Israel

Why conductors from Israel are leading the way

By Jessica Duchen, June 28, 2013

Twenty-four-year-old Israeli, Lahav Shani, has won the prestigious Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg, Germany, which launched the career of Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel, the victor in 2004.

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British minister condemns settlement expansion plan

By Zoe Winograd, June 28, 2013

Middle East Minister Alistair Burt has condemned the expansion of an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

Authorities in Jerusalem gave final approval to 69 new housing units in Har Homa on Wednesday.

Mr Burt said: "The UK’s position on settlements has long been clear - they are illegal under international law and an obstacle to peace.

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Billionaire trader who funded Mossad buried in Israel

By Alan Montague, June 27, 2013

Glencore founder Marc Rich, one of the most successful commodities traders of all time, has died aged 79.

Mr Rich, who made his estimated fortune of £1 .5 billion partly through selling oil to embargoed nations – most controversially to Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis – was flown from his home in Switzerland to be buried at the Kibbutz Einat cemetery, near Petah Tikvah.

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Israeli acts geared up for Glastonbury

By Marcus Dysch, June 27, 2013

Four Israeli groups will perform at Glastonbury this weekend, becoming the first musical acts from the country to appear at the festival.

A collective, Saz, Ester Rada and 3421 are due to play 10 separate gigs during the five-day event.

Former JC reporter-turned-Brit-Award-nominee Jessie Ware will also be singing.

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Luciana Berger pledges to help women follow in her footsteps

By Marcus Dysch, June 21, 2013

Britain’s youngest Jewish MP said this week that she feels a sense of "responsibility" to lead the way for more women to enter leadership positions in politics, communal life and business.

"We have an issue that we don’t have enough women in positions of leadership. That’s not just in the Jewish community," she said.

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Booking in at Mansion House

By Barry Toberman, June 21, 2013

Over 100 supporters of Israeli art gathered in the sumptuous surrounds of London’s Mansion House last Friday lunchtime for the official launch of the UK publication of a pictorial history.

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Bibi warns of 'wishful thinking' over Iran election result

By Josh Jackman, June 17, 2013

The reformist-backed Hassan Rouhani has won Iran’s presidential election, receiving just over half of the vote to narrowly avoid a run-off.

Mr Rouhani, who will succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, mobilised the moderate vote after Mohammad Reza Aref, the sole reformist candidate, withdrew from the race on Tuesday.

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G4S: Israel work does not break international law

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2013

Security company G4S has defended its work in Israel and denied that it breached international law in its management of security systems at prisons in the West Bank.

Shareholders repeatedly questioned the firm’s new chief executive, Ashley Almanza, about contracts in Israel during the company’s annual general meeting in the City of London.

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Israeli chief rabbi election could yet make history

By Nathan Jeffay, June 14, 2013

Israel moved a step closer to a non-Charedi chief rabbi earlier this month, when the Knesset’s religious-Zionist party threw its weight behind a moderate candidate.

The modern-Orthodox iconoclast David Stav has built his rabbinic career on making Judaism more welcoming for the non-religious, and he is now determined to break the strictly-Orthodox control over the Chief Rabbinate.

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Halt Bedouin evictions, say UK rabbis

By Anna Sheinman, June 13, 2013

Sixty-five British rabbis from across the community have written to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu protesting against a proposed law that could see 40,000 Bedouin evicted from their homes.

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