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  • U.N. says cash to repair Gaza homes will run out by month’s end

    6 days ago

    The U.N. agency in charge of aiding Palestinians will run out of money by the end of January to repair homes in Gaza damaged in the 2014 war with Israel, worsening an already dire humanitarian situation, an agency spokesman said on Thursday.

    The United Nations Relief and Works...

  • The folly of partition: ICC ruling seals fate of Gaza residents

    1 week ago

    The International Criminal Court's (ICC) announcement that it would pursue a war crimes probe against Israel over the summer war in Gaza is but the latest twist in the quixotic quest to end the Israeli-Arab conflict.

    Israel’s 2005 de-facto partition via unilateral withdrawal from...

  • At least 12 injured, four critically, in stabbing spree on Tel Aviv bus

    1 week ago

    At least 12 people were wounded, some seriously, when a Palestinian man stabbed passengers and the driver on a Tel Aviv bus.

    Four victims, including the driver, remained in serious condition following the Wednesday morning attack on the No. 40 bus. Initial reports said 12 to 21...

  • Turkish PM says Israeli ‘provocations’ radicalizing Muslim world

    2 weeks ago

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday of terrorism and said Israeli "provocations" such as the bombardment of Gaza were contributing to radicalization in the Muslim world.

    "He himself killed, his army killed children...

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  • UCLA’S Center for Near Eastern Studies: A response to a groundless attack

    2 weeks ago

    Recently, the Jewish Journal published an opinion piece by Tammi Rossman-Benjamin and Leila Beckwith, who have spent the better part of four years bashing the Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES) at UCLA.  Their goal?  To make an example of CNES to pressure Congress to abolish...

  • Palestinian activist critical of UNRWA

    3 weeks ago

    The 65-year-old United Nations agency charged with providing humanitarian services to Palestinian refugees and their descendants has long been a target for criticism from Jewish and pro-Israel groups. Now its most vociferous critics include a prominent Palestinian.

    Bassem Eid has...

  • IDF to withdraw troops from Israeli communities near Gaza border

    December 30, 2014 | 9:23 am

    The Israel Defense Forces will withdraw its troops from southern Israeli communities near the Gaza border that are not directly adjacent to it.

    Soldiers will remain on guard in the three communities adjacent to the border with Gaza, the IDF announced Sunday. The new rule will go...

  • Looking back on 2014 - the most beautiful Israeli moments

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 30, 2014 | 8:02 am

    In the year of 2014, Israelis have been through a lot. From the war in Gaza through multiple terror attacks and people turning against each other based on political views, through the announcement of going to a second election in four years. Those difficult times drained our...

  • Hamas bars Gaza youths bereaved in war from visiting Israel

    December 29, 2014 | 8:43 am

    Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip prevented on Sunday a group of Palestinian children who lost parents in the July-August war with Israel from making a rare goodwill visit to the Jewish state, organizers of the trip said.

    Gaza's Hamas-controlled Interior Ministry, citing the...

  • Israel shuts Gaza border crossing following Palestinian rioting

    December 28, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    The Israeli military closed a border crossing with Gaza following riots by Palestinian demonstrators there.

    The protesters threw rocks at Israeli troops and rioted on Sunday afternoon at the Erez crossing, an Israel Defense Forces spokesman told Israeli media, and the troops...

  • Israel bombs Gaza militant base after rocket hits southern Israel

    December 19, 2014 | 5:16 pm

     Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base in the Gaza Strip on Friday for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said.

    The bombs struck in the Khan Younis area in the southern Gaza...

  • The spiritual challenge of centrism

    By Yossi Klein Halevi

    December 12, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    The following is an excerpt from the new preface to Yossi Klein Halevi’s recently reissued book “Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist: The Story of a Transformation” (Little, Brown and Co.). 

    I moved to Jerusalem in 1982 and have now lived in Israel longer than I’ve lived outside it....

  • Study: Israeli home demolitions deter terrorism

    December 9, 2014 | 2:11 pm

    Israeli house demolitions effectively decrease terrorist attacks, according to a new study.

    The study, “Counter-Suicide-Terrorism: Evidence from House Demolitions,” to be published in the January issue of the Journal of Politics, found that Israel’s policy of demolishing the...

  • Rattled by wartime rockets, Israel plans alternate airport

    December 9, 2014 | 10:36 am

    An airport planned for Israel's southern desert is being billed as a wartime alternative to Tel Aviv, which was briefly shunned by most foreign carriers in July because of Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza.

    The targeting of Israel's main Ben Gurion airport was a heavy blow to its...

  • Internal Palestinian tensions could threaten Palestinian Authority

    December 4, 2014 | 12:07 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The Palestinian unity government that was meant to put an end to the long-time rivalry between the Islamist Hamas movement, which controls Gaza, and the Fatah movement, in charge in the West Bank, has expired, say Hamas leaders....

  • Words matter: How vocabulary defines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    December 1, 2014 | 10:56 am

    Settlements or Jewish communities? West Bank or Judea and Samaria? East Jerusalem or eastern Jerusalem? Those are some of the language choices that journalists covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are faced with each day—and those choices should not be taken lightly, experts...

