Israel

Joy and pain as last Ethiopians make aliyah

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 30, 2013

A small group of toddlers are singing a Hebrew nursery rhyme in a room filled with Israeli posters. Their teacher asks them in Hebrew to point at their tummies, then their noses and their ears.

It could be any kindergarten class in Israel, but this Africa and these children are part of the last group of Ethiopian immigrants to be brought to Israel.

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They call him the dreidel (and that's not just spin)

By Lawrie Hacker, August 30, 2013

There is a good reason why Jewish American snowboarder Seth Hill is known as “the dreidel”.

When he goes for a big jump, Mr Hill can manage what is known as a “1080” — three full revolutions in the air.

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Mayoral race that all Israel is watching

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 30, 2013

Local elections in Israel are normally just that — local.

While the national parties have representatives at the municipal level, many of the country’s mayors and council leaders are political independents, leading lists consisting of candidates from across the spectrum. Campaigns are generally fought out over issues closer to home, not the left-right divide.

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Jihadists try to drag Israel into Syria war

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 29, 2013

As Lebanon rapidly becomes engulfed by the fighting in neighbouring Syria, various factions in the country are trying to pull Israel into the conflict.

On Friday morning, Israeli planes bombed a base of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) near Beirut, retaliating after the launch of four Katyusha rockets the previous day from Lebanon.

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Pro-Palestinian hackers break into Google website

By Josh Jackman, August 27, 2013

Pro-Palestinian activists have succeeded in redirecting Google users to a defaced version of Google Maps which claims that Israel should be called Palestine.

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David Harris-Gershon: ‘My sympathy for the family of bomber who almost killed my wife’

By Marcus Dysch, August 26, 2013

‘There are children who lost their father, a wife who lost her husband, and a mother who lost her son,” says author David Harris-Gershon, discussing the consequences of the bomb that ripped through a Hebrew University cafeteria in Jerusalem 11 years ago.

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Lukewarm reception for vast new Jewish Agency fund

By Bernard Josephs, August 23, 2013

A multi-million-dollar Jewish Agency initiative aimed at reinforcing Israel’s ties with the diaspora has got off to a mixed start.

The programme, which is expected to achieve an annual budget of $300 million, has been dubbed “The Prime Minister’s Initiative” by Agency officials.

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ADL accuse Roger Waters over boycott call

By Zoe Winograd, August 23, 2013

The Anti-Defamation League has accused rock musician Roger Waters of 'anti-Jewish sentiment' in his call for a boycott of Israel.

In an open letter to the Pink Floyd guitarist published on the organisation's website, ADL national director wrote that Mr Waters' recent statements were "colored by offensive and dangerous undercurrents of anti-Jewish sentiment".

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Ban Ki-moon admits: UN biased against Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 22, 2013

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon admitted in a rare encounter with Israeli students last week that the organisation he heads is biased against Israel.

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Erdogan’s Israel remark reveals frustration

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 22, 2013

Even for a severe critic of Israel like Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the outburst on Tuesday appeared to be taking things to the extreme.

At a meeting of his party’s leaders in Ankara, Mr Erdogan launched a broadside against the Egyptian military that ousted the Muslim Brotherhood government last month.

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