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Rivlin: 'On peace process, we must have open hearts'

By Orlando Radice, August 15, 2013

The man tipped to be the next president of Israel has spoken of his deep scepticism of the peace process.

Reuven Rivlin, a Likud MK and a former speaker of the Knesset, insists that “the Arabs will never accept any solution that will give them anything less than the state of Israel. They will never accept that Israel is the land of the Jewish people.”

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UK pushed for more exacting EU guidelines on Israel

By Orlando Radice, July 18, 2013

It has emerged that during the EU discussions over its new guidelines prohibiting the provision of funds to Israeli organisations with operations beyond the Green Line, the UK suggested that the instruction should apply to every Israeli citizen living in settlements.

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So what exactly is a boycott?

By Orlando Radice, July 18, 2013

There is deep concern within the Israeli government that new European Union guidelines on funding for organisations that operate beyond the Green Line will open the door to a widespread boycott of the country’s academic and educational institutions.

This runs contrary to the view of the EU, which believes the move will have a minimal impact on Israel.

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Shechita faces ban in Poland

By Orlando Radice, July 12, 2013

The Polish parliament has defeated an attempt to protect religious slaughter in law.

In November last year, the constitutional court ruled that a derogation which allows Jews and Muslims to kill animals without pre-stunning was unconstitutional and incompatible with animal welfare laws.

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EU’s new leader-nation Lithuania grappling with the Holocaust

By Orlando Radice, July 5, 2013

“We need our Jewish history for ourselves, not just to attract tourists.”

This was the message of Lithuania’s UK Ambassador Asta Skaisgiryte Liauskiene, who admitted that many Lithuanians still need to recognise the giant role that the country’s Jewish community — almost entirely wiped out during the Second World War — played in their national history.

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Council pledges to clean up Golders Green

By Orlando Radice, June 28, 2013

Barnet Council has pledged to work harder to improve the shopping areas of Golders Green following complaints from local workers and residents that area has become shabby and rubbish-strewn.

The north west London suburb is home to a large section of the capital’s Jewish population, and many of the businesses in the area are Jewish-owned.

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Peres: science the key to secure Israel’s future

By Orlando Radice, June 18, 2013

In an interview with the JC ahead of his Presidential Conference and 90th birthday celebrations, Shimon Peres said that science and technology are the key the future “identity and existence” of the Jewish state.

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Iranian leader marks election day with antisemitic cartoon

By Orlando Radice, June 14, 2013

The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, has posted a cartoon on his English-language Facebook page which claims that the current Iranian elections are freer than those in the US because the American vote is controlled by ‘Zionists’.

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US to arm Syrian rebels

By Orlando Radice, June 14, 2013

The US has said it will provide military assistance to Syrian rebel groups.

President Barack Obama made the decision after his government came to the conclusion that chemical weapons had been used by President Bashar al Assad’s forces.

Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, would not go into detail about the weaponry the US intends to supply.

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Twitter ordered to reveal hate tweeters

By Orlando Radice, June 13, 2013

A French appeal court has rejected a bid by Twitter to withhold details of users accused of posting antisemitic messages.

The company was ordered to hand over the data after France's Union of Jewish Students and four human rights groups filed a complaint against Twitter over a wave of antisemitic hashtags and messages that appeared on the site in October 2012.

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Logic, Mr Hague?

By Orlando Radice, May 31, 2013

The reasoning behind Britain and France’s drive to have the EU lift its arms embargo on Syria – which was agreed on this week by European foreign ministers after considerable bickering - seems to be that by strengthening the rebels, the West can eventually force the two sides to the negotiating table.

That does not seem logical.

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Good luck, Mr Kerry

By Orlando Radice, April 19, 2013

Much has been written in the Western press about Israeli intransigence on the peace process in recent months. There are good reasons for this. Announcing new settlements in sensitive areas such as the E1 corridor – as the Israeli government did last November – is not the action of a side that has any interest in signing a peace deal.

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Rebel leader who took her protest into the Knesset

By Orlando Radice, April 18, 2013

With her youth, bright-red hair and eloquent idealism, Stav Shaffir makes a striking symbol of resistance.

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Sharansky: my cuppas with Mrs T

By Orlando Radice, April 18, 2013

The long incarceration of former Soviet refusenik Natan Sharansky, now chairman of the Jewish Agency, was known to have been used by Margaret Thatcher as an example of the many wrongs perpetrated by the USSR.

But it was the fury of Mr Sharansky’s wife, Avital, over her husband’s imprisonment that drove Mrs Thatcher into a direct confrontation with the Soviet regime.

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Censorship? Never, this is Human Rights Watch

By Orlando Radice, February 8, 2013

There is a respectful hush among the journalists. This is the launch of Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) World Report 2013, and executive director Kenneth Roth is at the podium. “The media is key to what we do,” he tells the press.

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Court orders Twitter to help identify racist users

By Orlando Radice, January 25, 2013

A Paris court has ordered Twitter to hand over to the police whatever data it has on the identities of those who circulated antisemitic tweets last autumn.

The case was brought against Twitter by the French Jewish student union after the hashtag ‘#UnBonJuif’ (“a good Jew") became the third most popular in France for several hours on October 10 last year.

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Hold onto your seats

By Orlando Radice, January 23, 2013

What a wonderful surprise. Israel did not swing en masse to the extreme right as many of us were fearing. Since nobody seems to know what Netanyahu really thinks about anything, it’s time to pray that he will club together with Yair Lapid to keep Naftali Bennett and the one-state disaster out. Here’s hoping for an Aristotelian denouement. Moderation in all things.

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Alistair Burt’s warning for Israel

By Orlando Radice, January 3, 2013

In an exclusive article for the JC, Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt has warned of the damage being done to Israel’s international reputation as a result of its recently announced plans to build around 5,500 new homes beyond the Green Line.

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Would you die for this land?

By Orlando Radice, January 3, 2013

“I wanted to make people understand what serving in the army does to a person’s soul,” said David Ranan, author of A Land to Die For?, a collection of 27 interviews with young Israelis on the subject of conscription.

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Mashaal visit to Gaza welcomed by Hamas and Fatah

By Orlando Radice, December 7, 2012

Hamas political chief, Khaled Mashaal, will visit the Gaza Strip for the first time today.

The exiled leader will join visiting Fatah chiefs to celebrate Hamas’s 25th anniversary and what is seen in Gaza as a victory for the Islamist movement in its recent conflict with Israel.

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