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  • Greek anarchists arrested in protest of El Al at Athens airport

    July 6, 2016 | 9:24 am

    Greek police arrested at least 10 members of an anarchist group who were protesting at the check-in desk of El Al Airlines at the Athens airport.

    The protesters chanted “No to the agents of the Mossad” at passengers waiting to check in on Wednesday, the Kathimerini news website ...

  • Israel issues all-clear after El Al bomb scare prompts escorts over Europe

    July 5, 2016 | 10:25 am

    Israel sounded the all-clear on Tuesday after a bomb threat led France, Switzerland and Bulgaria to scramble warplanes to escort an El Al Boeing 747 as it overflew their territory from New York to Tel Aviv.

    The passenger jet landed without incident and no bomb was found on board,...

  • El Al flight gets Swiss Air Force escort after bomb threat

    July 5, 2016 | 9:46 am

    An El Al flight from New York to Tel Aviv landed safely after a bomb threat prompted an escort by the Swiss Air Force.

    An anonymous bomb threat was called in to El Al on Tuesday when the plane was flying over the French-Swiss border. Two Swiss Air Force F-18 fighter jets...

  • El Al plane damaged in Amsterdam with passengers aboard, none injured

    February 19, 2016 | 8:19 am

    An El Al plane was badly damaged in an accident caused by a local employee of Schiphol Airport, the Netherlands’ main hub for international traffic.

    The accident Friday morning at Schiphol, in which no one was injured, ruptured the tip of the wing of the El Al Boeing 737 airplane...

  • In first, haredi woman accepted to El Al’s pilot training program

    August 21, 2015 | 9:42 am

    Israel’s national airline, El Al, accepted a haredi Orthodox woman into its pilot training program.

    Identified in Israeli media only by her first name, Nechama, the new recruit is a mother of three children in her early 30s from a town near Jerusalem, the news site www.ch10.co.il...

  • Would I leave France?

    By David Suissa

    January 21, 2015 | 1:48 pm

    When we discussed the cover headline for the Journal’s story this week on the troubled Jews of France, we debated two options: “Should Jews leave?” or “Would you leave?” The first option was about “them,” while the second was more about us.

    In the end, we went for clarity and...

  • Helping the disabled, Robbie Williams in Arabic, a soccer surprise and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 10, 2014 | 8:40 am

    A big blow to Israeli soccer

    Last Monday was a shameful day for Israeli soccer. During the 33rd minute of the derby between Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Maccabi Tel-Aviv at Bloomfield Stadium, with the score tied at 1-1, a Hapoel fan jumped out of the stands and ran onto the pitch to...

  • Petition calls on El Al to protect female passengers from haredi harassment

    September 29, 2014 | 3:56 pm

    Hundreds have signed an online petition calling on El Al Airlines to protect female passengers from being harassed by haredi Orthodox men.

    The petition on Change.org was launched Sunday, days after an El Al flight from New York to Tel Aviv was delayed in taking off when haredi...

  • On packed flight to Israel, hundreds of American Jews, emboldened by Gaza crisis, start lives anew

    By Jared Sichel

    August 12, 2014 | 9:33 am

    Daniel Knafo was wide awake aboard the Boeing 747 as sunlight began peaking over the northern horizon of the Mediterranean Sea early on the morning of Aug. 12.

    Less than 10 hours earlier, he was at the departure terminal of John F. Kennedy International Airport with more than 300...

  • Why I Made Aliyah During the War!

    By LiAmi Lawrence

    August 5, 2014 | 11:43 am

    Last week in the middle of the war in Israel I made aliyah!  Why would I leave my easy life and  comfortable apartment exactly on the Beverly Hills border (the next house is Beverly Hills, if there is an earthquake I would land in Beverly Hills) to come to a small expensive one...

  • Delta grounds flights to Israel, diverts plane to Paris

    July 22, 2014 | 9:55 am

    Delta Airlines suspended flights into Tel Aviv until further notice and diverted a flight on its way there due to rocket fire from Gaza.

    The flight en route from New York’s Kennedy Airport was sent to Paris on Tuesday after a rocket fired from Gaza struck and destroyed a home in...

  • El AL flight makes emergency landing after passenger becomes violent

    June 5, 2014 | 5:02 pm

    An El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Munich made an emergency landing in Bulgaria after a passenger attacked the flight crew and threatened other passengers.

    The plane landed Thursday in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, after the German passenger struck a flight attendant in the back....

  • How to get the cheapest flight to Israel

    May 2, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Book on a Monday. Fly on Saturday. And stop over in Kiev or Moscow on the way.

    If you want to get to Israel cheaply, these are some of the key pieces advice from Boston-based Hopper, a start-up that analyzes flight data.

    Based on a recent analysis of 4,938,256 round-trip...

  • Release of Palestinian prisoners no threat, says former Shin Bet head

    By Jared Sichel

    October 29, 2013 | 1:47 pm

    Ami Ayalon, the former head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service, says he’s not concerned, from a security perspective, about Israel’s scheduled Oct. 30 release of 26 Palestinian prisoners who had been involved in terror attacks.

    In an Oct. 27 interview with the Journal in...

  • El Al cancels Eilat flights over safety concerns

    September 11, 2013 | 9:57 am

    El Al Airlines halted flights to the southern resort city of Eilat, after questioning the safety of new flight paths.

