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  • Israeli mayor imposes partial ban on Arab workers

    November 20, 2014 | 9:44 am

    An Israeli mayor has imposed a partial ban on employing Arab workers in his city in a sign of mounting security concerns after a surge in deadly Palestinian attacks.

    Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni announced on Facebook that he was stopping "until further notice" the work of Arab...

  • Rocket crashes through roof of Ashkelon home, injuring 28

    August 26, 2014 | 9:32 am

    A rocket fired from Gaza struck a home in Ashkelon and injured 28 while damaging about 50 neighboring apartments.

    The family living in the home was running to a safe room when the rocket struck early Tuesday morning; they were not injured. The rocket left a large hole in the roof...

  • Train service in southern Israel suspended over security fears

    August 18, 2014 | 11:54 am

    Train service between Ashkelon and Sderot in southern Israel was halted due to security reasons.

    Sunday night’s halt to service on the line that runs near the border with Gaza — a day before the end of a five-day cease-fire with Hamas and other groups in Gaza — was “until further...

  • Two IDF soldiers killed in Gaza, Thai worker dies in Ashkelon attack

    July 23, 2014 | 1:25 pm

    Two Israeli soldiers were killed in Gaza fighting and a foreign worker died from injuries suffered in a mortar attack from Gaza on a hothouse in Ashkelon.

    Lt. Nathan Cohen, 23, of Modiin, was killed “in combat” and Capt. Dmitri Levitas, 26, of Jerusalem, was killed by sniper...

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  • Civilian visiting soldiers is first Israeli killed in Gaza conflict

    July 15, 2014 | 9:51 am

    A civilian bringing food to Israeli soldiers near the Gaza border was the first Israeli killed by rocket fire from the Gaza Strip during Operation Protective Edge.

    The 37-year-old man was pronounced dead upon arrival at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon on Tuesday afternoon; he...

  • Rocket seriously injures Israeli teen in Ashkelon; dual citizens leave Gaza

    July 14, 2014 | 9:06 am

    An Israeli teenager was seriously injured by a rocket fired from Gaza that landed in Ashkelon.

    Another Israeli man was wounded in the rocket strike on Sunday afternoon in a residential area of the southern Israeli city.

    “Hamas has chosen to attack our cities with massive and...

  • Rocket seriously injures Israeli teen in Ashkelon, dual citizens leave Gaza

    July 13, 2014 | 8:52 am

    An Israeli teenager was seriously injured by a rocket fired from Gaza that landed in Ashkelon.

    Another Israeli man was wounded in the rocket strike on Sunday afternoon in a residential area of the city.

    “Hamas has chosen to attack our cities with massive and indiscriminate...

  • Israel accepts first delivery of disputed Kurdish pipeline oil

    June 20, 2014 | 10:21 am

    A tanker delivered a cargo of disputed crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan's new pipeline for the first time on Friday in Israel, despite threats by Baghdad to take legal action against any buyer.

    The SCF Altai tanker arrived at Israel's Ashkelon port early on Friday morning, ship...

  • Rocket from Gaza intercepted by Iron Dome over Ashkelon

    June 19, 2014 | 2:34 pm

    At least three rockets were fired from Gaza at southern Israel, including one that was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system over Ashkelon.

    Two rockets were fired from Gaza at about 10 p.m. on Thursday toward Ashkelon; the Code Red alarm system was sounded throughout...

  • Rocket from Gaza hits Israeli home

    June 18, 2014 | 2:54 pm

    A rocket fired from Gaza struck a home in southern Israel, causing damage but no injuries.

    Also Wednesday, a car with Palestinian license plates attempted to run down several Israeli soldiers at a post near Bethlehem.

    The rocket hit a home in a kibbutz in the Shaar HaNegev...

  • Israel bombs Gaza targets in retaliation for rocket fire

    June 17, 2014 | 8:48 am

    Israel’s Air Force bombed four terror sites in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for a rocket attack from Gaza on southern Israel.

    The airstrikes late Monday night hit a terror activity site in the southern Gaza Strip, a weapon manufacturing facility in the northern Gaza Strip, and...

  • Iron Dome intercepts rockets over Ashkelon

    June 16, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    Two rockets fired from Gaza at Ashkelon were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, while two others landed in open areas of the southern Israeli city.

    Israel’s Air Force retaliated for the attack late Sunday night by striking five terrorist-related sites in Gaza.

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  • Judaism in the time of climate change

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    June 4, 2014 | 11:11 am

    When human life is in danger, Jews stop and pay attention. In fact, we set aside Shabbat and virtually every other law not only when human life is clearly and certainly in danger, but also whenever there is a reasonable possibility that life is threatened. According to Mishnah...

  • Israeli military calls up reservists on second day of Gaza rocket barrage

    March 13, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    The Israel Defense Forces called up a limited number of reservists following a second day of rocket attacks from Gaza on southern Israel.

    The reservists — for air defense, according to the Israel Defense Forces — were summoned on Thursday, when 17 rockets were fired at Israel....

  • Israel denies ceasefire agreement, strikes back at Gaza

    March 13, 2014 | 9:06 am

    More rockets from Gaza struck southern Israel a day after a barrage from the coastal territory that left thousands of Israelis in bomb shelters.

