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Political: December 5, 2012

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The Prime Minister’s Office demanded that Prof. Rivka Feldhay, a faculty member of Tel Aviv University, cancel her participation in a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Netanayhu with academics in Berlin, because of her political views and criticism of government policy. (Haaretz)

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December 5th, 2012 at 9:34 am

Diplomacy: November 29, 2012

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Germany decided to abstain from a UN General Assembly vote on the acceptance of Palestine as an observer state.  According to a senior German diplomat said that the reason for not opposing the move is that the “Israelis did not respond in any way to our request for positive gestures toward the Palestinians, specifically in relation to construction in settlements.” (Haaretz)

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November 29th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Closed Society: April 29, 2012

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El Al security personnel in Germany prevented actor Shredi Jabarin from boarding an Israir flight to Israel. Jabarin, an Arab-Israeli living in Berlin, was on his way to Israel to participate in a film production. According to him, when a security guard asked him if he can show him a contract, Jabarin answered that he does not hold a copy with him, but he is an Israeli citizen and the guard can treat him like “an Israeli citizen coming back home”. The guard then said “don’t say ‘home’, this is not home for you” and forced him to go through an extensive security check. After that, Jabarin was told he cannot board his flight.

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April 29th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Political: April 8, 2012

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Interior Minister Eli Yishai (Shas) has declared the German Nobel Prize laureate author Gunter Grass a “persona non grata,” following his criticism of the Israeli government’s nuclear policies in a recent poem.

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April 8th, 2012 at 12:00 am

Political: December 22, 2011‎

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MK Danny Danon (Likud) wrote on his Facebook wall that he can’t understand the “shameful interference” by European countries in Israel’s internal affairs. The post refers to the condemnation of continued construction on the West Bank by Britain, Germany and France.

(Hebrew facebook message)

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December 22nd, 2011 at 9:20 pm