Israel news

Naomi Ragen to appeal plagiarism ruling

By Mark Robins, July 6, 2012

The American-born novelist, Naomi Ragen, has appealed against a ruling finding her guilty of plagiarising the work of another strictly Orthodox author.

Mrs Ragen, who holds dual American and Israeli nationality and who has lived in Israel since 1971, was found guilty by a Jerusalem court last December of copying sections of a book by Sarah Shapiro.


Plesner’s service plan for yeshivah students has Bibi beating a retreat

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 5, 2012

Yohanan Plesner has been a Knesset member for five years. But until very recently, few Israelis had heard of the Kadima backbencher.


Murder victim buried as fears grow for Yemen community

By Nathan Jeffay, July 5, 2012

He left the bosom of his family to improve its lot — and came back in a coffin. Last week, a Jewish man who was cruelly murdered in Yemen, was buried in his family’s Israeli hometown of Rehovot.


As Syria burns, the UN rounds on Israel

By Robin Shepherd, July 5, 2012

When Bashar al-Assad’s Syria praises you for your “bravery“ that is a good indication that you have wound up on the wrong side of a lot of things: History? Morality? Reason? Take your pick.


Debt threatens to bring chaos to West Bank

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 5, 2012

A request by Israel for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to make an emergency loan to the Palestinian Authority has highlighted growing concerns over unrest in the West Bank and within the Palestinian security forces.


Israel to resume West Bank security fence construction

By Benjamin Lazarus, July 5, 2012

After a five-year delay, Israel will resume constructing the West Bank security barrier in the next few weeks.

The barrier was originally erected in 2002 during the Second Intifada.

The objective - largely achieved - was to reduce terrorism and suicide bombings occurring in Israel.

It is constructed primarily of fencing, but part is also a concrete wall.


Prison conditions eased for Rabin killer Yigal Amir

By Benjamin Lazarus, July 4, 2012

Seventeen years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin stood before a packed square, rallying supporters to back the impending peace process he was orchestrating with the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

As Rabin left the event later in the evening, he was assassinated.


Israeli scientists create cannabis that doesn't get you high

By Benjamin Lazarus, July 4, 2012

Israeli scientists in a laboratory in the Galilee have reportedly developed a pain-easing strain of marijuana that does not cause psychoactive effects.

The main component in cannabis, which results in the "high" feeling, is known as THC. But Israeli scientists believe they have managed to remove this element for the first time.


Shamir buried in Mount Herzl ceremony

By Jennifer Lipman, July 3, 2012

Israel's second-longest serving prime minister has been laid to rest in Jerusalem.

Yitzhak Shamir, who died on Shabbat, was 96.


Roman synagogue unearthed in Israel archeological dig

By Mark Robins , July 2, 2012

An archaeological dig in Northern Israel has uncovered new fragments of an ancient synagogue dating back to the Roman Period.

Experts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and of the Israel Antiquities Authority unearthed the structure in the ancient Jewish village of Huqoq.