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May 26, 2013
United is offering a round-trip fare from LAX to Tel Aviv for $718 that includes all taxes and fees. The fare requires a Saturday night stay and is good for departures between Jan. 10 and March 10. There is a maximum three-month stay in Tel Aviv. As always, this deal has limited availability. Info: United, (800) 864-8331 Source: Airfarewatchdog Follow us on Twitter @latimestravel , like us on Facebook @Los Angeles Times Travel.
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WORLD
April 14, 2014 | Kate Linthicum
JERUSALEM - The crowd that gathered at the recent grand opening of Cinema City hadn't come for the movies. They were there in droves to protest a government regulation that keeps the 19-screen cineplex closed each week from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. "Jerusalem, wake up!" the protesters chanted as security guards blocked them from entering the lobby. "Nonreligious people are equal too!" The demonstration was the latest skirmish in Jerusalem's long-running "Sabbath wars," which for decades have pitted the city's secular Jewish population against its ultra-Orthodox community over whether shops, theaters and other public spaces can remain open on the Jewish day of rest.
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NEWS
November 6, 2011
The Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv, home to 40% of Israel's population, can be reached from LAX on Air France for $955 round trip, including all taxes and fees. It is subject to availability. Departures are Sundays and Mondays through March 19, and returns are Mondays-Thursdays through April 19. You must stay at least one Saturday night and may not stay longer than a month. Some blackout dates apply, and availability is limited. Info: Air France, (800)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2014 | Kate Linthicum
TEL AVIV - Tamer Nafar, a 34-year-old rapper who has been described as the Chuck D of Palestinian hip-hop, was standing on a sidewalk dressed in a skin-tight black bodysuit and wearing a silky red wig. "Can I see more duck lips?" the director prodded from behind the camera. Nafar pursed obediently. FOR THE RECORD: Tamer Nafar: A profile of Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar in the April 13 Arts and Books section said that SodaStream, a company that manufactures beverage carbonation machines, was headquartered in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.
WORLD
March 15, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- Using robotic leg braces, Israeli veteran Radi Kaiuf, a 46-year-old paraplegic, was able to complete the 10-kilometer race in Tel Aviv's marathon Friday. Starting at 6 a.m. to beat unusually hot temperatures, Kaiuf was able to participate without his wheelchair thanks to the robotic braces , an Israeli invention that allows paraplegics to walk with the use of crutches. "This was my dream, and it feels great to achieve it,"' said Kaiuf, whose spine was wounded in a 1988 firefight in Lebanon.
WORLD
November 21, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders
GAZA CITY -- A bomb attack on a Tel Aviv public bus Wednesday injured at least 21 people -- three seriously -- shattering the sense of security in Israel's second-largest city and raising questions about the fate of cease-fire talks underway to end the violence in the Gaza Strip. The noon-time attack took place on a bus on a busy downtown street. Early reports from witnesses said a man was seen running toward the bus, throwing a bag inside and running away. Israel police launched a massive manhunt and raised security levels nationwide, fearing additional attacks might take place.
WORLD
January 5, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM - In an unusual show of strength by one of the weakest groups in Israeli society, thousands of African migrants demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Sunday to protest their treatment by the Israeli government. An estimated 10,000 migrants from African countries poured into Tel-Aviv's Rabin Square, chanting slogans that demanded human rights and opposed government policies aimed at discouraging them from staying in Israel by forbidding them from working and placing them in detention.
NEWS
August 14, 1987 | From Reuters
Israeli police Thursday safely dismantled a bomb planted in a Tel Aviv park after a park worker discovered it in a plastic bag, police said.
