Jerusalem

Israeli activist: ‘Ecology can bring peace’

By Josh Jackman, February 12, 2015

The former deputy mayor of Jerusalem has said that Israelis and Palestinians can achieve peace by working together on environmental issues.

Naomi Tsur campaigned on green issues throughout her five-year term, and resigned in 2013 over what she saw as mayor Nir Barkat’s decision to downgrade environmental policies.

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French olim mourn for a country they once loved

By Nathan Jeffay, January 22, 2015

Busy exploring a new culture and making new friends, Anna Davit is a typical gap-year student. Apart from one thing: she doesn't want to return home.

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Rabbi blocks women from Kotel lighting

By Nathan Jeffay, December 18, 2014

chanucah-lighting at the Western Wall will remain a men's-only affair after the Kotel rabbi this week refused a request for a communal chanuciah to be set up in the women's section.

The women's group that lodged the request - via the Prime Minister's Office - is claiming that the decision is motivated by sexism, not by religious objections.

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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.

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Rabbi's appeal for family of synagogue attack hero

By Rosa Doherty, November 27, 2014

A British-born rabbi has launched a campaign to raise money for the family of the Druze policeman who was killed during the terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue.

Zidan Seif was fatally wounded as he rushed to the defence of worshippers at the Kehilat Bnei Torah Synagogue. He was among five people murdered in the attack last Tuesday by two terrorists who were killed by police at the scene.

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I knew the attacker's face. It was nearly the last one I saw

By Nathan Jeffay, November 20, 2014

A doctor has told of the moment he came face-to-face with one of the terrorists behind the Kehilat Bnei Torah Synagogue massacre.

Oncologist Yitzhak Hesching was deep in prayer when two terrorists, armed with knives and machetes, burst in during the morning minyan, lashing out and killing four as worshippers ran for their lives.

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Lone, lethal, impossible to predict: a new terror

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 20, 2014

Jerusalem is brimming with specially trained anti-terror police. But when a call came in at 7.01 am on Tuesday morning about a terror attack in a synagogue in the Har Nof neighbourhood, the first officers on the scene were a couple of traffic cops.

One of them, Zaidan Saif, was fatally wounded when he tried to confront the murderers, cousins Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal.

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UK family devastated by grandfather's murder

By Josh Jackman, November 20, 2014

Of the five men murdered in Kehilat Bnei Torah shul this week, one was a British Charedi man, Abraham Goldberg.

Mr Goldberg, a 68-year-old great-grandfather originally from Liverpool, was described as a "tolerant, good man" by his cousin, Michelle Hirschfield.

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There are no easy fixes

By Toby Greene, November 20, 2014

Tuesday's sickening attack marks a new peak in the growing tide of violence in Jerusalem. The murder of Arab teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir in July - revenge for the killing of three Israeli teens - was the principal trigger, and extremists on both sides challenging the status quo on Temple Mount (Haram-al-Sharif) have contributed to the tension.

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Wall women grateful for mini-Torah from the UK

By Simon Rocker, November 20, 2014

A tiny Sefer Torah loaned from Britain is playing its part in a campaign by women to hold prayer services at the Western Wall.

The Women of the Wall group are officially prohibited from using a Sefer Torah by the site's rabbinical authorities.

But last month they smuggled in the Sefer for a batmitzvah - and they plan to use it again for another on Sunday, which coincides with Rosh Chodesh, t

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