Israel

BA passenger’s wrong kind of hound luggage

By John Jeffay, March 7, 2013

A woman passenger was removed from a plane after she smuggled a dog on to a London-bound British Airways flight from Israel.

She managed to get the teacup-sized Yorkshire terrier past security at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport — which prides itself on having just about the strictest anti-terror measures in the world.

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Israel Embassy policeman admits abandoning post

By Oliver Wright, March 7, 2013

A police officer has admitted wilful misconduct after abandoning his duties when he was meant to be protecting the Israeli embassy in London.

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TV host rapped for 'cancer' slur

March 7, 2013

Irish TV channel TV3 has been ordered to apologise live on air after its presenter Vincent Browne called Israel a “cancer”.

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has upheld a complaint against the well-known TV host of Tonight With Vincent Browne, who said on an October show that Israel was “the cancer in foreign affairs”.

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Police officer admits Israeli embassy misconduct charge

By Marcus Dysch, March 4, 2013

A police officer has admitted wilful misconduct after abandoning his duties when he was meant to be protecting the Israeli embassy in London.

Ricci Giff gave up his firearm and his CS spray while working for the diplomatic protection group outside the embassy in Kensington in 2011.

It is believed that he handed the weapon and the spray to an unknown person.

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Redbridge seniors take 'Birthright' trip

By Simon Rocker, March 4, 2013

The Birthright trips to introduce Israel to young Jews who have never visited have become a fixture of the Zionist calendar. But Redbridge is about to pioneer a new take on the idea — a Birthright-style trip for senior citizens.

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From Saudi, a tribute to the state of Israel

By Tazpit News Agency, March 1, 2013

London-based pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat has come up with a surprising take on the Holy Land.

Dr Amal Al-Hazzani, an assistant professor at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, described the recent Israeli elections “as something of an exception in the Middle East” in an article titled “The Israel We Do Not Know”.

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Why Israeli Purim spiels don’t do the trick

By Nathan Jeffay, March 1, 2013

As Jerusalem prepares for US President Barack Obama’s visit on March 20, Israelis have one burning question — what will the prime minister’s wife wear?

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Two guesses why Azerbaijan loves Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 28, 2013

The leaders of Azerbaijan believed that hosting the Eurovision song contest last year would transform their international image — only to become the focus of unwelcome attention from human rights organisations and critical coverage by the Western media.

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Israel licenses US oil drilling in Golan Heights

By Ray Filar, February 22, 2013

Israel has granted a United States energy company a licence to drill for oil and gas in the occupied Golan Heights, in a move that may stir up tension with neighbouring Syria.

The permit allows Genie Oil and Gas exclusive petroleum exploration rights over a 153-square mile radius in the southern part of the Golan Heights.

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Irgun death sentence letter found in Hampshire residence

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 22, 2013

Mystery surrounds a copy of a death sentence letter issued by the Irgun in one of Mandate Palestine’s most controversial episodes. It was found in a house in Hampshire.

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