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Liberals left for dust as Egypt goes Islamist

By John Bradley, April 4, 2012

One cannot but marvel at the deft political manoeuvring of Egypt's Islamists over the past year, as they distanced themselves from violence on the ground against their liberal opponents while orchestrating an action replay of the 1979 Iranian revolution.

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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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In London, more needed to face down the bullies

April 4, 2012

London's Global March to Jerusalem demonstration took place last Friday evening opposite the Israeli Embassy.

About 15-20 Israel supporters turned up, the usual stalwarts who put themselves on the line to face a barrage of abuse from the bully boys of the PSC.

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German writer Gunter Grass launches poetry attack on Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

Nobel Prize-winning writer Gunter Grass has criticised Israel for "endangering the already fragile world peace".

Mr Grass, 84, is known for his left-wing political views. In a poem published in the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, he expressed concern that Israel "could wipe out the Iranian people" if it took action against Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

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Majority of Jews still plan to back Obama over Republicans

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

The Republican Party's attempts to woo American Jewish voters appear to have been less than successful despite growing dissatisfaction with the incumbent of the White House.

According to an independent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, there has been little change in support levels since 2008.

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ICC rejects Palestinian Cast Lead request

By Jennifer Lipman, April 3, 2012

The International Criminal Court will not hear a case involving allegations about Israeli conduct during Operation Cast Lead.

The decision by ICC prosecutor Jose Luis Moreno Ocampo was based on the fact that Palestine is not a state, and so does not fall under the court's jurisdiction.

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Evangelicals set up £190k conversion drive in LA

By Nathalie Rothschild, April 3, 2012

The Chosen People Ministries, one of the largest evangelical groups in the United States which focuses on proselytising among Jews, has launched a $300,000 (£190k) "witnessing" drive in an effort to convince Jewish people to accept Jesus as their Messiah.

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German football team to visit Auschwitz during Euros

By Toby Axelrod, April 3, 2012

The German Football Association has announced that the country's national football team will visit the Auschwitz memorial during this summer's Euro 2012 tournament, after a top Jewish leader suggested the trip.

The decision came in the wake of heated public debate over whether such a visit would help educate some German fans about antisemitism and xenophobia.

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Extremists arrested in France 'planned to target Jews'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 3, 2012

French police may have thwarted a plot to kidnap a Jewish magistrate last week.

According to AFP, the raid on 16 suspected Islamists last week has led investigators to plans to target members of the country's Jewish community.

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Extremists arrested in France as Toulouse gunman Merah buried

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2012

Nineteen suspected extremists have been arrested in a crackdown in France as the country reacts to the worst attack on the Jewish community in decades.

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