Safed

Birthright During Operation Cast Lead

I went on Birthright during the winter of 2009-10: the time of Operation Cast Lead, and amid the elections for Prime Minister.

We saw the beauty of Israel, and enjoyed the fun most students did, but there was still something very different about that trip. My mother was anxious, and upset that I had still decided to go.

Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres visits the family of a soldier killed during Operation Cast Lead. Getty Images

Israeli Cops Investigating Possible Revenge Arson Against Safed Shuls

10/12/2011

Police are investigating vandalism on four synagogues in Safed as possible retaliation for a mosque arson in northern Israel.

The words "Death to Jews" were spray-painted on the synagogues and a car Tuesday night in the northern Israeli city.

The mosque arson took place on Oct. 2 in the Bedouin Arab town of Tuba Zanghariya. Two Arab cemeteries in Jaffa also were vandalized last week.

ADL Calls on Safed Rabbi to Reverse Ruling on Arabs

11/05/2010

(JTA) -- The Anti-Defamation League called on an Israeli rabbi to reverse a ruling it linked to threats to a Jewish landlord who rented to Arabs.

"All citizens of the State of Israel, according to the law, have equal rights including renting apartments," the ADL said in a statement. "Citizens should not be discriminated against for their ethnic background."

It called on Rabbi Yosef Eliahu, the chief rabbi of Safed, to reverse a ruling calling on Jewish residents of Safed not to rent to Arabs.

IRAC, Abraham Fund Call for Charges Against Safed Rabbi

10/24/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Two Israeli groups with U.S. affiliates called for the criminal investigation of a municipal rabbi who asked Jews not to rent apartments to non-Jews.

The Israel Religious Action Center, an affiliate of the Reform movement, and the Abraham Fund, a group that promotes Jewish-Arab coexistence in Israel and that has a U.S. office, this week sent separate letters to Israel's Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein calling on him to launch a criminal incitement probe of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the chief rabbi of Safed, Ha'aretz reported.

Suddenly Everyone Wants Safed

06/20/2003
Associate Editor
For the first time, a son of Safed is prime minister. All right, so Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is the Palestinian prime minister, but Israelís fate is in his hands as much as anyoneís. When he insists that peace depends on Israel recognizing the Arab right of return, heís talking about himself and heís talking about Safed.
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