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Dec 3, 2014

Jewish-Arab school attack scars Jerusalem’s troubled co-existence

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Hand in Hand school in Jerusalem presents an almost too-perfect scene in a tense and divided city, where Jews and Arabs do daily business but rarely befriend one other.

Classrooms are decorated with pictures of doves bearing olive branches, while pupils from both communities are as likely to greet their bilingual teachers with a “Shalom” in Hebrew as with an Arabic “Sabah al-khair” in the morning.

Dec 1, 2014

Netanyahu says Israel could be headed to early election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, enmeshed in a cabinet crisis, said on Monday he would call an early national election unless rebellious ministers stopped attacking government policies.

His coalition, dominated by the right-wing, is split on a range of issues, including the 2015 budget, high living costs, policy towards the Palestinians and a Jewish nation-state bill that critics say discriminates against Israel’s Arab minority.

Dec 1, 2014

Israel PM to decide soon whether to call early election – adviser

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will decide in the next few days whether he can heal his fractured coalition government or call an early election, one of his advisers said on Monday.

The government is split on a range of issues, including the 2015 budget, high living costs, policy toward the Palestinians and a Jewish nation-state bill that critics say would discriminate against Israel’s Arab minority.

Nov 25, 2014

Jewish-nation bill frays Israel’s delicate social fabric

KAFR QASSEM, Israel (Reuters) – Israel is poised to pass one of the most divisive laws in its 66-year history, a bill that would declare it the homeland of the Jewish people only — and further alienate its Arab minority.

Political infighting over the measure is already threatening to tear apart Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition.

Nov 19, 2014

Palestinians kill five in Jerusalem synagogue attack

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed five people in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city.

Three of the victims held dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship and a fourth man was a British-Israeli national, police said.

Nov 18, 2014

Four dead in suspected Palestinian attack on Jerusalem synagogue

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Two suspected Palestinian men armed with axes and knives killed four people in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, Israeli police and emergency services said, the deadliest such attack in the city in years.

The attack took place shortly after dawn in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of West Jerusalem. Pictures posted by an Israeli army spokesman on the Internet showed a man in a Jewish prayer shawl lying dead, a bloodied butcher’s cleaver discarded on the floor and overturned prayer tables.

Nov 16, 2014

Lieberman tells German Foreign Minister no limits on East Jerusalem settlements

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Rebuffing international criticism, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told his German counterpart point-blank on Sunday that Israel will not stop building homes for Jews in East Jerusalem.

His remarks were likely to compound Western frustration over Israeli settlement policy on occupied land that Palestinians seek for a state.

Nov 16, 2014

Lieberman tells German FM no limits on East Jerusalem settlements

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Rebuffing international criticism, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told his German counterpart point-blank on Sunday that Israel will not stop building homes for Jews in East Jerusalem.

His remarks were likely to compound Western frustration over Israeli settlement policy on occupied land that Palestinians seek for a state.

Nov 9, 2014

Israel recognises “Aramaics” as separate ethnic group

JISH Israel (Reuters) – In the green hills of the Galilee, where Jesus is said to have preached two thousand years ago, a group of Aramaic speakers looking to revive the language of Christ are celebrating a victory in their quest to safeguard their heritage.

In a place where tensions run high on issues of ethnicity, faith and citizenship, members of the Christian sect have won the right to change their designation in the population registry from “Arab” to a newly-created ethnic classification: “Aramaic.”

Nov 9, 2014

Israel recognises ‘Aramaics’ as separate ethnic group

JISH Israel (Reuters) – In the green hills of the Galilee, where Jesus is said to have preached two thousand years ago, a group of Aramaic speakers looking to revive the language of Christ are celebrating a victory in their quest to safeguard their heritage.

In a place where tensions run high on issues of ethnicity, faith and citizenship, members of the Christian sect have won the right to change their designation in the population registry from “Arab” to a newly-created ethnic classification: “Aramaic.”