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#Jerusalem

From TheJournal.ie Israel to press ahead with 2,600 settler homes in Jerusalem Tension

Israel to press ahead with 2,600 settler homes in Jerusalem

The housing units, which have been slated for construction since 2012, were given final approval this week.

From TheJournal.ie Brief Gaza truce ends as fresh Israeli bombing campaign pushes death toll over 400 Bombardments

Brief Gaza truce ends as fresh Israeli bombing campaign pushes death toll over 400

About 40 people have been killed today as Israel intensifies campaign.

From TheJournal.ie Pope Francis made an unexpected stop at the Western Wall to pray and leave a note Pope On Tour

Pope Francis made an unexpected stop at the Western Wall to pray and leave a note

The Pope’s note was different to that left by Pope John Paul II over a decade ago.

From TheJournal.ie 'I nearly fell out of my chair': Irish scientists uncover Einstein's lost theory Eureka Moment

'I nearly fell out of my chair': Irish scientists uncover Einstein's lost theory

The unpublished document shows that the Nobel Prize winner once considered a model of the universe very different to the Big Bang Theory.

From TheJournal.ie Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners under peace talks Peace Talks

Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners under peace talks

The 26 inmates had served 19 to 28 years for killing Israeli civilians or soldiers.

From TheJournal.ie Irish troops 'fully committed to Golan Heights task' - Shatter Syria

Irish troops 'fully committed to Golan Heights task' - Shatter

An estimated 36 Irish troops were on patrol yesterday when their convoy was hit by an unknown blast.

From TheJournal.ie Dublin MEP forbidden from travelling to Gaza No Pasaran

Dublin MEP forbidden from travelling to Gaza

“We were absolutely dumbfounded,” Labour MEP Emer Costello said.

From TheJournal.ie UN 'concerned and disappointed' over Israel's settlement plans Middle East

UN 'concerned and disappointed' over Israel's settlement plans

Any construction would be an “almost-fatal” blow to the two-state solution, according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

From TheJournal.ie Pro-Hitler graffiti found at Israel's Holocaust museum Israel

Pro-Hitler graffiti found at Israel's Holocaust museum

Suspicion has fallen on a small fringe of ultra-Orthodox Jews, who are virulently opposed to the state of Israel.

From TheJournal.ie Jerusalem must be partitioned, says former Israeli PM Middle East

Jerusalem must be partitioned, says former Israeli PM

Ehud Olmert says it’s time to relinquish a unified Jerusalem in the interest of peace.

From TheJournal.ie Palestinian PM pulls out planned meeting with Netanyahu Middle East

Palestinian PM pulls out planned meeting with Netanyahu

Salam Fayyad was due to hold what would have been the highest-level talks between the sides in two years.

From TheJournal.ie Holocaust survivors criticise Nazi camp inmate garb at protest Israel

Holocaust survivors criticise Nazi camp inmate garb at protest

Ultra-Orthodox Jews used the outfits to protest criticism of their strict lifestyle is a new form of ‘incitement’ and is ‘reminiscient of the German media before WWII’.

From TheJournal.ie Two-thousand-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls go online Dead Sea Scrolls

Two-thousand-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls go online

A joint project by Google and Israel’s national museum allows people to search high-resolution images of the scrolls for specific passages and translate verses into English.

The week in photos Week In Photos This post contains images

The week in photos

This is the week that was, in pictures

From TheJournal.ie Israel set to approve 4,300 new homes in disputed east Jerusalem area Israel

Israel set to approve 4,300 new homes in disputed east Jerusalem area

Today’s announcement has been criticised by Palestinians and Israel’s anti-settlement group Peace Now.

Jewish court 'did not condemn dog to death' by stoning

Reports of the ruling by an ultra-orthodox Jewish church have been dismissed by court.

Dog condemned to death by stoning

Judges in Israel thought the dog was a reincarnation of a deceased, cursed lawyer.

From TheJournal.ie Five reported dead after Israeli troops clash with Arab protesters Israel Palestine

Five reported dead after Israeli troops clash with Arab protesters

Dozens more were wounded as Palestinians commemorated their mass displacement during the war surrounding Israel’s establishment three generations ago.

From TheJournal.ie One confirmed dead, dozens injured in Jerusalem bus station bombing Israel

One confirmed dead, dozens injured in Jerusalem bus station bombing

A 60-year-old woman has died following an explosion in Jerusalem city centre earlier today.

From TheJournal.ie 'Dozens of casualties' following Jerusalem bus explosion Middle East

'Dozens of casualties' following Jerusalem bus explosion

Many casualties are feared after a bus explodes at a station near the main entrance to Jerusalem.

From TheJournal.ie Israel might offer Palestinians a temporary border Palestine

Israel might offer Palestinians a temporary border

Israel has been told to make a significant gesture to overcome the deadlocked peace negotiations – however Palestine has rejected previous offers of temporary borders.

From TheJournal.ie Israel approves housing expansion in east Jerusalem Jerusalem

Israel approves housing expansion in east Jerusalem

Newly approved Jewish settlement expansion in bitterly contested east Jerusalem has raised further fears for the deadlocked peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

AN ARAB MAN convicted of rape because he pretended to be a Jew, has received a reprieve against his prison sentence, according to the BBC News.

Sabbar Kashur, 30 was found guilty of “rape by deception” despite having consensual sex with an Israeli woman. Kashur was last month sentenced to 18-months in jail.

Now, the High Court in Israel has granted Kashur 18-months leave in order to appeal against his sentence. Kashur had been under house arrest but has since been released.

The sentence caused outcry in Israel and incredulity in the Arab world. Allegations of racism and paternalism were made against the judges who ruled that it was their duty to protect “the sanctity of the bodies and souls” of innocent victims against criminals.

Kashur, from east Jerusalem Palestine is married with two children, but met the woman by chance in Jerusalem. He told her he was a Jewish bachelor, seeking a long term relationship. 10 minutes later the two were having sex on the roof of a deserted building.

Kashur said he was also considering the possibility of a civil lawsuit against the woman at a later date.

A PALESTINIAN man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison by a Jerusalem court, after being found guilty of raping a Jewish woman because he lied about his religion.

Sabbar Kashur told the woman that he was a Jewish bachelor looking for a serious relationship when they met in a downtown Jerusalem market in 2008.

They then had consensual sex in a nearby building.

When the woman later found out that Kashur was not Jewish she filed rape and indecent assault charges against him.

The presidential judge, Zvi Segal, concluded that Kashur actions constituted rape: “If she hadn’t thought the accused was a Jewish bachelor interested in a serious romantic relationship, she would not have cooperated.”

Since the incident almost two years ago Kashur, who is married with two small children, has been placed under house arrest.

Kashur says the verdict is racist.

Speaking to Ha’aretz , Kashur said: “If I were Jewish they wouldn’t have even questioned me. That’s not called rape. I didn’t rape her in the forest and throw her away naked. She agreed to everything that happened.”

Th precedent of “rape by deception” was established in the Israeli High Court in 2008 after the Zvi Sleiman case; a man posing as senior official in the Housing Ministry who told women that they would receive apartments if they had sex with him.

Judge Elyakim Rubinstein ruled that rape by deception applies when a “person does not tell the truth regarding critical matters to a reasonable woman, and as a result of misrepresentation she has sexual relations with him.”