Latest Jerusalem News

Israel police chief orders probe into NSO spyware claims

Jan. 20, 2022 06:52 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's police chief said Thursday that he had ordered an extensive investigation into a newspaper's claims that the force had used controversial Israeli spyware to hack the phones of protesters, mayors and other citizens under investigation without proper authorization. ...

Palestinian minister: Biden moving too slow on pushing peace

Jan. 19, 2022 22:08 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki criticized U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday for moving too slowly to reverse all of the Trump administration’s adverse policies against the Palestinians and not using Washington's special relationship to pressure Israel to...

Israel evicts Palestinians from disputed Jerusalem property

Jan. 19, 2022 13:32 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Wednesday evicted Palestinians from a disputed property in a flashpoint Jerusalem neighborhood and demolished the building, leaving some 15 people homeless on a cold, rainy day in the wake of a tense standoff earlier this week. The predawn...

Pfizer chief Albert Bourla wins $1 million Genesis Prize

Jan. 19, 2022 01:31 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Albert Bourla, chairman and chief executive of global pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc., was awarded on Wednesday the prestigious Genesis Prize for his efforts in leading the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. The $1 million award is granted each year to a person...

Israel lawmakers outraged over claim police used NSO spyware

Jan. 18, 2022 10:26 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli lawmakers on Tuesday called for a parliamentary inquiry into the police’s alleged use of sophisticated spyware on Israeli citizens, including protesters opposed to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, following a newspaper report on the surveillance. ...

Palestinian family protests east Jerusalem home eviction

Jan. 17, 2022 14:57 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian residents of a flashpoint east Jerusalem neighborhood were locked in a tense standoff with Israeli authorities on Monday as police came to evict them from a disputed property. Several residents of a home in Sheikh Jarrah climbed onto the roof of the...

Trailblazing Arab lawmaker shakes up Israeli politics

Jan. 17, 2022 01:46 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Mansour Abbas broke a longstanding taboo when he led his Arab party into Israel's governing coalition last year. The bold move appears to be paying dividends. Abbas, a once obscure politician, is the linchpin of the shaky union, securing hefty budgets and...

Israeli nationalists protest against settlement evacuation

Jan. 13, 2022 14:59 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Israeli nationalists staged a protest Thursday outside the parliament building in Jerusalem, urging the government not to demolish a West Bank settlement outpost. The demonstration came a month after a Palestinian gunman fired on a car filled with...

Israel's national library sees Arabic site traffic boom

Jan. 09, 2022 13:00 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's national library says the number of visitors to its Arabic website more than doubled last year, driven by a growing collection of digitized materials and an aggressive outreach campaign to the Arab world. Around 650,000 users, predominantly from the...

Billionaire's looted art still on display at Israel Museum

Jan. 07, 2022 01:10 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — One of the Israel Museum’s biggest patrons, American billionaire Michael Steinhardt, approached the flagship Israeli art institution in 2007 with an artifact he had recently bought: a 2,200-year-old Greek text carved into limestone. But shortly after it went on...