Israel

How the newspapers got this story so wrong

By Judy Keiner, July 18, 2013

A remarkable amount of misreporting accompanied the news that the EU had announced a new “directive” on its funding of Israeli institutions.

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Ed Balls: Israel can teach us how to grow economy

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2013

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has praised the “strength and dynamism” of Israeli innovation and urged British companies to increase their business links with the country.

Mr Balls said Britain needed to take its financial ties with Israel “to the next level” by putting the country’s high-tech developments “on people’s radars”.

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Burt’s very blurred big picture

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 14, 2013

At the end of June, House Magazine carried an interview with the parliamentary under-secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, Alistair Burt. Burt has a daunting portfolio, for his responsibilities encompass no less than 27 countries stretching from North America through North Africa to the Middle East.

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Be a Zionist– get married later

By Barry Frankfurt, July 14, 2013

Last month, Hebrew University in Jerusalem hosted the first conference to look specifically at the impact of the Birthright trips to Israel, which offer any Jew aged 18-26 a free first Israel experience. The programme was launched 13 years ago and has been responsible for providing more than 340,000 young Jewish adults from 62 countries with their first educational taste of Israel.

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British families hit by aliyah delay

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2013

British Jews making aliyah this summer are facing delays and confusion because of industrial action by Israeli Foreign Ministry staff and “a total lack of communication” from the Jewish Agency in this country.

Employees at Israeli embassies around the world are into the third month of a dispute about pay and have suspended consular services, including the issuing of visas.

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No apology from peer for ‘Zionist lobby’ slur

By Marcus Dysch, July 11, 2013

Controversial peer Lord Ahmed has admitted blaming “the Zionist lobby” for the demise of Press TV in Britain.

During an interview with the Iranian-backed channel, he said the “influence of the Zionist lobby” had led to “misunderstanding between civilisations”.

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Monkey business for Taub in Gibraltar

By Zoe Winograd, July 5, 2013

The Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub shows he is willing to debate the case for Israel to anyone who listens. The ambassador encountered this Barbary ape during a visit to Gibraltar. Mr Taub also met Jewish leaders and discussed trade with the Minister for Financial Services and Justice Gilbert Licudi. (Photo: Stewart Gross)

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Assaulted rabbi deserves to win

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 28, 2013

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s election season in Israel. The candidates are setting forth their manifestos, and — naturally — throwing verbal vitriol at each other. Insults fly thick and fast. Two weeks ago, one of the candidates was actually physically attacked by certain of his opponents. “It’s disgraceful (I hear you say) — but what can you expect of politicians?”

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Israel tour still a must as 1,200 teens sign up

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2013

More than one in five teenagers joining youth movement tours to Israel this summer will be receiving help to pay for their trips.

Ten organisations are running trips this year, with a total of 1,216 participants. UJIA, which co-ordinates the trips, said that almost £200,000 had been allocated after 260 youngsters applied for bursaries.

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Israel tour: the start of a life-long romance

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2013

It’s been 10 years since I packed a bulging suitcase and boarded an El Al flight to Israel for what had been billed as “a rite of passage”. I went on tour while the second intifada was raging. The summer before, numbers had plunged to just 400, and they took years to bounce back.

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