Life in Israel


National Library of Israel to make Islamic book collection available free online

Over the next three years, the National Library of Israel will digitise its remarkable collection of more than 2,500 rare Islamic books and manuscripts and make it available free online.

Aliyah from France on the rise, according to the Jewish Agency

Requests for the opening of immigration files in Israel by French Jews increased sharply following the coronavirus pandemic, explained Shai Felber, vice-president of the Jewish Agency, responsible for immigration and integration, during a conference. 

Jerusalem to get a lake and a massive new park

Jerusalem will be getting a new lake in the Kiryat HaYovel neighbourhood, according to a new municipal plan.

Israel wants another 15 GW of solar energy by 2030

Energy minister Yuval Steinitz has announced the country’s 2030 renewable energy target will rise to 30%, with solar expected to account for the lion’s share. Approximately $23 billion more clean energy investment is envisaged this decade.

Cafes and restaurants begin to reopen in Israel – with restrictions in place

Wednesday 27 May marked the first day since mid-March that restaurants and cafes were allowed to open in Israel after the coronavirus lockdown.

On Jerusalem Day, a live virtual event to be broadcasted for Diaspora Jews

In light of the coronavirus, Jerusalem Day will be celebrated by way of a virtual tour for those living outside of Israel.

Rare coin from ancient Jewish revolt discovered in Jerusalem

A rare coin from an ancient Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire has been discovered in Jerusalem.

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EJC President calls on the Portuguese Parliament not to harm the Sephardi citizenship law

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor has written to the President of the Portuguese Parliament calling on him to ensure that a law passed in 2013 which provides Sephardi Jews with the possibility to apply for Portuguese citizenship is not harmed by recent attempts to pass amendments which would damage the applicability, intention and spirit of the original law.

Antisemitic chants at anti-racist march in Paris shows how worthy cause is being hijacked to spread hate

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor called on anti-racist marchers and organisers to ensure that antisemitism is not being adopted by some within their ranks, after large groups of marchers at a rally in Paris's Place de la République shouted antisemitic slogans like “dirty Jew”.

Kantor Center Antisemitism Worldwide Report 2019 – The Coronavirus Crisis is Reviving ‘Blood Libels’ Against Jews

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor said that already in the first few months since the global breakout of the coronavirus, there has been a rise in antisemitic manifestations relating to the spread of the disease and the economic recession triggered by the pandemic at the release of the Antisemitism Worldwide Report 2019. The total number of major violent incidents monitored in 2019 was 456, an 18% rise from 2018.