Battle rages for moral control of Holy Land

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 29, 2011

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the city of Bet Shemesh on Tuesday as part of the escalating conflict within Israeli society over the exclusion of women.

The protest followed violent clashes on Sunday when the local municipality took down signs that had been hung in a strictly Orthodox neighbourhood instructing women not to walk on the same pavement as men, to dress modestly and


Bus fuss evokes US civil-rights protest

By Nathan Jeffay, December 29, 2011

Never, since the days of Rosa Parks, half-a-century ago, has a single bus-ride turned a citizen in to the heroine of thousands. A fortnight ago, Tania Rosenblit refused to sit in the back half of a bus where passengers normally segregate according to gender.


Jerusalem's pendulum swing

By Nathan Jeffay, December 29, 2011

Yitzhak Pindros and Laura Varton are not often in agreement. Respectively representing the most religious and most secularist factions on the Jerusalem municipality, they have very different visions for the city. But when assessing the current state of affairs, they are on the same page.

Mr Pindros, who heads the United Torah Judaism faction, said he regrets an erosion of Charedi influence.


Netanyahu: Don't generalise about Charedim

By Jennifer Lipman, December 29, 2011

The Israeli Prime Minister has urged citizens not to demonise Charedim in the light of incidents of extremist violence and discrimination.

Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking at a Cabinet meeting following large-scale protests in Beit Shemesh about strictly Orthodox segregation of women, said that although harassment would not be tolerated, Israelis should not generalise.


Six arrested over extremist attack on West Bank base

By Jennifer Lipman, December 28, 2011

A group of Jewish extremists have been arrested in connection with an attack on an IDF base in the West Bank.

Six people, including one minor, are being held over the attack on the Ephraim base on December 12. The incident saw some 50 extremists target the base, setting fire to tyres and throwing stones, paint and nails at cars and trucks.


Protest in Bet Shemesh over Orthodox exclusion of women

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 27, 2011

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the city of Bet Shemesh on Tuesday as part of the escalating conflict within Israeli society over the exclusion of women.


IDF set for major settler showdown

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 22, 2011

Israel's security forces are preparing to dismantle one of the largest illegal settler outposts, Ramat Gilad, in the West Bank.

Hundreds of Jewish settlers are expected to attempt to physically prevent the evacuation in what is set to be a violent standoff with the IDF.


'No need for fence. It's all ours'

By Nathan Jeffay, December 22, 2011

Newlywed Yedidia Slonin, 20, says that his first marital home is in a "very central location". It is a wooden shack on a West Bank hilltop that has a population of two dozen.


The Egyptian revolution is dead

By John R Bradley, December 22, 2011

When Israel's new ambassador to Cairo, Yaakov Amitai, arrived in the land of the pharaohs last week, he was not welcomed by an official delegation.


West Bank rabbi's passionate appeal to price tag attackers

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2011

A rabbi of a West Bank settlement has written to "the new Hasomeans" in a bid to tackle the rise in extremism.

In the wake of the rash of "price tag" attacks by Jewish settlers on Palestinian mosques, cars and property, Efrat’s Rabbi Shlomo Riskin called on Jews in the West Bank to cease their behaviour before it was too late.