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Covering Israel is a tough job, says BBC director-general Lord Hall

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2015

Director-General of the BBC Lord Hall says the corporation aims to be balanced in its coverage of Israel, but that reporting on the country’s conflict with the Palestinians was “tough”.

Speaking to a 200-strong audience at ORT UK’s business breakfast on Tuesday, the corporation head said: “It is hard… tough. We do aim to give as impartial coverage as we can across the period.”

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UK watchdog bans Jerusalem travel advert

By Rosa Doherty, March 4, 2015

The UK advertising watchdog has banned an Israeli government tourism advert for “misleading consumers” by suggested that the Old City of Jerusalem was part of Israel.

The Advertising Standards Authority reject the advert which was published in a brochure called "Israel Land of Creation” and showed a panorama of the walled Old City with the text "Israel has it all".

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Journalist wins prestigious Chaim Bermant prize for articles on French antisemitism

By Sandy Rashty, February 23, 2015

A journalist who wrote a five-part series on the rise of antisemitism in France has won the prestigious Chaim Bermant Prize for journalism at a Jewish Book Week session.

Marc Weitzmann, the former editor-in-chief of French cultural magazine Les Inrockuptibles, received the prize on Sunday for his work, ‘France’s Toxic Hate’.

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Channel 4 asks if abusive Paris kippah walk was ‘provocative’

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2015

Channel 4 News has been criticised over an interview with an Israeli journalist who was filmed being abused as he walked around Paris wearing a kippah.

Journalist Zvika Klein, whose video went viral this week, told C4 that he felt “scared and frightened” after he faced verbal attacks in predominately Muslim neigbourhoods.

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Outrage over 'Question Time' slot for George Galloway

By Marcus Dysch and Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2015

Jewish leaders have reacted with fury to the BBC's decision to invite anti-Israel MP George Galloway onto a Question Time panel in Finchley, north-west London.

Mr Galloway, who refuses to debate with Israelis, will be a guest on the BBC1 current affairs programme when it is filmed in the parliamentary constituency with the country's largest Jewish population next week.

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Maureen Lipman: rising hate has made me consider leaving UK

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2015

The rise in antisemitic incidents across Britain has made Maureen Lipman considering leaving the country.

The Hull-born actress said her long-held fears over the future safety of Jews had developed into a genuine consideration of whether to move away over recent months.

In a Holocaust Memorial Day interview on LBC radio, Ms Lipman said she had thought about moving to New York or Israel.

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Former Haaretz editor-in-chief David Landau dies aged 67

By Naomi Firsht, January 27, 2015

Former Haaretz editor-in-chief David Landau died on Tuesday in Jerusalem at the age of 67.

The British-born journalist moved to Israel in 1970 and spent 20 years working at the Jerusalem Post as diplomatic correspondent before becoming as managing editor.

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Publisher tells authors to avoid references to pig

By Sandy Rashty, January 14, 2015

A top British publisher has warned its writers to steer clear of mentioning pigs, sausages or pork-related words in books, in an apparent bid to avoid offending Jews and Muslims.

The existence of Oxford University Press guidelines emerged after a television discussion on free speech in the wake of the Paris attacks.

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After Paris attack, rabbi wants law changed so Jews can carry guns

By Sandy Rashty, January 14, 2015

A prominent rabbi has called on European governments to allow Jews to carry guns in the wake of the Paris attacks.

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Kardashians home in on Tel Aviv

By Sandy Rashty, January 8, 2015

She has made a name for herself on American reality TV show ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’.

Now, California-based Kourtney Kardashian is reportedly looking to buy a home in Israel.

According a report on Globes, Ms Kardashian and her partner, Scott Disick, are looking to buy a £20 million penthouse apartment in Tel Aviv, on the seafront.

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