Several Chasidim heading to Ukraine to spend Rosh Hashanah at the burial site of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov were arrested at Ben Gurion Airport for rioting after their flight was delayed.
Seventeen Yemeni Jews were airlifted to Israel in a covert operation. Four of the Jews were flown directly from Yemen to Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday, Haaretz reported. The rest were taken clandestinely from Buenos Aires after being smuggled to the Argentinian capital by a group of Satmar hasidim in August 2011, living in the Satmar community there. The Satmars have been involved in smuggling Jews out of Yemen for several years, according to Haaretz
Pro-Palestinian activists were denied entry into the West Bank from Jordan by Israeli authorities.
Two activists who arrived in Israel as part of the pro-Palestinian "fly-in" protest drew a large swastika on the wall of their holding cell.
An Israeli public sector strike that has disrupted public transportation and closed banks, the stock market and government offices ended on Sunday with a new wage package for low-earning contract workers.
Israeli workers launched an open-ended general strike. The strike launched Wednesday by the Histadrut, Israel's main labor union, closed down the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, stopped trains across the country and caused major delays at Ben Gurion Airport. The crippling strike also affected hospitals, government offices and banks.
A charter aliyah flight brought 360 new immigrants to Israel, including 104 young men and women who have enlisted in the military.
A retired history professor from the United States was arrested for allegedly smuggling stolen antiquities from Israel and selling them illegally. The American man sold among other things, bronze and silver coins from the Second Temple period and a 1,500-year-old clay oil lamp.
Thousands of passengers have been stranded at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport because of a jet fuel contamination problem. According to Israeli media reports, a malfunction was discovered in the fuel filters at the airport more than a week ago. An unidentified source told reporters that a filter clog was discovered in an Arkia Airlines plane and was covered up “for financial reasons.” The source noted that such problems “could be disastrous.”
Ben Gurion International Airport's wireless service reportedly is blocking travelers from selected left- and right-wing political websites. Websites blocked at the Israeli airport include Breaking the Silence, Peace Now and the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, Haaretz reported Thursday.