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  • Billion Dollar Electric Plant Begins Operating in Ashkelon

    Israel’s new billion dollar electric power station, the largest in the country, went into operation last weekend. The first of two coal-fired generating units at the new Rutenberg plant in Ashkelon produced 100 megawatts of electricity on its first day. Output will be boosted gradually to 550 megawatts over the next few months. The power… More ▸

  • Second Ashkelon Resident is Killed in Gaza

    Yisrael Kitaro, a 43-year old taxi driver from Ashkelon, was fatally stabbed in a garage near the Madina Square in Gaza Tuesday. His assailant escaped. Kitaro was the second Israeli from Ashkelon to be stabbed in Gaza in the last 10 days. On September 27, Haim Azran, 35, died of stab wounds inflicted while he… More ▸

  • Plaque Honoring Moroccan King Removed from Square in Ashkelon

    A plaque honoring the late King Mohammed of Morocco was removed from the newly named Peace Square in Ashkelon Monday barely a week after it was dedicated at ceremonies attended by Premier Shimon Peres. Mayor Eli Dayan said the plaque was removed for cleaning and maintenance. It had been repeatedly vandalized with paint, hammer blows… More ▸

  • Violence Erupts at Funeral of Ashkelon Resident Stabbed in Gaza

    Tension erupted into incidents of violence in Ashkelon Monday where an angry crowd of more than 2,000 attended the funeral of Haim Azran, a 35-year-old Ashkelon resident fatally stabbed by an Arab assailant in the Gaza market Saturday. Feelings were exacerbated by the dedication of “Peace Square” in Ashkelon Sunday in honor of the late… More ▸

  • Kahane Followers Attack Ashkelon City Hall During Ceremony Honoring Past King of Morocco

    Official ceremonies naming a square in Ashkelon in honor of the late King Mohammed of Morocco were cut short Sunday when Rabbi Meir Kahane and followers of his extremist Kach Party invaded the municipality offices, smashed windows, overturned furniture and threatened the clerks. Premier Shimon Peres, the principal speaker, had difficulty making himself heard over… More ▸

  • Electricity Generation Station in Ashkelon Sparks Protests

    The Municipal Council and residents of Ashkelon, as well as ecologists, are up in arms against a decision of the National Council for Planning and Building to build Israel’s next and biggest coal-fired electricity generating station on the outskirts of their town. They say the decision, opposed by many experts, will damage the town and… More ▸

  • Terrorist Bombing Averted in Ashkelon

    An alert taxi dispatcher in Ashkelon was credited by police with overting a terrorist bombing in the center of that town and assisting in the capture of two suspects. The incident occurred last Thursday when Gaston Barda, the dispatcher, noticed an Arab depositing an object in a trash can near a bus stop. He and… More ▸

  • 360 Arab Inmates in Ashkelon Prison Stage Hunger Strike

    About 360 Arab inmates of the Ashkelon prison went on a hunger strike today, the 24th day of protests and strikes of various kinds to demand recognition as prisoners of war, better food, less solitary confinement and treatment by Gaza Strip physicians. Their complaints about poor prison conditions, and especially the food, were rejected by… More ▸