Tag: Western Wall

Construction begins on Western Wall section for egalitarian prayer

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Construction has begun to upgrade the section set aside for egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall.

Workers reportedly arrived at the site on Thursday and began erecting scaffolding at the southern end of the Western Wall.

The work, which has a budget of more than $7 million, comes more than a year after a more comprehensive plan was approved, and more than half a year after the plan was frozen.

In June, the Cabinet suspended the deal passed in 2016 as a result of negotiations between the Reform and Conservative movements, the Women of the Wall,…

Security in place for Pence arrival in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Thousands of police officers and security personnel have been deployed across Jerusalem ahead of the visit by Vice President Mike Pence.

Security measures went into effect on Sunday afternoon, ahead of the vice president’s scheduled Sunday evening arrival at Ben Gurion International airport.

The heightened security and the closure of some roads in the city will remain in effect until Pence leaves on Tuesday, according to reports.

Israel and Argentina to ‘turn friendship into business’ starting with more kosher meat

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Argentina will export more kosher frozen beef to Israel, following an official visit of the country’s vice president.

Gabriela Michetti on Sunday completed an official visit to Israel with an economic team of vice ministers to turn the good relations between both countries “to concrete economic improvements,” she told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting last week.

The first improvement was announced during the visit: Israel extended the expiration of frozen Argentine beef from 45 to 85 days, opening a new market of Argentinean kosher meat at Israeli supermarkets. Meat accounts for 63 percent…

North Carolina imam’s sermon invokes Islamic text about killing Jews

(JTA) — An imam in Raleigh, North Carolina, invoked an Islamic text that prophesies the killing of Jews by Muslims during a sermon at a local mosque.

Abdullah Khadra made the statements in a sermon early last month two days after President Donald Trump announced that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“It is not new that the neighboring parts of Al Quds (Jerusalem) which is Palestine – Jaffa, Acre, and Haifa, those cities that have been changed in their names and their people, we should never forget that this is a Muslim land,” Khadra said in…

Mike Pence’s Middle East visit rescheduled

(JTA) — Vice President Mike Pence will visit Israel later this month, his office announced.

Pence will travel to the Middle East Jan. 19-23, with other stops in Egypt and Jordan to meet with their leaders.

In Israel on the last two days of the trip, the vice president is scheduled to meet jointly with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, and to address the Knesset. He also is scheduled to visit the Western Wall and Yad Vashem.

Palestinian leaders refuse to meet with Pence in the wake of President Donald Trump’s recognition last month of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.