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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Monday, July 19, 2021.(AP)

No change to ban on Jewish prayer at mosque, says new Israeli Prime Minister

AP | | Posted by Shanza Khan, Jerusalem
PUBLISHED ON JUL 19, 2021 04:40 PM IST
Naftali Bennett, Israel's new premier, had raised concerns on Sunday when he said Israel was committed to protecting “freedom of worship” for Jews at the hilltop compound.
Presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi looks on at a polling station during presidential elections in Tehran, Iran June 18, 2021.(Reuters)
Presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi looks on at a polling station during presidential elections in Tehran, Iran June 18, 2021.(Reuters)

Israel says Iran's Raisi 'Butcher of Tehran', committed to nuclear programme

Reuters | , Jerusalem
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2021 12:05 AM IST
"Iran’s new president, known as the Butcher of Tehran, is an extremist responsible for the deaths of thousands of Iranians. He is committed to the regime's nuclear ambitions and to its campaign of global terror," Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said on Twitter.
Zara faces calls for boycott after head designer’s ‘racist’ message to Palestinian model(Twitter/CapitalMoments)
Zara faces calls for boycott after head designer’s ‘racist’ message to Palestinian model(Twitter/CapitalMoments)

Zara under fire after head designer’s ‘racist’ message to Palestinian model

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2021 02:46 PM IST
  • Social media users trend hashtags #BoycottZara and #ZaraMustApologise after Palestinian model Qaher Harhash exposes anti-Palestinian and ‘Islamophobic’ conversation with Vanessa Perilman, Head Designer for Spanish clothing giant Zara
Jews have been barred from visiting the Temple Mount since May 3, when authorities made the decision to shutter the compound to non-Muslims amid spiraling tensions in the city.(Reuters)
Jews have been barred from visiting the Temple Mount since May 3, when authorities made the decision to shutter the compound to non-Muslims amid spiraling tensions in the city.(Reuters)

Jerusalem's Temple Mount complex opened for Jews for first time in 20 days

ANI | , Jerusalem
PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2021 11:11 PM IST
The complex was opened to Jews on Sunday morning for the first time in 20 days, amid simmering tensions.
A Palestinian resident reacts during scuffles with Israeli police ahead of a court hearing in a land-ownership dispute in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.(Reuters)
A Palestinian resident reacts during scuffles with Israeli police ahead of a court hearing in a land-ownership dispute in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.(Reuters)

How East Jerusalem flashpoint Sheikh Jarrah got its own hashtag

Reuters | , Jerusalem
PUBLISHED ON MAY 17, 2021 04:52 PM IST
The hashtag "#SaveSheikhJarrah" has gained momentum overseas, with British singer Dua Lipa and Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis among those expressing solidarity.
A car is seen ablaze after a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip landed in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.(AFP)
A car is seen ablaze after a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip landed in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.(AFP)

Gaza boils as Hamas, Israel clash

Agencies | , Gaza/jerusalem
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2021 05:26 AM IST
Air raid sirens go off as rockets launched from Gaza Strip target Tel Aviv.
Israelis run to shelters as air attack sirens goes off during a Jerusalem Day march, in Jerusalem.(AP)
Israelis run to shelters as air attack sirens goes off during a Jerusalem Day march, in Jerusalem.(AP)

Air raid sirens, explosions heard in Jerusalem amid tensions

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2021 08:57 PM IST
  • Abu Obeida, spokesman for Hamas’ military wing, said the rocket attack was a response to what he called Israeli “crimes and aggression” in Jerusalem. “This is a message the enemy has to understand well,” he said.
Palestinian man runs away from tear gas during clashes with Israeli security forces in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City.(AP)
Palestinian man runs away from tear gas during clashes with Israeli security forces in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City.(AP)

Explained: What's behind the Israeli-Palestinian clashes in Jerusalem?

