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Boyar High School students in “Hefetz” by Hanoch Levin

Amateur actress Merav Lapidos portrays Shukra in a Boyar high school students’ production of “Hefetz” by play writer Hanoch Levin (1943-1999). Hefetz deals with relationships based on humiliation and degradation. Jerusalem, Israel. 14-Mar-2012.

Amateur actor Ron Paldi portrays Hefetz in a Boyar high school students’ production “Hefetz” by play writer Hanoch Levin (1943-1999). Hefetz deals with relationships based on humiliation and degradation. Jerusalem, Israel. 14-Mar-2012.

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Mayor Barkat welcomes swifts nesting at the Kotel – Jerusalem

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men stand on a balcony in the Jewish Quarter and view a welcoming ceremony for thousands of swifts returning from South Africa to nest in the Western Wall as spring and breeding season arrive. Jerusalem, Israel. 12-Mar-2012.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Mrs. Naomi Tsur, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, Dr. Yossi Leshem, from the Tel-Aviv University and Society for the Protection of Nature and Amnonn Hahn, General Manager of “FRIENDS OF THE SWIFTS” Association in Israel take part in a welcoming ceremony for thousands of swifts returning from South Africa to nest in the Western Wall as spring and breeding season arrive.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat addresses guests at a welcoming ceremony for thousands of swifts returning from South Africa to nest in the Western Wall as spring and breeding season arrive. Jerusalem, Israel. 12-Mar-2012.

The Western Wall in Jerusalem serves as one of the oldest Common Swift nesting sites in the world. A special study to map the nests was conducted in 2002 by the researcher, Mr. Ulrich Tigges and by the late Prof. Mendelssohn during which 88 nests were noted. This study map served as a guideline during the work of strengthening the Western Wall, keeping the nests unblocked.

Jerusalem Mayor Mr. Nir Barkat and Deputy Mayor Ms. Naomi Tsur exchange words at a welcoming ceremony for thousands of swifts returning from South Africa to nest in the Western Wall as spring and breeding season arrive. Jerusalem, Israel. 12-Mar-2012.

However, the future of the Common Swift is not secure at all and their future is at risk. The FRIENDS OF THE SWIFTS Association, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and Tel-Aviv University are working together to promise the future of the Common Swift by all available means: saving existing nesting sites, designing and building new ones, special educational programs in schools, assisting Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers, and PR activities to increase public awareness of this special bird and the problems it faces.

Jerusalem Mayor Mr. Nir Barkat (C) and Deputy Mayor Ms. Naomi Tsur (R) receive a book on ornithology from Dr. Yossi Leshem (L), of the Tel-Aviv University and Society for the Protection of Nature. Jerusalem, Israel. 12-Mar-2012.

The Common Swift is a unique bird that spends most of its life on the wing. It feeds on flying insects, which it hunts in the air, it drinks while flying, it sleeps on the wing and it even mates on the wing at the beginning of the breeding season. The Common Swift spends most of the time living in South Africa in dense colonial groups and at the beginning of spring starts migrating north to its breeding sites. During mid-February it arrives in Israel, which is known to be one of its first breeding sites, and migrates back to Africa at the beginning of June, immediately after its nestlings have fledged. It is a small bird, weighing only 35 – 45 grams, but is a superior flier, an aerial acrobat. It has a thin, short body and impressive, long, scythe-like wings with an outstanding aspect ratio. Ever since humans have started building cities, the Common Swift has found our buildings perfect for nesting sites including ancient holy sites such as churches, synagogues, mosques and temples, and has become dependent on us.

Swifts begin to congregate above the Western Wall in the late hours of the afternoon in a brilliant aerobatic display of flight capabilities. The Western Wall in Jerusalem serves as one of the oldest Common Swift nesting sites in the world. Jerusalem, Israel. 12-Mar-2012.

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Deaf and Hearing Impaired Hear the Book of Esther – Jerusalem

Mayor Nir Barkat addresses the audience in a special Purim reading of the Book of Esther for the deaf and hearing-impaired at Bet Zusman using special amplifiers, visual projection and simultaneous sign language translation. Jerusalem, Israel. 8-Mar-2012.

