Israel

‘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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EU foreign ministers in settlement product labelling drive

By Zoe Winograd, April 22, 2013

EU foreign ministers have shown their support for labelling products from Israeli settlements.

In a letter obtained by AFP on Friday, 13 ministers, including William Hague, told foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton: "We warmly welcome your commitment to work with fellow commissioners to prepare EU-wide guidelines on the labeling of settlement produce."

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Foxman furious over Israeli TV authority’s Galliano ban

By Zoe Winograd, April 18, 2013

Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman has expressed his “outrage” over a decision to ban an Israeli Eurovision contestant from wearing a John Galliano dress.

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Rebel leader who took her protest into the Knesset

By Orlando Radice, April 18, 2013

With her youth, bright-red hair and eloquent idealism, Stav Shaffir makes a striking symbol of resistance.

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Peace frozen on Kerry-go-round

By Alon Pinkas, April 18, 2013

Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take Israelis and Palestinians long to declare with conviction that US Secretary of State John Kerry’s first “shuttle” trip to the region had failed. Conditions are “unacceptable” and the “obstacles are too big.” And this was before either was asked to do the fundamentally reasonable thing: compare maps delineating the two-state model.

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It’s Shalom, Glastonbury! Israeli bands in festival first

By Marcus Dysch, April 18, 2013

Three acts from Israel are due to play at Glastonbury this summer — marking the first appearances by performers from the country at the leading music festival.

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