Jerusalem top holiday spot, says Trip Advisor

By Jennifer Lipman, May 11, 2011

Israel is home to one of the top 25 tourist destinations in the world, according to a leading travel website.

Trip Advisor released its annual ranking of holiday spots this month and placed Jerusalem at number 13, above London and Rio de Janeiro.


Israel through the lens

By Jennifer Lipman, May 6, 2011

"Israel Through the Lens" is a collaborative project to mark Yom Ha'atzmaut 2011 and enable people to celebrate their relationship with Israel.



Hague: settlements threat to two-state solution

By Jennifer Lipman, April 6, 2011

Britain's Foreign Secretary has called on Israel to "reconsider" its approval of more than 900 housing units in east Jerusalem.

The plans for the buildings in the residential area of Gilo, on the road to Bethlehem, were given the green light by the Jerusalem municipality on Monday. The buildings would double the number of homes approved in Gilo since November 2009.


On this day: Rachel Levy killed

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2011

Just days after 25 people were killed as they sat down for seder in the Park Hotel in Netanya, a 17-year-old Israeli girl went on a routine trip to the supermarket. Her visit to the Kiryat Yovel neighbourhood of Jerusalem that Friday afternoon coincided with that of another teenage girl, one named Ayat al-Akhras.


Orkney student killed in Jerusalem bomb named

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

The British woman who died following Wednesday’s bomb attack in Jerusalem had been in Israel just a few months.

Mary Jean Gardner, a 59-year old woman from Orkney in Scotland, was studying at Hebrew University when she boarded the 74 bus.

An evangelical Christian, she was in Israel for a six month period to improve her language skills for her work translating the Bible for a Togo tribe.


Hague: solidarity with Israelis after Jerusalem bomb

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

William Hague has expressed solidarity with Israelis and offered “deepest condolences” to the family of the British women killed in yesterday’s bomb attack in Jerusalem.

The Foreign Secretary, addressing the House of Commons, condemned the attack and drew attention to the 30 victims, eight of whom were seriously injured.


Bombing back in Israel, but not as we knew it

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 24, 2011

The horrific bombing of Jerusalem's central bus station this week that killed a 59-year-old woman and wounded 30 others was the first major terror attack on Israel's capital in almost three years.


British tourist killed in Jerusalem bus stop bomb

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

The woman killed in yesterday’s explosion near the central bus station in Jerusalem was a British tourist.

Police said Mary Jean Gardner, 59, was not carrying any identification when the bomb exploded in the early afternoon, as schools were breaking up for the day. It had been left in a bag beside a stop along the 74 bus route.


Jersualem mayor: Life must go on after bomb

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2011

The mayor of Jerusalem has called on those living in the city to return to normal life “as quickly as possible” rather than give in to terrorists and live in fear.


Rescue workers: Pregnant women among Jerusalem blast victims

By Jennifer Lipman and Jessica Elgot, March 23, 2011

Israeli emergency workers have spoken of treating injured pregnant women and seeing pools of blood at the scene of the bomb near Jerusalem’s central bus station today.

Yonatan Yogadovsky, director of the Magen David Adom (MDA) international department , said ambulances were on the scene immediately to tend to the wounded, estimated to include more than 30 civilians.