 

Purim celebrators are viewed through the eyes of a mask as they assemble at Bet-Zusman for a special Purim reading of the Book of Esther for the deaf and hearing-impaired with special amplifiers, visual projection sign language translation. Jerusalem, Israel. 8-Mar-2012.

Mayor Nir Barkat takes part in a special Purim reading of the Book of Esther for the deaf and hearing-impaired at Bet Zusman, as special amplifiers are used, visual projection on screen and simultaneous sign language translation. Jerusalem, Israel. 8-Mar-2012.

Mayor Nir Barkat shakes the hand of a boy in a race car driver costume in a special Purim reading of the Book of Esther for the deaf and hearing-impaired at Bet Zusman using special amplifiers, visual projection and simultaneous sign language translation. Jerusalem, Israel. 8-Mar-2012.

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Purim Celebrations in Jerusalem

Purim, which commemorates the events described in the Book of Esther, mainly the foiling of the plot by anti-Semitic Haman, Grand Vizier of the Persian Empire, to massacre the Jews, is celebrated in carnivals and costumes.

A figure of Haman hangs ‘to death’ from an eighth story balcony, symbolizing Haman’s destiny as described in the Book of Esther, following his foiled attempt to massacre the Jews of Persia, as Purim is celebrated in the city. Jerusalem, Israel. 8-Mar-2012.

Excerpt from Government Press Office press release, 5-Mar-2012:

Purim commemorates the events described in the Book of Esther. In Esther 3:8, the anti-Semitic Haman, Grand Vizier of the Persian Empire, tells Persian King Ahasuerus that, “There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among all the peoples… in your kingdom. Their laws are different from those of every people, neither do they keep the king’s laws. Therefore, it does the king no profit to suffer them. If it please the king, let it be written that they be destroyed…” Thus, Haman coined one of the most infamous anti-Semitic canards: That the Jews are a clannish and alien people who do not obey the laws of the land. At Haman’s contrivance, a decree is then issued for all Jews in the Persian Empire to be massacred. But, as the Book of Esther subsequently relates, Haman’s plot was foiled and, “The Jews had light and gladness, and joy and honor…a feast and a good day.” (8:16-17)

Purim, which commemorates the events described in the Book of Esther, mainly the foiling of the plot by anti-Semitic Haman, Grand Vizier of the Persian Empire, to massacre the Jews, is celebrated in carnivals and costumes. Jerusalem, Israel. 8-Mar-2012.

Throughout the centuries, Purim – which celebrates the miraculous salvation of the Jews and the thwarting of Haman’s genocidal plot – has traditionally symbolized the victory of the Jewish people over anti-Semitic tyranny. As such, Purim is a happy, carnival-like holiday.

After sunset Wednesday evening, 7 March, festive prayers will take place in synagogues, where the Book of Esther will also be read aloud. It is customary for people, especially children, to come to synagogue dressed in costume. During the reading of the Book of Esther, whenever Haman’s name is mentioned, congregants traditionally make as much noise as possible in order to drown out his name – a reflection of God’s promise (Exodus 17:14) to, “blot out,” the Amalekite nation, of which Haman was a descendant; special Purim noisemakers may be used for this purpose. The Book of Esther will be read again during morning prayers on Thursday, 8 March. A special Purim prayer is inserted into the daily prayers and the blessing after meals.

A boy wears a Smurf costume on Purim, celebrated as a happy, carnival-like holiday, commemorating the events described in the Book of Esther and the foiled plot of Haman, Grand Vizier of the Persian Empire, to massacre the Jews. Jerusalem, Israel. 8-Mar-2012.

On Purim, Jews are enjoined by the Book of Esther (9:22) to send gifts of food to each other, make special contributions to the poor, and have a festive holiday meal in the afternoon. To this end, the day is also marked by collections for various charities, and by people visiting neighbors and friends to deliver baskets of food, prominent among which are small, three-cornered, fruit-filled pastries known as Oznei Haman in Hebrew (Haman’s ears) or Hamantaschen in Yiddish (Haman’s pockets).

