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  • Adjusting to Rockets in Ashkelon and Ashdod

    Another rocket warning siren wails and eight members of the Levi family, including a grandmother and a newborn baby, quickly cram into the small bedroom made of reinforced concrete that serves as the family’s bomb shelter. “Come on, come on! Get in!” they shout. Just before the heavy metal door slams shut, the family dog,… More ▸

  • Amid Israel 60 Gala in Jerusalem, Ashkelon Suffers Rocket Strike

    A crush of world leaders and their security details mixed with Buddhist monks, rabbis, novelists and Internet entrepreneurs at Israel’s splashy, high-profile 60th anniversary celebration this week. The festivities at the “Facing Tomorrow” conference in Jerusalem stood in stark contrast to the destruction Wednesday in Ashkelon, where two people were wounded seriously in a rocket… More ▸

  • Ashkelon Man and Border Policeman Are Latest Victims of Arab Violence

    A wave of terrorist attacks continued throughout the weekend here, prompting calls by government leaders for Israelis to prepare for tough times and per-severe in the search for peace. A 49-year-old Israeli from Ashkelon was stabbed to death Sunday in a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip, apparently by two Palestinian construction workers building a… More ▸

  • 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 ▸