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Jun 22, 2015

Golan Druze attack Israeli army ambulance, Syrian casualty dies

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Druze villagers on the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights attacked an Israeli military ambulance on Monday and one of two Syrian casualties it was carrying from the civil war next door died, police said.

The incident in the Golan village of Majdal Shams overlooking Syrian territory was the second attack by Druze on an Israeli army ambulance in less than 24 hours and underscored Druze concern for brethren caught up in Syria’s civil war.

Jun 14, 2015

Soccer-Maccabi Tel Aviv appoint Jokanovic as manager

JERUSALEM, June 15 (Reuters) – Israeli treble winners Maccabi Tel Aviv have appointed former Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic as their new manager, the club announced on Sunday.

Serbian Jokanovic led Watford to promotion to the English Premier League last season after they finished runners-up to Bournemouth in the Championship.

Jun 11, 2015

Israeli-Arab drag queen finds refuge in Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV, June 11 (Reuters) – Marching through a Tel Aviv
bar in a tight purple bodice and skirt, pink lipstick
glittering, eyelashes fluttering, Karam Dadu certainly turns
heads. What those watching may not realise is that Dadu is a
transvestite homosexual Israeli Arab.

Banished by his family in northern Israel after coming out
as gay seven years ago, Dadu now lives in Tel Aviv, a colourful
and open city that on Friday will host its annual gay pride
parade, with tens of thousands of revellers filling the streets.

Jun 4, 2015

Nazi-era work Carmina Burana debuts at Israel’s Masada Festival

MASADA, Israel (Reuters) – Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, composed in the Nazi era, will be showcased at an Israeli opera festival against the backdrop of a towering desert plateau that stands as a symbol of Jewish resistance and sacrifice.

Orff’s cantata comprising 24 poems, mostly in Latin, is one of the most popular works in classical music, particularly the opening bars of the first movement “O Fortuna”.

May 27, 2015

Alleging racism, Palestinians seek to have Israel suspended from world soccer

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Dressed in the black and yellow of Beitar Jerusalem soccer team and holding aloft banners reading “Pure Forever” and “Beitar Good For The Jews”, La Familia is Israel’s most notorious soccer gang, denounced by the club they purport to support.

As the Palestine Football Association (PFA) pushes ahead with a vote at FIFA this Friday calling for Israel to be suspended from world soccer’s governing body, the behavior of some Beitar Jerusalem fans is at the heart of the PFA complaint.

May 20, 2015

Soccer-Maccabi Tel Aviv celebrate unique treble after Cup victory

JERUSALEM, May 20 (Reuters) – Maccabi Tel Aviv registered a unique domestic treble after thrashing Hapoel Beersheba 6-2 on Wednesday to win the Israeli State Cup for a 23rd time.

Maccabi added the cup to the 22nd league championship which they secured on Sunday with two matches left until the end of the season, and the lesser Toto Cup in December.

May 19, 2015

Blatter proposes holding Israeli-Palestinian ‘peace match’

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, visiting the Middle East to try to persuade the Palestine FA (PFA) to drop a proposal to suspend Israel from the world body, on Tuesday proposed a peace match between their national teams.

Blatter appeared at a news conference in Jerusalem after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and said he was “on a mission of peace”. He meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestine FA chief Jibril Rajoub on Wednesday.

May 19, 2015

Soccer-Blatter proposes holding Israeli-Palestinian ‘peace match’

JERUSALEM, May 19 (Reuters) – FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, visiting the Middle East to try to persuade the Palestine FA (PFA) to drop a proposal to suspend Israel from the world body, on Tuesday proposed a peace match between their national teams.

Blatter appeared at a news conference in Jerusalem after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and said he was “on a mission of peace”. He meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestine FA chief Jibril Rajoub on Wednesday.

May 17, 2015

Soccer-Maccabi Tel Aviv win third consecutive Israeli title

JERUSALEM, May 17 (Reuters) – Maccabi Tel Aviv won a third consecutive Israeli Premier League title on Sunday after a 2-1 win over nearest challengers Hapoel Kiryat Shmona and they will play in Champions League qualifying next season.

Maccabi opened an unassailable nine-point gap over Kiryat Shmona with two matches left to play. They can complete a rare domestic treble on Wednesday if they beat Hapoel Beersheba in the State Cup final. They won the Toto Cup earlier this season.

May 6, 2015

Israeli FA to meet Blatter in effort to avert suspension

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s top soccer administrators will meet FIFA President Sepp Blatter in Zurich on Wednesday in a late bid to avert a vote called by the Palestinians to suspend Israel from the world body.

An official from Israel’s FA told Reuters that chairman Ofer Eini and chief executive Rotem Kamer would urge Blatter to use his influence to strike the Palestinian FA’s (PFA) proposal from the FIFA Congress agenda on May 29.