Jerusalem

'Blood libel' cleric Raed Salah jailed for incitement

By Marcus Dysch, March 5, 2014

Controversial Islamic cleric Raed Salah has been jailed for eight months in Israel for inciting violence.

Sheikh Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, incited Muslims to start a new intifada during a 2007 sermon.

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Man who diagnosed the Israeli condition

By Jenni Frazer, February 27, 2014

He is a man of contradictions, Ari Shavit. A veteran of the peace camp in Israel who sees huge deficiencies in the Oslo Accords and who wholeheartedly endorses Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and peace negotiator Tzipi Livni in their insistence that the Palestinians recognise Israel as a Jewish state.

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Mission: heal the wounds of Jerusalem

By Orlando Radice, November 15, 2013

For journalists, “intercultural dialogue” is a dubious concept that conjures up images of opposing sides engaging in friendly waffle designed to paper over the real story.

Hagai Agmon-Snir, director of the Jerusalem Inter-Cultural Centre (JICC), has a phrase for it — “hummus talk”.

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Film alleges Jewish exile was a myth

By Simon Rocker, November 1, 2013

For most Jews, it is an article of faith: after being “forcibly exiled” from their land, says Israel’s Declaration of Independence, the Jews never stopped praying for their return.

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Tapestries buyer revealed as the Rothschild Foundation

By Anna Sheinman, September 17, 2013

The mystery buyer of rare silk hangings depicting scenes of Jerusalem has been revealed as the Rothschild Foundation.

The seven embroidered 18th-century tapestries were bought from a private owner for £120,000 in August, but the identity of the buyer was not disclosed at the time.

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Temple treasure

September 12, 2013

Gold and silver coins and jewellery made in the 7th century have been discovered at the foot of Temple Mount, Hebrew University researchers said this week. The artefacts were dated to the late Byzantine period. Eilat Mazar, a Hebrew University archaeologist, called the find “a breathtaking discovery”.

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'Temple Mount is ours', says Israeli minister

By Josh Jackman, September 4, 2013

An Israeli government minister has said that Jews should be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount.

Uri Ariel, who serves as Housing and Construction Minister for the right-wing Jewish Home party, said this morning during his visit to the site that: “The Temple Mount is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and must be open for prayer at every hour to every Jew.”

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Yomtov bomb plot is foiled

By Ben Hartman, September 3, 2013

The Shin Bet, the IDF and Jerusalem Police combined last week to arrest members of a Hamas cell planning to bomb Jerusalem’s Mamilla mall during the High Holy Days.

The cell included two East Jerusalem residents who worked at the mall. They were recruited by Ramallah resident Hamdi Romana to place a bomb inside the shopping centre, the Shin Bet said.

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Mayoral race that all Israel is watching

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 30, 2013

Local elections in Israel are normally just that — local.

While the national parties have representatives at the municipal level, many of the country’s mayors and council leaders are political independents, leading lists consisting of candidates from across the spectrum. Campaigns are generally fought out over issues closer to home, not the left-right divide.

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Women of the Wall reject new Kotel prayer platform

By JC Reporter, August 29, 2013

The Israeli government has constructed a large section for non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall.

It has built a 5,000 sq ft platform that will be open to Reform and Conservative Jews, and others wishing to hold mixed-gender services.

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