  • Israeli ambassador to the UN said “J’accuse” to the global community

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 25, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Israeli ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, slammed members of the UN for their hypocrisy and double standards regarding Israel. At the United Nation's annual commemoration of their vote on the partition of the British Mandate 67 years ago, as part of the international day of...

  • Exchanging charges of incitement, Israelis and Palestinians stand firm

    November 20, 2014 | 11:34 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    In the wake of the most recent spate of violence that is reverberating through Israel and the Palestinian territories, newspapers, television and street corner debates are all focusing on the issue of incitement – albeit perhaps...

  • Israel blows up home of Palestinian who rammed car at Jerusalem tram stop

    November 19, 2014 | 1:25 pm

    Israel on Wednesday destroyed the home of a Palestinian who last month ran over and killed two people at a Jerusalem tram stop, a day after two militants killed four rabbis and a policeman at a synagogue in the city.

    The home of Abdel-Rahman Shaloudi, 21, was blown up before...

  • Israelis, Palestinians look to personal safety in holy city on edge

    November 19, 2014 | 12:31 pm

    On edge but faithful to their religious routine, worshippers returned on Wednesday to the Jerusalem synagogue where four rabbis and a policeman were killed in a Palestinian attack a day earlier.

    The bloodstains had been washed away. But four memorial candles burned as about a...

  • With pro-Israel groups all but absent, UCLA student government endorses divestment

    By Jared Sichel

    November 19, 2014 | 4:15 am

    UPDATE, 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19: UCLA Chancellor Gene Block released a statement, which reads in part: "UCLA and the UCLA Foundation share the Board of Regents conviction that divestment decisions should not hold any one organization or country to a different standard than...

  • Palestinian analyst: ‘Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood one in the same’

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    November 17, 2014 | 11:44 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Despite the formation of a national consensus government, Hamas has not only failed to reconcile with Fatah, but the Islamist group is also beset by an internal rift between a majority who follow the agenda of the Muslim...

  • Egypt to deepen buffer zone with Gaza after finding longer tunnels

    November 17, 2014 | 11:12 am

    Egypt will double the depth of a security buffer zone it is clearing on its border with the Gaza Strip to 0.62 miles after some of the worst anti-state violence since President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown last year.

    Egypt declared a state of emergency in the border area after at...

  • Gaza commemoration for Arafat canceled following attacks on Fatah leaders

    November 10, 2014 | 3:02 pm

    A commemoration rally in Gaza for the late Palestinian Fatah party leader Yasser Arafat was canceled after attacks on Fatah leaders there.

    The event set for Tuesday was canceled on Sunday, two days after the homes and cars of Fatah leaders were blown up, as well as the stage...

  • Israel tried to limit civilian casualties in Gaza: U.S. military chief

    November 6, 2014 | 2:52 pm

    The highest-ranking U.S. military officer said on Thursday that Israel went to "extraordinary lengths" to limit civilian casualties in the recent war in Gaza and that the Pentagon had sent a team to see what lessons could be learned from the operation.

    Army General Martin...

  • Arsonist in kosher Paris supermarket blaze gets 4 years in jail

    By tessc

    November 5, 2014 | 11:51 am

    The four-year prison sentence given to the man who torched a kosher supermarket in suburban Paris “sent an important message,” the chief rabbi of France said.

    The Correctional Tribunal of Pontoise near Paris on Oct. 26 sentenced a 27-year-old ambulance driver for setting fire to...

  • 19 years since the murder of Yitzhak Rabin – we can’t let democracy die

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 4, 2014 | 11:55 am

    Where were you on the day Yitzhak Rabin was murdered?


    This is a question every Israeli can answer. We all remember that night, November 4, 1995. A big rally took place in the heart of Tel-Aviv, under the title "Yes to peace, No to violence." In his speech there, Prime Minister...

  • Egypt reports finding hundreds of new Gaza tunnels

    November 4, 2014 | 11:43 am

    Egypt said it found hundreds of new tunnels between Gaza and the Sinai.

    Cairo, which is creating an eight-mile buffer zone, discovered the tunnels using satellite imagery, the Times of Israel wrote, citing a report on Sky News Arabic.

    The Egyptian army plans to uproot 10,000...

  • Lack of stability in Gaza risks return to war, says U.N.

    November 4, 2014 | 9:52 am

    There is still not an effective or united Palestinian government in place in Gaza and unless stability is achieved rapidly, another conflict will engulf the territory, a senior United Nations official said on Tuesday.

    Robert Turner, director of operations for the United Nations...

  • Israel closes border crossings with Gaza following rocket launch

    November 3, 2014 | 11:31 am

    Israel closed its two border crossings with Gaza in the wake of a rocket fired into Israel from the coastal strip.

    In Gaza, Hamas called the decision to seal the Erez and Kerem Shalom crossings indefinitely beginning Saturday “collective punishment.” The Israeli government in a...

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