A young boy wears an IDF paratroopers costume on Purim, celebrated as a happy, carnival-like holiday, commemorating the events described in the Book of Esther and the foiled plot of Haman, Grand Vizier of the Persian Empire, to massacre the Jews. Jerusalem, Israel. 8-Mar-2012.

In Jerusalem, Purim is ordinarily celebrated one day later than it is in the rest of the world; accordingly, all Purim-related observances are postponed by one day. This practice originates from the fact that an extra day was prescribed for the Jews of Shushan (the modern Susa, one of the Persian Empire’s four capitals) to defend themselves against their enemies. This second day is known as Shushan Purim. As mentioned in the Book of Esther itself (9:16-19), Jews living in walled cities (later defined by rabbinical authorities to mean walled cities at the time that Joshua entered the Land of Israel) celebrate Purim one day later than Jews living in unwalled cities. There are several such cities in Israel where Shushan Purim is celebrated. In some cities whose status is in doubt, the Book of Esther will actually be read on both days.

Two IDF soldiers look up to a clown on stilts on Purim, celebrated as a happy, carnival-like holiday, commemorating the events described in the Book of Esther and the foiled plot of Haman, Grand Vizier of the Persian Empire, to massacre the Jews. Jerusalem, Israel. 8-Mar-2012.

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Empowering Women on International Women’s Day

Posters of female neighborhood residents are displayed in the French Hill with their names and occupations on International Women’s’ Day defying a citywide wave of gender segregation in the public sphere imposed by religious pressure.

A poster of Dorit, a poet, is displayed in the French Hill on International Women’s Day defying a citywide wave of gender segregation in the public sphere imposed by religious pressure. Jerusalem, Israel. 8-Mar-2012.

In view of a citywide wave of gender segregation in the public sphere imposed by religious pressure and near-liquidation of advertisements including photos of women, this year’s International Women’s Day gets special meaning in Jerusalem. In the secular neighborhood of the French Hill a special campaign empowering women, residents of the neighborhood, puts twenty photos of women on display while giving them a name, an occupation and a meaningful identity. The posters also declare “Welcome to the French Hill!”

A poster of Sarit, a kindergarten teacher, is displayed in the French Hill on International Women’s Day defying a citywide wave of gender segregation in the public sphere imposed by religious pressure. Jerusalem, Israel. 8-Mar-2012.

The project was initiated by residents of the neighborhood themselves in an interest to make the neighborhood more attractive for secular young people. Photos were created voluntarily by a female photography major from Betzalel School of Art and graphic artists from the neighborhood also volunteered their services. Their message is “We are women and we are here to stay!”

A poster of Dalya, a rabbi, is displayed in the French Hill on International Women’s Day defying a citywide wave of gender segregation in the public sphere imposed by religious pressure. Jerusalem, Israel. 8-Mar-2012.

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Ethiopians Are Losing Hope – Jerusalem

For 23 days Ethiopian Israelis have been occupying a protest tent outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem, demonstrating against what they consider paralyzing racism and discrimination against them in Israeli society. Jerusalem, Israel. 6-Mar-2012.

Shetu Yaacov (R), 31, opposite the PM’s residence at Ethiopian protest test in front of handwritten banner reading “the danger of racism is on the rise”. Jerusalem, Israel. 6-Mar-2012.

Shetu Yaacov, 31, born in the district of Gondar in Ethiopia, immigrated to Israel in 1990 at the age of nine. Shetu lives, just barely, in a rented apartment in Jerusalem. He is late with his monthly rent payments and will soon have no choice but to leave Jerusalem to find an apartment with lower rent elsewhere. Although he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and is currently employed by the Jerusalem Municipality indirectly, he cannot find a more stable job and must settle working through contractors on projects that deal solely with the Ethiopian community – he’s not wanted for anything else. Shetu believes it was his financial hardships that lead to his divorce. His ex-wife and one-year-old daughter have moved to his wife’s parents and he does his best to visit his daughter once every two weeks.

For 23 days Ethiopian Israelis have been occupying a protest tent outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem, demonstrating against what they consider paralyzing racism and discrimination against them in Israeli society. Jerusalem, Israel. 6-Mar-2012.