    Four rockets were fired Thursday morning at Ashkelon and Ashdod, with two landing in open fields between the cities and one intercepted...

  • With Islamic groups replacing traditional foes, Israel faces long-term instability on its borders

    March 19, 2013 | 6:31 am

    Three weeks ago, militants in Gaza landed a rocket near the Israeli city of Ashkelon.

    Two weeks ago, Egypt raised its state of emergency in the Sinai Peninsula, warning of an increase in jihadist activity there.

    Last week, a rock thrown by a West Bank Palestinian critically...

  • Israeli army jeep hit by bullets near Gaza

    March 1, 2013 | 2:08 pm

    An Israeli army vehicle was hit by a volley of bullets near the Gaza Strip as Palestinians staged riots near the fence separating Gaza from Israel.

    Army Radio reported that the incident on Friday, in which no one was hurt, was the first such attack since Israel’s assault on Hamas targets in Gaza as part of Operation Defensive Shield last year.

    On Tuesday, a rocket launched from Gaza landed near Ashkelon. Rioting also occurred on Friday in a number of places in the West Bank and in Jerusalem.

  • Southern Israel hit by Gaza rocket for first time in three months

    February 26, 2013 | 4:52 pm

    rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel for the first time in three months, causing some damage.

    A long-range Grad rocket struck early on Feb. 26 in the industrial zone of Ashkelon.

    The al-Aksa Martyrs’ Brigades, the military wing of the Fatah party led by Palestinian...

  • As it pummels Gaza, Israel faces a Hamas with stronger missiles and closer allies

    November 19, 2012 | 10:50 am

    In some ways, Israel’s latest confrontation with Hamas looks like past conflicts in the Gaza Strip. Operation Pillar of Defense has left some key Hamas leaders dead, depleted weapons supplies and hit more than 1,000 targets in Gaza.

    “We are exacting a heavy price from Hamas and...

  • Southern Israel remains under steady rocket barrage

    November 19, 2012 | 10:24 am

    Communities in southern Israel came under a steady barrage of rockets and the Israeli military said it inflicted "severe damage on the rocket launching capabilities of terror organizations" as its Operation Pillar of Defense neared the end of its first week.

    At least 50 rockets...

  • Israel hits Hamas government buildings, reservists mobilized

    November 17, 2012 | 9:08 am

    Israeli aircraft bombed Hamas government buildings in Gaza on Saturday, including the prime minister's office, after Israel's cabinet authorized the mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists in preparation for a possible ground invasion.

    Palestinian militants in Gaza kept up...

  • Obama, Netanyahu talk ‘de-escalation’

    November 16, 2012 | 4:02 pm

    President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed "de-escalation" of the Gaza conflict.

    "Prime Minister Netanyahu called the President today to provide an update on the situation in Israel and Gaza," said a White House statement released late Frdiay.  "The...

  • Barak: Current episode with Gaza ‘not over’

    November 13, 2012 | 7:25 am

    Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the current episode of rocket fire from Gaza is not over, during a visit to the border with Gaza.

    Barak on Tuesday held a security analysis with the Israel Defense Forces chiefs in the area, including Gaza Division Commander Brig. Gen....

  • Netanyahu in meeting with envoys talks tough on stopping Gaza barrage

    November 12, 2012 | 9:16 am

    Israel will "take whatever action is necessary to put a stop" to the barrage of rockets from Gaza targeting the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told ambassadors.

    Netanyahu met Monday in Ashkelon with some 100 foreign envoys to talk about Israel's response to the...

  • Informal ceasefire between Israel and Gaza, brokered by Egypt, holding

    October 25, 2012 | 7:11 am

    Israel and Hamas reportedly were observing an informal ceasefire, brokered by Egypt.

    The ceasefire reportedly went into effect at midnight on Thursday morning, though a lone mortar shell was fired at southern Israel at about 9 a.m. Thursday, several hours after the unofficial...

  • Iron Dome battery positioned near Eilat

    August 20, 2012 | 9:05 am

    Israel installed an Iron Dome anti-missile system battery outside of Eilat days after a long-range rocket attack on the city.

    The Iron Dome battery was moved into place Sunday, two days after fragments of a Grad rocket were found north of the popular resort town. It is believed to...

  • Sacramento approves sister-city relationship with Ashkelon despite opposition

    August 15, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Sacramento City Council voted unanimously to approve a sister-city relationship with Ashkelon, despite opposition from pro-Palestinian organizations.

    The Tuesday night vote came after testimony from opponents and supporters, the Sacramento Bee reported.

    Some of the 250 spectators...

  • Despite truce, rockets still falling on Israel

    June 24, 2012 | 3:45 pm

    Rockets continued to fall on southern Israel despite a truce with Gazan terrorist groups.

    The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted five rockets fired at Ashkelon shortly after the truce, which was mediated by Egypt, went into effect at 8 p.m. Sunday. Several rockets also hit...

  • Cross-border violence continues between Israel and Gaza

    June 22, 2012 | 8:41 am

    An Israeli air strike killed a Palestinian militant and wounded two men in the Gaza Strip on Friday, Israel and Hamas medical officials said, two days after an Egyptian-brokered truce had calmed an outbreak of cross-border violence.

    The strike in central Gaza followed the firing of...

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