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2021 06:00 PM IST
  • Jerusalem has been the scene of violent confrontations between Jews and Arabs for 100 years and remains one of the most bitterly contested cities on earth.
Smoke disperses from a stun grenade fired by Israeli security forces amid Israeli-Palestinian tension as Israel marks Jerusalem Day.(Reuters)
Smoke disperses from a stun grenade fired by Israeli security forces amid Israeli-Palestinian tension as Israel marks Jerusalem Day.(Reuters)

Palestinians stone Israeli car, which crashes, as Jerusalem seethes

Reuters | , Jerusalem
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2021 05:54 PM IST
The CCTV footage, which police released on Twitter, began with Palestinians milling around slow-moving traffic, apparently trying to spot Israeli drivers, and then converging on a white car.
Protesters hold Palestine and Turkish national flags and chant slogans during a demonstration against Israel in front of the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul.(AFP)
Protesters hold Palestine and Turkish national flags and chant slogans during a demonstration against Israel in front of the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul.(AFP)

US expresses 'serious concerns' about Jerusalem clashes, Palestinians' evictions

Reuters | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2021 08:00 AM IST
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan also expressed the Biden administration's commitment to Israel's security and to supporting peace and stability throughout the Middle East, according to a White House statement.
Some 121 Palestinians were wounded in Saturday’s overnight clashes. Israeli police said 17 of its officers were wounded.(AFP)
Some 121 Palestinians were wounded in Saturday’s overnight clashes. Israeli police said 17 of its officers were wounded.(AFP)

Weekend of clashes in Jerusalem's old city: Bibi vows to impose order

AFP | , Jerusalem
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2021 06:01 AM IST
Ahead of a cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, also referred to as “Bibi”, warned that Israel “would decisively and responsibly impose law and order in Jerusalem”.
Israel to accept foreign tourists after year-long break(Pexels)
Israel to accept foreign tourists after year-long break(Pexels)

Israel to welcome back international travellers after a year

AP | , Jerusalem
PUBLISHED ON APR 14, 2021 07:27 AM IST
  • On Tuesday, the Tourism Ministry of Israel announced that they will be reopening borders for international travellers who have been vaccinated.
Police gather at a street after an explosion near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi.(AFP)
Police gather at a street after an explosion near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi.(AFP)

Israel treating bomb blast near its embassy in Delhi as terrorism, says official

Reuters | , Jerusalem
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2021 07:42 PM IST
New Delhi police said there had been no injuries and no damage to the building, adding: "Initial impressions suggest a mischievous attempt to create a sensation."
Israeli protesters hold signs during a demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.(AP)
Israeli protesters hold signs during a demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.(AP)

Protests keep up against Israeli PM as new election looms

By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 04:31 AM IST
The protesters have been gathering outside Netanyahu’s Jerusalem residence for months, slamming him for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and saying he cannot lead the country while under indictment for fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in three separate corruption cases.
Earlier in December, during his inspection in flood-affected areas after Cyclone Nivar and Buveri in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur districts, Palaniswami offered prayers at the Nagore Dargah and Vailankanni Church.(PTI PHOTO.)
Earlier in December, during his inspection in flood-affected areas after Cyclone Nivar and Buveri in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur districts, Palaniswami offered prayers at the Nagore Dargah and Vailankanni Church.(PTI PHOTO.)

Tamil Nadu increases grant for Christians to visit Jerusalem

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 10:04 PM IST
On the first day of his campaign, Palaniswami had announced a dole for 2.06 crore ration card holders to receive Rs 2,500 along with raw rice, sugarcane, cashew, grapes and sugar for the harvest festival of Pongal celebrated in Tamil Nadu in January.
The L A Mayer Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem plans to put 190 pieces on the block at Sotheby’s on Tuesday. (Representational Image.)(Pixabay)
The L A Mayer Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem plans to put 190 pieces on the block at Sotheby’s on Tuesday. (Representational Image.)(Pixabay)

