Israel

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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Council leader blames Israel for rising antisemitism

By Naomi Firsht, February 18, 2015

The leader of a council which flew the Palestinian flag during last summer’s Gaza conflict told objectors that rising antisemitism was Israel’s fault.

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How Magen David Adom showed me it's not about us and them

By David Curtis, February 12, 2015

I was saddened to hear of the death of Oxford historian Sir Martin Gilbert this week. If you haven’t read Israel: A History, you really should. I did 18 months ago and it is one of the reasons why, as a Jew living in England, I began to feel a much more profound connection to Israel.

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Chasid’s ‘Sacred Sperm’ film causes stir

By Nathan Jeffay, February 12, 2015

The Chasid who made a film about masturbation has said that he was caught off-guard by the massive interest that it generated.

“I’m surprised because I didn’t realise that it would interest people around the world,” said Ori Gruder.

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Israeli couple uplifted as stilts beat Thames flood

By Rosa Doherty, February 12, 2015

When Yaron Ivry’s home by the river Thames was destroyed by floods last year, he was determined it would never happen again.

So he came up with a novel solution — raising the £750,000 five-bedroom property on stilts.

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Church bans vicar Stephen Sizer from social media over antisemitic posts

By Josh Jackman, February 9, 2015

A vicar who posted a link to an article suggesting Israel carried out the 9/11 attacks has been banned from saying anything about the Middle East on any platform.

Rev Stephen Sizer has been told not to write, speak, tweet or blog on the subject, and also cannot use social media for six months without being relieved of his position.

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Concern voiced over church material on Israel

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2015

A series of readings produced by a church body for Christians at Lent has aroused concern over their negative portrayal of Israel.

Both the Board of Deputies and the Council of Christians and Jews have taken issue with some of the material published online by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, an umbrella group for different denominations.

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