Protests

West Bank riots - and another opportunity is missed

By Alan Johnson, September 13, 2012

Travelling through the West Bank this week with a Bicom delegation of new media leaders, the backdrop to our meetings has been tyres burning in Hebron, roads blocked in Nablus and hundreds of protesters waving pitta in Ramallah.

The Palestinians are angry about the high cost of living, and the target of that anger is Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

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‘ISM was using activists as terrorists’ human shields’

By Robbie Sabel, August 30, 2012

Videos of the death of Rachel Corrie have horrified viewers around the world and caused Israel immense public damage in the nine years since the incident.

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Four more self-immolations in Israel

By Zoe Winograd, July 26, 2012

The horrific self-immolation earlier this month by a man protesting against living conditions has triggered a wave of copycat acts across Israel.

Last Sunday, Mr Yaakov Mapay, a 47-year-old disabled war veteran, set himself on fire at a bus stop in Yehud, near Tel Aviv.

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Summer of rage kicks off in Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 28, 2012

A second wave of social protests is kicking off in Israel, this time marred by violence on both sides.

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Flytilla flyers' wings clipped

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 19, 2012

Pro-Palestinian activists have criticised UK airports and budget airline Jet2 for imposing the UK's "first Israeli checkpoints" after passengers attempting to take part in Sunday's "flytilla" protests were stopped from boarding flights to Israel.

A dozen or so passengers, led by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, were stopped by Jet2's Manchester check-in desk, which closed briefly du

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Worldwide BDS proves its irrelevance

April 4, 2012

The failure of the Global March to Jerusalem has not come as a surprise to Israeli diplomats and IDF officers.

Pro-Palestinian organisations had been planning to march hundreds of thousands of supporters towards Israel's borders and embassies last Friday but, despite clashes on the border of the Gaza Strip and in a few events in the West Bank, the day passed with relatively little incident.

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Israel targets tax rises at low-use second homes

By Nathan Jeffay, March 22, 2012

Owning a second home in Israel looks set to become more expensive, after the government approved a plan to charge higher council tax on homes that are not in constant use.

On Sunday, the cabinet gave municipalities the green light to impose the increase, though it is not yet clear what the criteria for liability will be, or how much the extra tax will be.

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Resignations as Guttentag survives

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 9, 2012

Whitefield Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag has survived an attempt by the lay leadership to remove him.

Following an outpouring of support from congregants for the long-serving rabbi, the synagogue president and four executive members resigned last Thursday.

Shul management has been assumed on an interim basis by the trustees, who are attempting to restore communal harmony.

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Is Ireland the most hostile EU country to Israel?

By Jessica Elgot, November 17, 2011

The Israeli embassy in Dublin has disputed claims that Ireland is the “most hostile country to Israel in the European Union”.

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Pitching a tent for change

By Simon Round, November 4, 2011

You may have noticed that there has been a lot of protesting going on this year. Some of it is admirable (for example, the demos against Middle Eastern tyrannies), some of it less so (August's protests against the fact that you actually have to pay for trainers).

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