Latest Tel Aviv News

Israeli minister's remarks on gays widely condemned

Jul. 14, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's new education minister's remarks in favor of "conversion therapy," a controversial technique that seeks to turn gays into heterosexuals, came under widespread criticism and led hundreds to protest Sunday. Rafi Peretz, who leads a small religious nationalist party, said in a...

Long lost WWII-era Soviet songs brought to life in Israel

Jul. 9, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — In a musty basement hall of an unassuming building nestled among modern high-rises in the heart of Tel Aviv, a few hundred spectators are kindly requested to turn off their cellphones. What makes the typical scene surreal is that they are asked to do so in Yiddish — the...

Israeli city names downtown roundabout after Trump

Jul. 9, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) — An Israeli city has named a traffic circle after President Donald Trump, just weeks after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government renamed a Golan Heights settlement after the president. Rami Greenberg, mayor of Petah Tikva, a city 6 miles (10 kilometers) east of Tel Aviv,...

Ethiopian Israeli mothers protest police violence

Jul. 8, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Dozens of mothers are marching through Tel Aviv in a show of rising anger over a police officer's fatal shooting of an Ethiopian Israeli teenager, which touched off violent protests last week. Police were out in force as Ethiopian Israeli women and their supporters rallied on...

Ethiopian Israeli protests of police violence enter 3rd day

Jul. 3, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Scores of activists returned to streets across Israel on Wednesday to protest the killing of an Ethiopian Israeli teen by an off-duty police officer in what the community calls the latest example of police brutality and discrimination in Israeli society. Protesters mobilized to block a...

Thousands of Ethiopian Israelis protest police violence

Jul. 2, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Israelis protested Tuesday against alleged police brutality toward Ethiopian Israelis across the country after police shot dead an Ethiopian Israeli teen. Demonstrators blocked highways around the country, including a major thoroughfare through central Tel Aviv and the main...

Former Israeli PM Barak stages return to 'topple Netanyahu'

Jun. 26, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Barak announced Wednesday that he is returning to politics and forming a new party that will aim to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in upcoming elections. Speaking at a Tel Aviv press conference, Barak called for an end to "Netanyahu's rule with...

Pride parade kicks off in Tel Aviv with partyers, protesters

Jun. 14, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The largest gay pride parade in the Middle East drew hundreds of thousands of revelers and demonstrators from all over to the streets of Tel Aviv on Friday. Drag queens and rainbow-clad marchers streamed through the coastal city, posing for selfies and beating drums. Shirtless men...

Ford opens Israel tech lab in move toward driverless cars

Jun. 13, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Ford has opened a research center in Israel, joining a legion of major automakers racing to develop new technologies for the world of driverless cars. Chairman William Ford met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday as part of his visit, where he called Israel "ground zero" for...

In Tel Aviv, Neil Patrick Harris says he's no gay icon

Jun. 12, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — This year's official international ambassador to Tel Aviv's Gay Pride Parade says he has no interest in being a gay icon. TV star Neil Patrick Harris arrived in Israel Wednesday along with his husband, the chef and actor David Burtka, to headline Tel Aviv's annual celebration of its...