Israel

Yehuda Avner dies aged 86

By Charlotte Oliver, March 24, 2015

Yehuda Avner, a former ambassador to the UK and senior adviser to a succession of Israeli prime ministers, has died at the age of 86.

Born in Manchester in 1928, Mr Avner moved to Jerusalem in 1956, before joining the Israeli Foreign Service.

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Professor dropped from university institute over controversial Israel conference

By Naomi Firsht, March 23, 2015

An academic institute has removed from its board the organiser of a conference questioning Israel’s right to exist.

Accoridng to the Academic Friends of Israel blog The Parkes Institute, a study centre for Jewish – non-Jewish relations at Southampton University, has dropped Professor Oren Ben-Dor over his role in arranging the conference at the university.

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Bibi has not burnt all his bridges

By Tim Marshall, March 18, 2015

The bridges back to a working relationship to the White House and the Mukataa are not burned. Damaged yes, but not irreparably.

Why? Because Benyamin Netanyahu’s Congress speech, and carefully worded ruling out of a Palestinian state were pre-election, and we are now post-election.

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Facebook post advertising We Believe in Israel conference is target for 'torrent of abuse'

By Rosa Doherty, March 17, 2015

Organisers of a pro-Israel conference say they are “shocked by the foul antisemitic abuse” people were leaving on their Facebook page.

The We Believe in Israel conference is due to take place in central London on March 22 and a post advertising the event online has been inundated with users leaving a “torrent of abuse”.

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Former minister voices concerns over Southampton conference on Israel legitimacy

By Naomi Firsht, March 12, 2015

A university has been criticised over its plans to hold a conference on the legitimacy of Israel.

The three-day event will be hosted by the University of Southampton’s Law School and is due to take place next month. It will focus on “themes of legitimacy, responsibility and exceptionalism; all of which are posed by Israel’s very nature”.

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How Alan Johnson responded to Norman Finkelstein at King's College Israel debate

By Alan Johnson, March 11, 2015

Alan Johnson, Bicom's senior research fellow, was allowed five minutes to respond to anti-Zionist academic Norman Finkelstein at a debate at King's College, London. Here is what he said:

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PayPal buys Israel cyber security firm for £40 million

By Josh Jackman, March 10, 2015

Multibillion-pound online payment service PayPal has announced that it will open a major cyber security hub in Tel Aviv, after acquiring Israeli firm CyActive for a figure believed to be around £40 million.

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Cambridge students brand Israel a rogue state

By Naomi Firsht, March 6, 2015

Students at Cambridge University have voted overwhelmingly that Israel is rogue state.

A debate at prestigious debating society, the Cambridge Union Society, which put forward the motion “This house believes that Israel is a rogue state” was passed last night by 51 per cent to 19 per cent against and 30 per cent abstaining.

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Prince William meets Israeli aid workers in Japan

By Rosa Doherty, March 4, 2015

Prince William greeted IsraAID workers in Japan this week as he visited areas hit by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

The prince met relief staff from the Israeli aid agency, which has been providing psychological support to children affected by the disaster.

Asia regional director of IsraAID, Yotam Polizer said: “I felt privileged and humbled.

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