Jerusalem

Women of the Wall blocked from holy site by chanting protesters

By Zoe Winograd, August 7, 2013

The Women of the Wall conducted a Rosh Chodesh service at the back of the Western Wall plaza on Wednesday morning, despite the presence of protesters and a police barricade.

The 300 women were not able to pray directly in front of the wall due to a large crowd of strictly Orthodox protesters who were screaming and chanting while standing between the feminist group and the holy site.

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Israel’s Hyde Park idea

By JCReporter, July 19, 2013

Jerusalem is setting up its own version of London’s Speaker’s Corner, the city council has announced.

It will be established next year in Sacher Park, which commemorates the late British Zionist Harry Sacher.

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Man raped step-daughter for seven years

By Ellis Bolle, July 11, 2013

A 39-year-old Israeli man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for repeatedly raping his step-daughter over a period of seven years.

The Jerusalem District Court convicted the man of hundreds of counts of rape, sodomy, indecent assault, sex crimes and additional sex charges, Ynet reported this week.

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Women of the Wall prevented from praying at holy site

By Zoe Winograd, July 8, 2013

Some 250 members of the Women of the Wall group were prevented from praying at the Western Wall on Monday morning.

According to reports, between 5000 and 7000 young strictly Orthodox women arrived early at the women’s section of the Wall in order to obstruct the Women from approaching the holy site.

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Israeli man found guilty of parents' murder

By Anna Sheinman, July 1, 2013

An Israeli man has been found guilty of murdering both his parents to fund his gambling habit and has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.

Daniel Maoz’s denied he was responsible for the brutal stabbing of his parents Noah and Nuritz Maoz. Despite DNA evidence linking him to the scene, he accused his identical twin brother Nir of being responsible.

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Archbishop call over Jerusalem holy sites

By Simon Rocker, June 27, 2013

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, on his first official visit to Israel since his installation this year, said he hoped to “serve all the people of this region, without exception” during his tenure.

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Unesco heritage committee rounds on Israel over Jerusalem

By Anna Sheinman, June 26, 2013

The Israeli government has condemned a Unesco resolution which criticises its policies towards the Old City of Jerusalem, saying it is a “dark day for Unesco”.

The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation was “acting outside the boundary of reality”.

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Jewish man shot dead at Western Wall

By Zoe Winograd, June 21, 2013

A Jewish man has been killed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Doron Ben Shlush, 46, was shot several times by a security guard on Friday morning.

The security guard, 25, told police that the victim yelled " Allah Akbar " , meaning " God is greater " in Arabic, and reached for his pocket. These movements led the guard to believe the man was about to commit a terrorist attack.

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Row over BBC Jerusalem documentary flares again

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2013

The director of a documentary about Jerusalem’s history that was mysteriously pulled from the BBC schedules at the last minute, has distanced himself from an attack on the broadcaster.

Ilan Ziv’s film, Jerusalem: An Archaeological Mystery Story, was to be shown on BBC Four in April as part of an archaeology series but was replaced because the BBC said “it did not fit editorially”.

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Pope accepts invitation to Jerusalem

By Elliot Miller, June 11, 2013

The new Pope Francis has accepted an invitation from Israeli President Shimon Peres to visit Jersualem. Both of the Pope’s direct predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, visited the holy city, the latter in 2009.

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