Mosque attack latest in revenge campaign

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 6, 2011

An arson attack on a mosque in Israel's north this week escalated into a two-day rioting spree increasing the security services' fears of extreme right-wing violence.

The arsonists set light to the mosque in the village of Tuba Zangaria in the Upper Galilee in the early hours of Monday morning, causing major damage to the building's interior and burning hundreds of Korans and other prayer-books


Gove asks schools to pull out of Tottenham festival

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

Education Secretary Michael Gove has intervened to ask primary schools to pull their pupils out of a literature festival organised by pro-Palestinian campaigners.

Mr Gove wrote to headteachers after learning of the plans for youngsters to attend workshops at the Tottenham Palestine Literary Festival.

Eight schools from the north London boroughs of Islington and Haringey had signalled their i


The Israeli who can predict the future

By Nathan Jeffay, September 27, 2011

Nobody has a crystal ball that tells them what the next year holds for Jewry, but David Passig has the next best thing - credentials as Israel's leading "futurologist".

He predicted the world economic crash, the flourishing of wireless technology and, almost a decade before 9/11, wrote that humanity should expect a terrorist attack against "a symbol of the world order".

Unsurprisingly, he is


'Bid was right but Ed is wrong'

By Martin Bright, September 27, 2011

The Middle East peace process is riddled with contradictions and paradoxes.

It is always chastening to bear in mind, for example, that a two-state solution would result in a so-called "apartheid" Israel with a significant population of Arab citizens and a supposedly "free" Palestine without Jews.


Palestinian UN bid: so much for the diplomatic tsunami

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 27, 2011

Mahmoud Abbas's first stop upon his return to Ramallah on Sunday was at the grave of his predecessor, Yasir Arafat. Ostensibly he was paying homage to the father of the Palestinian national movement. In reality he was finally claiming the leader's mantle.


Abbas goes for jackpot in UN speech

September 23, 2011

In his much-anticipated speech to the United Nations General Assembly today, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that he would be willing to return to the negotiating table with Israel with on condition that the international community recognise a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders and that Israel cease all settlement building.


'I will defend Israel's right to exist as long as I have breath in my body'

By Jessica Elgot, September 22, 2011

Education Secretary Michael Gove promised to defend Israel's right to exist "as long as I have breath in my body" in a strikingly pro-Zionist speech this week.

Speaking to the UJIA's annual fundraising dinner in central London, he said the state was "under assault" and challenged the hypocrisy of some of Israel's critics. "I'm forced to ask certain questions.


It is in nobody's interest to engage in lawfare

By Robbie Sabel, September 22, 2011

International law defines an entity as a state if it has a permanent population, boundaries, an effective government and the ability to sign treaties and exchange diplomatic missions. Even if these conditions are present, other states have discretion as to whether to recognise such a new international entity.


New York is paralysed

By Alan Elsner, September 22, 2011

The first week of the General Assembly is always crazy in New York. World leaders stream into the city from every continent, hotels double their prices and motorcades speed around the city, paralysing the traffic.


PA security keep the peace in the West Bank

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 22, 2011

"So far, the Palestinians are sticking by our arrangements," said the senior IDF officer as he looked from afar at the small group of Palestinian youths throwing stones and bottles at the Kalandia Crossing, north of Jerusalem, on Wednesday.

The stone-throwing at what has become over years the "traditional" flashpoint between Israeli forces and Palestinian demonstrators, surprised no-one.