Israel news

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Human Rights Council: Goldstone reversal just personal opinion

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2011

Judge Richard Goldstone's admission that there were flaws in his report on Israeli military conduct in Gaza two years ago was just personal opinion, according to the UN committee that commissioned the probe.

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Judge Richard Goldstone to tour Israel's rocket-hit south

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2011

Judge Richard Goldstone has been invited to visit Israel, following his admission that he did not stand by his damning report on Israeli military conduct during the Gaza war.

According to Israel's Interior Minister Eli Yishai, Judge Goldstone has accepted the offer, which would include a tour of southern Israeli communities affected by the barrage of rockets from Gaza.

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Judge Goldstone admits Gaza war report flawed

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2011

Israeli politicians have called for the "immediate cancellation" of a UN report accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza after its Jewish author retracted his "libel".

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Hamas condemned for violence, assaults on journalists

By Jennifer Lipman, April 1, 2011

A media watchdog has condemned terrorist group Hamas for incidents of "violence and intimidation against journalists" covering events in the Gaza Strip.

According to the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), at least four reporters attempting to cover peaceful protests in the area were "physically assaulted and obstructed" by Hamas security forces on Wednesday.

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Peres to meet Obama, talk new peace deal

By Jennifer Lipman, April 1, 2011

Shimon Peres is to follow up his trip to the UK this week with a meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington. It will be the Israeli President's first visit to the White House in almost two years.

Mr Peres is expected to lay out some of the details of a new Middle East peace plan at meetings with US government leaders, including at a "working lunch" in the White House.

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Mazel Tov: UK ambassador Matthew Gould's daughter born in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, April 1, 2011

Britain's first Jewish ambassador to Israel is now the proud father of a baby girl born in Tel Aviv.

Rachel Elizabeth Gould was born earlier today. Her father Matthew and his wife Celia arrived in Israel in September, replacing Sir Tom Phillips in the post.

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