Women of the Wall defy Torah scroll ban

By Shira Rubin, April 20, 2015

Campaigners from the feminist activism group Women of the Wall (WoW) have succeeded in reading from a Torah scroll at the Western Wall for the first time, in defiance of regulations imposed by the Orthodox authorities responsible for the holy site.


Biggest Arab homes project since 1967 is baby step towards a peaceful Jerusalem

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 8, 2015

The recent decision by the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee to authorise the largest Palestinian housing project in East Jerusalem since 1967 is an important step towards alleviating the shortage of new homes in the city.


Terror attack at Jerusalem light rail station

By JC Reporter, March 6, 2015

Seven people have been injured after a car rammed a group waiting at a light railway station in Jerusalem.

Some reports indicated that upon hitting the victims, the driver emerged from the vehicle wielding a knife and attempted to stab passers-by, but was unsuccessful.

The attacker was reportedly shot and incapacitated by police.


UK watchdog bans Jerusalem travel advert

By Rosa Doherty, March 4, 2015

The UK advertising watchdog has banned an Israeli government tourism advert for “misleading consumers” by suggested that the Old City of Jerusalem was part of Israel.

The Advertising Standards Authority reject the advert which was published in a brochure called "Israel Land of Creation” and showed a panorama of the walled Old City with the text "Israel has it all".


Mayor Barkat is have-a-go hero in blade attack

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 26, 2015

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat found himself in the spotlight this week after he helped apprehend an 18-year-old Palestinian who stabbed a civilian near City Hall on Sunday evening.

The mayor, who had been passing the scene in his car, jumped out with a bodyguard and overpowered the attacker.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.