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Sunk: the Gaza flotilla stays in Greece

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2011

The second flotilla to Gaza seems to have ended up as two small boats.

Meanwhile, security forces in Israel are preparing for an "airlift" of hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists planning to land at Ben-Gurion Airport this weekend.


Bow auction record

July 7, 2011

A unique collection of more than 30 English Baroque instrument bows acquired by a German Jewish refugee couple has been sold for more than £100,000 by Brompton's Auctioneers.


It's an 'Islamist Spring'

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

The head of a leading Israeli think-tank has painted a gloomy picture of recent events in the Middle East, characterising the Arab Spring as "more of an Islamic uprising".

Major-General Danny Rothschild, director of the Institute for Policy and Strategy in Herzliya, predicted that the Muslim Brotherhood would be the political beneficiaries of Arab street protests, even if they had not instigat


Israeli and UK scientists have ways of changing your mind for you

By Jessica Elgot, July 7, 2011

False memories planted in your brain because of peer pressure are so strong that they could fool a lie detector, according to new Israeli research.

Scientists from the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, working with their counterparts from University College London, have conducted experiments showing how easy it is to plant false memories - using social pressure.

Weizmann research scientist Mica


Christian Aid Palestinian refugees report ' misleading'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

A report on Palestinian refugees by Christian Aid has been criticised as one-sided and misleading after it referred to a man struggling to work because of settler violence without any evidence to support the claim.

The 24-page Locked Out report claimed to be interested in an "honest and meaningful dialogue about the Palestinian refugee crisis, which engages all stakeholders".


Chief criticises faith coverage in media

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has criticised media coverage of religion, saying that the failure to report interfaith work was leading to negative perceptions among the public.

He told a House of Commons select committee last Thursday: "Up and down the country, religious groups are getting together across the boundaries between faiths."

But he went on: "It is our complete failure ever to get publi


Rare White Rose goes to Holocaust Centre

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

A Berlin-born Jew who has built up an extensive collection of documents from the Nazi era has donated a rare resistance leaflet to the Beth Shalom Holocaust centre after reading about the centre's work in the JC.

William Kaczynski, who escaped Germany for Britain at the age of three on the eve of the Second World War, acquired the White Rose leaflet several years ago.


UN Palestine expert posts hate cartoon

By Jessica Elgot, July 7, 2011

A UN Human Rights Council expert on Palestine has posted on his blog an antisemitic cartoon of a dog wearing a kippah and urinating on a statue of Blind Justice.

American academic Richard Falk, who has written blogs in support of the flotillas to Gaza, last week published the cartoon by "Mahjoob", a pro-Palestinian cartoonist who has previously depicted Ehud Olmert slicing up a Palestinian baby


Even the Curry is Kosher in Kasol

By Saransh Sehgal, July 7, 2011

India is a common destination for young Israelis seeking spirituality, free-flowing cannabis and a break from the pressure of security alerts and army service.

Kasol, however, is no ordinary backpacker hangout. Over the past ten years the village, which sits in a lush valley at 5,000ft in the Himalayas, has become nothing less than a miniature Tel Aviv.


Natalie Portman names her son Alef

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

Natalie Portman has returned to her Jewish roots with the name for her firstborn.

The Jerusalem-born actress has named her son "Alef" after the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

Ms Portman is engaged to Alef's father, the Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied.

However there is no word yet on the possibility of Alef being joined by a sister called Bet.