Israel news

Three injured in tractor attack

By Daniella Peled, July 22, 2008

Three people have been injured in central Jerusalem after a tractor driver apparently went on the rampage, two weeks after a similar incident left three people dead.

A border policeman shot the driver dead after he drove into two vehicles on the corner of Keren Hayesdod and King David streets.

The injured, one of whom was said to be in serious condition, were taken to Shaare Tzedek hospital.

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Terrorism bill passed by Knesset

July 18, 2008

A bill that would allow the Interior Minister to revoke the citizenship of anyone convicted of offences relating to terrorism has been approved by a Knesset committee.A further bill ending state payments for the burials of terrorists was also approved by a separate committee.

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Lifeguard finds artefact

July 18, 2008

An Israeli lifeguard has found a 2,500-year-old talisman to ward off the evil eye during his regular morning swim. The marble disc, discovered by David Shalom near the site of the ancient Yavne-Yam port city, was used to keep bad luck away from ships.

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Nefesh’s 15,000th oleh

July 18, 2008
Aliyah organisation Nefesh b’Nefesh brought its 15,000th new immigrant to Israel last week in an event broadcast for the first time as a live webcast. Two-hundred olim from the United States and 30 from Britain were welcomed at Ben-Gurion airport.

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Soldiers come home on a day of public mourning

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 18, 2008

IDF soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser were laid to rest yesterday (Thursday), two years and four days after the Hizbollah attack on their patrol which triggered the Second Lebanon War.

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Israel is in mourning as Hizbollah claims victory

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 18, 2008

“A nation in tears” is how President Shimon Peres summarised the nerve-wracking Wednesday in which Israel received the bodies of captured soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud (Udi) Goldwasser in return for the remains of 199 Lebanese and Palestinian fighters, four captured Hizbollah men and convicted murderer Samir Kuntar.

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Israel will ‘never discover’ Arad’s fate

July 18, 2008

Israel will probably never find out the fate of missing navigator Ron Arad, a senior Israeli figure said this week.

Last weekend, Hizbollah delivered a dossier on its efforts to locate the navigator, who bailed out over Lebanon 22 years ago, as part of the prisoner deal.

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Olmert’s ‘last chance’ to save his future

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 18, 2008

The cross-examination of key witness Morris Talansky that began yesterday (Thursday) in Jerusalem and will continue into next week is expected to be Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s last chance to save his political future.

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Israel ‘did not abuse reporter’

July 18, 2008

Israel has denied allegations by a Palestinian journalist that he was abused at a border crossing. Mohammed Omer, 24, said he collapsed during questioning. But Israeli officials insisted he was treated fairly and that his account was full of contradictions.

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Miller hearing begins

July 11, 2008
A preliminary hearing in the Israeli civil courts into the death of James Miller, the British film-maker killed in May 2003, was due to start yesterday (Thursday) at Tel Aviv District Court. A further hearing, at which both sides will submit their documentary evidence, will take place in three months’ time. Mr Miller, an award-winning film-maker and producer, was shot in Rafah in the Gaza Strip, allegedly by an IDF soldier.

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