Security up as Israelis celebrate Jerusalem Day

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

Israeli security forces are on high alert today as the anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem is marked.

Some 3,000 police officers will be patrolling the city as Israelis hold events celebrating Jerusalem Day and marking 44 years since the Six Day War.


Rabbi wants to make BlackBerry and Apple crumble

By Jennifer Lipman, May 27, 2011

A Hasidic rebbe has called on his followers to burn their iPhones, BlackBerrys and any other "unkosher" devices they might have.

Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Dushinsky, whose community is based in Jerusalem, said smart phones and computers with internet access were treife (unkosher) because they caused trouble in people's personal lives.


Cult that corrodes a capital

By Mordechai Beck, May 20, 2011

Further evidence of a Charedi intrusion into mainstream Israeli life emerged last week when "Superdox" members of Jerusalem's city council proposed a ban on the capital's forthcoming opera festival, scheduled for next month.


'Third intifada' in east Jerusalem

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 19, 2011

"Palestinians used to want to leave the West Bank and move to east Jerusalem, to take advantage of the better conditions there. Now it's the opposite," said Zoheir Kawasmeh, as he looked at the rock-strewn street outside his home in the Silwan neighbourhood.


Teddy Kollek: life in pictures

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2011

Teddy Kollek, who died in 2007, would have turned 100 next week. The former mayor of Jerusalem, who was elected six times to the post, took charge of the city in 1965 and oversaw the transition period of reunification after the Six Day War.

To mark his centenary, Mr Kollek's daughter-in-law Osnat Shalev-Kollek compiled a photographic exhibition honouring one of Israel's greatest leaders.



West Bank tours plan

By Simon Rocker, May 12, 2011

Yachad, the new alternative advocacy group, is planning educational tours for youth group leaders to East Jerusalem and the West Bank as part of its programme to promote a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The group says that "time is running out" for a two-state solution, which is "threatened" by terrorist violence and "undermined" by the building of Jewish settlements.


Why Yom Ha'atzmaut went sour for Mumbai rabbi dad

By Simon Rocker, May 12, 2011

A seemingly bizarre controversy flared up over this year's ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem to mark the start of Israel Independence Day.

Lubavitch Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg and his four-year-old grandson Moshe Holtzberg, who lost his parents in the terrorist attack on Mumbai's Chabad House in 2008, had been among those asked to light torches.


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.