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  • Obama defends FAA’s ban on flights to Israel [VIDEO]

    July 24, 2014 | 9:44 pm

    The FAA lifted its ban on flights to Israel late Wednesday. But on Thursday President Obama was still facing questions on the issue. Check out his comments to CNBC:

  • After flight cancellations, a waiting game at Ben Gurion Airport

    July 24, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Natali Cohen and Snir Shahar discovered via email around midnight that their flight from Tel Aviv to Barcelona was canceled.

    They’d been looking forward to two weeks exploring the Catalan city and getting a break from the conflict in Israel. Shahar, 23, had just taken a...

  • FAA, reviewing Israeli measures, lifts flight ban

    July 23, 2014 | 9:56 pm

    The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on flights to Israel after reviewing Israeli measures to keep flights safe from rockets.

    “Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully...

  • Villaraigosa to FAA: Reverse ban on Ben Gurion flights

    July 23, 2014 | 2:00 pm

    Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is urging the Federal Aviation Administration to rescind its ban on U.S. airline carriers flying to and from Ben Gurion Airport in Israel.

    "Having recently returned from Israel," Villaraigosa said in a statement on July 23 to the...

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  • Israel flight cancellations tip of economic iceberg

    July 23, 2014 | 9:04 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Esther Olive, a French Jew who lives in Israel, is stranded at the Istanbul airport and is petrified.

    “People from the airline screamed at us and said that we couldn’t stay in the airport and had to go to a hotel,” she told...

  • Gaza militant group warns airlines it will target Ben Gurion airport

    July 11, 2014 | 9:16 pm

    Islamist Hamas's armed wing has warned airlines that it intends to target Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport with its rockets from Gaza and has told them not to fly there, a statement by the group said on Friday.

    The airport, Israel's main international aerial gateway, has...

  • Hamas: Airlines should avoid Israel’s airport

    July 11, 2014 | 8:31 am

    Hamas warned airlines to stay away from Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, threatening to target it with rockets.

    Friday’s warning by Hamas’ armed wing, reported by Reuters, came on the fourth day of Israel’s operation against Hamas in Gaza. The campaign, Operation Protective Edge, was...

  • Rockets targeting Ben Gurion Airport intercepted; Israel strikes scores of Gaza sites

    July 9, 2014 | 8:41 am

    The Iron Dome missile-defense system intercepted at least two rockets near Tel Aviv reportedly aimed at Ben Gurion Airport.

    The rockets were intercepted during rush hour Wednesday morning, Israeli media reported, citing Palestinian sources. Heavy traffic stopped on main freeways...

  • Leaving Israel, Africans face detention, possibly death

    By Simone Wilson

    March 11, 2014 | 5:31 pm

    “When the conflict started in the Darfur region and we came to Israel, all the people knew why,” said Yeman Adam, a 30-year-old Sudanese asylum seeker who fled to Israel in 2008. “The media was making comparisons between the Holocaust and Darfur genocide, and the Israeli government...

  • Chasidim on plane to Uman arrested for unrest

    September 3, 2013 | 9:22 am

    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.

    The flight was on the tarmac early Tuesday morning in Israel when airport operations were...

  • 17 Yemeni Jews secretly airlifted to Israel

    August 14, 2013 | 3:04 pm

    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...

  • Israel denies pro-Palestinian activists entry to West Bank

    August 27, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Pro-Palestinian activists were denied entry into the West Bank from Jordan by Israeli authorities.

    Approximately 100 members of the Welcome to Palestine movement attempted to cross into the West Bank on Sunday via the Allenby Bridge.

    The activists said they were carrying one ton of...

  • ‘Fly-in’ activists draw swastika in holding cell

    April 17, 2012 | 10:23 am

    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.

    The activists, who were deported Monday, were from France and Spain.

    The swastika was drawn two days before the country marks Yom Hashoah, or...

  • Israel public sector strike ends

    February 12, 2012 | 12:30 pm

    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.

    The Finance Ministry announced the deal with the Histadrut labour federation,...

  • Israeli workers launch massive strike

    February 8, 2012 | 8:54 am

    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...

  • 104 new soldiers arrive on aliyah flight

    August 17, 2011 | 10:37 am

    A charter aliyah flight brought 360 new immigrants to Israel, including 104 young men and women who have enlisted in the military.

    The flight for North American immigrants, carrying 132 singles and 120 children, arrived Tuesday at Ben Gurion International Airport from New York. The...

  • U.S. professor arrested for trafficking stolen antiquities

    May 18, 2011 | 1:09 pm

    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.

    ...
  • Israel grounds flights, thousands stranded at Ben Gurion Airport

    May 5, 2011 | 11:08 am

    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...

  • Ben Gurion Airport blocking political websites

    January 6, 2011 | 10:49 am

    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...

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