Northern Ireland

Pluck of the Irish — TV shows Belfast survival fight

By Simon Round, March 6, 2014

Belfast is a city which has been defined down the years by religious fervour and sectarianism. But amid the Troubles, another smaller community has existed quietly for more than a century.

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MPs warned over intifada threat

By Marcus Dysch, January 15, 2014

Israel’s ambassador to Britain Daniel Taub has told MPs that talks between Israel and the Palestinians could lead to a “complex peace”, similar to that forged in Northern Ireland.

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Israeli teens counter ‘stupid’ Irish boycott call

By Marcus Dysch, November 14, 2013

Two Israeli schoolchildren have toured Northern Ireland in a bid to combat anti-Israel activity.

Yedida Jacobs and Paz Ben-Nissan, both 17, spoke to youth groups and school pupils and met political leaders during the five-day visit. They stressed the need for people to talk about the Middle East conflict, and repeatedly said they were opposed to boycotts.

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Councillor withdraws boycott motion

By Marcus Dysch, August 2, 2013

A proposal to boycott trade and investment with companies which work with Israeli settlements in the West Bank has been ditched by local councillors.

Members of Newry and Mourne District Council in Northern Ireland were expected to vote on a motion at a meeting last month, but initially postponed the decision until September.

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Northern Ireland receives no Holocaust funding

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2013

A Northern Ireland MP has questioned why a groundbreaking Holocaust education project is not available to pupils there.

The Holocaust Educational Trust’s “Lessons from Auschwitz”, which takes teenagers to visit the Nazi concentration camps and asks them to share their experiences with their peers back home, has been running since 1998. More than 17,000 students have taken part.

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Moyle twins with Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2012

One of Northern Ireland's smallest towns has officially twinned with Gaza City, after months of political argument.

The chairman of Moyle District Council attended a ceremony in the Palestinian city on Monday night.

Moyle, in County Antrim, has a population of 15,000 and is home to the world-famous Giant's Causeway.

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MPs debate Israel and Northern Ireland comparison

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2012

Members of Parliament have cautioned against drawing comparisons between the situation in Israel and that of Northern Ireland before the Good Friday Agreement.

During a debate on Israel in Westminster Hall, called by Labour MP John Woodcock, it was pointed out that the peace process in Northern Ireland went ahead "with the Provisional IRA still on active operations".

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MPs debate Israel and Northern Ireland comparison

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2012

Members of Parliament have cautioned against drawing comparisons between the situation in Israel and that of Northern Ireland before the Good Friday Agreement.

During a debate on Israel in Westminster Hall, called by Labour MP John Woodcock, it was pointed out that the peace process in Northern Ireland went ahead "with the Provisional IRA still on active operations".

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Alderman 'disinvited' from Belfast Israel debate

By Simon Rocker, October 18, 2010

The historian Geoffrey Alderman says he has been “disinvited” from a panel debate on the Middle East at the Belfast Festival due to take place tonight.

The festival’s director Graeme Farrow asked him to join Professors Avi Shlaim of St Anthony’s College, Oxford and Beverley Milton Edwards, of Queens University, Belfast, as speakers at the event.

Professor Shlaim is a noted critic of Israeli policy, while Professor Edwards is the author of a recent study of Hamas.

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Nobel prize activist causes scene at airport

By Jennifer Lipman, September 29, 2010

Máiread Maguire, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has flouted the orders of Ben Gurion airport security officials by refusing to board a plane out of Israel.

Ms Maguire was prohibited from entering Israel following her involvement in an attempt to breach the naval blockade of Gaza in June. She was deported after the Rachel Corrie ship was boarded by the Navy and redirected to Ashdod.

At the time, she gave written confirmation that she would not attempt to enter Israel again. However onlookers said the 65-year-old caused a scene by refusing to board the flight to Britain.

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