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  • Israeli PM deletes controversial ISIS tweet

    1 hour ago

    The Israeli Prime Minister’s office has deleted a controversial tweet that used an image from a graphic beheading video released by ISIS.

    After coming under widespread criticism, the prime minister’s took down the hours-old tweet, which included an image of the late journalist...

  • CBS to adapt British sitcom about Jewish family

    3 hours ago

    CBS will adapt a British sitcom called “Friday Night Dinner” about a Jewish family.

    The British show, created by Robert Popper, is about the Goodmans, a traditional Jewish family with two sons who come home each week for Friday night dinner.

    According to entertainment...

  • David Gregory’s Jewish book plans

    3 hours ago

    David Gregory was just recently sacked as the host of “Meet the Press” in the most public and humiliating fashion possible. And like so many before him, he will seek respite from the suffering of worldly scorn in the consolations of religion.

    This is not to say that Gregory will...

  • Colleges truncate programs in Israel, West Bank due to conflict

    3 hours ago

    Several colleges have pulled students out early from summer study abroad programs in Israel and the West Bank due to the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

    Other programs have continued because their students live in Jerusalem and the Palestinian city of Ramallah, which are far...

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  • Vandals target Jewish school in Denmark

    3 hours ago

    A Jewish school in Denmark’s capital city was vandalized this week — its windows broken and anti-Semitic graffiti spray-painted on the building.

    Scrawled on the walls of the historic Caroline school in Copenhagen were the words “No peace in Gaza” and “No peace to you Zionist...

  • British Jewish human rights activist Helen Bamber dies

    3 hours ago

    Jewish human rights activist Helen Bamber, who founded organizations to help victims of torture and violence, has died at 89.

    Born in 1925, Bamber protested against the British fascist movement of Oswald Mosley as a teenager in London, according to an obituary published Friday in...

  • Poll: Israeli Jews, Arabs oppose intermarriage

    4 hours ago

    Three-quarters of Israeli Jews and nearly two-thirds of Israeli Arabs would not marry someone from a different religion, according to a poll.

    Conducted by Haaretz and the Dialog company on Tuesday and Wednesday, the poll found that opposition to interfaith relationships was...

  • Governor Brown: Sign the Contraceptive Coverage Equity Act for California’s Women

    4 hours ago

    This past week, just a few months after the Supreme Court’s unjust Hobby Lobby decision, the California legislature moved to progress reproductive justice by passing the Contraceptive Coverage Equity Act. The bill is on its way to Governor Brown’s desk to be signed, and it is...

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: The high cost of cheap vegetables

    4 hours ago

    My Facebook feed lit up last week with an article in the Aug. 9 New York Times headlined: “Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up To Be Farmers.”

    In it, Bren Smith chronicles the financial woes of today’s small farmers: The high costs of land access, competition from nonprofits and...

  • In shadow of Ferguson, group builds ties across racial, cultural lines

    4 hours ago

    On the evening of Aug. 12, after two consecutive nights of clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., Mikal Smith rose to address a community meeting in the neighboring city of Florissant. In front of Governor Jay Nixon, Obama administration officials and community...

  • Gaza rocket strikes Israeli synagogue, wounding several people

    5 hours ago

    A rocket fired from Gaza hit a synagogue in the Israeli city of Ashdod on Friday, wounding three people, police said.

    "There is damage at the scene and a number of people were injured by shrapnel," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. The attack came shortly before evening...

  • Gaza mortar bomb kills Israeli child, 4: security sources

    5 hours ago

    A mortar bomb fired from Gaza killed a four-year-old Israeli child in a border collective farm on Friday, Israeli security sources said.

    The boy would be the fourth civilian in Israel to be killed in an attack from the coastal territory since the outbreak of conflict on July 8, and the first Israeli death since an Egyptian-brokered truce broke down earlier this week. More than 2,000 Palestinians have been killed in the conflict, most of them civilians.

  • Gaza gunmen execute Palestinian ‘collaborators’; mortar kills Israeli boy

    5 hours ago

    Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, accelerating a crackdown on suspected informers after Israeli forces tracked down and killed three senior Hamas commanders.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to...

  • Giant pro-Palestinian, pro-BDS flag hung from New York bridge

    17 hours ago

    A pro-Palestinian flag is hung from the Manhattan Bridge while pro-Palestinian demonstrators march across the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan, N.Y. on Aug. 20. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

  • Jewish student assaulted at Temple University

    22 hours ago

    Hillel, the campus student group, is expressing “outrage” over an attack on a Jewish student at Temple University on Wednesday and is calling on the university to ensure the safety of its Jewish students.

    At the same time, the school’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine...

  • Giant Palestine Flag Draped on New York Bridge Under Investigation

    23 hours ago

    New York City detectives were searching on Thursday for activists suspected of unfurling a massive Palestine flag over the side of an East River bridge during a march in support of Palestinians in Gaza, police said.

    The flag, draped over the south side of the Manhattan Bridge...