Israeli museum plans to sell off rare Islamic antiquities

Jerusalem | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2020 04:46 PM IST
A museum in Israel has sparked outrage with plans to sell dozens of rare Islamic antiquities, including centuries-old carpets, armaments and ceramics from across the Middle East, at a public auction.
A protester holds a placard as he takes part in ongoing anti-government demonstrations near the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem, on September 5, 2020.(AFP photo)
A protester holds a placard as he takes part in ongoing anti-government demonstrations near the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem, on September 5, 2020.(AFP photo)

Israelis protest against PM Benjamin Netanyahu as coronavirus infections spike

Jerusalem | By Associated Press | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 02:49 AM IST
Thousands of Israelis gathered outside the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem on Saturday despite record levels of coronavirus infections, calling on Benjamin Netanyahu to resign because he is on trial for corruption charges.
Members of Israeli security forces stand guard as Palestinian labourers gather near an Israeli checkpoint.(REUTERS/Representative Image)
Members of Israeli security forces stand guard as Palestinian labourers gather near an Israeli checkpoint.(REUTERS/Representative Image)

Israeli forces shoot, wound deaf Palestinian at checkpoint

Jerusalem | By Press Trust of India | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 18, 2020 05:44 AM IST
The incident comes less than three months after Israeli police shot and killed a 32-year-old Palestinian with severe autism.
Isaac Levy, owner of Israeli jewelry company Yvel holds parts of a mask in Motza near Jerusalem.(AP)
Isaac Levy, owner of Israeli jewelry company Yvel holds parts of a mask in Motza near Jerusalem.(AP)

Israeli jeweler Yvel makes 18-karat gold mask worth $1.5 million

MOTZA, Israel | By Associated Press | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON AUG 10, 2020 09:45 AM IST
In an interview at his factory near Jerusalem, Levy showed off several pieces of the mask, covered in diamonds. One gold plate had a hole for the filter.
The services are being extended while following the government guidelines in view of Covid-19 pandemic.(HT Photo)
The services are being extended while following the government guidelines in view of Covid-19 pandemic.(HT Photo)

Indian mission in Israel extends essential support to communities amid Covid-19 movement restrictions

Israel | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2020 02:33 PM IST
The Indian embassy staff have been travelling to various parts of the country once a week so that Indians and Israelis of Indian-origin looking for consular support do not face problems with urgently required documents.
A fragment from the Dead Sea Scrolls that underwent genetic sampling to shed light on the 2,000-year-old biblical trove is shown to Reuters at the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) laboratory in Jerusalem June 2, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun(REUTERS)
A fragment from the Dead Sea Scrolls that underwent genetic sampling to shed light on the 2,000-year-old biblical trove is shown to Reuters at the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) laboratory in Jerusalem June 2, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun(REUTERS)

Hides that reveal: DNA helps scholars with divine Dead Sea Scrolls

Jerusalem | By Reuters | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2020 05:44 PM IST
The Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of hundreds of manuscripts and thousands of fragments of ancient Jewish religious texts, were discovered in 1947 by local Bedouin in the cave-riddled desert crags of Qumran, some 20 km (12 miles) east of Jerusalem.
Muslims perform the Al-Fajr prayer inside the Al-Rajhi Mosque while practising social distancing, after the announcement of the easing of lockdown measures amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 31, 2020.(REUTERS)
Muslims perform the Al-Fajr prayer inside the Al-Rajhi Mosque while practising social distancing, after the announcement of the easing of lockdown measures amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 31, 2020.(REUTERS)

Covid-19: Mosques reopen in Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem after over 2 months

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | By Associated Press | Posted by: Anubha Rohatgi
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2020 02:27 PM IST
The Grand Mosque in Mecca, which houses the cube-shaped Kaaba that Muslims around the world pray toward, will remain closed to the public. The city has been under a strict lock down for several weeks.
Hundreds of Muslims chanted “God is the greatest” as they packed into the compound in Jerusalem’s walled Old City early on Sunday for dawn prayers.(AP file photo)
Hundreds of Muslims chanted “God is the greatest” as they packed into the compound in Jerusalem’s walled Old City early on Sunday for dawn prayers.(AP file photo)

Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque reopens after more than two months

Jerusalem | By Reuters | Posted by: Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2020 08:07 AM IST
The Council of Islamic Waqf cited the slowed local spread of Covid-19 in lifting entry restrictions and reopening the compound’s iconic shrines, which shut on March 15.
The Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosque compound, which remains shut to prevent the spread of coronavirus during the holy month of Ramadan, is seen from an overlook.(AP)
The Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosque compound, which remains shut to prevent the spread of coronavirus during the holy month of Ramadan, is seen from an overlook.(AP)

Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque to reopen after Muslim holiday

Jerusalem | By Associated Press
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2020 05:53 PM IST
The Islamic endowment overseeing the site under Jordanian custodianship had taken the unprecedented step of closing it to worshippers in March as other major holy sites were shuttered across the Middle East.
During Ramadan, Muslims the world over join their families to break the fast at sunset and go to mosques to pray. But the pandemic has changed priorities, with curbs on large gatherings for prayers and public iftars, or meals to break the fast.(Unsplash)
During Ramadan, Muslims the world over join their families to break the fast at sunset and go to mosques to pray. But the pandemic has changed priorities, with curbs on large gatherings for prayers and public iftars, or meals to break the fast.(Unsplash)

Ramazan 2020: Islam’s holiest sites emptied by coronavirus crisis

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 06:49 PM IST
The holy month of Ramadan began on Friday with Islam’s holiest sites in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem largely empty of worshippers as the coronavirus crisis forced authorities to impose unprecedented restrictions.
In 2013, Netanyahu had vetoed construction in the E1 corridor in the face of UN, EU and US pressure. Feb. 25, 2020.(REUTERS)
In 2013, Netanyahu had vetoed construction in the E1 corridor in the face of UN, EU and US pressure. Feb. 25, 2020.(REUTERS)

We’re building Jerusalem and outskirts: Israeli PM Netanyahu on building homes in West Bank

Jerusalem | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2020 06:51 PM IST
The international community has warned repeatedly that Jewish settlement construction in the E1 corridor would cut the West Bank in two and compromise the contiguity of a future Palestinian state.
Iran said Tuesday that US President Donald Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan amounted to the “treason of the century”(REUTERS)
Iran said Tuesday that US President Donald Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan amounted to the “treason of the century”(REUTERS)

Iran condemns Donald Trump peace plan as ‘treason of century’

Tehran | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2020 06:54 AM IST
Trump on Tuesday unveiled long-awaited details of a US plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying Jerusalem would remain Israel’s “undivided capital”.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that a U.S. peace plan envisages the proposed Palestinian capital be located in Abu Dis(AP)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that a U.S. peace plan envisages the proposed Palestinian capital be located in Abu Dis(AP)

Benjamin Netanyahu says proposed Palestinian capital will be in Abu Dis

Washington | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2020 06:40 AM IST
The right-wing leader, who faces a new election in March, said he would bring a proposal for applying Israeli jurisdiction to the Jordan Valley.
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks at the World Holocaust Forum marking 75 years since the liberation of the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz, at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre in Jerusalem(AP)
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks at the World Holocaust Forum marking 75 years since the liberation of the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz, at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre in Jerusalem(AP)

Emmanuel Macron loses cool with Israeli security, asks him to ‘go out’

Jeusalem | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2020 07:41 PM IST
The altercation flared when Israeli police and domestic security agents pushed past the French detail and were first to enter the Church of Saint Anne, which is French territory under international treaties.
French President Emmanuel Macron stands by the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's Old City, during a visit in Jerusalem January 22, 2020.(REUTERS)
French President Emmanuel Macron stands by the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's Old City, during a visit in Jerusalem January 22, 2020.(REUTERS)

‘Haunts our present time’: French president Macron slams anti-Semitism on Jerusalem visit

Jerusalem | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2020 08:26 AM IST
Combatting anti-Semitism is a key theme of Thursday’s event, which will remember more than one million Jews killed at Auschwitz during World War II.
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