Israel news

Israel hit by race riots

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 7, 2015

Two angry protests against police violence have brought the challenges facing Israel's Ethiopians to the fore.

Sixty-eight people were injured and 43 arrests were made at the second demonstration, which took place in Tel Aviv on Sunday evening. Thousands of Israeli-Ethiopians and members of other communities took part.

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Now they're putting a Torah on the moon

By Nathan Jeffay, May 7, 2015

The moon could have its own holy ark and Sefer Torah within three years, thanks to a crowd-funded initiative to land a sacred scroll on the lunar surface.

The Torah on the Moon project is asking people worldwide, Jewish and non-Jewish, to "buy" a letter in the specially-designed, 5in Torah, which will be launched in an unmanned spacecraft and left on the moon in a special capsule-like ark.

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At last minute, Netanyahu finalises shaky coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 6, 2015

With less than two hours to go before the final deadline for forming a government, Likud and Habayit Hayehudi negotiating teams finalised an agreement which allowed Benjamin Netanyahu to inform President Reuven Rivlin that he had succeeded in fulfilling his mandate.

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Tony Blair vouches for convict Ehud Olmert in corruption case

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2015

Tony Blair has intervened in Ehud Olmert’s corruption case, providing a character reference for the discredited former Israeli Prime Minister.

A letter written by the former British premier in support of Olmert praised the ex-Kadima leader’s efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.

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IDF hits back after Palestinian rocket strikes Israel

By Sandy Rashty, April 24, 2015

A rocket was fired into southern Israel from Gaza on Thursday night, ending four months of relative calm in the area.

Israelis were called into bomb shelters after the emergency siren sounded in Sderot.

The Israel Defence Forces confirmed that the rocket exploded in an open area near kibbutzim. No one was injured in the attack.

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Population up as Israel reaches 67

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 23, 2015

Israel's population has risen to 8,345,000 as the country marks the 67th anniversary of its independence, new figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics have revealed.

The figure is more than 10 times its 806,000 citizens in 1948.

In 2015, three-quarters of Israelis are Jewish - 6.25 million.

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Netanyahu fights to make coalition stick

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 23, 2015

A month after winning the election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still does not have a coalition to form a new government.

On Tuesday he received a two-week extension from President Reuven Rivlin in which to complete his administration.

He now has to form either a right-wing, religious coalition, or turn to Labour leader Isaac Herzog and try to build a national-unity government.

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Could scanner revolutionise how you live?

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

What's in your medicine? Is it time to water your plant? And how many calories are in that extra slice of cake?

SCiO, the first ever pocket-sized molecular scanner, can answer all these questions and more.

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Figuring it out - the Zionists ready for action

By Sandy Rashty, April 23, 2015

GI Joe, Superman and Wonder Woman are more conventional action heroes.

But one Tel Aviv-based entrepreneur has decided to model his collectable figures on those who built Israel.

Asaf Harari's Zion Action figures include Theodor Herzl, David Ben-Gurion, Moshe Dayan, Menachem Begin and Golda Meir - with Israel's first female prime minister proving to be the best-seller.

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Parents question teaching of Shoah

By Shira Rubin, April 23, 2015

Israeli parents reacted with shock when their toddlers were sent home from nursery school wearing yellow "Jude" patches as part of Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations.

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