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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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The proof is in the spanking

By Orlando Radice, December 6, 2012

If you were in any doubt that Bibi has made a boo-boo with the E1 settlement plan, here's the proof. Canada's Stephen Harper, probably the most pro-Israel prime minister in the world, has now also given Benjamin Netanyahu a spanking.

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Israel's Negev mission to attract scientists from around the world

By Orlando Radice, November 23, 2012

It was a uniquely Israeli irony. As Professor Smadar Cohen stood in a seminar room on the Ben Gurion University campus in Beersheva last week presenting a groundbreaking bio-engineered solution to preventing heart attacks, a dull thud rattled the window: rockets from Gaza were hitting the city. A scientist who stood poised to save the lives of millions was herself in the line of fire.

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Tel Aviv beach after a rocket is fired at the city

By Orlando Radice, November 16, 2012

JC Foreign Editor Orlando Radice is on the scene after residents flee a rocket fired from Gaza toward Tel Aviv.

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South Israel in lockdown due to Gaza conflict

By Orlando Radice, November 15, 2012

The news of a possible ground assault on Gaza was met with a mixture of trepidation and relief in Beersheva, which was under renewed attack on Wednesday.

At around 8pm, six Grad rockets were fired towards the city. One struck the centre, causing damage to a car and shops, but no injuries were reported.

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A chink of light

By Orlando Radice, October 26, 2012

Here’s another crazy dream: Israel gets a stable two-party system.

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Palestinian UN bid could lead to new intifada, says Israel

By Orlando Radice, October 26, 2012

Israel has said that a successful bid by the Palestinians to secure recognition at the UN as a non-member state could lead to the collapse of the Palestinian Authority or a new intifada.

The warning comes as part of a fresh diplomatic campaign by Israel to block the Palestinian move.

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Olmert — Israel's 'if-only' man

By Orlando Radice, October 25, 2012

It is the crazy dream of the Israeli peace camp. A perma-tanned, cigar-smoking Ehud Olmert rises from his political grave to unite Israel's centre-left, beats Benjamin Netanyahu in the upcoming elections and signs a peace deal with the Palestinians.

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My election misery

By Orlando Radice, October 12, 2012

For election-watchers, a cursory glance at the candidates likely to be battling it out in Israel next January is enough to make you roll over and go to sleep. But it’s not because Ehud Olmert (as yet undeclared), Shaul Mofaz, Avigdor Lieberman (if he survives his criminal indictment) or Shelly Yachimovich are especially monochrome political characters.

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Malmo U-turn over policy on antisemitism

By Orlando Radice, October 11, 2012

Malmo council will alter its policy on discrimination after it emerged that it has no specific stance on antisemitism, despite regular hate attacks against Jews in the Swedish city.

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