Israel news

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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IDF: Facebook army photos 'base and crude'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2010

The Israeli army has condemned a former soldier who posted photographs of herself with a blindfolded Palestinian on Facebook.

Eden Abergil has claimed she does not understand what she did wrong, but an IDF spokesman called her behaviour “base and crude”.

The spokesman added: "These actions are ugly and callous; details of the incident have been forwarded up the chain of command."

Israeli human rights organisations have also criticised Ms Abergil’s actions.

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Netanyahu in Athens to build Greek-Israel ties

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2010

Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in Athens for a historic visit to Greece to discuss military cooperation, trade and tourism.

According to a top Israeli official, the prime minister’s two-day trip is a sign of “new warmth in Israeli-Greek relations".

Greece has only had diplomatic ties with Israel for 20 years and this is the first time an Israeli prime minister has officially visited the country.

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