Jerusalem

Sarah Silverman's sister arrested during Women of the Wall protests

By Sandy Rashty, February 12, 2013

Ten women, including comedian Sarah Silverman’s sister, were arrested in Jerusalem yesterday after participating in a Women of the Wall religious rights protest.

The women were detained by police for wearing prayer shawls at the Western Wall – an action which runs against the Orthodox rules that govern prayers at the site.

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Israel’s ‘Soviet’ prayer police

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 15, 2013

Last month, Israeli police arrested worshippers at the entrance to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The worshippers had committed a heinous crime: they had tried to pass through the gates leading from the plaza to the Wall itself wearing tallitot.

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Two UK teens arrested in Kotel protest

By Sandy Rashty, December 20, 2012

Two young British women were detained in a Jerusalem police station after taking part in a Women of the Wall religious rights protest last Friday.

The 18-year-olds, currently on RSY-Netzer’s Israel gap-year programme, were detained for four-and-a-half hours after morning prayers at the Western Wall.

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E-1: The facts on the ground

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 6, 2012

For two decades, the parcel of land known as E-1 has become a symbol for all sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For the Israeli right, E-1 is a vital neighbourhood in Greater Jerusalem that must be built to stop illegal Arab building around the eternal capital of the Jewish people.

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Church of Holy Sepulchre facing closure

By Hadas Haimov, November 6, 2012

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre’s bank account has been frozen over an unpaid £1.5m water bill.

The church, located in the old city of Jerusalem, is said to be the site of Jesus's crucifixion and burial and is one of the most venerated sites for Christians around the world.

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Sweet voices and sour fanatics

By Sylvia Rothschild, November 5, 2012

Even to write this seems surreal. A woman is arrested and removed from a holy site by the police. The place? The Kotel, in Jerusalem.

Her alleged crime? Wearing a tallit and saying the Shema out loud with a group of women.

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Archive revelations: ‘Holy war’ fears after Jerusalem bombing

By Bernard Josephs, November 1, 2012

A British intelligence chief’s personal diary, just released by the National Archive, contains his assessment that the bombing of Jerusalem’s King David Hotel in 1946 persuaded the Arabs they could not take on the Jews in face-to-face battle. He also warns that the attack, on what had been British Mandate headquarters, could spark a wave of Arab terrorism and even lead to a “holy war.”

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Women of the Wall arrested

By Anna Sheinman, October 17, 2012

Three members of religious rights group Women of the Wall have been arrested for praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem wearing a tallit.

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An artist in love with the Holy Land

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2012

Just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem lies a house built in the mid-1870s by a founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite movement.

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Paris region to sign co-operation deal with East Jerusalem

By Shirli Sitbon, October 12, 2012

later this month, the Paris region will sign a co-operation agreement with the Palestinian district of East Jerusalem.

It will be only the second such deal between France’s most populous region and a Middle Eastern city; the first such deal was struck with Beirut.

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