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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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Barack Obama to speak ‘directly to Israeli people’

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 21, 2013

President Barack Obama’s whirlwind visit to Israel next month will be full of symbolism and pomp — but there is little expectation that the trip will yield any diplomatic substance.

The president, however, is expected to “directly” address the Israeli nation.

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Charedi arrested for ordering woman to back of bus

By Ben Hartman, February 21, 2013

Israeli police have arrested a Charedi man suspected of ordering a 22-year-old woman to the back of a bus last week.

Noa Kentman was sitting at the front of an Egged bus bound for Ashdod when two Charedi men told her to move to the back in an attempt to enforce gender segregation.

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‘Dual loyalty’ charge over Prisoner X

By Dan Goldberg and Anshell Pfeffer, February 21, 2013

The explosive revelations surrounding the apparent suicide of a Melbourne-born man in a maximum-security Israeli jail has gripped Australian Jewry since Ben Zygier was identified last week as the elusive “Prisoner X” by an ABC investigation.

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