Israel news

‘Jesus is a monkey’ sprayed on Israel monastery

By Sandy Rashty, September 5, 2012

A CATHOLIC monastery in Israel was attacked by vandals on Tuesday.

The culprits sprayed anti-Christian graffiti messages on walls of the Trappist monastery at Latrun, west of Jerusalem, and set fire to its doors.

Police were called in by monks who put out the fire, which was believed to have been started at 3.30am.


Standing ovations for Israel's Batsheva despite disruptions

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2012

Protesters who disrupted the first of three performances by an acclaimed Israeli dance troupe were "sowing hatred", said a spokesman for the Israeli embassy in the UK.

The Batsheva Dance Company performed "Hora" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.


Israeli embarrassment over officials' warm welcome for Scientology

By Nathan Jeffay, August 30, 2012

The Israeli government has distanced itself from a new Scientology centre in Jaffa, insisting that its employees who attended the opening event last week did so in a strictly personal capacity.


Showdown looms as IDF plans Charedi call-up

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 30, 2012

A first showdown between the IDF and the Charedi community is expected next week as the army plans to summon thousands of 17-year-olds for the first round of interviews before their induction into military service.


Israeli scientists 'track' ancestors using DNA test

By Nathan Jeffay, August 30, 2012

An Israeli scientist claims to have developed a way of accurately establishing where a person’s parents, grandparents and ancestors hail from by analysing their DNA.


John Cleese goes nuts on Iran in Israeli advert

By Anna Sheinman, August 30, 2012

Fawlty Towers ended 33 years ago, but John Cleese, it seems, has still not learned to avoid mentioning the war.

In a new advert for an Israeli chocolate spread, Cleese, playing a US army general, accidentally sanctions an air strike by Israel.


Galilee school centre name honours Lord Janner

By Sandy Rashty, August 30, 2012

A new education centre in the north of Israel is to be named after the former Labour MP and ex-president of the Board of Deputies, Lord Janner.

Israel's ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, and members of the UJIA recommended the veteran Labour peer, now 84, for the honour in recognition of his work promoting understanding between people of different faiths.


Gilad Shalit marks first birthday since his release

By Jennifer Lipman, August 28, 2012

The Israeli prime minister has wished Gilad Shalit well on his first birthday since he was freed.

It is nearly a year since Sergeant Shalit was brought back to Israel in a prisoner exchange, after more than five years as a captive of Hamas terrorists.


Haifa court rules against Corrie family

By Jenni Frazer, August 28, 2012

The family of the US activist, Rachel Corrie, has vowed to take their case to Israel's Supreme Court after a Haifa court ruled today that the state of Israel was not responsible for their daughter's death. Rachel Corrie was killed in the Gaza Strip by an Israeli army bulldozer in 2003.


A weakened Hizbollah spells danger for Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 24, 2012

Saeed Jalili, the mild-mannered secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council and special adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, undertook a whirlwind visit of Syria and Lebanon two weeks ago.