Israel

Israeli company must rebuild Maida Vale pub brick by brick

By Rosa Doherty, April 29, 2015

Israeli developers who demolished a historic London pub without permission could be forced to rebuild it brick by brick.

Tel Aviv-based tax lawyer Ori Calif is director of CLTX Ltd, the company which owns the Carlton Tavern in Maida Vale, north London.

The building was knocked down earlier this month ahead of potential redevelopment of the site.

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Ed Miliband: I’m a strong friend of Israel but I was right over Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, April 29, 2015

Ed Miliband has defended his criticism of Israel during last summer’s Gaza conflict, saying he was right to describe the military action as “wrong and unjustifiable”.

In an interview with the JC to be published on Thursday, Mr Miliband said he was committed to obtaining “security for Israel and a viable and secure Palestinian state”.

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Israel was right to defend itself over Gaza, insists David Cameron

By Stephen Pollard, April 28, 2015

David Cameron has spoken of his belief that it is “important to speak out” about Israel’s right to have defended itself last year in Gaza.

In an interview with the JC to be published on Thursday, Mr Cameron contrasts the “indiscriminate” attacks on Israel with its defensive response.

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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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