Israel news

Judge Goldstone: Too little, too late

April 7, 2011

It is to Richard Goldstone's credit that he has now, a year and seven months after the publication of his eponymous report into Operation Cast Lead, changed his mind over its most damning and poisonous allegation.


The Jewish woman behind next Gaza flotilla

By Nathan Jeffay, April 7, 2011

Almost a year on from the Gaza-bound flotilla, pro-Palestinian activists are planning to send another fleet of ships to Gaza next month to challenge Israel's partial blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory. And one of the key players in the operation is a British-Jewish immigrant to Israel.


Japanese tsunami the 'wrath of God'

By Yoav Sivan, April 7, 2011

The recent disasters in Japan amount to divine orders for the country to release two imprisoned yeshivah students, a Chasidic leader told his congregation in Jerusalem earlier this month.

Rabbi David Twersky, head of the Jerusalem branch of the Rachmastrivka Chasidic community, was referring to two Orthodox men who were jailed in Japan in 2008 for smuggling drugs.


Charedi media fall foul of the rabbis

By Nathan Jeffay, April 7, 2011

Israeli rabbis have launched a bitter attack against Charedi newspapers and magazines which operate without their approval.

The two main Charedi newspapers in Israel, Hamodia and Yated Ne'eman, which between them sell 45,000 copies daily, are both are overseen by a rabbinical board who keep tight control over what they publish.


Israel PR head 's English language barrier

By Ronen Plot, April 7, 2011

This week brought Israel's PR an unexpected windfall in the shape of Richard Goldstone's retraction of the main conclusion of his commission's report on the Gaza operation. But despite its aspirations to run a slick, high-tech new-media operation, it still seems the wrong people are in charge.


Why Israel is signing up to Facebook

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

The Israeli Foreign Ministry is planning to use Facebook for a major PR campaign that it hopes will touch millions of internet users around the world and bypass the often hostile mainstream media.


Blackout at Rambam's tomb after rabbis ignore electricty bill

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

Visitors to the Rambam's tomb in Tiberias may find it difficult to see things clearly.

The holy burial site of the renowned 12th century Jewish scholar and philosopher Moses Maimonides was left without electricity after the rabbis who managed the site failed to pay mounting utility bills.


Human Rights Watch: Palestinian media abuses damaging press freedom

By Jennifer Lipman, April 6, 2011

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the Palestinian Authority of perpetrating "blatant attacks" on free speech in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the past two years.

The New York-based organisation documented seven cases of abuse of journalists investigating corruption in the West Bank, as well as two instances in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.


Hague: settlements threat to two-state solution

By Jennifer Lipman, April 6, 2011

Britain's Foreign Secretary has called on Israel to "reconsider" its approval of more than 900 housing units in east Jerusalem.

The plans for the buildings in the residential area of Gilo, on the road to Bethlehem, were given the green light by the Jerusalem municipality on Monday. The buildings would double the number of homes approved in Gilo since November 2009.


Significant rise in terror attacks on Israelis

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2011

Terrorist attacks against Israel have more than doubled in the last month.

According to figures compiled by Israel's General Security Service, there were a total of 128 terrorist incidents in March, compared to 61 the previous month.

The brutal murders of the Fogel family and the bus stop bombing in Jerusalem saw the tally of Israeli deaths from terrorism rise to six last month.