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Jan 3, 2012

Israeli government accused of curbing court independence

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative government came under attack on Tuesday for promoting legislation that critics said would weaken the independence of Israel’s judiciary.

Parliament on Monday passed a government-backed amendment that paves the way for a judge perceived by right-wing lawmakers as an ally to be appointed chief of the Supreme Court.

Jan 2, 2012
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Holocaust garb on ultra-Orthodox protesters causes outrage in Israel

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(Ultra-Orthodox men, wearing uniforms like those worn by Jews during the holocaust, take part in a protest against what they called oppression of Ultra-Orthodox Jews, in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood December 31, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish demonstrators caused outrage on Sunday by dressing children as Holocaust victims to protest against what they see as persecution of devout Jews seeking gender separation in Israel. A boy wearing a cloth cap and the sidecurls of an Orthodox Jew was the centrepiece of the Jerusalem protest late on Saturday.

Jan 1, 2012

Holocaust garb causes outrage in Israel faith row

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Ultra-Orthodox Jewish demonstrators caused outrage on Sunday by dressing children as Holocaust victims to protest against what they see as persecution of devout Jews seeking gender separation in Israel.

A boy wearing a cloth cap and the sidecurls of an Orthodox Jew was the centerpiece of the Jerusalem protest late on Saturday.

Dec 29, 2011
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Greek Orthodox and Armenian clerics clash in Church of the Nativity

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(Members of the Armenian and Greek Orthodox clergy scuffle during a clean-up of the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 28, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad )

A Christmas cleaning of the Church of the Nativity turned into scuffles on Wednesday between rival Christian clerics zealously guarding denominational turf at the holy site. Brooms and fists flew inside the church marking the birthplace of Jesus as some 100 priests and monks of the Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic churches brawled.

Dec 27, 2011
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Peres urges Israelis to mobilise to thwart ultra-Orthodox Jewish zealots

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(An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man (L) argues with a secular man during a protest against the government's pledge to curb Jewish zealotry in Israel, in the town of Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem December 26, 2011.REUTERS/Oren Nahshon)

President Shimon Peres urged Israelis on Tuesday to rally against ultra-Orthodox Jewish zealots trying to impose their strict religious code on a troubled town near Jerusalem. “We are fighting for the soul of the nation and the essence of the state,” Peres said in broadcast remarks at an event at his official residence.

Dec 27, 2011

Peres urges Israelis to mobilize to thwart zealots

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – President Shimon Peres urged Israelis on Tuesday to rally against ultra-Orthodox Jewish zealots trying to impose their strict religious code on a troubled town near Jerusalem.

“We are fighting for the soul of the nation and the essence of the state,” Peres said in broadcast remarks at an event at his official residence.

Dec 26, 2011

Israeli lawmakers weigh recognizing Armenian genocide

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli lawmakers debated on Monday recognizing the 1915 mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide but were warned by the Foreign Ministry about further damage to frayed relations with Turkey.

The issue has stirred deep emotions in Israel, where some legislators have said the Jewish people, who suffered six million dead in the Nazi Holocaust, have a moral obligation to identify with the Armenian tragedy, even at the risk of a Turkish backlash.

Dec 14, 2011

Israel reopens Jerusalem holy compound footbridge

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel reopened on Wednesday a wooden footbridge it had deemed unsafe at Jerusalem’s holiest and most volatile religious site, treading cautiously over deep political and religious divides.

The structure, leading from Judaism’s Western Wall to the sacred plaza where al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock stand, was closed Monday while Israel weighed plans that have stoked Arab anger to tear it down and build a sturdier bridge.

Dec 4, 2011

Netanyahu history lesson seen as message about Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Cautioned by Washington about the risks of a military strike on Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on Sunday about making “the right decision at the right moment,” even when allies object.

In a speech at an annual memorial for Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, Netanyahu did not mention Iran and its nuclear programme once.

Dec 1, 2011

Barak says no Israeli attack on Iran anytime soon

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday an Israeli attack on Iran is not imminent but all options remain open to stop what Israel sees as an Iranian bid to develop nuclear weapons.

“We have no intention, at the moment, of taking action, but the State of Israel is far from being paralyzed by fear,” Barak told Israel Radio. “It must act calmly and quietly — we don’t need big wars.”

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      "Heller joined Reuters from United Press International in Tel Aviv in 1984 and transferred to London in 1987. He returned to the Middle East in 1992 as a senior sub-editor on the Middle East and Africa desk before taking up a post as correspondent, Jerusalem a year later. He is currently editor-in-charge in the Jerusalem bureau."
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