A recent study by Dr. Erez Siniver, chairman of the School of Economics at the College of Management, Academic Studies and Prof. Gil Epstein of Bar-Ilan University, based on Central Bureau of Statistics data from 2010 and comparing data for people with 12 years of schooling or less concludes that Ethiopian immigrants to Israel earn 30%-40% less then Israeli Arabs, until recently occupying the bottom of the scale.

Shetu Yaacov does his best to occupy the protest test whenever he can. He comes on weekends and between work shifts. He was here last week, freezing in the snow, when temperatures in Jerusalem hit zero. He believes it’s important to continuously occupy the protest tent until Ethiopians receive what they are entitled to and is very worried about the eviction order they were served by the Jerusalem Municipality, to be debated in the Jerusalem District court this afternoon.

Shetu details the demands of the protestors. First on their agenda is housing – many are unable to fund rent. They don’t even dream of buying an apartment. They can receive no assistance from their parents who in most cases are worst off. 95% of the working community are exploited by contractors, he explains, in low-pay jobs such as cleaning and security. “The younger generations, those of us who have married and brought children, cannot survive.” Many marriages break up and the people go back to living with their parents. “The government doesn’t care about us. That’s why we’re here. They close us in ghettos and isolate us from society.”

Second on the agenda is education and schooling; “After thirty years our community is in the country I cannot understand the racism that forces our children to go to separate kindergartens and schools.”

Shetu is frustrated with, what he calls, paralyzing racism, that won’t allow him to work as a social worker with communities other than Ethiopians. Many of his friends cannot get jobs at all. He heard from a young woman who changed her name on a job application so that she could not be identified as Ethiopian. She was summoned for an interview but as soon as she entered the room it was obvious to her she would not get the job.

Suicides are becoming very frequent, Shetu explains with great emotion; “People who have been through the hell of the camps of Gondar, come to Israel, lose hope and kill themselves.”

Shetu Yaacov, 31, explains with great emotion; “People who have been through the hell of the camps of Gondar, come to Israel, lose hope and kill themselves”, outside the Ethiopian protest tent opposite the PM’s residence. Jerusalem, Israel. 6-Mar-2012.

“My personal situation is relatively good. Others have lost hope” he summarizes.

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Pre-Jerusalem International Marathon Press Conference

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat leads a press conference on the rooftop of Notre Dame Hotel regarding the upcoming second Jerusalem International Marathon explaining the routes, logistics, special benefits to runners and city residents. Jerusalem, Israel. 6-Mar-2012.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat leads a press conference on the rooftop of Notre Dame Hotel regarding the upcoming second Jerusalem International Marathon explaining the routes, logistics, special benefits to runners and city residents. Jerusalem, Israel. 6-Mar-2012.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (R) and Itzchak Lari (L), Deputy GM of Toto Winner, a major marathon sponsor, release helium filled balloons to the sky following a press conference regarding the upcoming second Jerusalem International Marathon. Jerusalem, Israel. 6-Mar-2012.

A view of the Dome of The Rock from the Notre Dame Hotel rooftop as Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat leads a press conference regarding the upcoming second Jerusalem International Marathon. Jerusalem, Israel. 6-Mar-2012.

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Dutch tulips in full blossom – Jerusalem

Tulips blossom in splendor opposite the Knesset Parliament Building. These flowers are some of a gift of 50,000 bulbs presented by Christians For Israel from The Netherlands to the city of Jerusalem in December last year. Jerusalem, Israel. 6-Mar-2012.

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Long awaited snow arrives – Jerusalem

Jerusalemites woke up this morning to a thin white blanket covering the city. After several years of anticipation and disappointments snow is finally here. Heavy snowfall continues this morning disrupting schools and public transportation. Jerusalem, Israel. 02-Mar-2012.

The Jerusalem Municipality is operating heavy equipment in an attempt to clear roads but Egged, the biggest public bus system serving the city, has announced that all public transportation in the city, to and from it, is suspended for the time being. Exams at the Hebrew University have been postponed.

A young woman makes her way in a snowstorm after many years without snow in Jerusalem. Heavy snowfall continues this morning disrupting schools and public transportation. Jerusalem, Israel. 02-Mar-2012.

