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Bibi tells Aipac: US and Israel are like a family

By Orlando Radice, March 2, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Aipac conference in Washington today that the US and Israel were “like a family, practically a mishpacha”.

Mr Netanyahu, whose decision to address Congress tomorrow has caused a deep rift between the White house and Jerusalem, told the gathering of 16,000 delegates: “Our alliance is sound, our friendship is strong.”

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Interview: Peter Beinart

By Orlando Radice, February 26, 2015

Jewish American academic Peter Beinart, a long-standing critic of Israeli policy in the West Bank and Gaza, has labelled the election "depressing" and hit out at the "timidity" of the centre-left coalition, Zionist Camp.

Mr Beinart, author of The Crisis of Zionism, in which he controversially advocated boycotting products from settlements, said he was disturbed by the lack of discussion of the

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European Jewish leaders push to outlaw antisemitism

By Orlando Radice, February 2, 2015

European Jewish leaders have launched a campaign to create new continent-wide legislation that outlaws antisemitism.

The European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR), a panel of legal experts, presented a document on “tolerance” at a conference on extremism, part of a two-day event in Prague last week to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

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Terezin, a nightmare where the music played on

By Orlando Radice, January 29, 2015

Under low-slung clouds, the voices of Moscow's Male Jewish Choir rung out across the western ghetto of Terezin.

A coronet that had not been played at the camp since the war came to melancholic life in the hands of a member of a clarinet trio.

Children performed part of Brundibar, an opera that premiered in 1944 in a building metres away.

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After the Charlie Hebdo attack: what else can we expect?

By Orlando Radice, January 8, 2015

French Muslim extremists have been responsible for two of Europe’s most horrific recent antisemitic attacks, and Islamist-inspired assaults on Jews and firebombings of synagogues are now regular occurrences in France.

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Palestinians push for ICC war crimes probe

By Orlando Radice, January 2, 2015

The Palestinian Authority has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate Israel for alleged war crimes.

President Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome Statute – the founding treaty of the ICC - on Wednesday and filed a request for Palestine to join the international court as a member state.

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Palestinians accelerate statehood push at UN

By Orlando Radice, December 15, 2014

The Palestinian Authority is planning to submit a draft resolution to the UN on ending the Israeli occupation by Monday evening, with a view to having the Security Council vote on the text by Wednesday.

The resolution sets out a two-year timetable for Israel to withdraw its forces from the West Bank.

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Polish court rules shechita ban is ‘against human rights’

By Orlando Radice, December 10, 2014

The was relief across Europe this week as Poland’s constitutional court ruled that the country’s ban on shechita ran against both the country’s basic laws and the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Woman raped as partner bound and gagged

By Orlando Radice, December 2, 2014

A French Jewish woman has been raped by armed attackers who broke into her apartment demanding money and hurling antisemitic insults.

The woman’s partner was bound and gagged while one of the men carried out the assault.

The attack took place in Créteil, south east of Paris.

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Knesset votes to dissolve in preparation for election

By Orlando Radice, December 2, 2014

The Knesset has voted to dissolve parliament, paving the way for elections.

The measure was passed unanimously by 84 votes to 0, with one abstention. The move will be finalised on Monday in second and third readings.

Knesset faction leaders agreed on March 17, 2015 as the date for the election.

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Vote on Israel’s nation-state law postponed

By Orlando Radice, November 24, 2014

The Knesset debate on the “nation-state” bill passed by the Israeli cabinet yesterday has been pushed back to next week.

The controversial bill, which has been widely attacked as racist, is an attempt to formally define Israel as the Jewish nation-state.

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Islamic State took 17 of my family to the hills and shot them

By Orlando Radice, November 20, 2014

Sitting in a London restaurant, the Kurdish man across the table is talking without blinking.

In a soft voice, Bektas says: "If I didn't have a family here, I would go home tomorrow and kill Daish [Arabic for Islamic State]."

Six weeks ago, 17 members of his extended family were murdered by the fundamentalist group terrorising the Middle East.

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EU threatens sanctions against Israel over peace process

By Orlando Radice, October 8, 2014

According to a senior European diplomat, the EU is working on a series of bilateral sanctions against Israel that will be implemented if the peace process continues to stagnate.

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Middle East's new map?

By Orlando Radice and Anshel Pfeffer, October 2, 2014

A series of new strategic alliances between Israel and its Arab neighbours were outlined this week by Benjamin Netanyahu in his speech to the UN General Assembly.

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Bibi prepares UN rebuttal to Abbas ‘genocide’ speech

By Orlando Radice, September 29, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu will provide a forceful response to Mahmoud Abbas’s accusations against Israel in his speech to the UN General Assembly tonight.

The Israeli Prime Minister told reporters before boarding his plane for New York that he would “refute all of the lies being directed at us”.

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A superstar send-off, just as Rivers requested

By Orlando Radice, September 11, 2014

Perhaps the best description of Joan Rivers's funeral came from the late, great comedian herself.

Ms Rivers, who died last week aged 81, wrote in 2012 how she wanted her send-off to be "a huge showbiz affair... I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don't want some rabbi rambling on. I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents."

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Giant Israel-Jordan gas deal in pipeline

By Orlando Radice, September 3, 2014

Israel is negotiating a $15 billion agreement to supply natural gas to Jordan.

If the deal goes through, Israel will pipe 1.6 trillion cubic feet of gas over a period of 15 years to the Hashemite Kingdom.

Texas-based Noble Energy jointly operates the giant Leviathan field from which the gas will be supplied.

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A truce agreed - then war erupts within hours

By Orlando Radice, August 1, 2014

A 72-hour ceasefire agreed on last night by Israel and Hamas already appears to be falling apart.

The halt, brokered by the US and the EU, was due to take effect at 8am this morning local time. But within two hours, mortar shells had been fired from Gaza, landing near a town by the border, and Israeli forces had returned fire.

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Jewish life in east will disappear, says Ukrainian leader

By Orlando Radice, July 11, 2014

The head of the Ukrainian Confederation of Jewish Organisations believes that in the long term, Jewish life in eastern Ukraine is doomed.

Mr Zissels, speaking ahead of a conference on Jewish life in the Ukraine at University College London last week, estimated that around one third of the Jewish population in the east had already left, with a large majority looking to escape.

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Israel weeps - but now the fallout

By Orlando Radice and Nathan Jeffay, July 3, 2014

It was a day all those present hoped they would never see.

For nearly three weeks, the prayers of every Israeli, parent and child had had been tied to the desperate belief that "their boys" would be found alive.

But at Modi'in cemetery on Tuesday, the raw grief of the tens of thousands of mourners poured out under the burning sun.

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