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Israel honours Arab teen who was killed in revenge attack

By Rosa Doherty, April 21, 2015

Israel has added Muhammed Abu Khdeir’s name to a monument for terror victims on Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl.

The Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and killed last summer in an act of revenge following the murder of Israeli teenagers Gilad Sha'ar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach by Hamas terrorists.

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Why the state of Israel is a blessing

By Dr Ben Elton, April 19, 2015

As we prepare to celebrate 67 years of Israel’s independence next week, religious Zionists will use particular forms to show their appreciation for the state. There will be special synagogue services. Many congregations will recite Hallel. The restrictions of the Omer period will be suspended to make way for parties, dancing and barbeques.

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A truly stupid idea

April 16, 2015

We are all familiar with the attempts by some antisemites to hide their hatred of Jews by couching it in attacks on “Israel” or “Zionism” — just as when criticism of the “Israel lobby” is used as code for the idea that Jews control foreign policy.

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Legal bid to save anti-Israel Southampton conference rejected

By Naomi Firsht, April 16, 2015

Plans to hold a conference questioning Israel's right to exist have been scrapped after a legal challenge by its organisers was rejected.

Professors Oren Ben Dor and Suleiman Sharkh applied for a judicial review after Southampton University said it would not host the conference this weekend because of security concerns over planned demonstrations.

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UK envoy predicts 'difficult issues' in Israel job

By Marcus Dysch, April 16, 2015

Britain's next ambassador to Israel has praised the relationship between the countries as he prepares to move to Tel Aviv.

David Quarrey, who will replace current envoy Matthew Gould in July, predicted "difficult issues" to be overcome during his time in Israel, but said the joint work being done was fuelling his excitement for taking on the role.

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Zubin Mehta: ‘Israel has lost Europe. Now it is losing America’

By Amit Slonim - translated by Shira Rubin, April 16, 2015

They stand on ladders, sweating. A group of young artists, armed with brushes and paints, are refurbishing the mural on the western side of the Haychal Hatarbut - the culture hall - in Tel Aviv.

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Christians back beleaguered Israel supporters in Exeter

By Naomi Firsht, April 8, 2015

A Friends of Israel group set up by Christians has come to the rescue of Jewish students at Exeter University who feel intimidated by Palestinian activists on the campus.
The 20 members of the Jewish Society said they were reluctant to show support for Israel for fear of being targeted by the much larger Friends of Palestine Society (FoP).

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How Bristol built a bridge across the Middle East divide

By Naomi Firsht, April 8, 2015

At a time when the story from campuses around the country has been a depressing one of increasing tensions between Israel and Palestinian supporters students at Bristol University have managed to buck the trend.

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Anti-Israel conference organisers launch legal action against cancellation

By Naomi Firsht, April 2, 2015

Organisers of an anti-Israel conference at Southampton University have reportedly taken legal action to reverse the university’s decision to scrap the conference.

A statement published on the university website late last night officially withdrew permission for the three-day conference to take place on the campus.

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