Israel

Profile: Nathan Filer, Costa first-novel award winner

By Daniel Easterman, January 10, 2014

Nathan Filer is fast emerging as one of the rising stars of British literature. His first novel, The Shock of the Fall, has just won the Costa Prize for best debut novel and he is now in the running to win the competition’s grand £30,000 prize.

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UK professor condemns academics over boycott

By Simon Rocker, January 10, 2014

A British professor has denounced the American academics who voted for a boycott of Israeli universities as living in a “fantasy world”.

Derby University professor of education Dennis Hayes attacked last month’s move by the American Studies Association, in an article in Spiked, the online libertarian current affairs magazine.

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UK lawyers briefed on West Bank military courts

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2014

A group of British Jewish lawyers have met their counterparts in Israel to discuss legal aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The three-day visit, which began on Tuesday and was organised by grassroots advocacy group Yachad, saw 10 participants meet lawyers representing the IDF, Palestinian human rights groups and settler leaders.

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Glimpse of hope: Israel and the Palestinians inch closer to a framework agreement

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 9, 2014

In his 10th visit to the region in less than a year, US Secretary of State John Kerry inched closer this week to a “framework agreement” between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Ex-envoy says Israel killed all Amia culprits

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 9, 2014

A former Israeli ambassador sparked a diplomatic row with Argentina and may have inadvertently admitted Israel’s responsibility for a Mossad hit in an interview last Friday.

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Israel embassy sketch gets an angry response

By Rosa Doherty, January 9, 2014

A television comedy sketch that treated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a subject for humour has been roundly condemned by the Zionist Federation.

ZF chairman Paul Charney said the sketch, broadcast on BBC Three’s comedy programme, The Revolution Will Be Televised, “ridicules antisemitism at a time when anti-Jewish bigotry is on the rise”.

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Pope Francis to travel to Israel in May

By Marcus Dysch, January 6, 2014

The Pope is to travel to Israel in May for his first visit since becoming Pontiff.

Francis I announced his plans during his Sunday address to thousands of Catholics gathered in St Peter's Square.

Further details announced by the Vatican revealed that the trip to the Holy Land would be the Pope's first overseas tour of the year.

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Breaking the Silence is part of the problem in the Israel debate

By Josh Bacon, January 6, 2014

The Christmas week is traditionally a time for anti-Israel forces in Britain to display their wares, often accompanied by theological attacks against the Jewish people and religion. This year, for example, St James’s Church celebrated with a 26-foot replica of the Israeli security barrier (presented as a wall), as part of their Bethlehem Unwrapped festival.

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More mass-demonstrations planned by migrants in Israel

By Daniel Easterman, January 6, 2014

African migrants in Israel are planning mass demonstrations in front of a number of foreign embassies and diplomatic offices to protest against the government’s immigration policies.

The migrants, mainly from Eritrea and South Sudan, are also striking over the long delays in processing asylum requests and poor detention conditions.

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Israel makes arrests over Tel Aviv bus bomb attack

By Rosa Doherty, January 3, 2014

Israeli security forces have arrested 13 Palestinians and an Israeli Bedouin, believed to be behind the bombing of a bus in Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv, on December 22.

After gag order was lifted yesterday, it emerged that among those arrested was the man accused of planting the bomb, 20-year-old Palestinian Sami Harimi.

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