Israel news

Jerusalem prepares for Pop Idol clashes

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 19, 2010

Major clashes are expected next month in Jerusalem around the broadcast of the A Star is Born finale from the Sultan's Pool in Jerusalem.

The final of Israel's equivalent to Pop Idol is scheduled for Saturday night and strictly Orthodox rabbis object to it for fear that the preparations for the broadcast will take place on Shabbat, and that the heavy traffic expected will block the road for those planning to get to the Western Wall for the first night of selichot (penitential prayers said before the High Holy Days).

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Greek-Israel ties bolstered

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 19, 2010

The diplomatic relationship between Israel and Turkey continued to deteriorate this week in the wake of the Gaza flotilla raid, as the ambassador to Ankara was publicly snubbed. At the same time, Israel bolstered its ties with Turkey's rival neighbour, Greece, with a prime ministerial visit.

Israel's ambassador was not invited to a Ramadan "Iftar" supper hosted by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Iftar meal was attended by all the ambassadors in Ankara but Israeli representative, Gabi Levy, was pointedly left out.

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Netanyahu's wife wades into deportation row

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 19, 2010

Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israel's prime minister, has joined in the debate on the future of 400 children of foreign workers who will have to leave Israel with their families over the next couple of weeks.

The cabinet decided three weeks ago to allow around 800 children to remain in Israel.

According to the new guidelines, children who have started school, who are about to this year or who have lived in Israel for at least five years and speak Hebrew, will be allowed to stay if both their parents entered legally.

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Israel take down Jerusalem wall

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 19, 2010

Ten years after becoming a local landmark in Jerusalem, the concrete wall shielding the Gilo neighbourhood from Palestinian fire is being removed.

The decision to take down the wall, made from 800 concrete panels, spanning 600 metres of Anafa Street, was agreed upon by the IDF, Jerusalem City Hall and the police. The wall went up at the beginning of the second intifada in 2000, after the eastern part of Gilo came under daily fire from the Palestinian village of Beit Jallah.

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Turkish embassy gunman remanded in custody

By Jennifer Lipman, August 18, 2010

The Palestinian gunman who held two people hostage for several hours at the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv yesterday is to remain in Israeli police custody until next week.

At a hearing, Nadim Injaz denied being “a crazy man”.

He said he had stormed the embassy on Hayarkon Street, and threatened to kill Jews, to draw attention to his demands for political asylum in Europe.

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Munich Olympics attack terrorist dies

By Jennifer Lipman, August 18, 2010

A senior Palestine Liberation Organisation officer who was implicated in the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre has died at age 70.

Amin al-Hindi, who was a close associate of Yasser Arafat, was never prosecuted for the attack, in which 11 Israeli athletes and a West German police officer were taken hostage and then murdered.

Mr al-Hindi, who ran the Palestinian General Intelligence Service under Arafat and was also a senior security officer for Fatah in the 1970s, will be buried in the Gaza Strip.

He died of cancer of the liver and pancreas in a Jordanian hospital, following surgery.

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Embassy gunman in custody

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2010

A Palestinian gunman who broke into the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv and took two hostages is in custody this morning.

Nadim Injaz was said to be in good condition, despite reports that he had been shot by security staff as he entered the building and siezed two hostages.

He gave victory signs to photographers as he was escorted to an ambulance last night.

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Gunman had raided British embassy

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2010

Nadim Injaz, the man believed to have taken two people hostage in the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv, is a Palestinian from Ramallah.

In August 2006, the then 28-year-old was arrested after an eight-hour standoff at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv, during which he wielded a plastic gun and threatened to shoot himself.

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Turkish embassy gunman in asylum demand

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2010

A Palestinian man broke into the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv this afternoon and threatened to kill any Jew who entered the building.

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Embassy gunman threatens to 'kill any Jew'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2010

A Palestinian man has broken into the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv and is threatening to kill any Jew who enters the building.

It is believed two people are being held hostage inside the embassy on Hayarkon Street by Nadim Injaz, a Palestinian from Ramallah. One person, thought to be Injaz, has been shot and injured.

Israel Radio said that rescue workers attempted to enter the building but did not bring anyone out.

Injaz was arrested in 2006 after an eight-hour standoff at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv, during which he wielded a plastic gun. Nobody was injured in that incident.

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