Jerusalem

Mission: heal the wounds of Jerusalem

By Orlando Radice, November 15, 2013

For journalists, “intercultural dialogue” is a dubious concept that conjures up images of opposing sides engaging in friendly waffle designed to paper over the real story.

Hagai Agmon-Snir, director of the Jerusalem Inter-Cultural Centre (JICC), has a phrase for it — “hummus talk”.

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Film alleges Jewish exile was a myth

By Simon Rocker, November 1, 2013

For most Jews, it is an article of faith: after being “forcibly exiled” from their land, says Israel’s Declaration of Independence, the Jews never stopped praying for their return.

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Tapestries buyer revealed as the Rothschild Foundation

By Anna Sheinman, September 17, 2013

The mystery buyer of rare silk hangings depicting scenes of Jerusalem has been revealed as the Rothschild Foundation.

The seven embroidered 18th-century tapestries were bought from a private owner for £120,000 in August, but the identity of the buyer was not disclosed at the time.

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Temple treasure

September 12, 2013

Gold and silver coins and jewellery made in the 7th century have been discovered at the foot of Temple Mount, Hebrew University researchers said this week. The artefacts were dated to the late Byzantine period. Eilat Mazar, a Hebrew University archaeologist, called the find “a breathtaking discovery”.

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'Temple Mount is ours', says Israeli minister

By Josh Jackman, September 4, 2013

An Israeli government minister has said that Jews should be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount.

Uri Ariel, who serves as Housing and Construction Minister for the right-wing Jewish Home party, said this morning during his visit to the site that: “The Temple Mount is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and must be open for prayer at every hour to every Jew.”

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Yomtov bomb plot is foiled

By Ben Hartman, September 3, 2013

The Shin Bet, the IDF and Jerusalem Police combined last week to arrest members of a Hamas cell planning to bomb Jerusalem’s Mamilla mall during the High Holy Days.

The cell included two East Jerusalem residents who worked at the mall. They were recruited by Ramallah resident Hamdi Romana to place a bomb inside the shopping centre, the Shin Bet said.

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Mayoral race that all Israel is watching

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 30, 2013

Local elections in Israel are normally just that — local.

While the national parties have representatives at the municipal level, many of the country’s mayors and council leaders are political independents, leading lists consisting of candidates from across the spectrum. Campaigns are generally fought out over issues closer to home, not the left-right divide.

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Women of the Wall reject new Kotel prayer platform

By JC Reporter, August 29, 2013

The Israeli government has constructed a large section for non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall.

It has built a 5,000 sq ft platform that will be open to Reform and Conservative Jews, and others wishing to hold mixed-gender services.

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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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