  • Islamic State threat ‘beyond anything we’ve seen,’ Pentagon says

    1 day ago

    The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants pose a major threat to the United States that may surpass that from al-Qaida, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday.

    "They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it's in Iraq or anywhere...

  • Blocked Israeli cargo ship in Oakland unloads after deking activists

    1 day ago

    An Israeli-operated cargo ship blocked from unloading its goods for four days in Oakland by anti-Israel protesters feigned a return to sea before doubling back secretly to port.

    The standoff began Saturday when the Piraeus, operated by Zim Integrated Shipping Services, Israel’s...

  • Finding the Goldbergs: A Catskills mystery unraveled

    1 day ago

    The moment I kicked in the door of the abandoned house in the heart of the Catskills, I felt like I was in an episode of “The Twilight Zone: Borscht Belt edition.”

    In some corners it appeared as if the residents were just out for the afternoon. Pictures and tchotchkes adorned the...

  • Who is a Holocaust survivor — and does it matter?

    1 day ago

    When she was arrested earlier this week during a peaceful St. Louis demonstration against police actions in Ferguson, Mo., Hedy Epstein grabbed national attention.

    That was partly because, as a 90-year-old white woman, Epstein was not the typical advocate for a young unarmed...

  • ‘Terrorists’ help U.S. in battle against Islamic State in Iraq

    1 day ago

    Washington has acquired an unlikely ally in its battle against Islamic State militants in Iraq - a group of fighters it formally classifies as terrorists.

    The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), condemned for its three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state, says it...

  • Militants, weapons transit Gaza tunnels despite Egyptian crackdown

    1 day ago

    A third of the houses on the main street of this Bedouin town near Egypt's border with Gaza look derelict, but inside they buzz with the activity of tunnel smugglers scrambling to survive a security crackdown by the Egyptian army.

    Smugglers and tunnel owners, who once publicly...

  • Turkish foreign minister set to be Erdogan’s new prime minister

    1 day ago

    Turkish president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his future prime minister on Thursday and said a power struggle with a U.S.-based cleric, a Kurdish peace process and a new constitution would be his top priorities.

    Erdogan said the ruling AK...

  • The silent treatment

    1 day ago

    It was as if we had never gone to Israel at all.

    The Afghani grocer greeted me effusively when I walked into the store I rely on for olive oil, pickles, nuts, and labne whose fat content I stopped feeling guilty about the moment I discovered it was a probiotic.

    He greeted me...

  • The killing machine called ISIS

    1 day ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Long before ISIS – the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – released the horrific video depicting the execution of journalist James Foley, the world had already become acutely aware that there was no limit to the group’s brutality...

  • U.S. forces tried but failed to rescue hostages in Syria

    1 day ago

    U.S. forces tried to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages during a secret mission into Syria and exchanged gunfire with Islamic State militants only to discover the captives were not there, officials said on Wednesday.

    The mission, authorised by President...

  • Gaza experiencing severe water shortage

    1 day ago

    Gaza residents are suffering from a severe water shortage as a result of the ongoing conflict there.

    Damage to wells and Gaza’s energy infrastructure has disrupted the pumping and distribution of water, cutting the coastal strip’s water supply by half, according to Haaretz.

    In...

  • BDS is destructive

    1 day ago

    I never intended to write about politics, let alone about religion and politics. I usually write about art, sexuality, dating, identity – the issues that generally preoccupy my brain. But when the war broke out in Gaza, it was impossible for me to stay detached. After all, I was in...

  • IDF strikes kill three Hamas commanders

    1 day ago

    Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip killed three senior Hamas commanders.

    Among those killed in the Thursday morning strikes were Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Abu Shamala, the coordinators of the 2006 kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was released more than five...

  • Israeli officers learn to fight cyber-war

    2 days ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Galit tosses her dark braid over her shoulder and smiles. “I’m a lieutenant in Israeli intelligence and I work as a software engineer developing information systems,” the 24-year old soldier told The Media Line.

    Because of...

  • Billy Crystal to commemorate late actor Robin Williams at Emmys

    2 days ago

    Comedian Billy Crystal will pay tribute to late actor Robin Williams at television's Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 25, the show's organizers said on Wednesday.

    Crystal, 66, who rose to fame in the 1970s comedy circuit that also thrust Williams into the spotlight, will commemorate...

  • Hamas admits it kidnapped Israeli teens [VIDEO]

    2 days ago

    A senior Hamas official has acknowledged that the organization’s military wing was behind the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June.

    In a video posted by Israeli media, Hamas spokesman Salach Al-Aruri told a conference organized by the World Association of...

  • Jewish Journal’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    2 days ago

    The Jewish Journal does the Ice Bucket Challenge and we would like to challenge Jeffrey Goldberg, Tom Friedman, David Brooks and Howard Stern to do it next!

    To donate, please visit www.alsa.org.

