Explosion near bus station in Jerusalem

By Jessica Elgot, March 23, 2011

Early reports suggest that 25 people have been injured, three seriously after a bomb exploded in central Jerusalem. Al Jihad al Islami (Islamic Jihad) have reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.


Tweet your way from Passover to Easter

By Jennifer Lipman, March 9, 2011

Posting messages on Twitter throughout the meal might not make for the most relaxing family Seder, but a new scheme wants users of the social networking site to Tweet the Easter story staring with Pesach in Jerusalem.


Netanyahu to Chilean miners: welcome, come back for the barmitzvah

By Jennifer Lipman, March 3, 2011

Benjamin Netanyahu has praised the Chilean miners for their “strength and faith” during their time trapped below the desert as they came to the end of a week - long trip around Israel.

The Israeli Prime Minister also invited the South Americans back in 13 years' time to mark the “barmitzvah” of one of the miners’ sons, who earlier this week was baptised in the Jordan River.


Peace move by father of stab victim

By Ben Lynfield, March 3, 2011

The father of a young man killed in one of the most egregious incidents of anti-Arab racial violence in recent years is reaching out to Israeli Jews and calling for a joint Jewish-Arab campaign against racism.


If I forget you: A tribute to Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, March 3, 2011
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A musical tribute to Israel, sung by Shimon Craimer, with photographs by British-born snapper David Katz


Google plans Jerusalem street view

By Jennifer Lipman, February 21, 2011

Israelis could soon have the opportunity to spy on their neighbours and look around their cities from the comfort of their sofas, following Google’s announcement that it hopes to bring Street View to Israel.

Ministers will decide this week whether to give the internet giant the go-ahead and allow Google cameras to photograph the streets of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and elsewhere in the country.


Ian McEwan: Engage with Israel even if you disagree

By Jennifer Lipman, February 18, 2011

The British writer Ian McEwan has expressed his belief in the importance of engaging with Israeli politics rather than boycotting the country.

Speaking in Israel ahead of a ceremony at which he will receive this year’s Jerusalem Prize, Israel’s highest honour for foreign writers, Mr McEwan said: “You cannot isolate [literature] but I take it as a bad sign when politics permeates every corner of life”.

According to the Guardian, he added: “I don't feel I endorse every corner of Israel's domestic or foreign policy…but I feel it's right to engage with it."


Beauty and blood of a holy city

By Robert Low, February 14, 2011

Jerusalem: The Biography
By Simon Sebag Montefiore
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £25.00

The Jewish Odyssey: An Illustrated History
Marek Halter
Flammarion, £27.50

On a visit to Jerusalem, Thackeray mused: "There's not a spot at which you may look but where some violent deed has been done, some massacre, some visitors murdered, some idol worshipped with bloody rites."


Israeli grandmother gives birth to 18th baby

By Jennifer Lipman, February 11, 2011

A Jerusalem woman has given birth to her 18th child, a baby boy who is already an uncle twice over.

Rivkah, who has two grandchildren older than her new son, is part of the strictly Orthodox Chasidic community, where large families are not unusual.

But at only 44 years old, Rivkah – who cannot even count a set of twins or triplets among her brood – has gone a step further than many.

And her nine sons and nine daughters also have a large extended family; their mother has 15 siblings.


The aliens reach Jerusalem

By Simon Rocker, February 10, 2011

Never mind if the Israelis and Palestinians cannot make peace because the matter is about to be taken out of their hands. A UFO (see bright light above) has been spotted over the Temple Mount - to the excitement of Michael Cohen of allnewsweb, the "world's only intergalactic daily news service". Veteran Scottish guru Benjamin Creme thinks the visitation sign of the impending arrival of the Messiah, or the Maitreya as he calls him (who he once believed to be living incognito in Brick Lane).