Israel news

British tourist killed in Jerusalem bus stop bomb

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

The woman killed in yesterday’s explosion near the central bus station in Jerusalem was a British tourist.

Police said Mary Jean Gardner, 59, was not carrying any identification when the bomb exploded in the early afternoon, as schools were breaking up for the day. It had been left in a bag beside a stop along the 74 bus route.

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Minister condemn Facebook 'intifada' page

By Jessica Elgot, March 23, 2011

An Israeli minister has demanded Facebook shut down a group which calls for violent uprisings and a third intifada.

Minister of Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Yuli Edelstein has written to Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg asking him to remove the page.

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Jersualem mayor: Life must go on after bomb

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2011

The mayor of Jerusalem has called on those living in the city to return to normal life “as quickly as possible” rather than give in to terrorists and live in fear.

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Rescue workers: Pregnant women among Jerusalem blast victims

By Jennifer Lipman and Jessica Elgot, March 23, 2011

Israeli emergency workers have spoken of treating injured pregnant women and seeing pools of blood at the scene of the bomb near Jerusalem’s central bus station today.

Yonatan Yogadovsky, director of the Magen David Adom (MDA) international department , said ambulances were on the scene immediately to tend to the wounded, estimated to include more than 30 civilians.

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Woman dead, 30 wounded in Jerusalem bus station bomb

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2011

A woman was killed and up to 30 civilians were injured, including at least four severely, when a bomb exploded near the Jerusalem bus station at lunchtime today.

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Bob Dylan set for Israel concert

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2011

Bob Dylan is to perform in Israel for the third time this June, according to tour news on a fan website.

The American singer-songwriter, born Robert Allen Zimmerman to Jewish parents in Minnesota, is expected to perform at the Ramat Gan stadium which has recently seen shows by Leonard Cohen and Rod Stewart.

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Explosion near bus station in Jerusalem

By Jessica Elgot, March 23, 2011

Early reports suggest that 25 people have been injured, three seriously after a bomb exploded in central Jerusalem. Al Jihad al Islami (Islamic Jihad) have reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Hamas terror escalates at Gaza border

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2011

Violence continued to escalate at the Gaza border this morning as two more rockets and ten mortar shells were fired by Hamas terrorists into residential areas in the south of Israel, in Beersheva and Ashdod.

A 56-year-old man was injured in one attack, while three others were treated by doctors following the blasts.

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Gene Simmons: Israel boycotters are fools

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2011

Gene Simmons has criticised musicians who boycott Israel.

The Kiss bassist said those who refused to perform in Israel for political reasons were “fools”.

Mr Simmons, whose mother was an Auschwitz survivor, was born in Haifa in 1949 as Chaim Witz.

He made the comments while in Jerusalem to film scenes for his reality show, the Gene Simmons Family Jewels.

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Israel's ex-president Moshe Katzav sentenced to seven years

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2011

The former Israeli president Moshe Katzav has been sentenced to seven years in prison for rape.

In a dramatic scene, the 65-year-old cried and screamed after learning of his fate, shouting that the charges against him were a lie and that the courts had “made a mistake”.

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