An outdoor café is empty as Jerusalemites woke up this morning to a thin white blanket covering the city. After several years of disappointment snow is finally here. Heavy snowfall continues this morning disrupting schools and public transportation. Jerusalem, Israel. 02-Mar-2012.

Teenagers enjoy a first snowfall in Jerusalem after many years. Heavy snowfall continues this morning disrupting schools and public transportation. Jerusalem, Israel. 02-Mar-2012.

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Christians Flock The Holy Sepulchre on Ash Wednesday – Jerusalem

Thousands of Christian pilgrims and believers flock the Church of The Holy Sepulchre on Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, in Western Christianity, and occurs 46 days before Easter. The Church of The Holy Sepulchre was built in the fourth century over the site of a Roman Pagan temple. It is considered one of the world’s holiest shrines to Christians, preserving the most important moments of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Nuns among the thousands of Christian pilgrims and believers flocking the Church of The Holy Sepulchre on Ash Wednesday. Jerusalem, Israel. 22-Feb-2012.

A priest draws a cross on the forehead of a believer as thousands of Christian pilgrims flock the Church of The Holy Sepulchre on Ash Wednesday. Jerusalem, Israel. 22-Feb-2012.

A woman worships in silence as thousands of Christian pilgrims and believers flock the Church of The Holy Sepulchre on Ash Wednesday. Jerusalem, Israel. 22-Feb-2012.

A woman prays silently holding a candle by the Edicule as thousands of Christian pilgrims and believers flock the Church of The Holy Sepulchre on Ash Wednesday. Jerusalem, Israel. 22-Feb-2012.

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Home Front Command Earthquake Drill – Jerusalem

The children of Israel take part in a nationwide exercise simulating an earthquake. At the Bet-Hakerem Elementary School Home Front Command oversee the drill with police, paramedics and firefighters. Jerusalem, Israel. 20th February 2012.

Firefighters rappel from school rooftop in rescue operations following an earthquake in a nationwide exercise simulation at the Bet-Hakerem Elementary School. Jerusalem, Israel. 20th February 2012.

Children of Bet-Hakerem Elementary School learn to use fire extinguishers as they take part in a nationwide exercise simulating an earthquake with IDF Home Front Command soldiers and emergency services. Jerusalem, Israel. 20th February 2012.

Firefighters rappel from school rooftop in rescue operations following an earthquake in a nationwide exercise simulation at the Bet-Hakerem Elementary School. Jerusalem, Israel. 20th February 2012.

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Croatian President Ivo Josipovic Visits the Knesset – Jerusalem

Prof. Ivo Josipovic, President of the Republic of Croatia, is lead by House Speaker Reuven Rivlin, as a guest of the Knesset. A reception ceremony was followed by an invitation to address the Knesset Plenum. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th February 2012.

Prof. Ivo Josipovic, President of the Republic of Croatia, is lead by House Speaker Reuven Rivlin, as a guest of the Knesset. A reception ceremony was followed by an invitation to address the Knesset Plenum. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th February 2012.

Croatian flags fly alongside Israeli flags at a reception ceremony welcoming Prof. Ivo Josipovic, President of the Republic of Croatia, as a guest of the Knesset. The President later addressed the plenum. Jerusalem, Israel. 15th February 2012.

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Preparations for International Ice Festival Underway – Jerusalem


Chinese craftsmen prepare Jerusalem’s first Int’l Ice Festival set to open March 6th at the Old Train Site featuring Fairytale World, an ice bar, skating rinks, and Jerusalem landmarks made of ice. Jerusalem, Israel. 13th February 2012.

Chinese craftsmen prepare Jerusalem’s first Int’l Ice Festival set to open March 6th at the Old Train Site featuring Fairytale World, an ice bar, skating rinks, and Jerusalem landmarks made of ice. Jerusalem, Israel. 13th February 2012.

Chinese craftsmen prepare Jerusalem’s first Int’l Ice Festival set to open March 6th at the Old Train Site featuring Fairytale World, an ice bar, skating rinks, and Jerusalem landmarks made of ice. Jerusalem, Israel. 13th February 2012.

