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Jun 5, 2013

Soccer-Italy beat England 1-0 as Euro U21 finals begin in Israel

TEL AVIV, June 5 (Reuters) – England conceded their first goal in 889 minutes of play when they went down 1-0 to Italy on the opening day of the Euro Under-21 championships in Israel on Wednesday.

A goal in injury time for 10-man Norway dampened the festive atmosphere for the hosts who were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw in the other Group A game.

Jun 4, 2013

Israel hosts Euro Under-21s amid tight security

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel stages its most important international sporting event in 45 years on Wednesday when the hosts kick off the Euro Under-21 football championship amid tight security following a politically-charged build-up.

European soccer’s governing body UEFA has held firm against calls from pro-Palestinian activists to move the tournament away from Israel, who are the weakest of the eight teams competing, because of restrictions on the movement of its athletes.

Jun 4, 2013

Soccer-Israel hosts Euro Under-21s amid tight security

JERUSALEM, June 4 (Reuters) – Israel stages its most important international sporting event in 45 years on Wednesday when the hosts kick off the Euro Under-21 soccer championship amid tight security following a politically-charged build-up.

European soccer’s governing body UEFA has held firm against calls from pro-Palestinian activists to move the tournament away from Israel, who are the weakest of the eight teams competing, because of restrictions on the movement of its athletes.

May 21, 2013

Soccer-Maccabi Tel Aviv back on top but coach future uncertain

JERUSALEM, May 21 (Reuters) – Champions Maccabi Tel Aviv have reasserted their dominance of Israeli soccer but media reports on Tuesday suggested they might have to continue their revival without coach Oscar Garcia.

The country’s wealthiest club lost 3-0 to Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv in the final fixture of the season on Monday, but it mattered little as Maccabi had clinched a record 20th league title a month ago.

May 17, 2013
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Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest in Jerusalem and vow to defy military draft

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(Israeli policemen detain an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man during a demonstration against plans to enlist men from their community into the military, near the recruitment offices in Jerusalem May 16, 2013. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews protested in Jerusalem on Thursday against plans to enlist men from their community into the military, a proposal supported by the secular majority pushing for a more equal share of the burden on Israeli society.

May 16, 2013

Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest in Jerusalem, vow to defy draft

JERUSALEM, May 16 (Reuters) – Thousands of ultra-Orthodox
Jews protested in Jerusalem on Thursday against plans to enlist
men from their community into the military, a proposal supported
by the secular majority pushing for a more equal share of the
burden on Israeli society.

A sea of black coats – the traditional attire of
ultra-Orthodox men – engulfed Jerusalem streets near the city’s
military draft bureau where the crowd heard rabbis warn that
army service would irreparably harm their way of life.

May 4, 2013

Soccer-Maccabi Netanya relegated to Israeli second division

JERUSALEM, May 4 (Reuters) – - Maccabi Netanya were relegated to the Israeli second division on Saturday after a 3-0 home loss to Hapoel Beersheba in one of the most tense finishes at the bottom of the league in years.

Three head-to-head clashes all involved clubs who could have been relegated but on the day, Netanya were the only team to lose.

May 3, 2013

Soccer-Police braced for climax of Israeli relegation battle

JERUSALEM, May 3 (Reuters) – Israeli police will be out in force on Saturday for a tense relegation clash between Arab club Bnei Sakhnin and Beitar Jerusalem, bastion of the political far right, as the fiercest battle to avoid the drop reaches its climax.

Over 600 officers, including riot police, with surveillance balloons and a helicopter – unusual in the Jewish state where soccer violence is uncommon – will control proceedings around Sakhnin’s Doha Stadium where both teams face the threat of going down.

Apr 24, 2013

Top Israeli lawyer rebuffs criticism of email checks at border

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s top legal adviser on Wednesday rebuffed criticism of authorities for asking travelers entering the Jewish state to show border officers their emails, saying the checks were lawful.

Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein’s written legal opinion was given in response to a query by the Association of Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) which first questioned the practice last year.

Apr 22, 2013

Maccabi Tel Aviv clinch Israeli league crown

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Maccabi Tel Aviv became Israeli champions for a record 20th time on Monday when they sealed the Premier League title with a 2-0 win over hosts Hapoel Ramat Hasharon.

The result gave Tel Aviv an unassailable 13-point lead over second-placed Maccabi Haifa with four matches remaining and will see them play in the preliminary rounds of next season’s Champions League.