Mira Bar Hillel

Mira Bar-Hillel is Property and Planning correspondent of the Evening Standard

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Boris Johnson argued that he could perform both roles as MP and Mayor

Boris Johnson has revealed his true colours and taken a brick to people power

The Mayor of London has effectively killed off any hope of devolved power in London

The BBC headquarters at New Broadcasting House is illuminated at night in London, England.

We can no longer justify paying the licence fee when the BBC wastes so much money on expenses

Since January, senior managers have claimed over £60,000 a month

Israeli President Shimon Peres (L) stands next British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) as he signs the guestbook during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential compound in Jerusalem on March 12, 2014.

The truth about the UK's pro-Israel lobbies

Why did our government ignore the slaughter in Gaza, and continue to sell arms to Israel? The answer lies in two of Britain's influential pressure groups

Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian protester following a demonstration

Despite claims that anti-Semitism is on the rise in the UK, it's Israel's critics who need protection

Those who dare speak out against the massacre in Gaza face real danger

A Palestinian man carries the body of a one-year-old baby Noha Mesleh, who died of wounds sustained after a UN school in Beit Hanun was hit by an Israeli tank shell

Gaza is too busy burying its children to report on injured owls

The brutal imbalance of this one-sided conflict has now been fully exposed

Demonstrators march through the streets from outside the Israeli embassy in central London on July 26, 2014, calling for an end to violence in Gaza.

There’s nothing new about conflating criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism

Only 15 per cent of the UK supports Israel's offensive. Are the rest anti-Semites?

Palestinians paramedics lift the body of a man from the Al Shejaeiya neighbourhood, during a brief period of ceasefire requested by local rescue forces to retrieve dead and wounded from the Shuja'iyya neighbourhood in east Gaza City

Israel has discovered that it's no longer so easy to get away with murder in the age of social media

All you now need is a mobile phone and a Twitter account to hold power to account, and help change history

A Palestinian man reads a leaflet dropped by Israeli Defense Forces over the Shuja'iyya neighbourhood in east Gaza. The paper says residents of the area are supposed to leave the area immediately and seek shelter in the center of Gaza City before the Israeli airforce will commence airstrikes. According to Israeli sources 100,000 people were notified to flee, only a few did

As a child growing up in Israel, I saw how Palestinians became increasingly dehumanised

Fifty years later, we are now witnessing the result. Can you imagine if the British had treated the Irish in the same way?

Left: Palestinians carry the body of three-year-old Mohammed Mnassrah; Right: Ayelet Shaked, a member of the Jewish Home party in Israel's Knesset

Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport

I can no longer stand by while Israeli politicians like Ayelet Shaked condone the deaths of innocent Palestinian women and children

Tariq Khdeir is greeted by his mother after being released from jail in Jerusalem. An Israeli judge released from jail and placed under house arrest the 15-year-old American of Palestinian descent whose apparent beating by Israeli police in East Jerusalem has drawn U.S. concern. Tariq Khdeir from Tampa, Florida, is a cousin of Mohammed Abu Khudeir, 16, whose abduction and killing in Jerusalem sparked violent protests and calls from Palestinians for a new uprising against Israel

Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel

Over the last fifty years America's 'strongest ally' has acquired a sense of smug invincibility

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
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Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there