Israel

Beckham sees boycotters mount protest at Uefa dinner

By Marcus Dysch, May 30, 2013

Anti-Israel protesters breached security and infiltrated a dinner for leading football executives.

Two men and a woman gained entry to the dinner held by European governing body Uefa in central London.

Guests including Uefa president Michel Platini, David Beckham, and Sir Alex Ferguson, watched as the trio climbed on to a stage, shouted and waved a Palestinian flag.

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Just how far will flight costs fall?

By Sharron Livingston, May 25, 2013

I never thought I would say this, but British travellers can finally look forward to cheaper fares to Israel. This is because after eight years of negotiations, and incessant lobbying by former Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov, an Israel-European Union open skies agreement was signed last month.

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Call for security review after Woolwich attack

By Zoe Winograd, May 23, 2013

The Community Security Trust has issued a warning to Jewish organisations over security arrangements in the wake of the terror attack in Woolwich.

In a bulletin sent to over 1,000 groups, the CST urged that procedures at all communal buildings and events should be reviewed and fully implemented following the brutal murder of a soldier in a London street by Islamist terrorists.

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Church acts to ease fears over Israel report

By Marcus Dysch, May 23, 2013

A rewritten version of a controversial report about Israel was due to be voted on by Church of Scotland leaders this week.

Phrases questioning Jewish claims to the land of Israel were removed from the document, compiled by the Church’s church and society council, following complaints from Jewish communal organisations.

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Protest targets Israel's Eurovision singer

By Nathalie Rothschild, May 20, 2013

Israeli singer Moran Mazor was under heavy security protection during her stay in Malmö, Sweden, where she competed in the Eurovision Song Contest. Israeli journalists told Swedish radio that they were followed by a group of young men who said they wanted to bomb the Israelis' hotel rooms.

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Ben-Gurion University seeking international debating champions

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2013

Ben-Gurion University is seeking participants from around the world for a prestigious debating tournament.

The Red Sea Open is Israel’s only international debating competition. It will be held at BGU’s Eilat campus for the fourth time later this year.

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Stephen Hawking’s boycott call sparks galactic row

By Zoe Winograd, May 9, 2013

Stephen Hawking’s decision to join the academic boycott of Israel has prompted anger from the organisers of a conference he was due to address.

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Stirling MP Anne McGuire to chair Labour Friends of Israel

By Marcus Dysch, May 9, 2013

Stirling MP Anne McGuire is to be the new chair of Labour Friends of Israel.

Mrs McGuire, the Shadow Minister for Disabled People, is a former parliamentary private secretary to party leader Ed Miliband.

She has taken part in several LFI trips to Israel and has regularly raised the Middle East peace process in the Commons.

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‘Rebel’ fight against Assad is jihad to set up Islamist state

By John R Bradley, May 9, 2013

As the Syrian civil war spirals into mindless violence, the Western powers’ response to the turmoil is increasingly confused and contradictory.

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Israel parade planners aim for ‘carnival’ spirit

By Simon Rocker, May 2, 2013

The organisers of next month’s Closer to Israel parade in central London said they were confident of a strong turn-out as the route it will take was unveiled.

Former UJIA chief executive Douglas Krikler, who chairs the planning committee, said that although the decision to stage the June 2 event had been “taken at a relatively late stage,” support was encouraging.

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