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  • Despite increased tension, Jerusalem Marathon attracts runners from around the globe

    March 23, 2016 | 5:28 pm

    Minutes after runners from around the world kicked off the sixth annual Jerusalem Marathon on March 18 from Sacher Garden, next to Israel’s Knesset, the city’s mayor and architect of the racing course took a last peek at the starting line. 

    “If you love running, there’s nothing...

  • Jerusalem mayor approves tougher measures on violent Palestinian protesters

    September 18, 2015 | 9:19 am

    The mayor of Jerusalem said police should use live ammunition on young Palestinian rock-throwers and firebombers in the city.

    In an interview with the Times of Israel Wednesday, Mayor Nir Barkat declared “war” on the Palestinian protesters and said Israel had been “too merciful”...

  • Q-and-A with Nir Barkat, mayor of Jerusalem

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 20, 2015 | 12:35 pm

    Nir Barkat, 55, has served as mayor of Jerusalem since 2008 and was re-elected in 2013 to a second five-year term. Born in Jerusalem, he holds a degree in computer science from the Hebrew University. Barkat launched a successful software company, startup incubator and venture firm...

  • Greek Orthodox seminary in Jerusalem torched in suspected hate crime

    February 26, 2015 | 9:57 am

    A Greek Orthodox seminary in Jerusalem was set on fire in what is believed to be a hate crime.

    Graffiti reading “Redemption of Zion” and disparaging Jesus were spray-painted on the walls of the seminary in the early Thursday morning attack. A room was damaged in the blaze; no one...

  • Palestinian man kills one in Jerusalem car attack

    November 5, 2014 | 9:12 am

    A Palestinian rammed his car into pedestrians in central Jerusalem on Wednesday in the second attack of its kind in two weeks, killing one person and fuelling concerns of another Palestinian uprising.

    The driver, who was shot dead by police, was identified by an Israeli security...

  • Jerusalem mayor visits Temple Mount amid violence

    October 28, 2014 | 9:42 am

    Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat visited the Temple Mount despite increased violence at the holy site and in the Israeli capital.

    Barkat went to the site Tuesday with the commander of the Israel Police’s David District, Brig.-Gen. Avi Biton.

    “As part of ongoing cooperation w/...

  • Mid-East politics at Israel’s Jerusalem International Film Festival

    July 30, 2014 | 11:30 am

    Speaking at the July 10 opening ceremony of this year’s Jerusalem International Film Festival, which was moved at the last minute from the outdoor Sultan’s Pool venue to protect guests from Hamas rockets, the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, a former high-tech entrepreneur in a...

  • Discovery of Palestinian teen’s body spurs rioting in E. Jerusalem

    July 2, 2014 | 9:04 am

    The body of a Palestinian teenager was found in the Jerusalem Forest hours after he was reported kidnapped from an eastern Jerusalem neighborhood.

    Palestinian riots broke out in the neighborhood, Beit Hanina, and other areas of eastern Jerusalem following the announcement of the...

  • Accepting Jewish values prize, Bloomberg strikes universalist tone

    May 27, 2014 | 10:07 am

    Michael Bloomberg received the $1 million Genesis Prize for embodying Jewish values.

    The billionaire and former New York City mayor said they could just as well have been Christian, Muslim or Hindu values.

    In Jerusalem on Thursday for the first awarding of what some have...

  • Maccabiah Games close in Jerusalem with Israel topping medal count

    July 31, 2013 | 10:55 am

    Israel handily won the most medals at the 19th Maccabiah Games, which came to a close in Jerusalem.

    The games closing ceremony on Tuesday at Teddy Stadium featured some of Israel’s most popular pop music groups, such as Balkan Beat Box and Infected Mushroom.  Speakers urged the...

  • Beitar arson attack linked to racial incitement

    February 8, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    A suspected arson attack damaged the main club house of Israeli Premier League side Beitar Jerusalem on Friday, a day after four fans were charged in court in connection with racist incitement against the team's recruitment of Muslim players, police said.

    Police spokesman Micky...

  • Snow falls in Jerusalem, northern Israel

    January 9, 2013 | 9:59 am

    Snow and hail began falling in the Jerusalem area and continued to fall in the north of the country.

    Areas of the West Bank, including Hebron and Ramallah were also blanketed in snow.

    The snow in Jerusalem is expected to accumulate, and residents have been requested to avoid...

  • Netanyahu visits Gilo to defend Jerusalem construction

    October 23, 2012 | 9:22 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo following an international outcry over the approval of nearly 800 apartments there.

    "United Jerusalem is Israel's eternal capital. We have full rights to build in it. We have built in Jerusalem, we are...

  • The Woody Allen Israel Project: The Plot Thickens

    By Rob Eshman

    July 17, 2012 | 12:58 pm

    A man falls for a woman.  All he wants is to get her attention. His friends even try to get her to notice him.  The woman is a little flattered, a little perturbed—who IS this guy? And why do his friends CARE so much?  And then,  one day, she…

    That’s kind of where we are with the...

  • Jerusalem mayor visits L.A. to promote his city and court film producers

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 9, 2012 | 11:09 am

    Nir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem, spent part of his recent visit to Los Angeles trying to sell entertainment industry moguls on the virtues of filming in Jerusalem.

    A former tech entrepreneur who Newsweek once compared to Batman’s millionaire alter ego, Bruce Wayne, Barkat said...

  • Nir Barkat and John Hagee in Jerusalem

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 26, 2012 | 9:17 am

  • Marathon’s wrong turn, Dylan’s return, underground hospital

    April 4, 2011 | 10:14 am

    Here are some recent stories out of Israel that you may have missed:

    Race to the (wrong) finish

    With all the twists and turns in Jerusalem, perhaps it was no surprise that the first three runners to complete the city’s first official marathon ended up at the wrong finish line.

  • Briefs: Secular candidate new Jerusalem mayor, Netanyahu would nix talks

    November 13, 2008 | 12:19 am

    Poll Shows Barkat Winning Jerusalem Mayoralty

    Secular businessman Nir Barkat appeared to be the new mayor of Jerusalem, according to exit polls.

    Channel 1 TV showed Barkat with 50 percent of the vote Tuesday to 42 percent for Rabbi Meir Porush, an ultra-Orthodox Knesset member. The...