Migrants wounded by Israeli army fire while crossing Egypt border


An Israel Defense Forces unit fired at infiltrators crossing the fence on the Israel-Egypt border on Saturday night, wounding three men, one of whom remains hospitalized at the Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva. The IDF provided various versions as to what happened at the border that led to the wounding of the men, apparently […]

Conflict of interest resolved in police panel examining conduct before gay parade murder


The committee being set up to investigate last week’s murder of Shira Banki at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade will not include a senior officer who would have been investigating her immediate superior, raising concerns of a conflict of interest. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan announced on Wednesday that Chief Supt. Anna Ben Mordechai, commander […]

Jerusalem tries to put brakes on massive housing development


The Jerusalem municipality on Wednesday threatened to petition the High Court of Justice over what city officials view as the state’s efforts to ram through a controversial residential project. The municipality wants a special fast-track zoning body to halt its deliberations on a plan to build thousands of homes on Lavan Ridge, in West Jerusalem. The […]

Construction of Tel Aviv light rail begins with much fanfare and few traffic snags


Construction of the light rail system in Tel Aviv began Monday morning , with none of the major traffic snarls that had been anticipated. “Light rail construction began, and the sky didn’t fall,” Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz told reporters Monday. “Traffic was even flowing.” “It’s a historic day,” said Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai. “We […]

Bloody incidents in Israel spark sharp discord in settlements


The arguments that broke out in an online “meeting” of the residents of the West Bank settlement of Kochav Hashahar on Friday reflected the feelings and emotions of the settler community at large, following the two murderous incidents last week. First was the attack at Thursday’s Gay Pride event in Jerusalem that killed 16-year-old Shira Banki […]

Jerusalem memorial for Gay Pride stabbing victim draws hundreds


Hundreds of people gathered at Jerusalem’s Zion Square on Sunday night to remember Shira Banki, a 16-year-old who died after being stabbed during the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade on Thursday. Attendees sang and lit candles at the memorial service, which was organized by the Hebrew University’s student union. A speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu […]

Israeli backpacker confirmed dead in Georgia


The body of an Israeli backpacker was found Sunday in Georgia, almost a week after all contact with him was lost. Dor Cohen, 22, from Jerusalem, went missing after embarking on a three-day trek through the country’s mountainous Svaneti region. Cohen was traveling with a friend but the two split and agreed to meet up at […]

Right-wing MK: Jerusalem pride parade is an ‘abomination’


One day after calling the Jerusalem gay pride parade, in which six people were stabbed, an “abomination march,” an Israeli lawmaker from the right-wing Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) party was standing by his remarks. “So here I say it again fearlessly: I object vehemently to violence, and promise to object no less vehemently to the […]