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Lord Trimble's 'Israel-friendly' reputation

June 17, 2010

Israel's Turkel Commission has an international observer with a formidable track record on conflict resolution in Nobel Peace Prize winner Lord Trimble.

The 65-year-old is widely admired for his role in the Good Friday Agreement, which brought peace to Northern Ireland.

The former Ulster Unionist Party leader, now Conservative Party peer, has in the past urged Israel to stand firm on Hamas.

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Corsica shock over discovery of its only Holocaust victim

By Marcus Dysch, June 17, 2010

A Corsican history teacher has shattered a local myth by showing that one single Jew was indeed deported from the island during the Second World War and sent to his death.

For more than 60 years, the people of Corsica have prided themselves on the fact that no Jews were deported during Corsica's occupation by German and Italian forces. This extraordinary record is usually attributed to vigilance of the island's wartime prefect, Paul Balley, who protected Jews on the island from being sent to the camps.

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'Mossad spy' is arrested

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 17, 2010

An Israeli citizen has been arrested in Warsaw on charges that he fraudulently obtained a German passport that was used by one of the alleged assassins of Hamas operative Mahmoud al Mabhouh in Dubai five months ago.

Uri Brodsky is currently awaiting extradition to Germany.

He was arrested at Warsaw Airport three weeks ago on a Europe-wide arrest warrant issued by the German federal authorities.

Mr Brodsky is suspected of using a false identity to obtain a German passport last year in the name of Michael Bodenheimer, an Israeli citizen who was unaware of his identity being stolen.

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German left-wingers rally for Israel

By Toby Axelrod, June 17, 2010

Non-Jewish groups expressed solidarity with Israel during rallies in Germany this past weekend.

On Saturday, a coalition of left-oriented groups gathered outside the headquarters of the Left Party in Berlin to show support for Israel's right to self-defence, and to protest the participation of three members of the Left Party in the flotilla.

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Analysis: The Arab target is Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 17, 2010

What did Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas say to Barack Obama last week in the Oval Office? Did he indeed express the view that the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip should be allowed to stay in place, as some reports maintain? Or did he say no such thing, as his aides quickly rushed to claim?

The White House has yet to confirm either version but, judging from the way the report was greeted in Palestinian circles, few believe the denials.

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Analysis: Flotilla probe set up to satisfy world

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 17, 2010

The commission of inquiry into the flotilla set up this week by Israel may be called the Turkel Commission after its head, Judge Jacob Turkel, but the man whose name it really should carry is Richard Goldstone.

The only reason Binyamin Netanyahu caved in to demands to set up an inquiry is the fear of another hostile international commission, like the one set up by the UN after Operation Cast Lead last year.

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NIF boss sees 'progressive surge' in Jews around world

By Simon Rocker, June 17, 2010

There is a "progressive awakening" among diaspora Jews in their attitude towards Israel, according to one of its best-known left-wing activists.

Professor Naomi Chazan sees evidence of a growing trend in the formation of the doveish lobby group, J Street, in the USA and the recent J Call petition in Europe, which urged a settlement freeze.

The former Knesset member for the socialist Meretz party, now president of the New Israel Fund, was in London this week on behalf of the NIF. She also had a meeting at the Board of Deputies.

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New threat to shechitah as Euro MPs vote to label meat

June 17, 2010

The European Parliament has voted for new regulations which will see meat from animals killed through shechitah labelled as "meat from slaughter without stunning," in a move Jewish bodies believe is "discriminatory".

The decision, two weeks after New Zealand banned the kosher slaughter of animals, was made as part of a proposal for a regulation on the provision of food information.

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New European threat to shechita

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2010

The European Parliament has voted in favour of a new regulation which will see kosher meat labelled as “meat from slaughter without stunning” in a move which Jewish bodies fear is “discriminatory”.

The decision was made today as part of a proposal for a regulation on the provision of food information to consumers.

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Canadian PM: Israel-denying politician should go

By Jennifer Lipman, June 16, 2010

The Canadian prime minister has called for a senior politician to step down after she questioned Israel’s right to exist.

Stephen Harper joined other Canadian figures in demanding the resignation of Libby Davies from her position as the deputy leader of the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) following comments at an anti-Israel rally.

Ms Davies was asked in a video interview whether “the occupation in Israel started in '48 or '67”.

Laughing, she replied: “1948, the year Israel became a State.

“It’s the longest occupation in the world.”

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