Vita Bekker


As Tourists Buy Holiday Homes, Jerusalemites Gripe of Empty Streets

By Vita Bekker

Just after dusk on a recent evening, days before Rosh Hashanah, the David’s Village residential enclave in Jerusalem showed few signs of life. The spotless pedestrian passageways of the well-guarded complex, just outside the walls of the Old City, were empty of people. Inside most of the 120 or so terraced apartments — primarily owned by wealthy, Orthodox American Jews — the lights were out, curtains were pulled over windows and shutters were down.Read More


Ethiopian Immigration Cut To Pay For Conflict

By Vita Bekker

Israel is planning to halve the rate of Ethiopian immigration to pay for the recent Lebanon war, in a move that critics say would violate the government’s pledge to American Jewish charities to double the rate of new arrivals.Read More


Wave of Bias Attacks Sweeps Diaspora

By Vita Bekker

Jewish leaders of five different continents around the world headed to Israel this week to discuss what they described as the deteriorating security situation in their regions following the war in Lebanon.Read More


Israeli Leaders Hit With Wave Of Scandals

By Vita Bekker

TEL AVIV — With Israelis already angry over their government’s handling of the crisis in Lebanon, Israel has been hit by a wave of scandals involving several top government and military officials.Read More


Israelis Angry Over Neglected Homefront

By Vita Bekker

Israelis are debating the outcome of the war against Hezbollah, but they agree on at least one point: Their government neglected civilians during most of the 34-day conflict with Hezbollah.Read More



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