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Proud Zionist Simon Schama defends Israel’s action in Gaza

By Daniel Easterman, September 16, 2014

Historian Simon Schama has launched a stirring defence of Israel’s military operation in Gaza, strongly rejecting allegations that its forces were guilty of war crimes.

Speaking as guest of honour at the UJIA annual dinner, Mr Schama said: “We are not the killers of children. We grieve when the blood of innocent children is spilt because rockets are stored underneath or outside schools.

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Israeli cake fails to please judges on BBC’s Great British Bake Off

By Sophie Lipton, September 11, 2014

Israeli cuisine made a surprise appearance on The Great British Bake Off last night when one contestant came up with an imaginative response when asked to make a European-inspired cake.

Kate Henry, a 41 furniture restorer from Brighton, prepared an Israeli babka for the judges on the BBC 1 reality cooking show.

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Hamas man released in Shalit deal planned teens’ murder

By Daniel Easterman, September 10, 2014

The man who organised the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank was a Hamas leader released as part of the 2011 prisoner swap for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, according to Palestinian security officials.

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Gaza terror groups tunnelling again

By JC Reporter, September 9, 2014

Terror group Islamic Jihad has begun constructing tunnels under the Gaza Strip, according to Al Jazeera TV.

In a recent broadcast by the Qatar-based TV station, a reporter is taken blindfolded to the entrance of a tunnel.

Once inside the tunnel, the reporter explains that it is being “dug by resistance fighters in this border area.”

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Israeli cult leader guilty of multiple sex crimes

By Daniel Easterman, September 8, 2014

The leader of an Israeli cult has been found guilty of rape and multiple sexual crimes.

Goel Ratzon, 64, was accused of having sexual relations with 21 different women – some of whom were teenagers when the relationships started – and fathered 49 children.

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Yachad's Hannah Weisfeld on educating from the grassroots

By Daniel Easterman, September 5, 2014

Hannah Weisfeld turned her back on Middle East politics after studying at Sussex University.

Such was the emotive nature of the Israel-Palestinian debate on campus during the Second Intifada.

“I put the whole thing to bed. I didn’t want to be involved in the debate anymore,” she said.

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Violent robber who fled to Israel is jailed

By Marcus Dysch, September 5, 2014

A man who fled to Israel after committing a violent robbery has been jailed after he was extradited back to Britain.

Adam Rubinstein skipped bail in 2010 after attacking a couple in their car. He travelled to Israel via Latvia and was eventually tracked down by Interpol.

The 29-year-old, formerly of Bushey, Hertfordshire, was sent back to Britain by a judge in Jerusalem.

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Islamic charity launches probe over Hamas funding claims

By Simon Rocker, September 2, 2014

A leading Muslim charity in the UK is carrying out an internal investigation into its aid to Palestinians following Israeli claims of links to Hamas.

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon banned Birmingham-based Islamic Relief Worldwide from operating in the West Bank in June, accusing it of funnelling money to Hamas-controlled organisations.

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UK deplores Israel’s land grab on West Bank

By Rosa Doherty, September 1, 2014

The British government has crticised an Israeli decision to annex land on the West Bank.

It said the move would seriously damage Israel's international reputation.

Israel announced the annexation of land in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem, on Sunday.

Anti-settlement groups have called it the biggest such claim in 30 years.

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Body of missing yeshivah student found

By Daniel Easterman, August 28, 2014

The Israeli police have confirmed that they have identified the body found in the Jerusalem Forest on Thursday as American yeshivah student Aaron Sofer.

The body was discovered in the forest by volunteers from United Hatzalah after a six day long search for the young man.

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