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Israeli leaders speak on tragedy of self-immolating protester

By Jennifer Lipman, July 16, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu has described the case of a man who set himself alight at a social justice protest in Tel Aviv as a "great personal tragedy".

In an incident that resembled the self-immolation of a Tunisian man last year – seen by many as the catalyst for the Arab Spring – Moshe Silman set himself ablaze to highlight inequalities in Israel.


Plesner’s service plan for yeshivah students has Bibi beating a retreat

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 5, 2012

Yohanan Plesner has been a Knesset member for five years. But until very recently, few Israelis had heard of the Kadima backbencher.


Tributes paid to former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir

July 5, 2012

Yitzhak Shamir, Israel’s seventh prime minister, was laid to rest on Monday evening on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

Mr Shamir passed away on Shabbat in Tel Aviv after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for a decade.


Shamir buried in Mount Herzl ceremony

By Jennifer Lipman, July 3, 2012

Israel's second-longest serving prime minister has been laid to rest in Jerusalem.

Yitzhak Shamir, who died on Shabbat, was 96.


Israel 'in breach of international law' over child detainees

By Martin Bright, June 26, 2012

Israel's treatment of children detained by the military authorities in the West Bank puts it in serious breach of its obligations under international law, according to a damning report by a high-level delegation of British lawyers.


Israeli embassy attacks Amnesty over hunger strike report

By Marcus Dysch, June 7, 2012

Israel is guilty of torture and human-rights violations and must end its policy of detaining Palestinian prisoners without charge or trial, according to a new report by Amnesty International.


Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman softens anti-migrant stance

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 7, 2012

“Jewish history compels us to take exceptional caution on these matters and forbids any harming of the other, the guest and the foreigner.”

This was the surprising denunciation made on Monday morning by the Foreign Ministry, following an arson attack on a flat rented to four African immigrants on Jerusalem’s Jaffa Road.


Israel appoints two Arab diplomats in Norway

By Ben Lynfield, June 7, 2012

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has appointed a Druse Arab poet as ambassador to Oslo and named an Arab career diplomat as his deputy, as part of an uphill battle to win over Norwegian public opinion, largely critical of Israel.


'Be loyal to Israel' pleads foreign minister Lieberman

By Martin Bright, May 24, 2012

Diaspora Jews should support Israel’s government regardless of its political complexion, according to its controversial Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Jewish National Fund in London on Tuesday evening, Mr Lieberman said that Jews who organised a petition against his visit were a legitimate part of the debate about the future of Israel.


Lieberman visit triggers bitter community clash

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

The Reform Movement has stood by its attack on visiting Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman after coming under fire at the Board of Deputies.