Israel

Islamist leader starts jail term for inciting racism and violence

May 8, 2016

Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement leader Raed Salah is beginning a nine-month jail sentence, the High Court of Justice having rejected his appeal against conviction on charges of incitement. However, his sentence has been reduced from 11 months to nine months. The case related to a sermon Salah delivered in 2007.

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MPs urge government to aid Israeli medical charity

By JC Reporter, April 27, 2016

A group of Conservative MPs have asked International Development Secretary Justine Greening to use UK aid to help fund an Israeli medical charity which treats critically ill children.

In a letter to Ms Greening, the 25 MPs described how Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) brings children from developing countries to Israel to undergo life-saving heart surgery.

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Professors lose High Court case over university Israel conference

By Naomi Firsht, April 27, 2016

Two professors have lost their High Court challenge over the way Southampton University handled their proposed controversial conference on Israel.

Professor Oren Ben-Dor, who was born in Israel, and Professor Suleiman Sharkh claimed decisions made by the university had effectively blocked the conference for two years.

They argued that “academic freedom” was at stake.

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Ambassador Mark Regev discusses security and trade in first meeting with UK Middle East minister

By Naomi Firsht, April 26, 2016

New Israel ambassador to the UK Mark Regev has held talks with Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood.

The meeting, which took place on Tuesday, the first between the two men since Mr Regev took up his role at the beginning of the month.

Mr Ellwood said: “I was delighted to meet Israel's new Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev and welcome him to the role.

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British woman honoured by Yad Vashem for saving her Jewish friends from the Nazis

By Rosa Doherty, April 22, 2016

A British woman who risked her life to save her Jewish friend from the Nazis during the Second World War has been honoured by Yad Vashem.

Dorothea Weber hid her friend Hedwig Bercu from German soldiers on Nazi-occupied Jersey for 18 months.

Hedwig, 24 at the time, had attempted to fake her own death to escape Nazi capture by leaving a suicide note and piled of clothes on a beach.

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Wrong to blame Israel for failure to make peace, says Clinton

By Josh Jackman, April 12, 2016

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said it is “not accurate or fair or useful” to blame Israel for the lack of a peace deal with the Palestinians.

She also called her commitment to Israel “personal” and took a shot at her potential rival for the presidency, Republican candidate Donald Trump, for his changing positions on the Jewish state.

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Natural causes responsible for death of British woman in Eilat, say Israeli authorities

By JC Reporter, March 28, 2016

Israeli authorities have said a British woman who died while living in Eilat was the victim of a rare internal bleeding condition.

Julie Pearson, from Kinross in Scotland, died in November under mysterious circumstances.

Her family claimed her death followed an alleged attack by her Palestinian boyfriend, and that the police had not investigated the case sufficiently.

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Israel sends the ambassador Brazil didn't want to New York

By JC Reporter, March 28, 2016

Israel appears to have backed down over its plans to appoint a former settler leader as its ambassador to Brazil.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the nomination of Dani Dayan last August, prompting protests from the Brazilian government who objected to his past role as chairman of the Yesha committee representing Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

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'UK government cash being paid to Palestinian terrorists'

By JC Reporter, March 28, 2016

Millions of pounds of British government money are being handed to convicted Palestinian terrorists.

The Department for International Development is expected to give up to £25.5 million this year to the Palestinian Authority, part of an aid package totalling over £70 million.

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Esther Herlitz, Israel's first female ambassador, dies aged 94

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2016

Israel’s first female ambassador Esther Herlitz has died at the age of 94.

Born in 1921, Ms Herlitz joined the Jewish Agency’s diplomatic corps in 1946, before serving at Israel’s consul in New York in the 1950s.

She was among the team of officials who negotiated compensation for Holocaust survivors from Germany.

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