War

On this day: Britain declares war on Germany

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

As the Balkan power keg lit up Europe, Germany made its move and invaded Russia, and then Belgium.

In keeping with the terms of the 1839 Treaty of London, the Great Powers were required to protect Belgium's neutrality.

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Revealed: the Jews who fought against Franco

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

Details of Jewish soldiers who fought Franco's fascists during the Spanish Civil War are included in an extensive list of veterans revealed for the first time by the National Archives.

They were among around 4,000 British volunteers who joined the International Brigades and were later investigated by MI5 for breaching the British government's non-intervention policy.

Around a fifth of the vo

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Bibi, you could set my grandson free

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2011

The grandfather of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has sharply criticised Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's effort to free his grandson, calling him the one obstacle to Sgt Shalit's freedom.

During a brief visit to London, Zvi Shalit, 85, admitted it was difficult to keep hope alive when nothing had been heard of Sgt Shalit since a short videotape was released by Hamas in 2009.

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Mother begs MI6 to find soldier son

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 26, 2011

The mother of one of Israel's longest-missing soldiers, Zachary Baumel, made an emotional plea this week for MI6 and the British government to "live up to their humanitarian obligations" and reveal information about Israel's missing soldiers.

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Land Rover shows the horrors of war

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 13, 2011

An armoured Land Rover hit by an Israeli rocket in Gaza will go on show for the first time in Manchester as a key artefact of a major exhibition about war correspondents.

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The Lion of Hull is finally honoured

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

The work of a politician whose efforts saved thousands of lives during the war has been recognised in the city where he was a leading figure for more than half a century.

A 10ft-high statue of Sir Leo Schultz was unveiled outside Hull's Guildhall on Monday.

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Square rabbi shaping up in Israel’s cause

By Simon Rocker, February 10, 2011

Belsize Square Synagogue's new minister is a committed Zionist who believes it important to speak up for Israel.

Rabbi Stuart Altshuler, who arrived from California last month, has lost no time in advancing that cause by meeting local MP Glenda Jackson.

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On this day: Iraq attacks Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, January 18, 2011

After the US-lead forces launched Operation Desert Storm, Iraq aimed Scud missiles at the bustling Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa.

The move was not unexpected; when Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait the previous summer he did so alongside vocal threats to "burn half of Israel". And after Desert Storm began, an Iraqi radio broadcast recorded Hussein proclaiming: “The great duel, the mother of all battles has begun. The dawn of victory nears as this great showdown begins."

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MoD plan kosher food for Army to march on

By Marcus Dysch, November 18, 2010

A new range of kosher ration packs for Jewish troops serving in the armed forces will be part of a multi-million pound deal sealed by the Ministry of Defence.

The rations will include kosher meat meals and will be available to those serving in all three branches of the military in Afghanistan and other locations worldwide.

Many of the products are specially designed to make them easier to carry and boost energy levels while troops are on patrol.

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Danny Ayalon: nuclear Iran could lead to another Hiroshima

By Jennifer Lipman, November 17, 2010

Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister has warned that Iran must be stopped from becoming a nuclear power in order to “prevent another Hiroshima."

Danny Ayalon, who is on a four-day official visit to Japan, made the comments after visiting the memorial for victims of the 1945 Hiroshima bomb.

An estimated 140,000 people were killed by the Hiroshima bomb, the first time that an atomic weapon was used.

Mr Ayalon wrote on his Facebook page: “If we want to prevent another Hiroshima the international community needs immediately to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.”

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