel are set to reopen for the first time since official diplomatic ties were severed between the two countries.

According to Turkish media reports, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may also be planning to visit the country.

Turkey’s Zaman newspaper reported that a possible visit has been discussed by Israeli and Turkish intelligence chiefs.

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Jenin gunfight sparks fear of more violence

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 27, 2014

A firefight in the Jenin refugee camp which resulted in the deaths of three Palestinians has raised fears of renewed anarchy in the West Bank.

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Seeing Wizo take care of business

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014

Take five socially-conscious movers and shakers, place them under the wing of an international women’s movement at the forefront of social action in Israel and show them its work at first hand.

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Herzog stresses UK community ’s vital role in defending Israel

By Marcus Dysch and Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014

The leader of Israel’s Labour movement has called on British supporters of Israel to take a two-pronged approach to their advocacy efforts.

Isaac Herzog, chairman of the Labour Party and leader of the opposition in the Knesset, said tackling the “lunatic” boycott movement was vital.

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