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  • U.N. inquiry finds Israel fired on its schools, Hamas hid weapons in its buildings

    1 week ago

    Israel fired on seven United Nations schools and Hamas hid weapons in at least three empty U.N. buildings during Israel’s operation in Gaza in 2014, according to an inquiry.

    Some 44 Palestinians sheltering in the U.N. schools bombed by the Israelis were killed and Hamas also...

  • Netanyahu’s Independence Day message praises troops’ ‘fighting spirit’ in Gaza

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks ago

    (JTA) — In his Independence Day address, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the fighting spirit of troops in Gaza.

    Netanyahu’s praises came in the Hebrew-language version of a video released by his office at the start of Israel’s 67th Independence Day, which this...

  • Rocket fired at Israel from Gaza near end of Independence Day

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks ago

    (JTA) — A rocket was fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip in the final hours of the country’s Independence Day.

    Sirens blared in the Sderot region for the first time in months due to Thursday’s rocket, which caused no injuries or damage. It landed within Israeli territory...

  • WikiLeaks dump shows Sony concerned by its cameras used in Gaza bombings

    2 weeks ago

    Sony Pictures Entertainment executives were concerned about a news report that showed one of its cameras being used to guide Israeli rockets bombing Gaza.
    Correspondence about the situation from last August was part of the release by WikiLeaks last week of more than 173,000 emails...

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  • UCLA Jewish Studies head stands behind keynote invitation to Cornel West for Heschel conference

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    Amidst objections from some leading Jewish voices at UCLA to an invitation to Cornel West—an author, academic and an outspoken critic of Israel—to serve as the keynote speaker at an upcoming UCLA conference to honor the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Todd Presner, director of...

  • Gaza police seize Banksy painting in legal row

    April 9, 2015 | 10:13 am

    Palestinian police confiscated a bombed-out doorway bearing a Banksy painting  from a Gaza graffiti artist on Thursday after the original owner complained of being swindled into selling it cheap.

    The artist Belal Khaled had paid 700 shekels ($175) for the image of a goddess...

  • Benjamin Netanyahu: The new Republican hero

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 26, 2015 | 10:53 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just won a startling re-election by linking his fate not to the United States as a whole, but to the U.S. Republican Party. Risking opprobrium for alienating President Barack Obama as well as Israel’s international support, he nevertheless...

  • Amnesty Int’l: Gaza rocket attacks by Palestinians are war crimes

    March 26, 2015 | 9:21 am

    Several rocket attacks launched at Israel from inside the Gaza Strip amount to war crimes, Amnesty International said.

    In a report released Wednesday, the human rights group also found that Palestinian rocket fire during the Hamas-Israel conflict last summer killed more civilians...

  • IDF opens criminal probes into troops’ conduct in Gaza

    March 20, 2015 | 9:02 am

    Israel’s army opened six criminal investigations into soldiers’ actions during its latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip, including the bombing of a United Nations school.

    The probes, which may help Israel defend its officials against possible war crimes charges in the...

  • Israelis are not that weird

    By David Suissa

    March 19, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    Peace lovers everywhere are depressed about all those Israelis who voted for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Some of these peace lovers are in near hysterics because, well, they're so sure of themselves. They're sure that a vote for Bibi was a vote against peace, and that a vote...

  • Palestinians disappointed with Israeli election results

    March 18, 2015 | 10:33 am

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    Palestinians throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are unhappy about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s dramatic win in the Israeli election results favoring the right, as it seems to set back the chances for a...

  • U.N. envoy calls for investigation into civilian Gaza deaths

    March 4, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    A United Nations envoy called for an investigation into the civilian deaths during the Israel-Gaza conflict and the implementation of the Gaza reconstruction plan.

    Makarim Wibisono, who recently took over as the special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories,...

  • For Israeli party, a Palestinian state amounts to ‘suicide’

    February 26, 2015 | 9:05 am

    Young and ambitious, with a ready smile and a quick wit, Israeli far right leader Naftali Bennett is on a mission to prevent the creation of a Palestinian state.

    If, as widely expected, he takes on defense or another key portfolio after next month's election, that mission will...

  • Amnesty Int’l: Israel and Hamas committed war crimes

    February 25, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    Amnesty International accused Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes during last summer’s war in Gaza.

    The human rights organization in its 415-page annual report released Wednesday reiterated its claims from December that Israel’s assault on Gaza “was marked by callous...

  • Opening the floodgates of Israel bashing

    February 25, 2015 | 1:47 pm

    Commentary magazine called it “flood libel.” HonestReporting.com described it as “dam busted.” And Camera headlined it “Dam Lies.”

    Agence France Presse’s report earlier this week falsely alleging that Israel intentionally opened a large dam in the South in order to unleash floods...

  • U.N. Gaza war inquiry to pursue work despite resignation

    February 3, 2015 | 8:27 am

    A United Nations inquiry into possible war crimes in the Gaza conflict will produce its report on time next month despite the resignation of its chairman, officials said on Tuesday, brushing aside a demand from Israel's prime minister to shelve it.

    Canadian academic William...

  • Head of U.N. inquiry into Gaza conflict to quit over Israeli bias claim

    February 2, 2015 | 2:12 pm

    The head of a U.N. inquiry into last summer's conflict between Israel and Gaza said on Monday he would resign after Israeli allegations of bias due to consultancy work he did for the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

    Canadian academic William Schabas was appointed last August by...

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

    January 22, 2015 | 10:55 am

    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

    January 21, 2015 | 10:21 am

    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

    January 21, 2015 | 9:36 am

    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

    January 16, 2015 | 9:40 am

    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...

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

    January 12, 2015 | 10:35 am

    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

    January 8, 2015 | 1:10 pm

    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...

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