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Friendly Fire, By A B Yehoshua

Less celebrated here than his Israeli peers Amos Oz and David Grossman, Yehoshua deserves in his unsparing and unsettling fictions of a society uneasy with itself to match their fame.

Peres accuses Britain of anti-Israeli sentiment

Shimon Peres, Israel's President, has launched a surprise attack on the United Kingdom, accusing it of anti-Israel sentiment and its politicians of wooing the Muslim vote.

Israeli court rejects plea to keep Kafka papers secret

An Israeli court has ruled that papers once belonging to Franz Kafka be made public for the first time.

Holly Williams: Not By Bread Alone - Israeli deafblind theatre comes to North London

When I sent out a mass text message to my friends, inviting them to come with me to a play by an Israeli deafblind theatre company, one charming response was that it sounded “like a parody of something a liberal journo arts graduate would want to see”.

Thousands join protest against Israeli military action

Thousands of people today joined a national demonstration in London against the Israeli military boarding Gaza-bound aid vessels.

Activist: 'Israelis kept firing even after we sent out SOS'

The first British campaigner to return to the UK following Israel's assault on the Gaza aid flotilla has accused troops of ignoring SOS pleas from wounded passengers and deliberately firing live rounds at unarmed activists.

The Time That Remains (NC)

Elia Suleiman's memoir of his family under Israeli occupation continues the mood of his earlier Divine Intervention (2002).

The Big Picture: in memory of the Rabbi

Ultra-orthodox Jews pray at the grave site of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in the northern Israeli village of Meron.

Observations: A comic Strip in Westminster

Unofficially, the Houses of Parliament plays host to comedy every day, with its corridors full of bungling MPs and the Punch and Judy of Prime Minister's Questions.

Grant 'sad and angry' at Portsmouth plight

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant today said he was "very sad" and "very angry" as the club look set to go into administration.

Israeli soldiers clash with Palestinian protesters

Israeli soldiers are clashing with dozens of stone-throwing Palestinian youths in the biblical West Bank town of Hebron.

Israeli agents go on PR offensive

Israel is sending more agents abroad, this time on an even more difficult mission: to project a peaceful and positive image of the Jewish state.

Abbas aide embroiled in 'sex tape scandal'

Palestinian officials are rallying around a top aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after a video surfaced showing him in the nude in an alleged attempt to trade his influence for sex.

Briefly: Ivan Vranetic

Ivan Vranetic, who died this week aged 84, was a Yugoslav partisan who saved Jews during the Holocaust and went on to head the organisation that honours non-Jews who saved Jews from the Nazis. Israel's Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem recognised Vranetic in 1970 as one of the "Righteous Among the Nations" for helping Jews find hiding places in Croatia during the Second World War.

Virginia Ironside’s Dilemmas: My daughter is unhappy I'm giving money to charity this Christmas

Dear Virginia,

I'm not going to send any Christmas cards or give people presents this year. Instead I'm sending the money I would have spent to charity, and letting all my friends know by email. A couple of them have been really keen on the idea, but my daughter is unhappy and says she thinks it is a very controlling thing to do. I haven't yet made any donations. Do you think I should stick to my guns, or has my daughter got a point?

Yours sincerely, Nell

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