JERUSALEM, April 9 (Reuters) – Israeli police barred
spectators from attending two Premier League matches in the
south of the country on Saturday because of a fear of possible
rocket strikes by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
Hapoel Beersheba lost 2-1 at home to Maccabi Netanya and
Ashdod SC ended their fixture with visitors Hapoel Haifa in a
goalless draw in empty stadiums.
Jerusalem’s Anglican bishop, a Palestinian, is engaged in a legal battle with Israel over its refusal to extend his residency permit. An Anglican official, who declined to be named, said Israel’s Interior Ministry had written to Bishop Suheil Dawani and accused him of improper land dealings on behalf of the church and the Palestinian Authority, allegations he denies. A spokeswoman for the Interior Ministry declined to comment, citing an upcoming court hearing.
Dawani was elected Bishop of the Diocese of Jerusalem in 2007, and as a non-Israeli was required by Israeli authorities to obtain temporary residency permits. These were granted to him in 2008 and 2009, but not last year. Born in Nablus in the occupied West Bank, Dawani lives with his family in East Jerusalem. Both areas were captured by Israel in a 1967 war. Israel annexed East Jerusalem after the conflict in a step that is not internationally recognized.
TEL AVIV, March 29 (Reuters) – Israel welcomed back captain
Yossi Benayoun from a six-month injury layoff and beat Georgia
1-0 in a Euro 2012 Group F qualifier on Tuesday with a goal by
substitute striker Tal Ben Chaim.
Chelsea’s Benayoun came on to rapturous applause from the
capacity home crowd of 14,000 at Tel Aviv’s compact Bloomfield
Stadium in the 71st minute. It was his first action for club or
country since injuring an Achilles in September.
TEL AVIV, March 26 (Reuters) – Beram Kayal’s late goal gave
Israel a 2-1 win over Latvia in a Euro 2012 Group F qualifier on
Saturday to maintain their hopes of reaching the finals of a
major competition for the first time since 1970.
The hosts, playing at the compact Bloomfield Stadium,
delivered a performance to send the fans home with a smile and
lift the pressure on embattled coach Luis Fernandez.
JERUSALEM, March 21 (Reuters) – Israel’s Civil Aviation
Authority (CAA) on Monday ordered charter airline Sun D’Or to
cease operations from April 1 because it failed to comply with
The CAA said the airline, a wholly owned subsidiary of flag
carrier El Al (ELAL.TA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), relied on its parent company to
administer its operations which was unsatisfactory.
AL-RAM, West Bank (Reuters) – Palestine celebrated their first official match on home soil on Wednesday during a bittersweet evening when their Under-21 side lost an Olympic Games qualifier to Thailand 6-5 on penalties.
The fixture was viewed by Palestinians as another symbolic step towards confirming their credentials for the state they intend to establish in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
AL-RAM, West Bank, March 9 (Reuters) – Palestine celebrated
their first official match on home soil on Wednesday during a
bittersweet evening when their Under-21 side lost an Olympic
Games qualifier to Thailand 6-5 on penalties.
The fixture was viewed by Palestinians as another symbolic
step towards confirming their credentials for the state they
intend to establish in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the
By Ori Lewis
JERUSALEM (Reuters Life!) – A YouTube musical clip mocking embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has become a hot hit in the Arab world, its Israeli creator said on Tuesday.
“Zenga Zenga,” created by Tel Aviv music journalist and blogger Noy Alooshe, shows Gaddafi in repetitious sequences banging his fist on a podium and raising it defiantly during a speech he made last week.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli police on Monday arrested at least 20 right-wing demonstrators after they tried to block roads in Jerusalem to protest against demolitions of homes at a West Bank settler outpost earlier in the day.
A police spokesman said officers were deployed at points in the West Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel as the protesters, many of them Jewish settlers, attempted to hold up traffic.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will allow 300 Palestinians living and working in Libya to enter the West Bank in the coming days, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday.
“Because of the current violence in Libya I received a personal request from (Palestinian) President (Mahmoud) Abbas … that Israel allow a number of Palestinians to leave Libya and to enter the Palestinian territories … so Israel will enable 300 Palestinians to enter the Palestinian areas,” Netanyahu said.