  • Daniel Radcliffe’s first rom-com ‘What If’ taps into writer’s romantic experiences

    2 days ago

    The new film “What If” marks “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe’s first foray into romantic comedy. It’s the brainchild of Canadian-Jewish writer Elan Mastai, and it explores whether members of the opposite sex can be friends if one develops deeper feelings for the other and that...

  • Lost photograph of Trotsky, from the family album

    2 days ago

    In that snapshot of Leon with Great-Uncle So-and-So, they’re slouching

    somewhere equatorial, two Jews exiled in direct sunlight. To the right:

    a cactus, which reminds them it’s thirsty this work — to stand for the

    workers. To the left: some sand as if to say Keep Walking. My...

  • From clothing trade to security services

    2 days ago

    As the founder and president of Kadima Security Services, whose clients include multiple area synagogues and Jewish organizations, Louis Perry proudly drives a giant Lincoln Navigator SUV with the license plate KADIMA1. His office in Encino is filled with pictures, including one of...

  • Leonard Fein on confronting death

    2 days ago

    Consolation is on my mind, doubtless because just the other day I addressed a convention of a truly extraordinary organization called Kavod v’Nichum, Honor and Comfort. They’d gathered in Philadelphia, and because I once wrote some words expressing my awe at their devotion and...

  • Torah portion: Wake up!

    2 days ago

    Guard and listen to all these words that I command you, in order that it be well with you and your children after you forever (Deuteronomy 12:28).

    This week’s portion, Re’eh, contains a break in Moses’ speeches about Jewish history and destiny. Here he reminds our people of the...

  • Letters to the editor: Arabs in Israel and anti-Semitism in Europe

    2 days ago

    A Safe Haven

    I’ve been many, many times to Israel, because we have lots of family living there, and there’s nowhere in the world we feel safer than when we are there (“Safest Place for Arabs? Israel,” Aug. 15). What David Suissa says is totally the truth: Arabs and Jews are...

  • Obituaries

    2 days ago

    Raymonde Benchanan died July 19 at 88. Survived by daughter Chantal (Jean) Martini; sons Marc, Gerard (Ronelle); 3 grandchildren. Hillside

    David Braun died July 19 at 101. Survived by wife Lea; daughter Susan (Jack) Rosner; son Leon (Alena); 3 grandchildren. Hillside

    Marcia R....

  • Has Hamas military chief, Mohammed Deif, escaped death again?

    2 days ago

    Mohammed Deif, the shadowy leader of Hamas's armed wing in Gaza, appears to have narrowly survived a fifth attempt to assassinate him, allowing the mastermind of the six-week war on Israel to pursue the conflict from his network of tunnels.

    Badly hurt in repeated attacks over the...

  • God created a broken world so we would learn to fix it

    2 days ago

    I have just returned from Israel, where I visited more than 600 teen participants on Young Judaea programs this summer. While there, I was handed a note from Mrs. Warshawsky, one of the elderly neighbors living next door our campus situated in the heart of Baka, Jerusalem. I opened...

  • Egypt urges U.S. restraint over Missouri unrest

    3 days ago

    Egypt on Tuesday urged U.S. authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri - echoing language Washington used to caution Egypt as it cracked down on Islamist protesters last year.

    U.S. foes Iran and Syria also lambasted the...

  • Palestinians call report of thwarted Hamas plot ‘doubtful’

    3 days ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Palestinian officials reacting to Israeli media reports of a thwarted Hamas plot to ignite a third Intifada (Palestinian uprising) as cover for a take-over of the West Bank and the overthrow of Palestinian Authority President...

  • Missiles over Jerusalem experienced by Rabbi Abraham Cooper

    3 days ago

    24 hours ago, almost everyone in Cairo, Jerusalem and Ramallah thought they had a deal for a long-time truce in Gaza. Just before midnight on Aug. 20, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Wiesenthal Center’s associate dean, experienced up close and personal what a promise from Hamas means....

  • Hamas threatens to aim further attacks at Israel’s airport

    3 days ago

    The armed wing of the Hamas Islamist militant group that dominates Gaza threatened on Wednesday to aim more rocket fire at Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv and cautioned international airlines to avoid it.

    Citing Israel's air strikes in Gaza that have killed three people...

  • Islamic State says another U.S. journalist’s fate depends on Obama

    3 days ago

    Islamic State militants claimed in a video on Tuesday to be holding U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff and said his life depended on U.S. President Barack Obama's next move.

    "The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision," said a masked man in the video posted on social media sites, speaking English with a British accent as he held a prisoner the video named as Steven Sotloff.

    The video could not immediately be verified.

  • Islamic State says it beheaded U.S. journalist

    3 days ago

    Islamic State insurgents released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago.

    The video, titled "A Message To America," was posted on social media sites. It was not immediately possible...

  • State Dept. designates Gaza-based council a terrorist group

    3 days ago

    The U.S. State Department designated a Gaza-based jihadist umbrella group as a terrorist organization.

    The designation for the Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem, which has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks on Israel since the group’s founding in 2012,...

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