Israel Correspondent

MKs Out For Blood Over Prof’s ‘Libel’ Book

03/08/2007
Israel Correspondent

JERUSALEM — Ariel Toaff may have backed off his explosive claim in a just-published book that European Jews killed Christians to use their blood — adding credence to the ancient blood libel canard — but this week Knesset members were smelling blood: Toaff’s.

In a dramatic development Monday, two historians who have read the book spoke to legislators at a Knesset Education Committee meeting organized to determine whether Toaff should be charged with a crime.

Suffering From War’s Aftermath

02/19/2007
Israel Correspondent

KIRYAT SHEMONA, ISRAEL — “Mira,” a woman in her late 50s, hasn’t been able to stay home alone since the start of Hezbollah’s summertime war with Israel, when more than 1,000 rockets struck this hilly northern town on the Lebanese border.

Score One For The Anglos

02/08/2007
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Last month, local media outlets reported that HOT, the country’s sole cable television company, had decided to discontinue broadcasting the BBC-Prime channel, a British station featuring favorite BBC programming. The same month, the YES Satellite channel revealed it would be cutting Star World, another of the very few English-language channels broadcast in Israel.

Facing Israel’s ‘Katrina’

11/01/2006
Israel Correspondent

JERUSALEM — When northerners holed up in bomb shelters needed food during the recent war between Israel and Hezbollah, local municipalities contacted non-profit organizations, which in turn delivered the food at their own expense. Numerous other organizations and individuals delivered everything from medications and toys to the northerners, most of whom had fled to the hot, neglected shelters with little more than the clothes on their backs.

Striking Distance

01/09/2008
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — There were a few spots available this week in the gated parking lot outside the Hebrew University’s Givat Ram campus. That’s about the only good news that has so far come out of the strike by 4,500 senior faculty members of the country’s seven universities, the longest such strike in the country’s history.

Launched in October, just after the start of the new semester (and five months after university students waged a strike) the faculty strike has wreaked havoc in an already troubled higher education system.

A Gut Feeling For Israel

On Birthright’s first culinary trip, an itinerary stuffed with olive presses, shuks and home-cooked Moroccan meals.

02/18/2010
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — It’s one thing to claim Masada as your birthright, or the Western Wall or the Dead Sea.

It’s quite another to be able to say that shakshuka — that iconic and palate-zinging Israeli egg dish — is now part of your cultural heritage.
But that’s exactly what happened this week for 48 participants on Birthright Israel’s first-ever culinary trip.

Birthrighters prepare lunch at an Israeli farm, from vegetables they picked with their own hands. Michele Chabin

Hidden In Plain Sight

07/02/2009
Israel Correspondent Jerusalem

When east and west   Jerusalem were reunited in 1967, Israelis — who had been denied access to the eastern part of the city, including the Western Wall, from 1948 to 1967 — flocked to the Kotel, to the Old City’s decimated Jewish Quarter, and to the colorful stores, restaurants and cultural sites that dotted the eastern half of the city.

Hidden In Plain Sight

Israel Correspondent
03/20/2009

When east and west Jerusalem were reunited in 1967, Israelis — who had been denied access to the eastern part of the city, including the Western Wall, from 1948 to 1967 — flocked to the Kotel, to the Old City’s decimated Jewish Quarter, and to the colorful stores, restaurants and cultural sites that dotted the eastern half of the city.

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Northern Exposure

Israel Correspondent
03/20/2009

Ramot Naftali, Israel — With the Sea of Galilee shimmering just out the passenger door, we turned left onto Highway 90 into the home stretch: the Hula Valley. A weekend cabin at Moshav Ramot Naftali — a mountain community overlooking what Israelis call the “finger of the Galilee” — lay just 20 minutes away.

Coasting northward with wife and two kids napping, it first appeared to be a cloud. Slowly coming focus, the majestic snow-capped Hermon mountain range, the northern extreme of the Golan Heights, looked down at the valley.

War, New Leaders And … Mortgages

Israel Correspondent
12/25/2009

Some years are more memorable than others. I can still recall the end of 1987, the year I moved to Israel and, six weeks later, the start of the first Palestinian intifada. I was living in Abu Tor, a Jerusalem neighborhood split right down the middle, with Jews on one side and Arabs on the other. I could smell the burning tires and tear gas from my apartment.
 

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