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Fire Brigade Drill in Jerusalem

Jerusalem Fire Brigade drills fire fighting and rescue operations at Social Security offices. Jerusalem, Israel. 13th February 2012.

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Threat Closes Temple Mount to Non-Muslims – Jerusalem

Jerusalem District Police Commander, Niso Shacham, instructs closure of the Temple Mount to non-Muslims following publication saying “Purify the Temple Mount of land-stealing enemies of Israel”. Jerusalem, Israel. 12th February 2012.

In an effort to prevent an outbreak of riots, Jerusalem District Police Commander, Niso Shacham, instructed the closure of the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa compound to Jews and tourists this morning. Fliers discovered called supporters to “purify the Temple Mount of land-stealing enemies of Israel”, allegedly signed by far-right Likud member Moshe Feiglin. Feiglin denies any connection to the publication. The Al-Aqsa compound remains open to Muslim worshippers.

Riot Police reinforced in numbers on hand to maintain order near the Mugrabi Bridge as Jerusalem District Police Commander, Niso Shacham, instructs closure of the Temple Mount to non-Muslims. Jerusalem, Israel. 12th February 2012.

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Knesset Celebrates 63 Years in an Open House Event – Jerusalem

Thousands of Israelis visit the Knesset today as it opens its doors to the public hosting an Open House event on the occasion of the parliament’s 63 birthday. Speaker of the Knesset, Mr. Reuven “Rubi” Rivlin was quoted saying: ”The Knesset is the house of the people, and this will literally be true, when a crowd of thousands comes to the Knesset to enjoy a range of activities. The purpose of the ”Open House” is to celebrate the Knesset`s birthday in a way which will bring the public closer to the Knesset, its unique role and its operations. The happening taking place on Tu Bishvat will be a mix of educational activities, cultural events, exercises led by MKs and yearly traditional ceremonies. I can promise anyone who comes an exceptional experience.”

Many interactive activities took place in Parliament today including the Knesset Band who welcomed visitors in the front plaza, ‘Story Hour’ for children lead by MKs, an exhibition of the Knesset Guard dog handlers, symposiums lead by MKs on political issues for students, actors dressed as famous Israeli political leaders interacted with visitors and a workshop on hand-powered bicycles for the handicapped.

A kindergarten class from the Arab city Tayibe arrives to the Israeli Parliament for an open house celebration on the occasion of its 63rd birthday, exemplary of Israeli democracy and equality of rights. Jerusalem, Israel. 8th February 2012.

A row of photo portraits of past prime ministers decorates the halls of the Knesset as it opens its doors to the public for an Open House birthday celebration. First photo portrays legendary David Ben-Gurion. Jerusalem, Israel. 8th February 2012.

Children are mesmerized as MK Nachman Shai reads a story by Lea Goldberg to granddaughter’s kindergarten class in ‘Story Hour’. Thousands of Israelis visit the Knesset today for an open house celebration. Jerusalem, Israel. 8th February 2012.

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Religious Extremists Target The Holy Cross – Jerusalem

One of two cars belonging to members of the Valley of the Cross Monastery that were vandalized overnight. Car tires were slashed and they were littered with graffiti reading “Price Tag”. Jerusalem, Israel. 7th February 2012.

 

In what seems to be an intensifying wave of ultra-religious intolerance sweeping the country two cars belonging to members of the Valley of the Cross Monastery were vandalized overnight. Tires were slashed and cars were littered with graffiti reading “Jesus die”, “Greeks out”, “The Maccabees of Migron” (referring to the right-wing unauthorized Israeli outpost in the northern West Bank), “Price Tag” and the Jewish Star of David.

The Monastery of the Cross is believed to have been built in the 5th century by Queen St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. Administered by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem the monastery was traditionally erected on the burial spot of Adam’s head from which grew the tree that gave its wood to the cross on which Christ was crucified.

 

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Solemn Mock Funeral Procession For Yohanes Berko – Jerusalem

Activists conduct a solemn mock funeral procession for deceased homeless Yohanes Berko who froze during the night of January 21st in Tel-Aviv, holding candles in front of PM Netanyahu’s official residence. Jerusalem, Israel. 4th February 2012.

