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Settlers proudly display evidence of construction in West Bank

A week after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told settlers to stop building in the West Bank, a settler posted photos of them doing just that, on his blog. Read more...

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Amateur video of brutal revenge for alleged attacker of Jewish settlers

This amateur video, filmed on November 26, shows a Palestinian man being run over twice by an Israeli settler. The man is alleged to have just stabbed two Israeli settlers at a petrol station. See the video...

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The heartbreak of Golan Heights weddings

For Syrians who choose to marry a resident of the Golan Heights, occupied by Israel since 1967, their wedding is a happy occasion as much it is a sad one. Once married, they can never return to their homeland, meaning that their wedding day might be the last time they see their family and friends. Read more and see the videos...

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Stop decorating the “wall of shame”

Better to employ an enormous grey wall for artistic purposes than leave it a towering eyesore? Palestinians and foreigners alike have been painting the Israeli government's separation wall since construction began. But on both the Israeli and the Palestinian sides of what has been dubbed "the wall of shame", there are those who don't want it to be coloured in, and for very different reasons. Read more...

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Thinking through the Iranian nuclear crisis

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One of our Israeli Observers, Joel Schalit, sent us his analysis of the recent developments of the tough Iran-Israel negotiations. Read more...

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A floating 'separation wall' in Tel Aviv

Israeli artist Shelly Federman created this curious structure that resembles the West Bank separation wall...  Except that it's made of Styrofoam and can be used as a floating mattress. Read more and see the photos...

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Hummus, another cause for war in the Middle East


Lebanon is accusing Israel of usurping its most precious culinary specialties. It intends to create a geographical label to identify ‘authentic’ Lebanese cuisine. To further stress its point, Lebanon also intends to beat the largest hummus dish world record, currently held by Israel. Read more...

Is Farouk Hosni worthy of leading UNESCO?

UNESCO will choose its new general director this evening. It's Farouk Hosni, Egyptian Culture Minister since 1986, who looks set to succeed Koïchiro Matsuura at the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. But will the man who pledged to "burn" Israeli books really fit the bill? Read more...

Israel calls for "Lost Jews" to come home

The Israeli authorities have launched a video campaign calling for people to report on Jews in danger of marrying non-Jews. Read more and see the video...

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