Israel news

Shoah survivor sues El Al after being ‘asked to move away from Chasid’

By Jessica Weinstein, February 29, 2016

In what could be a precedent-setting case, a Holocaust survivor is suing El Al for discrimination.

Renee Rabinowitz, 81, has accused Israel’s national airline of making her move seats after a Charedi man refused to sit next to her.


Was tortured Arad buried in a forest?

By Nathan Jeffay, February 26, 2016

Ron Arad was tortured to death two years after his capture, a defendant in a Lebanese court case has claimed.

The Israeli Air Force navigator was captured by militants in 1986, after ejecting from his plane over Lebanon.

Intense efforts began to locate him, free him and, later, when he was widely presumed dead, to find information about his death and locate his body.


Reform Jews are ‘mentally ill’ says Charedi MK

By Nathan Jeffay, February 25, 2016

Reform Jews in Israel are livid after a Charedi politician likened their religious authorities to people with mental illness.

Charedi leaders were devastated last week after hearing that people converting to Judaism with the Reform movement will now be able to complete the process at state-run ritual baths. The High Court ended their exclusion.


Split over plan to invest in Palestinians

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 25, 2016

A plan by Israel's Finance Minister, Moshe Kahlon, to allow Palestinian companies greater access to Israel's building sector could herald a split in the cabinet over both security and housing policy.

It comes as another showdown brews between Israel's security establishment and the government over policy on Gaza.


Knesset debates 'suspension law' to ban Arab MKs

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 25, 2016

The Knesset Constitution and Law Committee began debating the "suspension law" this week, which is aimed at banning from parliament MKs who express support for terrorist acts.


Israeli soldier dies after being hit by friendly fire during West Bank atttack

By JC Reporter, February 24, 2016

An Israeli soldier has died after being hit by friendly fire during a Palestinian stabbing attack in the West Bank.

Captain Eliav Gelman, 30 and a father of two, was wounded when soldiers and an armed civilian tried to stop a Palestinian assailant at the Gush Etzion Junction.


Possible attack thwarted in Jerusalem after pipe bombs found

By JC Reporter, February 24, 2016

A possible attack in Jerusalem’s Old City was thwarted on Wednesday morning after police found improvised explosive devices hidden at a food stand.

Police arrested two suspects, both in their 40s, after discovering two pipe bombs and bullets during a raid on the food stand near Herod’s Gate.

The explosives were neutralised on the scene.


Jewish Home MK pushes bill to insert Jewish law into Israeli legal proceedings

By Jessica Weinstein, February 23, 2016

An MK has proposed a bill to introduce Jewish law into Israeli legal proceedings.

The Hebrew Law Bill, proposed by the chairman of the Knesset’s Justice Committee, Habayit Hayehudi party member MK Nissan Slomiansky, will encourage judges to use Jewish law (halachah) in their rulings.


IDF arrests 19 in West Bank raids

By JC Reporter, February 23, 2016

The IDF has arrested 19 Palestinian terrorism suspects and seized weapons in raids across the West Bank.

According to a statement released by the IDF on Tuesday morning, the suspects, including five men described as Hamas members and seven men suspected of being involved in recent attacks on civilians, were arrested and transferred to the Shin Bet security agency for interrogation.


IDF launches location-specific app for security warnings

By Jessica Weinstein, February 22, 2016

The IDF has released a mobile app to warn Israelis of security threats in their area.

Launched last week on Android devices and going live on Tuesday for Apple customers, the app, called Home Front Command, will alert civilians to impending threats near them, such as rockets being fired from Gaza, earthquakes and terror attacks.