TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Krzysztof Penderecki, one of the world’s most celebrated living composers, says his music bears witness to the harrowing history of his native Poland in the 20th century.
Now 80 but showing no signs of slowing down, Penderecki is performing with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra this week in Israeli cities his Polish Requiem, a monumental composition with soloists and choir first performed 30 years ago.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has begun to exhume the remains of a number of Palestinian militants to return them to their families for burial, the army said on Sunday, a move that could help ease some tension between the adversaries.
Israel and the Western-backed Palestinian authority are currently locked in peace talks being mediated by the United States that are showing scant signs of progress.
JERUSALEM, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Israel coach Eli Guttman has been given a two-year contract extension, the Israel Football Association said on Wednesday, despite his failure to take the national side to this year’s World Cup finals.
Guttman, 55, was effectively unopposed for the position, as a committee set up to seek other candidates disbanded within days of its creation after the governing body announced that Guttman would get the nod for a further two years.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel on Friday announced plans to build 1,400 new homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the region to push peace talks in which settlements represent a major hurdle.
Although widely expected, the announcement angered some of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s own coalition partners and infuriated the Palestinians, who accused Israel of seeking to derail the peace negotiations.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – More than 10,000 African migrants demonstrated outside Israel’s parliament on Wednesday, extending protests into a fourth consecutive day in a quest for recognition as refugees and freedom to work legally without fear of incarceration.
Their presence in a Jewish state that took in survivors of the Nazi Holocaust of World War Two has stoked an emotional political debate over whether they should be allowed to stay as a humane gesture.
JERUSALEM, Dec 18 (Reuters) – A man stormed the stage at a
Jerusalem symposium on composer Richard Wagner and hurled
insults at the audience in a protest over the German maestro’s
associations with the Nazis.
Ushers at Tuesday’s event struggled to restrain the strongly
built protester, a man in his late 30s who gave his name as Ran
Carmi. Ignoring shouted demands to leave the stage, he sang the
Israel national anthem and yelled abuse, referring to at least
one usher as a “Nazi collaborator”.
JERUSALEM, Dec 17 (Reuters) – A crazed Israeli protester,
angered that a symposium on Tuesday focussed on Richard Wagner,
Adolf Hitler’s favourite composer, disrupted a public discussion
at a Jerusalem concert hall before police removed him.
The event, and a planned concert on Wednesday which was
cancelled earlier because of bad weather, aimed to mark the
200th year of the birth of Wagner, whose anti-Semitic ideology
inspired Hitler’s National Socialist ethos.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The speaker of Israel’s parliament ordered a blood-collection crew to leave the legislature’s premises on Wednesday after it turned down an offer of a blood donation from an Ethiopian-born lawmaker.
Knesset member Pnina Tamano-Shata, 32, wanted to donate blood to a routine visit by an ambulance service but was told by a member of the crew that set criteria disqualified her because she emigrated to Israel from Ethiopia at age three.
MOSHAV SARONA, Israel, Nov 15 (Reuters) – An Israeli
enterprise which aims to boost global crop yields without the
aid of genetic modification will sow its first commercial seeds
within three years, the company pioneering the technique has
Seed technology firm Kaiima Bio-Agritech says it has
developed a way to greatly speed up the multiplication of the
genome of crops, known as genome doubling, without changing
their DNA, or genetic fingerprint.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Tunisia have been suspended from the 2014 Davis Cup competition after the country’s tennis federation ordered its number one player not to play against an Israeli.
Malek Jaziri withdrew from the second tier Tashkent Challenger tournament last month before his match against Israel’s Amir Weintraub. Jaziri’s brother told reporters the 215th ranked player had been ordered to default the match.