Israel

Israel’s UN Ambassador chairs Human Rights Council elections

By Charlotte Oliver, February 19, 2014

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor was chosen on Tuesday to chair elections for the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC), adding to the recent surge of Israeli involvement with the UN in Geneva and New York.

Mr Prosor was unanimously selected by 170 member countries to supervise the voting of the committee, which is elected every two years to monitor human rights around the world.

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Anger over Knesset attack on Reform movement

By Simon Rocker, February 14, 2014

Britain’s Reform movement has urged members to protest to Israel Ambassador Daniel Taub after attacks on Reform within the Knesset.

Likud-Beiteinu’s David Rotem, who chairs the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, apologised on Sunday after referring to Reform as “another religion” last week.

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Ariel Sharon’s unintended legacy: the one-state creed

By Nathan Jeffay, February 13, 2014

This week marked a month since former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon died, and the end of the intense 30-day mourning period observed by his family.

During these weeks after his death, it has become clear that some of the biggest beneficiaries of his latter-day policies, ironically, have been those who were the most critical of them.

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Egyptian Donald Duck turns on Israel

By JC Reporter, February 13, 2014

An Egyptian man has been fired from his role as the voice of the Arabic version of Donald Duck after he called for the destruction of Israel in a tweet.

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Times of Israel goes Arabic

By Noga Godein, February 13, 2014

The Times of Israel, the hugely successful, English-language, online newspaper based in Jerusalem has turned a new leaf: as of this week, it can also be read in Arabic.

The upstart media site was founded in 2012 by Boston-based investor Seth Klarman and Editor-in-Chief David Horowitz, who was previously editor of the Jerusalem Post.

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Israeli prosthetic nipple business takes off

By Nathan Jeffay, February 13, 2014

Michelle Kolath-Arbel did not dream that her breast cancer diagnosis in 2010 would eventually turn her into a pioneering innovator.

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Erekat: we won’t recognise Israel as Jewish state

By Rosa Doherty, February 11, 2014

The Palestinian Authority’s senior peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, has set out an intransigent position ahead of the upcoming attempt to propose a framework for peace talks.

Mr Erekat told Voice of Palestine radio yesterday “I told Minister Livni in Munich recently that we won’t change our history, culture and religion. We are not going to recognise Israel as a Jewish state.”

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Date of Rolling Stones Israel concert revealed

By Rosa Doherty, February 10, 2014

The Rolling Stones will play their first-ever concert in Israel on 10 June, according to a report on Israel Radio.

The Stones will appear at Ramat Gan Stadium for a single performance only as part of their "14 on Fire" world tour.

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Israel needs critical friends

By Jennifer Lipman, February 8, 2014

Oh, for the conviction of those who would boycott Israel. Forget about nuance or anguished deliberation, and bring on kneejerk condemnation the minute anyone creative does anything that suggests they might, vaguely, not dislike Israel.

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One love? Plan to promote Arab clubs to Israelis

By Nathan Jeffay, February 7, 2014

Israelis could soon be asked to forget politics and head to “Palestine” to party.

According to a report on Israel Radio, the Palestinian Authority is considering hiring Israeli advertising gurus to encourage Israelis to chill out in Ramallah.

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