Nir Barkat

UN Palestinian Refugee Agency Vows to Keep Serving Jerusalem

TEL AVIV – The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) vowed Saturday that it would continue servicing the Arab population in Jerusalem despite Israel’s plans to remove it from the city.  On Thursday, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat announced that schools,

UNRWA (Mohammed Abed / AFP / Getty)

Israel’s First Female Soccer Boss Blazes a Desert Trail

BEERSHEBA — The desert city of Beersheba in southern Israel may seem to have little in common with the gleaming capitals of Europe, but for the third year running its soccer club is to play in the UEFA Champions League.

Alona Barkat, the owner of the soccer team Hapoel Beersheba, is seen among players during an interview at Turner Stadium in Beersheba on May 8, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA)

First Signs Posted to U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

The Jerusalem municipality has proudly mounted the first street signs pointing the way toward the U.S. embassy, which is set to open one week from today, on the 70th secular anniversary of Israel’s independence on May 14.

US Embassy sign (Jerusalem Municipality)

Jerusalem Mayor Tells Israelis to Carry Firearms at All Times

Four Jews have suffered violent attacks in Israel in the last week, spurring Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat to urge all citizens possessing firearms and trained in their use to carry their weapons at all times to defend themselves. “The mayor


Jerusalem Mayor Meets ‘Baltimore’ Protestors in Street

In an echo of protests this week in Baltimore, demonstrators in Jerusalem, Israel have taken to the streets to oppose police brutality against Ethiopian Israelis. The immediate trigger for the protest, which drew hundreds of people to the streets near Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence, was a surveillance video showing two policemen beating a black Israeli soldier in uniform. Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat rushed to the scene to listen to the demonstrators’ concerns.

Nir Barkat (Sebastian Scheiner / Associated Press)

Jerusalem Mayor Tackles Knife-Wielding Palestinian Terrorist

The Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barakat, wrestled a Palestinian knife-wielding terrorist to the ground over the weekend and, with the assistance of his bodyguard, held the jihadist down until police arrived on the scene.

AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner