Israel news

Palestinian minister dies after West Bank protest

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2014

A Palestinian minister has died after clashing with Israeli soldiers at a protest in the West Bank today.

Ziad Abu Ein, a minister without portfolio, appeared to be arguing with IDF soldiers near the Turmusiya village.

One witness claimed he was pushed by soldiers. Others claimed that he was suffocated by tear gas.

Mr Abu Ein died before reaching a hospital in Ramallah.


Israel rejects Amnesty war crime claim

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2014

Amnesty International has claimed that Israeli air strikes against four high-rise buildings in Gaza during the summer amounted to “war crimes”.

The al-Basha Tower complex – which housed around 30 flats, TV and radio stations – was flattened during the strikes. There were no fatalities.

Amnesty called for an investigation into the strikes in a report into the incident.


I sacrificed my spy job to help terror-accused Hamas man

By Rosa Doherty, December 4, 2014

The Shin Bet wasted a golden opportunity when it turned against one of its most high-profile Palestinian agents, a former member of Israel's domestic intelligence agency has argued.

Gonen Ben Yitzak was the handler of Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of West Bank Hamas chief Sheikh Hassan Yousef, who was recruited to work for Israel at the age of 17.

Mr Yousef left the Shin Bet in 2007 after he


Cricket ball kills umpire

By Simon Griver, December 4, 2014

Israeli cricket umpire Oscar Hillel died after being struck by a ball during the final league game of the season between champions Lod and Ashdod last weekend.

Just an hour earlier, the 58-year-old Israeli had observed a minute's silence for Australian batsman Philip Hughes, who had died several days earlier after being hit by a bouncer.

Hillel was hit when the batsman struck the ball at the


Jerusalem violence ebbs

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 4, 2014

Violence in and around Jerusalem has continued over the past week, but at a lower level than the spate of attacks seen in late November.

On Saturday, arsonists, thought to be right-wing vigilantes, burnt two classrooms at the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Bilingual School in south Jerusalem.

The school is the only one in the city where Jews and Arabs learn side-by-side.


Pope's Islam message

December 4, 2014

Pope Francis has called for Muslim leaders around the world to speak out against terrorism carried out in the name of Islam.

In a press conference on board a flight back to Rome from Turkey, the Pope said that such a move would help dispel the stereotype of Islam as a violent faith.

The pontiff denounced people who say that "all Muslims are terrorists".


Gantz to step down as IDF gets new chief

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 4, 2014

The cabinet is expected to approve the appointment of Major General Gadi Eisenkot as the next chief of staff of the Israel Defence Force on Sunday.

Maj-Gen Eisenkot, 54, is currently the deputy chief of staff and served most of his 36-year army career as a combat officer in the Golani infantry brigade.


Diaspora rattled as Israel's 'Jewish-state' crisis grows

November 27, 2014

Israel's planned "Jewish-state law" has pushed its governing coalition to the edge of collapse and prompted unprecedented criticism from President Reuven Rivlin, the US administration and major Jewish organisations around the world.


New Israel Fund pledges opposition to bill

By Simon Rocker, November 27, 2014

The New Israel Fund will oppose the nation-state bill "in any form which seeks to alter the vision of Israel's founders and harm Israel's democratic character," said the chief executive of its UK branch, Adam Ognall.

The Office of the Chief Rabbi and the Jewish Leadership Council have declined to express a view on the bill.

But Mr Ognall argued that British Jewry should be at the "forefront


Clash over anti-terror measures

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 27, 2014

Israel's political and security establishments are at loggerheads over the best way to confront the recent wave of terror attacks.

As ministers and right-wing politicians have called for more severe measures, the security chiefs have warned that "collective punishment" will not deter further attacks and only serve to further alienate the Palestinian population.

So far, the demands of some po