Fear replaced communal atmosphere in Donetsk's Jewish community as armed men handed out a leaflet Passover eve [Apr. 14] calling on Jews register their religion and property with the interim pro-Russian government or face deportation and loss of citizenship.
Dozens of Arab youths, some masked, rioted on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Wednesday [Apr. 16] morning, throwing stones and fire crackers at security forces at the site. A policeman was lightly hurt. The site had opened to visitors as planned, but was closed after the clashes began.
It wasn’t that long ago, less than nine months, that the US wanted the Israel-Palestinian talks to forge a “final status agreement.” Then, the focus for the talks tempered to just reaching a “framework agreement.” Now, the US is just hoping to keep the talks going.
Yesterday [Apr 14], during the Passover Seder night, terrorists opened fire on Israeli civilian vehicles. They murdered an Israeli police officer, critically wounded his wife, and injured a nine year-old child in a second vehicle.
After three years and more than 150,000 killed and millions displaced from their homes, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad says the fighting has reached a “turning point.” Speaking to political science students at Damascus University on Sunday [Apr. 13], Assad was quoted by state-run media as saying that the turning point was in “terms of continuous military achievements…and in terms of national reconciliation."
The number of Chinese tourists visiting Israel rose by 30 percent in 2013, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported, quoting Israel's Tourism Ministry. Chinese tourists spent an average of $286 a day in Israel (not including souvenirs), more than tourists from other countries.