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Coldplay at bay after backing Palestine single

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

Anti-Israel activists bombarded Coldplay's official Facebook page with messages of Palestinian solidarity this week after the British band backed the musicians behind a song about Israeli "injustice" and human rights abuses.

On Wednesday the band alerted fans to the Freedom for Palestine single and posted a link to its website.

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Israelis disappointed as Coldplay back Palestine song

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

British band Coldplay have angered Israeli fans after they backed the musicians behind a song about Israeli "injustice" and human rights abuses.

Earlier today Coldplay alerted fans of their official Facebook page to OneWorld's 'Freedom for Palestine' single," and posted a link to its website.

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Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen wins Spanish prize

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

Leonard Cohen has been awarded a prize dubbed the Spanish Nobel Prize.

The legendary singer - songwriter is this year's recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters. The prize, which will be given out at special ceremony in autumn, is worth £44,000.

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Bob Geldof on Israeli aid to Africa

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2011
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Singer and anti-poverty camapigner Bob Geldof discusses Israeli aid efforts in Africa at the "Israeli Involvement in Africa: Past, Present and Future" conference in Herzliya.

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Justin Bieber's Hebrew tattoo from Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 27, 2011

Justin Bieber may have left Israel with more than some sand in his suitcase.

The teenage pop star, who delighted fans with a concert in Tel Aviv last month, was recently spotted sporting a new tattoo.

The tattoo, on his left ribcage, is of the Hebrew word Yeshua, translated into English as Jesus.

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Paul Simon sets date for Israel gig

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2011

Paul Simon is to perform in Israel this summer.

Mr Simon will take to the stage at the Ramat Gan stadium on July 21 for his third performance in Israel.

The iconic star, whose famous songs include The Sound of Silence and Mrs Robinson, will stop in Israel as part of a world tour to promote his new album So Beautiful or So What.

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Robert 'Bob Dylan' Zimmerman at 70

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2011

Bob Dylan celebrates his birthday today.

The legendary musician, whose songs - from Blowin' in the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin' - were anthems of the 1960s counter-culture, has just turned 70.

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Dana International outside chance for Eurovision 2011

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2011

Israel has only an outside chance of winning the top spot at this year's Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday evening in Dusseldorf.

Bookmaker Paddy Power is putting former champion Dana International's chances at 80 to 1, while Ladbrokes is offering odds of 125 to 1.

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Blue: I Can - Eurovision 2011

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2011
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Jewish popstar Anthony Costa and his former Blue bandmates have reunited to represent the UK at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. The tune is called "I can", but can they win?

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Residents rocked by concert plans

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 6, 2011

Residents of one of Manchester's largest Jewish communities have condemned plans to stage a series of local rock festivals for a potential audience of well over one million.

At the end of the month, Manchester City Council will decide on an application for the 45 days of concerts in Heaton Park, close to the thousands of Jewish families living in Prestwich.

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