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Outpost evacuation handled appropriately, Israeli probe finds

03/06/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli police forces acted appropriately and proportionately in evacuating a West Bank outpost, a police investigation found.

The investigation released Sunday found that last week's demolition of three illegal structures at the Gilad Farm outpost in the northern West Bank, which led to settler protests throughout the West Bank and Jerusalem, was carried out in a "proportional, restrained and professional" manner, according to reports.

Jaffa Rally Protests Islamic Movement Advances

03/01/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Jewish right-wing activists demonstrated on a main street in Jaffa to protest what organizers see as the "Islamic Movement gaining control over the city."

At least 16 counterdemonstrators were arrested during Wednesday's march as a result of clashes with police.

Arab store owners closed their shops to protest the march and local residents came out to heckle the protesters, who were led by lawmaker Michael Ben-Ari and activists Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel. Hundreds of police and security officials protected the marchers and the route.

Watchful Waiting At The Border

The jury is still out on how Egypt and the broader Arab world’s upheavals will affect Israel.
02/28/2011 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — One month after democracy protests in Egypt touched off a wave of popular upheaval around the Middle East, Israeli officials and analysts are cautioning that regional instability is so high and so fluid that it’s too early to say how it will affect the Jewish state.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman left,  Strategic Affairs Minister Dan Meridor .

Is Silent Building Freeze On?

Settlers accusing Netanyahu government of imposing such a de facto ban on settlement construction.
02/28/2011 - 19:00
JTA

Jerusalem — Although the 10-month moratorium on building in Jewish settlements in the West Bank was lifted last September, settler leaders complain that no construction is being allowed in the large urban areas and warn that a de facto freeze on all Jewish building in the West Bank is looming.

The settler leaders maintain that the Netanyahu administration is refusing to publish new tenders and that all current building is based on a limited number of permits issued years ago by previous governments.

A view of Ma’aleh Adumim.

Netanyahu: Pressure Over Settlements Growing

02/27/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said international pressure over West Bank construction is growing and criticized settlers seeking new construction tenders.

Netanyahu also said during a meeting of Likud Party ministers that the government would try to preserve existing construction.

"We are currently making efforts to maintain the existing construction, but we must understand that we are in a very difficult international reality," Netanyahu said Monday.

Efforts To Improve Security At Israel’s Ancient Cemetery

'People are afraid to be buried here, out of concern for their graves and their family members.'
02/22/2011 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Every time Menachem and Avraham Lubinsky, from Brooklyn, visit their parents’ graves at the Mount of Olives (Har Hazeitim) cemetery in east Jerusalem, they feel it necessary to request an armed escort.

“I’ve been going to the cemetery for 25 years and I still feel fearful,” Menachem Lubinsky, a businessman, said in a telephone interview from New York. “One time kids threw rocks at me.

Arab homes have been built right next to — occasionally within — 3,000-year-old Mount of Olives cemetery. Photo: Michele Chabin

Booming Housing Market in Israel Stokes Fears of Bubble

02/22/2011 - 19:00
JTA

TEL AVIV (JTA) -- Soon after Leora’s second child was born and she and her husband began looking for a larger home, Israel's new real estate reality smacked them in the face.

Though the couple had bought a two-bedroom apartment in Tel Aviv six years earlier that had appreciated to $650,000, more than triple what they paid, they still found themselves priced out of the local market. One apartment in a basement underneath a parking lot was listed at $468,000.

Israeli Lawmakers Discuss Google Street View

02/20/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A team of Knesset Cabinet members met to discuss security and privacy concerns surrounding the operation of Google Street View in Israel.

Google Street View, an on-line mapping tool which provides a three-dimensional view of buildings, landmarks, and streets around the world, is set to be operated in Israel in coming months.

Inquiries Into Left-Wing NGOs Could Violate Rights, Israel AG Says

02/20/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The establishment of panels of inquiry to look into the funding and activities of left-leaning non-governmental organizations could violate basic human rights, Israel's attorney general said.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein made the statement Sunday in a brief filed with Israel's Supreme Court, in response to a petition asking the court to prevent the establishment of such Knesset inquiry panels.

The Knesset is set to vote next week on a bill that would establish two panels to look into the funding sources and activities of left-wing organizations.

Reform Leaders Push New Image of Strong, Growing Israel Movement

02/17/2011 - 19:00
JTA

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- Rabbi Reuven Bar Ephraim of Switzerland says it’s sometimes a challenge for him to defend Israel when his own Reform movement is not recognized by Israel’s Orthodox-dominated Chief Rabbinate.

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