Israel news

Cheap flights on a tourism boon

April 18, 2008

New tourism figures released this week by the Israel Government Tourist Office in London reveal a 50 per cent hike in tourist figures in January and February 2008, compared to the same period last year. IGTO attributes the rise to the launch of new low-cost flights to Israel.


Israeli, 81, on drug charges

April 18, 2008

Three Israelis, one in his 80s, have been remanded in custody charged with importing cannabis into Britain. Moshe Kedar, 81, Mordechai Hersh, 66 and Yehezkel Srebro, 56, appeared at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on Friday. They were charged with another six defendants after arrests in connection with drug trafficking. All nine were remanded to appear at the same court on May 8.


Israel agrees to graves pay-out

By Leon Symons, April 18, 2008

Israel has finally agreed to pay for the restoration of a British war-graves cemetery in Gaza City, damaged when it launched an operation after the abduction of Corporal Gilad Shalit in June 2006.

A memorial stone, perimeter wall, trees and a number of headstones were damaged in that operation and in a second incident a week later.

Britain issued a formal complaint after the Israelis ignored a letter from its embassy in Tel Aviv. After initially denying responsibility for the damage for months, Israel has now agreed to pay NIS 145,000 (£20,600).


It's Pesach... so make sure you kosher your water

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 18, 2008

Jerusalemites will spend next week drinking, washing and flushing their toilets with Kosher le’Pesach water.

Why? Because a week before the holiday, the Israeli national water company, Mekorot, disconnected Jerusalem from the national pipeline that pumps water all the way from the Kinneret lake down to the Negev.

Throughout the Pesach week, households will have to rely on water drawn by the municipal water company, Hagihon, from local reservoirs and wells.


Gaza-trip MPs face Kassam attack

By Jenni Frazer, April 18, 2008

In a week of renewed violence between Israel and Hamas that claimed the lives of three IDF soldiers and reportedly around 20 Gazans, British MPs saw Palestinian rocket fire at first-hand as Kassams were launched from a village near the Gaza Strip.

The MPs — three from the Labour Party and one Liberal Democrat — were on a fact-finding mission to Israel and the Palestinian territories, organised by Caabu, the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding.


Abducted boy goes to gentile dad

By Ruth Eglash, April 18, 2008

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that an eight-year-old boy being raised here by his mother as an Orthodox Jew must be returned to his estranged non-Jewish father, under the terms of the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction.

French-born Ronite Biton, who has been fighting for custody of her son for the past six years, was ordered to return the boy to Belgium, where a local court will determine whether she or her ex-husband, Vincent Georis, will raise him.


A bomber left him paralysed for 2 years: this week he walked

By Candice Krieger, April 11, 2008

A young Israeli, paralysed from the chest down after a suicide bombing, has defied medical odds by regaining feeling in his toes following pioneering treatment at a London clinic.

Zion Shitrit, 23, was working at a market in the northern Israeli town of Hadera when a suicide bomber blasted the area, killing six.


Not all Arabs want to spoil the party

By Ben Lynfield, April 11, 2008

While Leaders of Israel’s Arab minority were gearing up for a battle to assert their history and grievances as a competing narrative to the state-organised celebrations of Israel’s 60th anniversary of independence, one mosque took a different line.

In the small northern village of Taibe, residents painted their mosque in the blue and white colours of the Israeli flag in what they said was a gesture of coexistence.


Gunmen kill three

By Eric Silver, April 11, 2008

Palestinian gunmen shot dead two Israeli civilian workers and a soldier in clashes on either side of the Gaza border on Wednesday.

The civilians were hit when four terrorists infiltrated a depot near Kibbutz Nahal Oz from which Israel dispatches fuel, paid for by the European Union, to Gaza. Two other Israelis were wounded in the attack. Two of the infiltrators were reportedly killed in a gunfight with Israeli troops. Israeli helicopters chased the others back across the border, killing three gunmen.


Come back home, Israel tells expats

By Dana Gloger, April 11, 2008

Israelis living in the UK are being encouraged to return to live in Israel this year, for the country’s 60th anniversary.

The Ministry of Absorption is working with the Jewish Agency to try to entice expats living in both the UK and North America.