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There will be a state memorial service for the former prime minister tomorrow before he is buried in a private ceremony at his ranch

Myrna Shiboleth has the only kennel in the world dedicated to breeding Canaans

The battle to save Israel's biblical-era desert dogs

A kennel devoted to the survival of the rare Canaan is facing eviction by the government, says Catrina Stewart in Jerusalem

Philip Hensher: The Swedes have the right idea on binge drinking

The authorities should deny all supermarkets an alcohol licence. Let it be sold through specialist outlets

Anti-Arab soccer fans rampage in shopping centre – but no arrests

Buoyed by a home win, Jewish fans of football club Beitar Jerusalem this week rampaged through a nearby shopping centre following an evening match, attacking Arab workers and shoppers in one of the worst racial brawls seen in the city in recent years.

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Simon Annand gained access to A-list dressing rooms to shoot the stars. As a new exhibition opens, he shares some backstage secrets with Charlotte Cripps

Famous faces: Kelly Brook

Simon Annand: Behind closed doors

Simon Annand gained access to A-list dressing rooms to shoot the stars. As a new exhibition opens, he shares some backstage secrets

Vandals sprayed the words “price tag” on a car

Lesson in extremism at Israel 'peace' school

Attacks on co-existence projects have raised fears they are being targeted by Jewish activists

The European Commission report warns that 'attempts to emphasise the Jewish identity' in Jerusalem 'threatens its religious diversity'

EU 'should block finance for Israeli settlements'

'Radical action' urged to tackle illegal expansion in Jerusalem

Theatre lovers were camping outside the Apollo in London last night

'It's bigger than Harry Potter': fans queue for Jerusalem's curtain call

Theatre lovers have camped outside the Apollo theatre in London for up to 36 hours to secure the last tickets to the most acclaimed play in the West End.

Donald Macintyre: Inhabitants of 'Area C' have been neglected

If nothing else the EU report is a sign that the international community has woken up to the problems of Area C – including what it describes bluntly as the "forced transfer" of Palestinians from their land.

Ultraorthodox men with a sign reading: 'Women are asked not to linger here'

Sexism and the state of Israel

Driven by a theology that refuses to grant women equal rights, ultraorthodox Jews have begun to flex their misogynist muscles. But, says Catrina Stewart, a fightback has begun

Nick Clegg held a joint press conference with Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, at Admiralty House

Diary: Chin up, Ed. Nobody likes you, but your job looks safe

Ed Miliband has not had a good start to the year. There has been a run of unhelpful stories, and now an opinion poll which suggests that the only opposition leaders for a generation whose popular standing was worse than his were Michael Foot and Iain Duncan Smith. The latest survey by YouGov, for The Sunday Times, showed that 20 per cent think Miliband is doing well, but 66 per cent say he is doing badly. That is a score of minus 46.

Ehud Olmert: Alternative to land deal ‘is a bloody clash’

Ehud Olmert faces new corruption charges

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has been indicted on new corruption charges.

Israel accused over 'provocative' new homes in Jerusalem

Israel has been accused by the UK of hampering peace efforts with another "provocative and deeply counter-productive" step after authorities approved construction in sensitive areas of Jerusalem.

Crying and spat on, plight of girl, 7, mobilises Israelis against extremists

Thousands of Israelis are expected to march through the city of Bet Shemesh later this week to protest against the treatment of women by ultra-orthodox Jewish extremists, with tensions high after a seven-year-old girl said she had been spat on in the street.

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