Israel news

Palestinians arrested for Jerusalem tourist stabbing

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 26, 2011

A group of Palestinian men involved in both terror and criminal activity have been arrested in connection with the stabbing of two women in the Jerusalem Hills last month. Two of the men were indicted for the murder of American tourist Kristine Luken and the serious wounding of her friend, British immigrant Kaye Wilson.

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Google helps with Holocaust memorial project

By Jennifer Lipman, January 26, 2011

Yad Vashem and Google have joined forces to encourage more young people to learn about the Holocaust.

From today, the Jerusalem memorial museum’s vast photo archive can be viewed online and accessed easily through the search engine.

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Hamas warn 'immediate response' to Palestine leaks

By Robyn Rosen, January 26, 2011

A top Hamas representative has used a British newspaper to threaten action as an “immediate response” to the release of the Palestine papers.

Writing in the Guardian today, Osama Hamdan, described as the head of the Hamas international relations department, said a series of meetings have begun to “discuss practical measures”.

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Bottlenose dolphins spotted on Israeli coast

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2011

Israel has welcomed its latest group of immigrants – hundreds of bottlenose dolphins.

Experts from the Israel Marine Mammal Research said more than 180 dolphins have been sighted along the Mediterranean coastline. They said they believe d there were up to 400 of the species which have taken up residence off the Tel Aviv and Herzliya shores.

Dr Aviad Scheinin, the chairman of the Haifa-based centre, said: "The data of the past year strengthens research I did…showing that the bottlenose dolphin has a permanent population near Israel's shores.”

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Israel Foreign Ministry wages strike resolved

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2011

Israeli diplomats have ended a month-long strike after reaching an agreement on pay.

Workers at the Foreign Ministry walked out in December, demanding the same salary and benefits as Mossad staff and as workers for the Defence Ministry.

They refused to perform vital consular duties, from processing marriage licences to answering emails and helping Israelis in difficulty abroad. A deal has now been reached, although the demands of the Foreign Ministry staff have not been fully met.

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Israel Foreign Ministry wages strike resolved

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2011

Israeli diplomats have ended a month-long strike after reaching an agreement on pay.

Workers at the Foreign Ministry walked out in December, demanding the same salary and benefits as Mossad staff and as workers for the Defence Ministry.

They refused to perform vital consular duties, from processing marriage licences to answering emails and helping Israelis in difficulty abroad. A deal has now been reached, although the demands of the Foreign Ministry staff have not been fully met.

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Al-Jazeera Palestine papers dismissed as 'fabrication'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2011

The Palestinian Authority has roundly dismissed claims that two years ago it offered Israel significant concessions on control of Jerusalem and other key issues in the Middle East peace process.

According to documents published by Al-Jazeera, which are claimed to be leaked reports on the 2008 peace negotiations, the Palestinians said Israel could keep almost all of east Jerusalem in return for an area beside the West Bank.

The holy sites in Jerusalem would initially have been placed under international control.

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Palestinian firm seeks kosher food stamp

By Jennifer Lipman, January 20, 2011

A tahini manufacturer has become the first Palestinian company in history to apply for a kosher food license.

The Nablus-based Alul Company want to be able sell their products, including the sweet halva, to Israeli chains.

The chief rabbinate said they expected to accept the request, as long as issues of supervision, to ensure nothing was made on Shabbat or with non-kosher ingredients, could be resolved.

The company previously had a license in the 1980s, but lost it when control of Nablus went to the Palestinian Authority.

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Israeli ministers calls for power to deport activists

By Nathan Jeffay, January 20, 2011

Israeli ministers could get the power to deport foreign activists who take "action against the state" if a newly drafted bill passes.

The legislation by Likud MK Yariv Levin would allow a panel consisting of the Interior Minister, Defence Minister and Foreign Minister to block entry or deport from Israeli-controlled territory individuals they deem to be harming Israeli interests.

It specifies that this could be by speech, action, participation in lawsuits against Israeli officials or "hostile activity including demonstrations".

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Judges could reduce Moshe Katzav's sentence

January 20, 2011

The extensive media coverage of the rape trial of former president Moshe Katzav may result in his sentence being reduced, according to a full transcript of the verdict.

The protocols of the trial, which were published on Sunday with the names of Katzav's victims deleted, reveal that the sitting judges criticised the media and said that "lines were crossed" in the way the case was reported.

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