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Saturday 26 July 2014

Streisand to receive honorary PhD

Barbra Streisand will perform in Israel for the first time when she visits next month

Barbra Streisand is to be presented with an honorary PhD from a leading Israeli University when she visits the country next month.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has announced it is granting the singer the degree because of her concern for human rights and dedication to Israel and the Jewish people.

Streisand, who is 71, is expected to perform at a conference in June in honour of the 90th birthday of Israeli President Shimon Peres. She will also appear in two public concerts. It will be the first time the Jewish singer has performed in Israel.

The university's school of Jewish studies, established in 1984, is named after Streisand's father, Emanuel.

Streisand also holds an honorary doctorate in Arts and Humanities from Brandeis University in the US.

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