WORLD
August 6, 2009 | Edmund Sanders
It's a hot, sticky Friday night in one of Tel Aviv's swankiest neighborhoods and a battle over the community's soul is about to erupt. On one side is a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews, in black coats and hats, celebrating the Sabbath by singing, praying and drinking wine in a public courtyard. Attracted by the revelry, and the wine, about two dozen teenagers and young men join in.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2004 | From Reuters
An Israeli art house cinema in Tel Aviv said Thursday it would screen Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" after commercial distributors in Israel decided not to handle the film. "We see this as a chance to hold an educational discussion on the subject," said Alon Garboz, director of Tel Aviv's Cinematheque. Jewish groups have said the film could foment anti-Semitism by depicting Jews as putting pressure on the Romans to crucify Jesus.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The Rolling Stones have added a June 4 trip to Tel Aviv to the group's 2014 tour itinerary, the veteran band's first performance in Israel and the latest in a growing series of performances in the nation by major pop and rock acts. “We are thrilled to announce the first-ever performance in Israel by one of the most influential musical groups of all time, which further adds to an already dynamic lineup of performances and festivals taking place in Israel this year," Israel's commissioner for tourism, North and South America, Haim Gutin, said in a statement.
WORLD
February 21, 2014 | By Kate Linthicum
TEL AVIV - Before the Israeli rock band 9 Lives takes the stage, its members gather for a rowdy group hug. They slap one another on the back, jump a few times in unison and gulp shots of arak, a popular anise-infused spirit. The nine musicians have overcome crippling injuries and post-traumatic stress to arrive together at a popular Tel Aviv nightclub, where on this night they share billing with Israeli rock legend Ehud Banai. "This band keeps me alive," said 9 Lives vocalist Dekel Darchani, 37, who wears his black hair in a rockabilly pompadour.
TRAVEL
February 1, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
We had a perfectly planned individualized tour of Israel with Shalom Israel Tours. We were well taken care of; everything was organized down to the last detail, from the minute we landed in Tel Aviv to the ride back to the airport. Our tour was based on our interests, and only the best hotels were booked. The guides were amazing and had great knowledge of the history and background of each place we visited. Shalom Israel Tours , (800) 763-1948, http://www.ShalomIsraelTours.com Barbara Finsten Thousand Oaks
WORLD
January 5, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM - In an unusual show of strength by one of the weakest groups in Israeli society, thousands of African migrants demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Sunday to protest their treatment by the Israeli government. An estimated 10,000 migrants from African countries poured into Tel-Aviv's Rabin Square, chanting slogans that demanded human rights and opposed government policies aimed at discouraging them from staying in Israel by forbidding them from working and placing them in detention.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Amid controversy that has flared recently over calls for cultural boycotts agains Israel, the bands the Pixies and Soundgarden have been booked to play in June at a rock festival at a stadium in Tel Aviv, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports .  Boycotts have long been a political pressure tactic advocated by some of the most intense critics of Israel's policies toward the Palestinians, and debate has intensified with this month's call ...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013
Arik Einstein Israeli pop singer, movie actor Arik Einstein, 74, a beloved Israeli singer and cultural icon whose voice was called the soundtrack of a nation, died Tuesday at a hospital in Tel-Aviv after collapsing at his home. He died of an aneurysm, according to Gaby Barabash, director of Tel-Aviv's Ichilov Medical Center. Born in Tel-Aviv in 1939, Arik (Aryeh) Einstein was a star athlete as a teenager. When called up for military service in the 1950s, the nearsighted youth was barred from combat service and tried out for an army entertainment troupe, almost accidentally launching a career that would span 50 years and most of the nation's history.
NEWS
September 1, 2013
A round-trip airfare from LAX to Tel Aviv is a bargain at $782, including all taxes and fees, on KLM, for fall, winter and the first days of spring. The fare is subject to availability. You must stay a Saturday night but may not stay more than a year. The departure dates are Oct. 27-March 27. Info: KLM , (800) 225-2525 Source: Airfarewatchdog Follow us on Twitter @latimestravel , like us on Facebook @Los Angeles Times Travel.
WORLD
August 28, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- As panicked Israelis broke into fistfights at one gas mask distribution center, Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday deployed extra missile-interception systems to the north and approved a limited mobilization of reservists. The country is bracing for the blowback of a possible U.S. airstrike against Syria over the Syrian military's alleged use of chemical weapons. Damascus has threatened to retaliate against Israel if the Americans attack. But Israeli officials said they continue to believe that the chances of a strike by Syrian President Bashar Assad or his allies remain low. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged citizens to remain calm, saying the military is prepared to respond to any threat.
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