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Hate attackers drew swastika on victim

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014

A teacher was attacked in Paris, three days after 10,000 people gathered there to protest against antisemitism. His injuries were so bad he needed hospital treatment for facial injuries.

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Threat to ‘Bibi’s paper’ Yisrael Ha'Yom

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 27, 2014

Members of six different Knesset parties have backed legislation designed to limit the influence of Yisrael Ha’yom, the free daily newspaper financed by casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson which supports Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In the seven years since it began being distributed for free, the paper has become the country’s most widely-read, eclipsing tabloid Yediot Ahronot.

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Turkey may renew ties with Israel

By Daniel Easterman, March 27, 2014

Embassies in Turkey and Israel are set to reopen for the first time since official diplomatic ties were severed between the two countries.

According to Turkish media reports, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may also be planning to visit the country.

Turkey’s Zaman newspaper reported that a possible visit has been discussed by Israeli and Turkish intelligence chiefs.

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Jenin gunfight sparks fear of more violence

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 27, 2014

A firefight in the Jenin refugee camp which resulted in the deaths of three Palestinians has raised fears of renewed anarchy in the West Bank.

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Ukraine community ready to fight Russian invasion

By Orlando Radice, March 27, 2014

Ukraine’s Jewish leaders are preparing to lead the fight if the country is invaded.

Gennadiy Korban, a multi-millionaire businessman and the deputy head of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine’s second largest city, this week gathered national commanders to prepare a defensive plan, including how and where military resources should be deployed.

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John Kerry bids to save Middle East peace deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 27, 2014

As the deadline for an agreement on the extension of talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority neared this weekend, US Secretary of State John Kerry was in frantic talks with Mahmoud Abbas in Amman, Jordan on Wednesday.

A few weeks ago, the two sides were awaiting an agreement which would contain the foundations for a future peace deal.

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Sitting on your bum makes it bigger says science

By Rosa Doherty, March 26, 2014

It’s official: sitting on your tuchus all day will make you fat. How do we know? A team of researchers at Tel Aviv University say so.

Their findings may not exactly come as a surprise but they have spent the past two years making sure as part of a four-year study into obesity.

It’s all to do with the way prolonged periods of sitting still allows a build-up of fats in our rear ends.

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WJC urges UN to drop its 'anti-Israel obsession'

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2014

The World Jewish Congress today called on the United Nations to drop its “anti-Israel bias”.

The advocacy group urged the UN Human Rights Council to stop singling out Israel for criticism and reform its approach to the Middle East conflict.

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‘Longest ever Gaza tunnel’ extended 700 metres into Israel, according to IDF

By Charlotte Oliver, March 25, 2014

A tunnel thought to have been built by Hamas to attack Israel extended 700 metres into Israeli terrority, the IDF has announced. It is the longest yet discovered.

The earthwork was unearthed near the border with the Gaza strip, after heavy rainstorms exposed one of its entrances in Israel.

Its length took it close to the Israeli communities of Kibbutz Nirim and Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha.

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New Tel Aviv rock festival attracts top international bands

By Rosa Doherty, March 24, 2014

A line-up of international bands will play at a new rock festival in Israel, it was announced this week.

Artists such as The Pixies, The Hives and Soundgarden will perform in the country for the first time at the Rock ‘N’ Roller Festival in Tel Aviv in June.

They will play alongside home-grown Israeli talent Elisha Banai and his band The Forty Thieves.

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