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The future of warfare? Israel to launch a robot that can shoot

By Josh Jackman, May 16, 2016

An Israeli father-and-son team has created a robot that they claim is better at shooting than humans after a family member was injured in combat.

Produced with the help of the Israeli Ministry of Defence and counter-terrorism unit, “Dogo” can tackle any type of terrain - including stairs - and provides 360-degree vision to soldiers before they enter combat situations.

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Senior Hizbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine killed in Syria

By Rosa Doherty, May 13, 2016

Hezbollah’s most senior commander in the Syrian war, Mustafa Amine Badreddine, has been killed
A 55-year-old was killed in a large explosion near Damascus airport.

An Israeli airstrike was initially blamed by Hezbollah for the attack in which he died, but that claim was later withdrawn.

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Amnesty criticised over call for Israel to drop Vanunu charges

By Rosa Doherty, May 11, 2016

An NGO watchdog has hit out at Amnesty International after the UK charity said Israel should drop its “ludicrous” charges against nuclear whistle blower Mordechai Vanunu.

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WATCH: 68 reasons to celebrate Israel this Yom Ha'atzmaut

May 11, 2016

Video credit: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Islamist leader starts jail term for inciting racism and violence

May 8, 2016

Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement leader Raed Salah is beginning a nine-month jail sentence, the High Court of Justice having rejected his appeal against conviction on charges of incitement. However, his sentence has been reduced from 11 months to nine months. The case related to a sermon Salah delivered in 2007.

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MPs urge government to aid Israeli medical charity

By JC Reporter, April 27, 2016

A group of Conservative MPs have asked International Development Secretary Justine Greening to use UK aid to help fund an Israeli medical charity which treats critically ill children.

In a letter to Ms Greening, the 25 MPs described how Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) brings children from developing countries to Israel to undergo life-saving heart surgery.

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Professors lose High Court case over university Israel conference

By Naomi Firsht, April 27, 2016

Two professors have lost their High Court challenge over the way Southampton University handled their proposed controversial conference on Israel.

Professor Oren Ben-Dor, who was born in Israel, and Professor Suleiman Sharkh claimed decisions made by the university had effectively blocked the conference for two years.

They argued that “academic freedom” was at stake.

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Ambassador Mark Regev discusses security and trade in first meeting with UK Middle East minister

By Naomi Firsht, April 26, 2016

New Israel ambassador to the UK Mark Regev has held talks with Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood.

The meeting, which took place on Tuesday, the first between the two men since Mr Regev took up his role at the beginning of the month.

Mr Ellwood said: “I was delighted to meet Israel's new Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev and welcome him to the role.

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British woman honoured by Yad Vashem for saving her Jewish friends from the Nazis

By Rosa Doherty, April 22, 2016

A British woman who risked her life to save her Jewish friend from the Nazis during the Second World War has been honoured by Yad Vashem.

Dorothea Weber hid her friend Hedwig Bercu from German soldiers on Nazi-occupied Jersey for 18 months.

Hedwig, 24 at the time, had attempted to fake her own death to escape Nazi capture by leaving a suicide note and piled of clothes on a beach.

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Wrong to blame Israel for failure to make peace, says Clinton

By Josh Jackman, April 12, 2016

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said it is “not accurate or fair or useful” to blame Israel for the lack of a peace deal with the Palestinians.

She also called her commitment to Israel “personal” and took a shot at her potential rival for the presidency, Republican candidate Donald Trump, for his changing positions on the Jewish state.

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