Israel news

Israeli push to teach Judaism as culture

By Nathan Jeffay, May 30, 2014

Noa Shabtay teaches subjects she never even heard about when she was at school. And it is not because she is teaching technology — her field has been around for centuries.

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Nice little tab: Netanyahu household gets £27k for 'basic food'

By Daniel Easterman, May 30, 2014

The Netanyahu family will spend over £27,000 of Israeli taxpayers' money this year on basic groceries, it has emerged.

The figure does not include catering for foreign dignitaries, restaurant deliveries or ice cream - which are paid for from another budget.

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Rivlin in pole position to succeed Peres as Israel’s next president

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 27, 2014

Six candidates remain in the race to be Israel's next president as the list closed today.

The candidates who managed to collect the necessary ten signatures of Knesset members include three serving MKs.

Former Speaker Rubi Rivlin (Likud) is widely regarded the front-runner, although he has not been endorsed as his party's official candidate.

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Israel’s presidential race kicks off — despite Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 22, 2014

The Knesset will elect a new president for Israel on June 10.

Speaker Yuli Edelstein’s decision to call the vote in two-and-a-half weeks effectively ended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s short-lived attempt to abolish the presidency.

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Yaalon defends IDF over ‘video evidence’ of shootings

By JC reporter, May 21, 2014

Israel has defended the actions of its soldiers over the fatal shooting of two Palestinians during a West Bank protest last week.

A video has emerged of the incident on May 15 at a Nakba Day rally at Ofer Prison near Ramallah which Palestinians are claiming shows that neither of the rioters posed a threat at the time when they were shot.

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Rachel Corrie death case returns to Israeli court

By Daniel Easterman, May 20, 2014

The Israeli Supreme Court is about rehear the case against the state over the death of American activist Rachel Corrie in Gaza in 2003.

Ms Corrie was protesting against house demolitions in Rafah with the International Solidarity Movement when she was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer.

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MKs propose access to Temple Mount for Jews

By Daniel Easterman, May 19, 2014

Knesset members on the left and right have proposed a new law which would allow Jews to pray on the Temple Mount.

The bill, co-authored by right-wing Likud MK Miri Regev and Labour MK Hilik Bar, is an attempt to overturn the current ban on Jewish worshippers at the site, currently reserved for Muslims.

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Top yeshivah rabbi apologises for 'kill ministers' lecture

By Orlando Radice, May 16, 2014

A rabbi from Israel’s leading strictly-Orthodox yeshivah has apologised for saying that Israel’s government ministers deserve death.

Nissan Kaplan, a rabbi at the prestigious Mir Yeshivah, whose classes draw upwards of 200 students, said in a recent discourse on the weekly Torah portion that he not only advocates killing ministers, but also that he educates his children in this spirit.

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Palestinians shot dead in Nakba Day protests

By Sandy Rashty, May 15, 2014

Two Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank after participating in Nakba Day riots.

Soldiers reportedly shot the men in the heart with rubber bullets during a riot outside the Ofer Military Prison near Ramallah today.

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Olmert given six years in prison

By Daniel Easterman, May 13, 2014

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to six years in prison and fined over £170,000 for taking bribes and fraudulent activities while he was mayor of Jerusalem.

This is the first time in Israeli history that a former prime minister has received jail time.

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