Daniel Easterman

Palestinian envoy was holding the explosives that killed him

By Daniel Easterman, March 31, 2014

The Palestinian ambassador in Prague was holding explosives in his hands when he died in a bomb blast at his official residence in January, say the Czech police.

According to Prague police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova, the Czech authorities conducted ballistics tests which demonstrated that the bomb material was being held by ambassasdor Jamal al-Jamal’s at the time of the explosion.

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Blow to peace talks with Israel set to miss prisoner-release deadline

By Daniel Easterman, March 28, 2014

Israel will not release the fourth and last group of 26 Palestinian prisoners on Saturday evening as agreed under the US-led peace talks.

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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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Big gains for far-right Front National in French elections

By Daniel Easterman, March 24, 2014

The far-right Front National party has dramatically increased its share of the vote in France’s local elections.

Exit polls from last night show that the party now has 7% of the vote – a massive gain considering it only has representation in 600 of the 36,000 local French constituencies where voting took place.

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Israel has two billion pound fund for possible attack on Iran

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

Israel is keeping a budget worth almost two billion pounds to fund a pre-emptive attack against Iran's nuclear facilities.

According to a report in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, the budget information was revealed during a Knesset committee hearing which outlined plans to ensure sufficient money would be available to attack Iran in 2014.

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Age a factor in Ukrainian Jews' loyalties

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

The Ukrainian Jewish community is split along generational lines, with older people supporting Russia and younger members backing the government in Kiev.

That is the verdict of Rabbi Nachum Ehrentrau, from Zaporozhye in the south-east of the country.

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Ex-FA man says Anelka ban debate is a sideshow

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

The debate over the length of Nicolas Anelka’s ban for performing an antisemitic gesture during a Premier League football match is “cartoonish”, “bickering” and a “sideshow”.

That is the view of Simon Johnson, the chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, and a former director of corporate affairs at the Football Association.

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Old hate goes high-tech with new boycott app

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

A new smartphone app that identifies Israeli goods and services has been attacked as a modern, high-tech version of traditional Israel-hatred.

The app — which will be released within the next few weeks — has been built by Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) campaigners at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States.

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Now that’s what we call an exchange

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

You’ve travelled abroad and forgotten to change your money in advance. Now you’re forced to pay extortionate exchange rates charged by the local banks or the airport’s bureau de change. It’s a situation that has been faced by many.

But 26-year-old Londoner Daniel Abrahams has co-founded a company set to battle currency woes.

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MK campaigns for release of Jews convicted of terror offences

By Daniel Easterman, March 19, 2014

Outspoken Likud MK Miri Regev is leading a letter-writing campaign calling for the release of several “nationalistic” Jewish prisoners convicted of terrorism against Palestinians and Arab citizens of Israel.

The demand comes as Israel prepares to release the fourth and final round of Palestinian prisoners on March 29, a move that is deeply controversial.

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Bomb blast injures IDF troops near Syria border

By Daniel Easterman, March 18, 2014

Four Israeli soldiers have been wounded by a roadside bomb that exploded under their vehicle in the Golan Heights near the border with Syria.

Three of the wounded soldiers are said to have sustained light to moderate injuries while the fourth is in a serious condition.

Israeli forces responded with artillery fire and confirmed that several targets were successfully hit.

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Obama calls on Abbas to take risks for peace

By Daniel Easterman, March 18, 2014

US President Barack Obama met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House yesterday, telling him he must take much greater political risks in order to break the deadlock surrounding the latest round of peace talks.

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BBC upholds complaint over biased Israel reporting

By Daniel Easterman, March 17, 2014

The BBC Trust has upheld a complaint against Radio 4's Today programme for providing biased and misleading information in its reporting of Israel.

According to The Times, which says it has seen an unpublished BBC document, the complaint refers to a report by Middle East correspondent Kevin Connolly in 2011 on the anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War.

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Young volunteers are flying the flag for Israel in the UK

By Daniel Easterman, March 14, 2014

A select group of Israeli teenagers are working within Anglo-Jewry’s major communal organisations to introduce new projects to bring British Jews and Israelis closer together.

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FA will not appeal for longer Anelka ban

By Daniel Easterman, March 13, 2014

The Football Association has decided it will not appeal against Nicolas Anelka's five-match ban for making the quenelle gesture.

An independent commission handed out the ban - the minimum available - to the player after he performed the gesture in a Premier League game.

The FA had wanted a more severe punishment but has now said it does not think an appeal would succeed.

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Israeli newspaper Maariv close to bankruptcy

By Daniel Easterman, March 13, 2014

Israeli daily newspaper Maariv ceased regular publication this week as its owner sought the court’s protection from creditors.

British-Israeli publisher Shlomo Ben-Tzvi bought the ailing Maariv a year-and-a-half ago, promising to return the paper to its former glory.

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Southern Israel under massive rocket barrage from Gaza

By Daniel Easterman, March 12, 2014

Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility after more than 100 rockets and mortar rounds were fired at Israel from Gaza earlier today, the largest such attack since 2012.

Most of the rockets fell in open areas away from population centres but one rocket hit a residential district. No casualties on the Israeli side have so far been reported.

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Knesset passes Charedi draft law

By Daniel Easterman, March 12, 2014

A contentious new law that will criminalise strictly Orthodox yeshivah students who evade Israeli army service was passed by Knesset this morning.

The so-called "Draft Law" was approved by 65 to 1, with a Jewish Home MK casting the only "no" vote. Most of those who opposed the law simply boycotted the vote.

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Israeli jets kill Islamic Jihad members in response to mortar fire

By Daniel Easterman, March 11, 2014

The Israeli Air Force has hit targets in the Gaza Strip after mortar rounds were fired at IDF units near the border by terrorists reported to be members of Islamic Jihad.

IDF spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, originally from the UK, said: "Terrorists must know that there is a price to pay when participating in aggression.

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Israeli teenagers refuse to join IDF over "war crimes"

By Daniel Easterman, March 10, 2014

Almost 50 Israeli teenagers are refusing to be drafted into the Israel Defence Forces in protest over "war crimes" committed in the occupied territories.

In a joint letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu, they criticise what they say are human rights abuses taking place on a “daily basis”.

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