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Jan 10, 2014

Israel announces plans for building 1,400 settlement homes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel on Friday announced plans to build 1,400 new homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the region to push peace talks in which settlements represent a major hurdle.

Although widely expected, the announcement angered some of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s own coalition partners and infuriated the Palestinians, who accused Israel of seeking to derail the peace negotiations.

Jan 8, 2014

Thousands of African migrants protest outside Israeli parliament

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – More than 10,000 African migrants demonstrated outside Israel’s parliament on Wednesday, extending protests into a fourth consecutive day in a quest for recognition as refugees and freedom to work legally without fear of incarceration.

Their presence in a Jewish state that took in survivors of the Nazi Holocaust of World War Two has stoked an emotional political debate over whether they should be allowed to stay as a humane gesture.

Dec 18, 2013

Israeli protester disrupts Wagner symposium in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, Dec 18 (Reuters) – A man stormed the stage at a
Jerusalem symposium on composer Richard Wagner and hurled
insults at the audience in a protest over the German maestro’s
associations with the Nazis.

Ushers at Tuesday’s event struggled to restrain the strongly
built protester, a man in his late 30s who gave his name as Ran
Carmi. Ignoring shouted demands to leave the stage, he sang the
Israel national anthem and yelled abuse, referring to at least
one usher as a “Nazi collaborator”.

Dec 17, 2013

Crazed Israeli protester disrupts Wagner symposium in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, Dec 17 (Reuters) – A crazed Israeli protester,
angered that a symposium on Tuesday focussed on Richard Wagner,
Adolf Hitler’s favourite composer, disrupted a public discussion
at a Jerusalem concert hall before police removed him.

The event, and a planned concert on Wednesday which was
cancelled earlier because of bad weather, aimed to mark the
200th year of the birth of Wagner, whose anti-Semitic ideology
inspired Hitler’s National Socialist ethos.

Dec 11, 2013

Blood donation collectors thrown out of Israeli parliament

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The speaker of Israel’s parliament ordered a blood-collection crew to leave the legislature’s premises on Wednesday after it turned down an offer of a blood donation from an Ethiopian-born lawmaker.

Knesset member Pnina Tamano-Shata, 32, wanted to donate blood to a routine visit by an ambulance service but was told by a member of the crew that set criteria disqualified her because she emigrated to Israel from Ethiopia at age three.

Nov 15, 2013

Israeli agritech firm aims for big boost in crop yields

MOSHAV SARONA, Israel, Nov 15 (Reuters) – An Israeli
enterprise which aims to boost global crop yields without the
aid of genetic modification will sow its first commercial seeds
within three years, the company pioneering the technique has
told Reuters.

Seed technology firm Kaiima Bio-Agritech says it has
developed a way to greatly speed up the multiplication of the
genome of crops, known as genome doubling, without changing
their DNA, or genetic fingerprint.

Nov 2, 2013

Tunisia handed Davis Cup ban after Israeli boycott order

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Tunisia have been suspended from the 2014 Davis Cup competition after the country’s tennis federation ordered its number one player not to play against an Israeli.

Malek Jaziri withdrew from the second tier Tashkent Challenger tournament last month before his match against Israel’s Amir Weintraub. Jaziri’s brother told reporters the 215th ranked player had been ordered to default the match.

Nov 2, 2013

Tennis-Tunisia handed Davis Cup ban after Israeli boycott order

JERUSALEM Nov 2 (Reuters) – Tunisia have been suspended from the 2014 Davis Cup competition after the country’s tennis federation ordered its number one player not to play against an Israeli.

Malek Jaziri withdrew from the second tier Tashkent Challenger tournament last month before his match against Israel’s Amir Weintraub. Jaziri’s brother told reporters the 215th ranked player had been ordered to default the match.

Oct 24, 2013

Israel says to announce more settlement building

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Thursday it would press ahead with plans to build in existing Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in an apparent bid to appease hardliners opposed to peace talks with the Palestinians.

Local media said new building tenders could be announced next week, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in particular seeks to douse opposition from right-wingers in his government to a planned release of Palestinian prisoners.

Oct 4, 2013

Israel attacks Council of Europe move to restrict male circumcision

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel on Friday accused a leading European human rights body of fostering hatred and racism in calling for the circumcision of boys on religious grounds to be monitored more closely.

The 47-nation Council of Europe adopted a non-binding resolution this week that urged a public debate on “non-medically justified operations and interventions” on children.