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Apr 18, 2011

John Gregory quits as coach of Israeli team Ashdod

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Former Aston Villa manager John Gregory quit as coach of Israeli Premier League Ashdod on Monday, less than a year into a three-year contract after a run of poor results and media reports he was about to be replaced.

The former England midfielder said he and Israeli assistant Itzik Ovadia agreed to leave after hearing that Yossi Mizrahi, a former Ashdod coach, could be returning next season.

Apr 18, 2011

Soccer-Gregory quits as coach of Israeli team Ashdod

JERUSALEM, April 18 (Reuters) – Former Aston Villa manager
John Gregory quit as coach of Israeli Premier League Ashdod on
Monday, less than a year into a three-year contract after a run
of poor results and media reports he was about to be replaced.

The former England midfielder said he and Israeli assistant
Itzik Ovadia agreed to leave after hearing that Yossi Mizrahi, a
former Ashdod coach, could be returning next season.

Apr 17, 2011

Israel holds 2 Palestinians over settlement killings

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli police have arrested two Palestinian teenagers on suspicion of stabbing to death a Jewish couple and three of their children while they slept in a West Bank settlement, a police spokesman said on Sunday.

The killings on the night of March 11 in the settlement of Itamar in the occupied West Bank caused shock in Israel and drew condemnation from the Palestinian Authority that exercises limited self-rule in the area.

Apr 13, 2011

Divas serenade Jerusalem drivers to boost festival

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Four Israeli female opera singers braved unfamiliar territory on Wednesday to perform at a prominent outdoor Jerusalem landmark and sing classical arias in the midday traffic to promote an upcoming opera festival.

Cars, bendy-buses and garbage trucks rumbled along unfazed and traffic lights shifted oblivious to the cadence of the caressing sounds as the singers each took their turn to bellow out music probably never before heard at the scene.

Apr 11, 2011

Hamas can’t set terms of truce: Israel’s Lieberman

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel must not let the Gaza Strip’s Islamist Hamas rulers dictate terms of a ceasefire after a recent escalation of fighting, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday.

Calm returned to Gaza Strip and southern Israel overnight after four days of cross-border violence in which 19 Palestinians died, with United Nations and Egyptian mediators having helped to negotiate a truce.

Apr 9, 2011

Gaza rocket threat forces fans from two games in Israel

JERUSALEM (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.

Apr 9, 2011

Soccer-Gaza rocket threat forces fans from two games in Israel

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.

Mar 31, 2011
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Jerusalem bishop appeals Israel’s residency denial

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( Jerusalem, September 14, 2010/Darren Whiteside )

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.

Mar 29, 2011

Soccer-Benayoun back as Israel beat Georgia

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.

Mar 26, 2011

Soccer-Israel victory eases pressure on coach Fernandez

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.