Three months after the liquidation of an improvised tent compound for homeless in Tel-Aviv, street resident Yohanes Berko froze to death on a public bench in Levinski Park during the night of January 21st. A solemn mock funeral procession is conducted from PM Netanyahu’s private residence on Aza Street to the official Prime Minister’s Residence pointing a finger at Netanyahu for personal responsibility for his death and for the dire fate of other homeless people. Hamaabara – The Transit Camp, The Jerusalem Campaign for Housing Rights, claims 46 street residents found a similar death in 2011.

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Unbiased Affordable Housing Demanded in Jerusalem

A poster on a tree opposite the Knesset building portrays Housing Minister Ariel Atias as a Dutch woman claiming costs for housing in The Netherlands do not exceed 30% of household income. Jerusalem, Israel. 31st January 2012.

Knesset Member Nitzan Horowitz (L), of the New Movement – Meretz, joins protestors outside the Knesset to show solidarity with their struggle against proposal by Housing Minister Ariel Atias (Shas). Jerusalem, Israel. 31st January 2012.

Protest opposite Knesset as Economic Affairs Committee discusses proposal by Housing Minister Ariel Atias (Shas). “Government is lathering us with soap” targets proposal that will allegedly benefit Haredi sector. Jerusalem, Israel. 31st January 2012.

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Israel Police Marks 2012 As The ‘Turning Point Year’

Ministers of Internal Security, Yitzhak Aharonovitch (L), and Police Commissioner, Yohanan Danino (R), look into the audience at a ceremony awarding ranks to senior police officers. Jerusalem, Israel. 30th January 2012.

Minister of Internal Security, Yitzhak Aharonovitch, and Police Commissioner, Yohanan Danino, take part in a festive ceremony awarding ranks to senior officers stressing their policy to strengthen ‘core police functions’ and reinforce the ‘front line’ of police services to the public including reallocation of organizational resources and personnel. The ceremony took place in the National Police Headquarters mess hall. Ten of the thirteen officers promoted to Chief Superintendent are station commanders and Border Police company commanders in accordance with Danino’s policy to reinforce the ‘front line’ of police, which serves as the ‘face of the police’ in the eyes of the public. Station chiefs promoted include Givatayim, Nazareth Illit, Modi’in, Harel, Migdal Haemek, Golan, Ofakim, and Arad police stations, previously considered “small” police stations in terms of numbers of policemen and the scope of the public they serve. Border Police company commanders promoted are Coral, Beit Horon and Company MZ in the Judea and Samaria.

Minister of Internal Security, Yitzhak Aharonovitch (L), Police Commissioner, Yohanan Danino (R) and wife award the rank of Brigadier General to Uzi Levy, Border Police Commander of Northern District. Jerusalem, Israel. 30th January 2012.

In addition, ranks of Brigadier General were awarded to Uzi Levy, Border Police Commander of Northern District, Soaaa Thaoch, Border Police Commander of the Jerusalem Envelope District, and Simeon Lavi, Commander of the Operations Division, Tel-Aviv District.

Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovitch addresses police officers in a festive ceremony awarding ranks to senior officers and congratulates Police Commissioner Danino on rollout of new policy. Jerusalem, Israel. 30th January 2012.

Commissioner Danino stated “The move to implement 2012 as the ‘Turning Point Year’ will bisect all departments and districts. The center of gravity will move from the headquarters to the field. The move constitutes a new outlook for the public based on communal policing, strengthening field units, and providing more security and better service to the public.”

Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovitch (2nd from R) and Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino (3rd from R) sing Israeli national anthem closing a festive ceremony awarding ranks to senior officers. Jerusalem, Israel. 30th January 2012.

Newly ranked officers include Yoram Barina, Yehonatan Zeidel, Shlomo Ben-Shushan, Yosef Katab, Meni Benyamin, Mualem Ami, Gilad Bahat, Larry Samara, Avraham Biton and Eliyahu Shmul.

Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovitch (R) leaves police headquarters mess hall followed by security agent at conclusion of a festive ceremony awarding ranks to senior police officers. Jerusalem, Israel. 30th January 2012.

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