Jerusalem

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.

More..

'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”.

More..

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.

More..

'Propaganda' claim over pulled BBC Jerusalem documentary

By Jennifer Lipman, April 29, 2013

The Israeli-born director of a documentary that makes controversial claims about Jewish history has criticised the BBC's decision not to air it as planned.

More..

Legal victory for Women of the Wall

By Anna Sheinman, April 25, 2013

Women of the Wall, the campaign group for equal prayer rights at the Western Wall, won a significant legal victory today as a Jerusalem court ruled that the police should not arrest them for their actions.

More..

UK rabbis tell Israel: let women pray at the Wall

By Simon Rocker, April 11, 2013

A group of more than 20 Progressive rabbis and rabbinic students from the UK have protested to the Israeli ambassador about the treatment of women who want to pray at the Western Wall, describing police threats to arrest the women saying Kaddish as “shocking”.

More..

Five women arrested at Western Wall

By Anna Sheinman, April 11, 2013

Five women were arrested at the Western Wall on Thursday morning, just two days after a breakthrough meeting on how to resolve tensions at the site.

An estimated 200 women attended the monthly service held by women's rights group Women of the Wall and five were arrested for attempting to wear tallitot, including the group’s director Lesley Sachs.

More..

Sharansky to suggest ‘egalitarian’ section at Western Wall

By Anna Sheinman, April 9, 2013

Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), is due to present a plan for an egalitarian section at the Western Wall to American Jewish leaders today, The Forward has reported.

More..

In full: President Obama’s speech to Israeli students in Jerusalem

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2013

Transcript of President Barack Obama's speech to Israeli students in Jerusalem - March 21 2013

“Well, it is a great honor to be with you here in Jerusalem, and I’m so grateful for the welcome that I’ve received from the people of Israel. Thank you. I bring with me the support of the American people - and the friendship that binds us together.

More..

Women of the Wall chair Anat Hoffman due to speak in UK

By Zoe Winograd, March 15, 2013

Anat Hoffman, Women of the Wall chair and executive director of the Israel Religious Action Centre, says “the bravest feminists in Israel today are Orthodox women who are willing to fight.”

Ms Hoffman praised the Orthodox women “who call us to confront the rabbis who seem to be above the law” and to challenge the “hegemony of strictly Orthodox interpretation of women.”

More..