    El Al made the announcement that it would cancel its three daily daytime flights from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport to Eilat on Tuesday, after new landing and...

  • Off to the Holy Land: “People of the Loose Strap”

    By David Suissa

    July 18, 2013 | 12:47 pm

    I don’t have to tell you what it’s like to be on a packed, nonstop, 14-hour El Al flight to Tel Aviv, but I will anyway.

    You know, the usual: Crying babies; a Zionist youth group with plenty of testosterone (all wearing red T-shirts); an Israeli dude who looks like a former...

  • Seaport battle looms as Israel plans new competition

    May 16, 2013 | 11:34 am

    Israel is betting its economic future on high-tech exports but faces a low-tech bottleneck in state-owned seaports subject to work stoppages and slowdowns because of the enormous strength of their unions.

    All that may be about to change.

    The government, for years unwilling to...

  • Amos Shapiro, University of Haifa’s new president

    By JewishJournal

    March 28, 2013 | 7:36 am

    University of Haifa President Amos Shapira is blunt about what he believes should be Israel’s top priority.

    “Israel has no other advantage other than its human resources,” he said, “and the investment we make in education.”

    Shapira knows something about using resources. Prior...

  • El Al to honor cheap tickets to Israel from glitch

    August 9, 2012 | 2:14 pm

    El Al Airlines said it will honor all tickets purchased during a glitch that had thousands of round-trip tickets selling for as low as $330.

    The airline also announced Thursday that those who purchased tickets three days earlier at the hugely discounted fare would be given the...

  • El Al dithers on honoring cheap fares

    August 8, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    An El Al spokesperson said the airline had not decided whether or not to honor round-trip tickets to Israel that were offered erroneously for prices as low as $330.

    On Wednesday afternoon, the airline issued the following statement via Twitter: “Thanks for your patience....

  • Due to snafu, tickets to Israel go on sale for as little as $330

    August 7, 2012 | 11:05 am

    Two months ago, Miriam Leichtling’s parents lost their jobs within a week of each other.

    For several months, Leichtling, a New York designer who has led several organized trips to Israel, had been agonizing over how to scrape together enough money to send her parents, ages 66 and...

  • Controversial Israeli ad geared to expats resurfaces

    March 15, 2012 | 10:20 am

    An Israeli ad aimed at expatriates living in the U.S. that had come in for criticism by the American Jewish community has reappeared online and in an Israeli magazine.

    The ad, calling on Israelis living in the United States to return to Israel, appeared in Atmosphera, the magazine...

  • El Al employees share brighter side of Israel

    By Ryan Torok

    February 23, 2012 | 10:31 am

    As most people who care about Israel know, it’s difficult to have conversations about the Jewish homeland without broaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    This is why StandWithUs, a pro-Israel organization that focuses on on-campus advocacy, along with the Jewish Agency for...

  • In their off hours, El Al flight crews are now ‘ambassadors’

    November 29, 2011 | 11:39 am

    A good flight crew requires a certain amount of charm to keep passengers calm during turbulence, emergencies or pretzel shortages.

    Five El Al Airlines flight attendants and a pilot put those skills to the test Monday at Rutgers University in New Jersey as they fielded questions on...

  • El Al to charge for second bag on Israel trips

    October 3, 2011 | 4:28 pm

    El Al Airlines soon will be charging $70 for the second piece of luggage checked on coach seats to and from Israel.

    The new fee will affect tickets purchased after Nov. 1, two representatives of Israel’s national airline confirmed to JTA on Monday. The first bag will remain free.

  • Should Israel be a model for U.S. airport security?

    January 5, 2010 | 3:37 pm

    As U.S. officials try to figure out how to improve airport security in the aftermath of the failed Christmas Day bombing attempt of a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit, many North Americans are looking to Israel as a model.

    The New York Times opened a forum for readers to discuss...

  • Ignoring the lessons of the past

    By David Horovitz

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Why would Syria, Iran and the terror groups they jointly sponsor so utterly deride the notion that the West will ever unite to effectively deter them? An early case in point is the small matter of Nezar Hindawi and the Syrian bid to bomb El Al.

    In a London courtroom 20 years ago...

  • Pearl, Ahmed Awarded $100K Prize for Fight Against Intolerance; Shin Bet Seeks High-Tech Experts

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Pearl, Ahmed Awarded $100K Prize for Fight Against Intolerance

    Judea Pearl and Akbar Ahmed, a Jew and a Muslim, are the joint recipients of a new $100,000 prize for their campaign against intolerance and the roots of terrorism.

    The Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. professors were...

  • Community Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Court Dismisses Suit in Two Airport Shooting Deaths

    The families of two Israeli Americans killed by a terrorist at Los Angeles International Airport are not due any compensation from the city of Los Angeles, a federal judge has ruled.

    The victims, Yaakov (Jacob) Aminov, 46, and...

  • Privatized El Al to Add Saturday Flight

    By Adam Wills

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    When 50 Israelis who survived the devastating Dec. 26 tsunami were stranded in Sri Lanka, El Al made good on its commitment to organize and operate rescue missions.

    "When there is a problem, Israelis will go out of their way to help other Israelis," said Nira Dror, the Israeli...

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