Asher Dahan – who murdered the revered kabbalist Rav Elazar Abuchatzeira in Beersheba last summer in a crime that shocked the Orthodox Jewish community both in Israel and around the world – has been judged emotionally fit to stand trial by the Beersheba District Court, which accepted the opinion of psychiatrists after they conducted a full evaluation of the perpetrator. Denying his lawyer’s contention that Dahan is mentally ill, the medical panel determined that Dahan had the capacity to distinguish between right and wrong at the time he committed the murder.
Dahan had apparently killed the 70-year-old sage because he was angry that the rabbi’s marital advice did not work. Taking a 14-inch knife from the room of Rav Abuchatzeira’s son when
In a move that has raised eyebrows among media observers, CNN has apparently fired most of the Jewish members of its Jerusalem bureau, while retaining the bureau’s Arab staff.
Although the full-time news network is denying charges that this latest move reflects a pro-Arab stance – claiming instead that the firings were simply due to budgetary concerns – two of its producers in Jerusalem confirmed that four employees who were let go were all Jewish. Denying that any ethnic targeting was
The declaration of the unconstitutionality of a law granting military exemptions to Israeli yeshiva students has met with a mixture of indifference and indignation from different members of Israel’s Chareidi (“ultra-Orthodox”) population.
The Tal Law was implemented in 2002, and aimed to attract greater numbers of Chareidim to the armed forces, while still allowing for exemptions if desired. Chareidim infrequently participate in the IDF, and this has emerged as a continuing source of friction between the
Now that Israel’s Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs has unanimously voted against a bill proposed by Knesset Member Zahava Gal-On (Meretz) to initiate public bus transportation on Shabbat, the heated debate over the issue has apparently come to an end.
The entire matter came to the fore when the Tel Aviv City Council voted 13 to 7 to begin running city buses on the holy day of rest, and Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai insisted that the controversial change in policy would take place. “We must
Statistics Refute PA Leader’s Claim of “Ethnic Cleansing” in Jerusalem “The time has come for the Palestinian leadership to stop denying the past and distorting reality,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. He was reacting to an inciting speech Sunday in which Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas re-introduced propaganda tactics to the conflict.
"This is a harshly inflammatory speech from someone who claims that he is bent on peace,” the Israeli premier said.