Israel

Knesset passes Charedi draft law

By Daniel Easterman, March 12, 2014

A contentious new law that will criminalise strictly Orthodox yeshivah students who evade Israeli army service was passed by Knesset this morning.

The so-called "Draft Law" was approved by 65 to 1, with a Jewish Home MK casting the only "no" vote. Most of those who opposed the law simply boycotted the vote.

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Shavit's fair view on Israel is a call to action

By Nicholas Saphir, March 7, 2014

No one who has read the Ha’aretz columnist Ari Shavit’s book, My Promised Land, will doubt that he writes with both hands. His analysis takes the reader from the late 19th-century through the eyes of real people and dumps shovel-loads of blame on both Jews and Arabs in equal proportions.

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Peres in live chat with Muslim world on Arab website

By Rosa Doherty, March 7, 2014

Israeli President Shimon Peres gave a live interview on Arab news website Planet yesterday, one day after Israel intercepted a shipment of weapons from Iran to Gaza.

The interview generated thousands of questions from people across the Middle East and the website crashed as the interview began.

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Maureen Lipman hits out at Oldie magazine

March 6, 2014

Maureen Lipman has reiterated her anger at The Oldie magazine and its editor Richard Ingrams, after discovering its April issue featured a news story criticising Israel’s treatment of Eritrean and Sudanese immigrants.

Ms Lipman cut her ties with the magazine last week, saying she could no longer tolerate its “antisemitic, anti-Jewish, anti-Israel material”.

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Aipac: an overwhelming event

By Jonathan Arkush, March 6, 2014

Aipac is nothing if not overwhelming. It’s not just the huge numbers but the exceptional professionalism with which it is delivered that impresses.

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Hidden by Ukraine, AIPAC conference dodges the headlines

By Michael Goldfarb, March 6, 2014

Luck comes in many shapes and sizes.

For Aipac this past week, it came in the form of the Ukrainian crisis.

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Israeli navy captures Iranian missiles bound for Gaza

By Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency, March 5, 2014

Early this morning, Israeli naval commandos boarded a cargo ship carrying weapons off the coast of Sudan in the Red Sea, preventing an attempt to smuggle an Iranian shipment of advanced weaponry intended for terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip.

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Israel should learn the lessons of apartheid

By Geoff Sifrin, March 2, 2014

When Nelson Mandela died in December and the world flocked to Johannesburg to pay respects, South African Jews desperately wanted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be among them.

When he cancelled at the last minute and instead sent a hastily arranged group of a few MKs, there was a palpable sense of let-down.

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Making maps matters to us all

By Emily Hilton, February 28, 2014

When I was 18, I spent my gap year in Israel on a youth movement Shnat programme. While this mostly consisted of drinking Aroma iced coffees and crying over my failed kibbutz experience, one of the things I didn’t do was visit the West Bank. We weren’t allowed to go. Why? Because Masa Israel Journeys didn’t give us insurance to cover areas A and B.

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Why I support the Green Liners

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 28, 2014

Do you support the Sign on the Green Line campaign? I do. Indeed, Jewish students who are sponsoring this initiative need to be aware that I’ve been engaged on a very similar project for a great many decades, probably from before these delightful young people were born.

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