East Jerusalem choice

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2011

One-third of Palestinians in east Jerusalem would rather hold Israeli citizenship than live in a new Palestinian state, according to polling by a former State Department adviser.

David Pollock, who supervised US government studies of public opinion in the Middle East, carried out polls of more than 1,000 people living in Palestinian neighbourhoods in the city.

Speaking in Westminster on Mond


Jerusalem protestors are not what you think

By Nathan Jeffay, August 25, 2011

The cost of living demonstrations have caught the nation's imagination in Israel. Weekly rallies have attracted as many as 300,000 people and polling puts public support at close to 90 percent.

But British Jews seem to have greeted the new movement with at best a shrug and at worst criticism.


The Charedi invasion of Temple Mount

By Nathan Jeffay, August 25, 2011

For centuries, religious Jews have taken the view that climbing Temple Mount is prohibited. But this is changing, and fast.

Since it was reopened to non-Muslims just over eight years ago, a massive sea-change has taken place among religious Zionists. Many prominent rabbis has declared that it is permitted to go, and encouraged people to do so.


Glenn Beck restores courage at Jerusalem rally

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

The former Fox News presenter Glenn Beck has addressed around 1,000 supporters at his controversial Restoring Courage rally in Jerusalem.

The presence of protesters calling for the controversial right-winger to "go home" did not deter him, as he spoke against the backdrop of the Old City of Jerusalem.


Glenn Beck brings Restoring Courage rally to Jerusalem

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

Glenn Beck has begun his highly anticipated but controversial Jerusalem solidarity rally.

The conservative US pundit, until recently a presenter on Fox News, announced plans in May to stage the "Restoring Courage" in Israel.

At the time he said he wanted "to show the world what living a life of faith and honour really means," adding: "I will be counted and I will stand."


Young Jewish passport holder takes on Hillary Clinton

By Jennifer Lipman, August 5, 2011

A nine-year-old American is preparing for a court case against US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Menachem Zivotofsky began legal proceedings after his parents were prevented from registering his birth country as Israel.


Arson possible cause of Jerusalem forest fire

By Jennifer Lipman, July 18, 2011

Israeli investigators are looking into the possibility that a fire that blazed just metres from the Holocaust museum Yad Vashem was caused by arson.

The wildfire, the worst in Israel since the devastating blaze in the Carmel forest last November, was put under control by the end of Sunday.


Religious newspaper bars women from Jerusalem event

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2011

A management conference organised by one of Israel's strictly Orthodox newspapers, Hamodia, was remarkable for one reason – not a single woman was allowed to participate.

According to Israel's Ynet, women of all religious leanings were prevented from attending the annual "Management Forum", at which speakers included the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat.


First Temple findings reinforce Jewish Jerusalem

By Nathan Jeffay, June 30, 2011

Claiming one in the eye for the Palestinian trend of "Temple denial", Israeli archaeologists are preparing, for the first time, to open buildings from the First Temple era to the public.

In recent years Palestinians, including leaders of the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, have claimed in growing numbers that there was never a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.

The new finds mean that not onl


Four-legged chicken for Friday night dinner?

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2011

George Orwell's famous statement "Four legs good, two legs bad" is facing a challenge in a strictly Orthodox neighbourhood of Jerusalem.

A four-legged chicken had caused consternation amongst Mea Shearim residents as rabbis debate whether such a creature is properly kosher.

According to rabbis, the 12-toed bird must be slaughtered before its kosher status can be determined.