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  • Haifa’s Two Chief Rabbis Reject Non-orthodox on Religious Council

    The election of two non-Orthodox rabbis and a non-observant woman to the Haifa Religious Council on Wednesday opened a rift between the Labor-controlled municipality and the religious establishment which could extend to national polities. The Religious Council is a branch of city government which provides for the religious needs of the community, but is not… More ▸

  • Haifa Museum Offering Reward for Stolen Japanese Miniatures

    Museum authorities in Haifa are offering a $5,000 award for information leading to the recovery of a collection of Japanese miniature art objects, which were stolen early Monday morning from the municipality’s Museum of Japanese Art on Mount Carmel. The collection, which was uninsured, is reportedly valued at $300,000. The thieves did not touch paintings… More ▸

  • Suspects Arrested for Setting Fire That Devastated Forests Near Haifa

    Ten suspects have been detained for questioning in connection with the fire Tuesday that destroyed at least 2,500 acres of forest and underbrush on the Carmel range, south of Haifa. There is no question that arson was the cause, according to police and fire officials, who linked it to the Palestinian uprising. They said the… More ▸

  • Arsonists Torch Forests Near Haifa, Setting Worst Fire in Recent Years

    A dense pall of smoke hung over Mount Carmel and the city of Haifa on Tuesday, as a giant forest fire attributed to Palestinian arsonists raged uncontrolled along the heavily wooded mountain range. At least nine people were hospitalized for smoke inhalation. None was reported in danger. Hundreds of firefighters, police, soldiers and civilian volunteers… More ▸

  • Michelin Map Puts Haifa in Jordan

    One of the world’s most respected publishers of international tourist guide books and maps has been sharply criticized for printing a map of the Middle East listing Israeli cities as being part of Jordan. Shimon Samuels, European director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said Michelin’s latest map of “northeast Africa/Arabia” is not only geographically inaccurate,… More ▸

  • Bedouin Gets Life Sentence for 1988 Attack in Haifa

    A 24-year-old Israeli Arab was sentenced to life imprisonment Monday by a military court in Lod for throwing a hand grenade in Haifa last year that injured 25 people. The accused, Ali Abdallah Amaria from the Bedouin village of Ibtan, near Haifa, pleaded guilty. He also admitted he belonged to Al Fatah, the fighting arm… More ▸

  • It’s Official: Labor Wins Haifa

    The official results in the Haifa municipal elections announced Monday award the mayoralty to incumbent Labor Party Mayor Arye Gurel. Gurel won with 42.31 percent of the 100,000 valid votes cast, almost 4 percent ahead of his Likud rival, Rami Dotan, who got 38.38 percent. But Dotan and the Likud party, described by Labor as… More ▸

  • Blast Hurts 27 in Haifa; Three Arab Youths Detained

    Twenty-seven people were injured, several of them seriously, by an explosion in a crowded pedestrian mall in the Hadar HaCarmel quarter of Haifa Saturday night. Among the seriously wounded were 8-year-old Jonathan Meir, who was injured in the legs, and his 18-month-old brother. Their parents sustained slight injuries Two of the slightly injured were tourists… More ▸

  • U.S. Sixth Fleet Docks in Haifa for Joint Exercises with Israel

    A five-vessel battle group of the U.S. Sixth Fleet arrived Sunday in Haifa Bay to carry out joint training exercises with the Israeli navy. The American unit consists of the 80,000-ton aircraft carrier Eisenhower, the cruiser Belknap, which is the flagship of the Sixth Fleet, and three missile-carrying destroyer escorts. The battle group is under… More ▸

  • Haifa is Site of Windsurfing Finals

    Haifa’s commodious horseshoe-shaped bay is playing host this week to the windsurfing championship finals for the 1988 Olympic Games this September in South Korea. There are 125 competitors from 25 countries. The Israeli organizers reported no cancellations for political or other reasons, something that happens frequently when Israel hosts an international event. Windsurfing is making… More ▸