Israel

Chasid’s ‘Sacred Sperm’ film causes stir

By Nathan Jeffay, February 12, 2015

The Chasid who made a film about masturbation has said that he was caught off-guard by the massive interest that it generated.

“I’m surprised because I didn’t realise that it would interest people around the world,” said Ori Gruder.

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Israeli couple uplifted as stilts beat Thames flood

By Rosa Doherty, February 12, 2015

When Yaron Ivry’s home by the river Thames was destroyed by floods last year, he was determined it would never happen again.

So he came up with a novel solution — raising the £750,000 five-bedroom property on stilts.

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Church bans vicar Stephen Sizer from social media over antisemitic posts

By Josh Jackman, February 9, 2015

A vicar who posted a link to an article suggesting Israel carried out the 9/11 attacks has been banned from saying anything about the Middle East on any platform.

Rev Stephen Sizer has been told not to write, speak, tweet or blog on the subject, and also cannot use social media for six months without being relieved of his position.

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Concern voiced over church material on Israel

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2015

A series of readings produced by a church body for Christians at Lent has aroused concern over their negative portrayal of Israel.

Both the Board of Deputies and the Council of Christians and Jews have taken issue with some of the material published online by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, an umbrella group for different denominations.

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Eight dead in Israel after bus collision

By Marcus Dysch, February 3, 2015

Eight people are believed to have been killed and as many as 50 injured in a serious road crash in south Israel.

The incident is thought to have involved a collision between a bus, a tractor, and a truck in the Negev.

Magen David Adom ambulances and paramedics, as well as firefighters, were at the scene near the Lahavim junction, and were working to free passengers from the wreckage.

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Bibi calls for UN to drop Gaza report after investigator resigns

By Naomi Firsht, February 3, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for the UN Human Rights Council to drop its report on the 2014 Gaza war following the resignation of the man who led the inquiry, William Schabas.

“After the resignation of the committee chairman, who was biased against Israel, the report must not be published,” Mr Netanyahu said in a statement.

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Survey finds 35 per cent of Britons feel “especially unfavourable” towards Israel

By Josh Jackman, February 2, 2015

Britons dislike Israel more than almost any other country, a YouGov poll has found.

The survey was conducted in August during the Gaza conflict, but was published only last week by Chatham House, the UK’s most prestigious foreign affairs think tank.

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Yachad launches campaign to fund legal representation for Palestinian minors

By JC Reporter, February 2, 2015

Yachad Youth, the youth division of the liberal Zionist Yachad group, has launched a campaign to raise money for a lawyer to represent Palestinian minors questioned by Israeli military authorities.

The Kids Court in Conflict initiative aims to ensure all West Bank Palestinians under the age of 18 have access to legal representation.

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Church of England investigates vicar for posts linking Israel to 9/11 attack

By Josh Jackman, January 30, 2015

A vicar who posted a link to an article suggesting Israel carried out the 9/11 attacks is being investigated by the Church of England.

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