Calls for calm over Lebanon rocket fire at Israel

By Jessica Elgot, November 29, 2011

British Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt has condemned the rocket attacks from Lebanon that hit northern Israel.


Spielberg 'blacked out' of Beirut Tintin posters

By Jennifer Lipman, November 9, 2011

Jewish director Steven Spielberg's name has been covered up on posters advertising the new Tintin film at a cinema in Lebanon.

A contributor to "Blog Baladi," a Lebanon-focused site, published photographs taken at Beirut's Cinema City with tape hiding Mr Spielberg's name.


'I love you': Ron Arad's letters to wife and daughter

By Jennifer Lipman, November 7, 2011

Letters that were written by captured Israeli navigator Ron Arad soon after he went missing but never sent have been shown in public for the first time.


Hizbollah holds fire on Hariri

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2011

The announcement last week by a UN tribunal that it would file indictments against four members of Hizbollah over the murder of Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 drew the expected response.

Sheikh Nasrallah said in a fiery speech that he would not deliver his men, "not even in 300 years", and presented documents and videos that, according to him, proved Israeli influence over the tri


UN peacekeeper killed in Lebanon

By Jennifer Lipman, May 27, 2011

An explosion in southern Lebanon has left one person dead and at least three others injured.

Officials said a convoy of UN peacekeeping vehicles was targeted earlier today at the coastal city of Sidon, an hour drive from Beirut and about 40 minutes from Israel's northern border.


On this day: Israel withdraws from southern Lebanon

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2011

After 22 years of military involvement in the region, Israeli troops left Lebanon and made way for United Nations peacekeepers in armoured cars.

Some 1,000 Israeli soldiers had lost their lives there in the past two decades (the fate of others, like IAF navigator Ron Arad, remains unknown) making the farewell more than a little bittersweet.


Lebanon photo exhibit closed because of anti-Israel 'censors'

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2011

Anti-Israel activists in Lebanon forced a prestigious international photography competition to close its exhibition because it included the work of an Israeli journalist.

The organisers of the annual World Press Photo exhibit said they refused to give in to the protesters who wanted Amit Sha'al's work to be removed from the gallery.


Bloody protests on Syria-Israel border

By Jennifer Lipman, May 15, 2011

Binyamin Netanyahu has pledged that Israel will remain determined to defend its borders and sovereignty after clashes on its northern borders left several Arab protesters dead.

At least two Syrians were believed to have been killed and many more soldiers and protesters left injured on the Syrian border after thousands of demonstrators attempted to push across into Israel's Golan Heights.


Palestinian children to go on theatre tour

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 24, 2011

Jewish children from Liverpool could meet Palestinian children from the Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon as part of a theatrical project.

Twelve Palestinian schoolchildren are to travel to Liverpool in two weeks as part of a scheme help them out of the "squalor" Palestinians are forced to endure in Lebanon.


On this day: Hizbollah publishes its manifesto

By Jennifer Lipman, February 16, 2011

Some 30 years after it was founded and 26 after it released an “Open Message” from Beirut, Hizbollah remains a constant threat to Israel and an obstacle to peace efforts in the Middle East.

The terrorist group, formed with the backing of the Iranian Islamist revolutionaries the 1980s, began with the aim of pushing Israel out of Lebanon. But its 1985 manifesto also called for a continuous jihad until Israel was destroyed and for the creation of an Islamic republic in Lebanon.