Israel

Old hate goes high-tech with new boycott app

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

A new smartphone app that identifies Israeli goods and services has been attacked as a modern, high-tech version of traditional Israel-hatred.

The app — which will be released within the next few weeks — has been built by Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) campaigners at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States.

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Israel’s ‘best soldier’ Meir Har Zion dies

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 20, 2014

Moshe Dayan described him as “the best soldier in the IDF”, generations of Israeli special forces strove to emulate his deeds and some of the army’s core values were laid down by him.

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‘Third of settlers would relocate if compensated’

By Nathan Jeffay, March 20, 2014

Many residents in outlying settlements are prepared to relocate in return for compensation, according to a new survey.

Pollsters spoke to Israelis who live in the West Bank outside of the main settlement blocks, and found that around 30 per cent would relocate regardless of whether or not there is a peace deal.

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Leaders have only days to save the peace process

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 20, 2014

The peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are on the brink of collapse.

Despite US President Barack Obama’s meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas this week, there is still virtually no clause in the current framework agreement — the core principles for negotiations — that both sides agree on.

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MK campaigns for release of Jews convicted of terror offences

By Daniel Easterman, March 19, 2014

Outspoken Likud MK Miri Regev is leading a letter-writing campaign calling for the release of several “nationalistic” Jewish prisoners convicted of terrorism against Palestinians and Arab citizens of Israel.

The demand comes as Israel prepares to release the fourth and final round of Palestinian prisoners on March 29, a move that is deeply controversial.

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Israel attacks Syrian bases following Golan Heights bomb

By Charlotte Oliver, March 19, 2014

Israel launched a series of attacks on Syrian military sites early on Wednesday morning in response to a roadside bomb that exploded the previous day in the Golan Heights, the IDF has confirmed.

Following the bombing on Tuesday, which wounded four Israeli soldiers, an IDF spokesperson said: “We will fulfil our mission to prevent, protect and defend against hostilities from Syria.”

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Bomb blast injures IDF troops near Syria border

By Daniel Easterman, March 18, 2014

Four Israeli soldiers have been wounded by a roadside bomb that exploded under their vehicle in the Golan Heights near the border with Syria.

Three of the wounded soldiers are said to have sustained light to moderate injuries while the fourth is in a serious condition.

Israeli forces responded with artillery fire and confirmed that several targets were successfully hit.

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Obama calls on Abbas to take risks for peace

By Daniel Easterman, March 18, 2014

US President Barack Obama met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House yesterday, telling him he must take much greater political risks in order to break the deadlock surrounding the latest round of peace talks.

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BBC upholds complaint over biased Israel reporting

By Daniel Easterman, March 17, 2014

The BBC Trust has upheld a complaint against Radio 4's Today programme for providing biased and misleading information in its reporting of Israel.

According to The Times, which says it has seen an unpublished BBC document, the complaint refers to a report by Middle East correspondent Kevin Connolly in 2011 on the anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War.

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Now, that’s what we call a social feed: Tel Avivians plan record Shabbat meal

By Nathan Jeffay, March 13, 2014

The Channel 4 comedy Friday Night Dinner summed up what a struggle it can be even getting a family of four to sit down for their roast chicken.

But young Tel Avivians are convinced they can get 1,000 people all celebrating Shabbat together.

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