Israel news

‘You can argue about anything in Israel and people will listen’

By Orlando Radice, December 3, 2015

Pacing a small meeting room buried deep within the labyrinthine upper floors of the Foreign Office, the new British ambassador to Israel looks harried.


Israelis convicted of murdering Palestinian teenager Mohammad Abu Khdair

By Rosa Doherty, December 1, 2015

Two 17-year-old Israelis have been found guilty of the murder of Palestinian teenager Mohammad Abu Khdair, who was abducted and burned to death in Jerusalem last year.

On Monday, a panel of three judges at the Jerusalem District Court found the minors guilty. They will be sentenced in mid-January.

Judges also postponed a verdict on a 31-year-old man, for a mental health review.


Israel study busts myth of ‘male’ and ‘female’ brains

By Jessica Weinstein, December 1, 2015

Men may be from Mars, but according to new research, they’re not there alone.

An Israeli study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examined nearly 1,400 human brains – and failed to find consistent differences between the sexes.


Netanyahu and Putin ‘happy with military co-operation on Syria’

By Naomi Firsht, November 30, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin reinforced their military cooperation over Syria in a meeting during the climate conference in Paris on Monday.


One dead, dozens injured in West Bank bus crash

By JC Reporter, November 26, 2015

A bus has crashed near the West Bank settlement of Kohav Hashahar.

The vehicle overturned on a curve, killing 19-year-old IDF corporal Stav Partush and injuring around 42 other passengers.

Those injured were rushed by helicopter and ambulance to hospitals in central Israel.

It has been alleged that the bus driver had been speeding.


After 30 years, woman told: 'You're no Jew'

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 26, 2015

A ruling by a regional rabbinical court in Israel to retroactively cancel a women's conversion to Judaism 30 years on is causing a storm in religious circles.

The decision was made three years ago but only came to light this week after the daughter of the convert decided to appeal.


Likud's Oren Hazan mocks disabled MK

November 26, 2015

Likud MK Oren Hazan has come under fire for mocking an opposition politician's physical disability.

During a vote on the universal draft law on Tuesday, Mr Hazan shouted at wheelchair-bound Yesh Atid MK Karin Elharar: "Need Issawi to help you?"


Canabis gets start-ups buzzing in Tel Aviv

By Nathan Jeffay, November 26, 2015

Moves are under way to harness the push by Israeli start-ups to revolutionise the cannabis industry.

A conference of 750 people, the International Summit for Accelerating Cannabis Innovation, will take place in Tel Aviv in March, with participants from America, Australia, the UK, Finland and elsewhere. It is being organised by iCAN, a new company established to boost cannabis innovation.


Taking Israel to ICC would 'exculpate' terror backers

By Sandy Rashty, November 26, 2015

Leading human rights lawyer Irwin Cotler has condemned the ongoing campaign to prosecute Israel at the International Criminal Court as a discriminatory move that undermines the principles of the tribunal.


Knifed in the heart: gap-year girl who always wanted to be a mum

By Nathan Jeffay, November 24, 2015

A few months ago, during her post-national service adventure in India, Hadar Buchris stayed at the Chabad House in Pushkar.
Shimshon Goldstein, Chabad’s emissary in the Rajasthan town, said that Hadar took care of his son, Shilo, and told him: “I will be a mother.”

But on Sunday, Ms Buchris, 21, was murdered by a terrorist who stabbed her in the head, chest and near her heart.