Israel

Israel is not apartheid state — and we should know

By Rabelani Dagada, June 1, 2016

I was among eight South African editors, policy analysts and scholars who went on a study tour to Israel and the Palestinian territories from 6-15 February this year.

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Shami Chakrabarti 'praised Guantanamo detainee who said Israel was worse than the Taliban'

By JC Reporter, May 22, 2016

Shami Chakrabarti, who is leading the Labour inquiry into antisemitism in the party, once praised a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay who said Israel's "crimes" were worse than those committed by the Taliban, it has been claimed.

Ms Chakrabarti described Moazzam Begg as a “wonderful advocate... for human rights and in particular for human liberty”.

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US Jewish group J Street was paid by White House to promote Iran deal

By JC Reporter, May 22, 2016

J-Street, the American liberal Jewish group, was given more than half a million dollars to promote President Barack Obama’s controversial nuclear deal with Iran in the face of fierce opposition from Israel, it has emerged.

The group, which declares itself pro-Israel, was given the money by the Ploughshares Fund, the main organisation used by the White House’s to advocate the deal.

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John Kerry confirms he will attend Paris peace talks

By Josh Jackman, May 20, 2016

John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, has confirmed that he will attend a new round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

The meeting in Paris on June 3 will aim to create a framework for future talks.

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Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon quits claiming he can't trust Benjamin Netanyahu

By Josh Jackman, May 20, 2016

Moshe Yaalon has resigned as Israeli defence minister, saying that "Israel, as well as the Likud party, has been taken over by dangerous and extreme elements."

The former Chief of General Staff in the military, who was a member of the prime minister’s Likud party, will also leave the Knesset.

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'Israel is in a battle with itself over basic values'

By Orlando Radice, May 19, 2016

When Dan Meridor talks about the importance of politicians saying things that "have to be said", no matter how unpopular those statements might be, there is no reason to doubt his sincerity.

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Middle East Minister plans Israel trip for Premier League club AFC Bournemouth

By Sandy Rashty, May 17, 2016

Tobias Ellwood, the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, has hailed the “important” relationship between the UK and Israel – adding that he intends to take his constituency’s football team AFC Bournemouth to visit the country.

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Middle East Minister plans Israel trip for Premier League club AFC Bournemouth

By Sandy Rashty, May 17, 2016

Tobias Ellwood, the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, has hailed the “important” relationship between the UK and Israel – adding that he intends to take his constituency’s football team AFC Bournemouth to visit the country.

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The future of warfare? Israel to launch a robot that can shoot

By Josh Jackman, May 16, 2016

An Israeli father-and-son team has created a robot that they claim is better at shooting than humans after a family member was injured in combat.

Produced with the help of the Israeli Ministry of Defence and counter-terrorism unit, “Dogo” can tackle any type of terrain - including stairs - and provides 360-degree vision to soldiers before they enter combat situations.

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Senior Hizbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine killed in Syria

By Rosa Doherty, May 13, 2016

Hezbollah’s most senior commander in the Syrian war, Mustafa Amine Badreddine, has been killed
A 55-year-old was killed in a large explosion near Damascus airport.

An Israeli airstrike was initially blamed by Hezbollah for the attack in which he died, but that claim was later withdrawn.

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