Jerusalem

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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Wall fight is to return Judaism to Israel

By Laura Janner-Klausner, May 31, 2013

The debate about Women of the Wall, the cross-denominational group that has campaigned for a quarter-of-a-century for the right of women to pray together and read from the Torah at the Kotel, has been heating up of late. But the real significance of the campaign is neither about women nor about the wall.

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Jerusalem road ‘obstacle to peace’

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 17, 2013

The inauguration of a new road in northern Jerusalem last week has alleviated traffic jams but also drawn criticism over its implications for the peace process.

Route 20 is a mile-long dual carriageway connecting the north-eastern neighbourhoods of Pisgat Zeev and Neve Ya’akov with the main north-south Begin Highway and the western exit from Jerusalem towards Tel Aviv.

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The Women of the Wall: should they be bothered?

By Simon Rocker, May 17, 2013

The Western Wall has lately become a battleground in the struggle for egalitarianism. The arrest of women for praying in a tallit at the sacred site has sparked anger across the Jewish world and fuelled demands from non-Orthodox Jews in particular for equal religious rights.

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'Koran backs Jewish claims to Jerusalem,' Sheikh tells synagogue

By Simon Rocker, May 9, 2013

A Muslim preacher argued that the Koran backs Jewish claims to Jerusalem at a Jerusalem Day celebration in London this week.

Rome-based Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi told an audience at Edgware Synagogue that he found it “intolerable” that “no one questions the rights of Catholics to St Peter’s, or of Muslims to Mecca, but so many question the rights of Jews to Jerusalem”.

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Jerusalem football club to change racist culture

By Nathan Jeffay, May 2, 2013

This afternoon, a Jerusalem football team will battle on the pitch for promotion to the professional league — and to change the culture of the game in Israel.

Many fans are sick of clubs’ reliance on tycoon owners, who can send their fortunes up and down like yo-yos. So six years ago, a group of Jerusalemites established a football co-operative.

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