Jerusalem

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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Modesty Charedi patrol in Jerusalem city market

By Nathan Jeffay, September 28, 2012

Traders in Jerusalem’s best-known market, Machane Yehudah, are vowing to stamp out modesty zealots who tell women to cover up if they disapprove of their outfits.

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Secular Israeli saboteur who cut down eruv in Jerusalem

By Nathan Jeffay, September 28, 2012

Noam Pinchasi is a secularist agitator with as much fire in his belly as some of Israel’s religious hard-liners.

He heads a small cell of activists in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Kiryat Hayovel who have one simple message: Charedim are not welcome.

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Miriam Gross Returns to Jerusalem

By Miriam Gross, September 20, 2012

I was born in Jerusalem a year before the outbreak of World War II. My parents had met there (my mother was married to someone else at the time), both having left Germany in 1933 soon after Hitler came to power.

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Sir Moses Montefiore will not be reburied in Jerusalem

By Simon Rocker, September 20, 2012

The charity which owns the Ramsgate tomb of British Jewry’s most famous philanthropist, Sir Moses Montefiore, has flatly rejected the idea of reburying him in Jerusalem.

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