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  • Petach Tikvah chief rabbi rejects Ethiopians for marriage certificates

    by JTA

    1 week ago

    The Sephardi chief rabbi in the Israeli city of Petach Tikvah has been refusing to perform marriages for Ethiopian Jews in his community.

    Saying their Jewishness is questionable, Rabbi Binyamin Atias has rejected the Falash Mura, whose ancestors converted from Judaism more than...

  • Israeli woman receives religious divorce after 14 years with chief rabbi’s help

    by JTA

    1 week ago

    Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau intervened to help a woman obtain a religious divorce after a 14-year wait.

    The woman discovered 14 years ago that her husband was having a homosexual relationship with a Filipino caregiver. The woman immediately filed for divorce in the Jerusalem...

  • Israel provides intelligence on Islamic State, Western diplomat says

    by Dan Williams, Reuters

    1 week ago

    Israel has provided satellite imagery and other intelligence in support of the U.S.-led aerial campaign against Islamic State in Iraq, a Western diplomat said on Monday.

    Once "scrubbed" of evidence of its Israeli origin, the information has often been shared by Washington with...

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  • Death of Palestinian teen spurs rising violence

    JTA

    2 weeks ago

    Violence increased in eastern Jerusalem following the death of a Palestinian teenager who was shot a week earlier by Israeli troops during a demonstration.

    On Monday, the day after Muhammad Abd Al-Majid Sunuqrut, 16, died in Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, protests began in eastern...

  • Israeli cult leader convicted of sexual crimes

    Reuters

    2 weeks ago

    An Israeli cult leader alleged by prosecutors to have kept 21 wives under his spell for years was convicted on Monday of sexual crimes but acquitted of charges of enslavement.

    The suspect, Goel Ratzon, 64, had denied the allegations, which prosecutors described as a...

  • Abbas: Hamas unity pact is off if gov’t doesn’t allow unity gov’t to run Gaza

    by JTA

    2 weeks ago

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would break his government’s unity agreement with Hamas if Hamas does not allow the unity government to operate in Gaza.

    “We won’t accept a partnership with them if the situation continues like this in Gaza where there is a...

  • Israel plans 283 more homes in West Bank settlement of Elkana

    by JTA

    2 weeks ago

    The Israel Land Authority published a tender for constructing 283 housing units in the West Bank settlement of Elkana.

    The announcement Thursday, advancing an expansion the Israeli government first approved in 2012, comes after international criticism, including from the United...

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