Israel

No apology from peer for ‘Zionist lobby’ slur

By Marcus Dysch, July 11, 2013

Controversial peer Lord Ahmed has admitted blaming “the Zionist lobby” for the demise of Press TV in Britain.

During an interview with the Iranian-backed channel, he said the “influence of the Zionist lobby” had led to “misunderstanding between civilisations”.

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Monkey business for Taub in Gibraltar

By Zoe Winograd, July 5, 2013

The Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub shows he is willing to debate the case for Israel to anyone who listens. The ambassador encountered this Barbary ape during a visit to Gibraltar. Mr Taub also met Jewish leaders and discussed trade with the Minister for Financial Services and Justice Gilbert Licudi. (Photo: Stewart Gross)

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Assaulted rabbi deserves to win

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 28, 2013

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s election season in Israel. The candidates are setting forth their manifestos, and — naturally — throwing verbal vitriol at each other. Insults fly thick and fast. Two weeks ago, one of the candidates was actually physically attacked by certain of his opponents. “It’s disgraceful (I hear you say) — but what can you expect of politicians?”

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Israel tour still a must as 1,200 teens sign up

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2013

More than one in five teenagers joining youth movement tours to Israel this summer will be receiving help to pay for their trips.

Ten organisations are running trips this year, with a total of 1,216 participants. UJIA, which co-ordinates the trips, said that almost £200,000 had been allocated after 260 youngsters applied for bursaries.

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Israel tour: the start of a life-long romance

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2013

It’s been 10 years since I packed a bulging suitcase and boarded an El Al flight to Israel for what had been billed as “a rite of passage”. I went on tour while the second intifada was raging. The summer before, numbers had plunged to just 400, and they took years to bounce back.

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Why conductors from Israel are leading the way

By Jessica Duchen, June 28, 2013

Twenty-four-year-old Israeli, Lahav Shani, has won the prestigious Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg, Germany, which launched the career of Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel, the victor in 2004.

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British minister condemns settlement expansion plan

By Zoe Winograd, June 28, 2013

Middle East Minister Alistair Burt has condemned the expansion of an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

Authorities in Jerusalem gave final approval to 69 new housing units in Har Homa on Wednesday.

Mr Burt said: "The UK’s position on settlements has long been clear - they are illegal under international law and an obstacle to peace.

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Billionaire trader who funded Mossad buried in Israel

By Alan Montague, June 27, 2013

Glencore founder Marc Rich, one of the most successful commodities traders of all time, has died aged 79.

Mr Rich, who made his estimated fortune of £1 .5 billion partly through selling oil to embargoed nations – most controversially to Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis – was flown from his home in Switzerland to be buried at the Kibbutz Einat cemetery, near Petah Tikvah.

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Israeli acts geared up for Glastonbury

By Marcus Dysch, June 27, 2013

Four Israeli groups will perform at Glastonbury this weekend, becoming the first musical acts from the country to appear at the festival.

A collective, Saz, Ester Rada and 3421 are due to play 10 separate gigs during the five-day event.

Former JC reporter-turned-Brit-Award-nominee Jessie Ware will also be singing.

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Luciana Berger pledges to help women follow in her footsteps

By Marcus Dysch, June 21, 2013

Britain’s youngest Jewish MP said this week that she feels a sense of "responsibility" to lead the way for more women to enter leadership positions in politics, communal life and business.

"We have an issue that we don’t have enough women in positions of leadership. That’s not just in the Jewish community," she said.

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