Israel News

French Singer Paradis Cancels Israel Performance

01/15/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- French singer Vanessa Paradis cancelled a performance in Tel Aviv.

According to Paradis' management, she has to be in the United States on the day of the Feb. 10 show at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center for what the Jerusalem Post described as a "an important event regarding her film career." The cancellation was announced first in the French media.

Since the artist has been under heavy pressure from pro-Palestinian groups to cancel her appearance in Israel, some speculate that she may have cancelled the appearance for political reasons.

Survey: More E. Jerusalem Palestinians Prefer Israeli Citizenship

01/15/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- More Palestinian Arabs living in eastern Jerusalem would prefer to retain their Israeli citizenship after a two-state solution is reached than live in Palestine, a new study found.

Some 35 percent of Palestinian Arabs questioned chose Israeli citizenship, 30 percent chose Palestinian citizenship and 35 percent declined to answer when asked their preferences for citizenship after a two-state solution is reached, according to a newly released survey conducted by Pechter Middle East Polls in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations.

Sitting At The Front Of The Bus

Israel Religious Action Center launches ‘Freedom Rider’ campaign to ensure gender segregation not imposed on ‘kosher’ lines.
01/10/2011 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Gratified though they are by last week’s High Court decision to ban “mehadrin” buses that separate passengers by gender, Israeli activists fear that the companies that run these lines will not always enforce it.

So they are taking it upon themselves to personally test compliance and are inviting adventurous tourists to join them.

Religious Jerusalemites wait for the No. 2 bus from the Old City to the haredi neighborhood of Har Nof.

Ben Gurion Airport Blocking Political Websites

01/05/2011 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Ben Gurion International Airport's wireless service reportedly is blocking travelers from selected left- and right-wing political websites.

Websites blocked at the Israeli airport include Breaking the Silence, Peace Now and the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, Haaretz reported Thursday.

Haaretz quoted Israel Airport Authority officials as saying that its instructions to its wireless provider, 012, are to block bandwidth-heavy sites and pornography and gambling sites. IAA also noted, however, that 012 uses a filter that categorizes controversial sites.

Israel to Ramp Up Birthright Investment

01/05/2011 - 19:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Israel's government announced it would more than double its investment in the popular Birthright Israel program.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the announcement Thursday night before 3,000 program participants in Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Bus Gender Segregation Can Continue, With Caveats, Supreme Court Rules

01/05/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Gender segregation on public buses can continue as long as passengers agree, Israel's Supreme Court ruled.

The practice may continue on dozens of bus lines serving the haredi Orthodox community, known as "Mehadrin" lines, as long as passengers are not coerced and no violence erupts, the ruling, issued Thursday, said.

AJC Urges Knesset to Rescind Investigation Vote

01/05/2011 - 19:00

(JTA) -- The American Jewish Committee called on Israel's Knesset to reconsider its decision to form a parliamentary committee to investigate Israeli groups critical of the country's military.

“The Knesset’s action today contravenes the democratic principles that are Israel’s greatest strength,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris in a statement released Wednesday. “Israel’s vibrant democracy not only can survive criticism, but it also thrives and is improved by it.”

WikiLeaks: Israel Kept Gaza Economy ‘On Brink’

01/04/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel told the United States in 2008 that it planned to keep Gaza's economy "on the brink of collapse," according to a diplomatic cable obtained by WikiLeaks.

The cable, one of three on the topic from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Washington, said that "As part of their overall embargo plan against Gaza, Israeli officials have confirmed to (U.S. embassy economic officers) on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge."

After Katsav, An End To The Machismo Excuse?

A president’s rape verdict arouses strong passion — both angry and vindicated — among Israelis.
01/03/2011 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — For decades Moshe Dayan has been lionized by Israelis for his role as a top army man and a leading statesman, while being forgiven for his reputation as a womanizer.

But if the escapades of the former army chief of staff were challenged in the court that convicted late President Moshe Katsav last week, the Israeli founding father might have found himself in jail.

Katsav rejected a plea deal and was ultimately convicted on two counts of forcible rape, among other charges.

No Evidence Palestinian Woman Died From Tear Gas, Military Says

01/03/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- There is no evidence that a Palestinian woman reportedly killed at a West Bank security fence protest died from tear gas poisoning, Israel's military said.

Jawaher Abu Rahma, 36, died on the morning of Jan. 1, hours after she was said to have inhaled tear gas at a demonstration near the West Bank village of Bilin. She reportedly died of complications from inhaling the tear gas.

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