Israel

It’s better for Israel to join UN rights review

By Rosa Freedman , October 25, 2013

Although Israel cut its ties with the Human Rights Council in May 2012, there is one UN human rights mechanism it should make every effort to be part of, even if it means sending a driver to the meeting.

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The spy story that sent Israel’s ties with Turkey up in flames (again)

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 24, 2013

The full extent of the damage done to Israel-Turkey ties in recent years was revealed only last Thursday in the Washington Post by David Ignatius, a columnist with significant sources in the US State Department.

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Israeli FA yellow cards kippah goal celebrations

By Simon Griver, October 24, 2013

The Israeli Football Association has instructed referees to yellow-card players who put on kippot to celebrate goals.

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World Cup host Qatar blanks out Israeli flag

By Bernard Josephs, October 24, 2013

The suitability of Qatar as a site for international sport was called into question this week after the organisers of the Swimming World Cup in the capital, Doha, failed to display the name “Israel” during broadcasts of the competition and the Israeli flag was removed from outside the venue.

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Israeli law could block peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 24, 2013

The Israeli cabinet’s legislative committee has voted through a proposal that, if passed into law, would require a two-thirds Knesset majority before parts of Jerusalem could be ceded to a future Palestinian state.

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We must inspire the next generation with the idea of Israel

By Yoni Chetboun, October 24, 2013

Much has been made recently in Israel of the phenomenon of Israelis making yeridah — leaving the country to live abroad. This has always happened, yet has remained under the radar. People have moved to pursue professional opportunities or academic advancement.

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Empty words over women

October 24, 2013

The elevation of Karnit Flug to the governorship of the Bank of Israel is, in one sense, entirely unremarkable. As the acting governor, she was an obvious successor (despite being third choice in the hiring process).

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Flug set to be Fischer’s spiritual successor

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 24, 2013

Doctor Karnit Flug is starting her term as governor of the Bank of Israel at a distinct disadvantage.

Although she has been the acting governor for four months and was chosen by her illustrious predecessor, Stanley Fischer, everyone will remember that she was neither the first, nor the second, nor even the third choice of the prime minister and finance minister.

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Abbas urges EU businesses to boycott 'settlements'

By Charlotte Oliver, October 24, 2013

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has urged foreign companies to boycott businesses based in Israeli settlements, calling the enterprises "a violation of international law".

Mr Abbas spoke after meeting European Council President Herman van Rompuy in Brussels, as part of the Palestinian leader's visit to several European countries.

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Watch: sisterhood flash mob takes Tel Aviv

By Charlotte Oliver, October 23, 2013

Women ran for leadership positions in 40 municipalities in Israel this week - more than double the numbers of previous years.

To spread the message, WePower - a feminist NGO in Israel - organized a flash mob in central Tel Aviv to the rousing sounds of "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves".

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