Israel

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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Scottish Church to debate Jewish right to land of Israel

By Marcus Dysch, May 2, 2013

The Church of Scotland has been attacked by Jewish leaders over a report said to question Israel’s right to exist.

A discussion document compiled by the Church's church and society council suggests that Jews’ claim to the land of Israel could be invalidated by their treatment of Palestinians.

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British tax benefits attract foreign wealth

By Alex Brummer, April 26, 2013

Britain is once again a magnet for big businesses and the super rich because of its favourable tax scheme.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s attempt to lower the corporation tax rate to 20 per cent has encouraged offshore enterprises to return to Britain — including Sir Martin Sorrell’s leading advertising group WPP.

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Camels? Israeli art is about far more

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2013

At first glance, Gil Shani’s 2006 painting Untitled appears completely abstract, a black expanse with white shapes scattered across it in a seemingly random fashion. But, after a while, your eyes begin to identify the shapes — camels passing through a rocky, desert landscape.

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