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Welcome for new UN Iran sanctions

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2010

American Jewish organisations and the Israeli Foreign Ministry have welcomed Wednesday's decision by the United Nations Security Council to impose new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme.

Betty Ehrenberg of the World Jewish Congress said: "The WJC applauds the passage of this latest round of UN sanctions. It demonstrates that the international community is less and less willing to tolerate a rogue state that has an abysmal human rights record and continues to threaten its neighbours and the Western world.

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Korea university 'did not cancel Peres visit'

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2010

Israel’s President Shimon Peres has been forced to issue a statement denying reports that Korea University had revoked an honorary degree, and said that the ceremony had been cancelled by Mr Peres himself.

President Peres, who has made a working visit to South Korea, denied the AFP report which said Korea University cancelled a speech by the president, where he was to be given an honorary degree.

The President said it was “unequivocally” false and that the President Peres had cancelled the visit eight days earlier to attend a conference for Korean and Israeli businessmen.

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Iran faces new UN sanctions

June 9, 2010

The United National Security Council has passed new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme.

It approved a resolution today for a fourth round of sanctions which included prohibiting Iran from buying heavy weapons, tightening financial transactions with Iranian banks and new cargo inspections.

But Iran’s envoy to the UN’s nuclear watchdog, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said Tehran would continue its uranium enrichment activities.

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Rabbi who filmed reporter threatened

By Jennifer Lipman, June 9, 2010

The rabbi whose video led to the resignation of a veteran Washington reporter has been facing death threats.

Rabbi David Nesenoff filmed Helen Thomas commenting that all Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” at a White House Jewish Heritage event in May. She also said Jews in Israel should "go back home to Poland, Germany, America and everywhere else."

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Spain bans Israeli group from gay parade

By Jennifer Lipman, June 9, 2010

Israel has been asked not to attend a Gay Pride event in Madrid because of the clashes on a Gaza-bound flotilla.

Organisers of Europe’s largest gay parade have withdrawn the offer for the Tel Aviv municipality to host a float at the event in July.

A Tel Aviv themed party featuring Israeli performers and DJs had been planned for the event in the Spanish capital, along with an appearance by a bus bearing the slogan "TLV Love Embassy".

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Obama: right decision for Helen Thomas to resign

By Jennifer Lipman, June 8, 2010

President Barack Obama has said it was the right decision for White House reporter Helen Thomas to resign after she called for all Jews to "get the hell out of Palestine".

He said in a television interview that Helen Thomas’ remarks were “offensive”.

The veteran reporter, who has worked in Washington since the Kennedy administration, announced her resignation after footage emerged of her saying Jews in Israel should "go back home to Poland, Germany, America and everywhere else”.

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Israelis injured by pro-Palestinian activists

By Jennifer Lipman, June 8, 2010

A group of Israeli businessmen have been attacked and one man wounded in Madrid by pro-Palestinian protesters.

Spanish police have launched an investigation after a mob of about 200 students threw stones and paint at the businessmen. They were in the Spanish capital for a Spain-Israel Chamber of Commerce conference.

The protesters damaged a police car and shouted that the men were murderers who should “get out of Gaza” and "Freedom to the Palestinian people”.

The conference was cancelled after one Israeli suffered light injuries, when he was hit by a rock.

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Toronto Gay Pride bans anti-Israel group

By Ron Csillag, June 8, 2010

Toronto’s annual Gay Pride parade, considered a major event on Canada’s cultural calendar, is threatening to devolve into confrontation — and not between gays and straights.

Event organisers, responding to complaints from Jewish organisations, among others, have forbidden the activist group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QAIA) from marching in the parade under that name.

More accurately, Pride Toronto is “disallowing” use of the phrase “Israeli Apartheid” in the 2010 parade.

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Schwarzenegger calls for Gilad Shalit release

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2010

Arnold Schwarzenegger has added his support to the campaign for the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

The California governor and former actor, famous for playing the Terminator, said at a pro-Israel rally in Los Angeles that he was praying for Shalit to be freed.

His phone conversation with the missing soldier’s father, Noam Shalit, was broadcast to a crowd of more than 2,000 Israel supporters.

The governor said: “I'm a father of four children. I cannot even imagine in my wildest dreams that one of my children should be kidnapped and be held for all these years.

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White House reporter quits job

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2010

The veteran White House journalist who caused a political storm after calling for all Jews to "get the hell out of Palestine" has announced her retirement.

Helen Thomas, a Hearst Newspapers journalist and the daughter of Lebanese immigrants, had faced calls for her resignation from several senior political commentators and has now said she will leave her job immediately.

It comes after video footage emerged of Ms Thomas, 89, saying Jews in Israel should "go back home to Poland, Germany, America and everywhere else."

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