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  • U.S. says Palestinian-American killed by Israeli forces

    3 hours ago

    Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian-American youth during clashes on Friday, the U.S. State Department said, calling for a quick and transparent investigation.

    Orwah Hammad, 14, was shot in the head in the village of Silwad, north of the Palestinian seat of government in...

  • Palestinian teen shot dead by Israeli forces at West Bank protest

    1 day ago

    A Palestinian teen was shot dead during clashes between Israeli soldiers and stone-throwing protesters in the occupied West Bank on Friday, medics and residents said.

    Orwah Hammad, 14, was shot in the head in the village of Silwad, north of the Palestinian seat of government in...

  • What are you willing to give up for Haredi integration?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    The following piece appeared today in Hebrew in Israel's Maariv.

    There's a basic truth that’s easy for Israelis to forget: every choice in life comes with a price. More security means less of something else, perhaps education, perhaps health; and cheaper prices also mean less of...

  • The West Bank and Gaza: Give economics a chance

    3 days ago

    In the wake of this summer’s war between Israel and Hamas, it is evident that neither party achieved its military or political objectives. And while a cease-fire is currently in place, fundamental steps to resolve the conflict aren’t on the agenda. Given a history of costly and...

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  • Poll: Most Israeli Jews oppose Palestinian State on 1967 lines

    3 days ago

    Three-quarters of Israeli Jews oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, a new poll found. 
     
    Some 75 percent also are against ceding control of the Jordan Valley, and 76 percent oppose the division of Jerusalem, according to a survey conducted...
  • L.A.-Eilat task force kicks off with water meeting at City Hall

    By Jared Sichel

    3 days ago

    On the heels of a cooperative agreement signed in March between the governments of Israel and California, the cities of Los Angeles and Eilat built on a 55-year sister-city relationship, holding an inaugural task force meeting Oct. 20 at Los Angeles City Hall. 

    The gathering,...

  • Amid regional turmoil, Israel looks to its firm bond with Jordan

    3 days ago

    If there were a heat map showing instability in the Middle East, the area around most of Israel's borders would have turned a steadily deeper shade of red over the past few years.

    With attacks by Hezbollah from Lebanon, the threat from Islamic State and the Nusra Front in Syria...

  • Contemplating hypocrisy and double standards

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 days ago

    Hypocrisy – the ability to do certain things and then criticize others for doing the exact same thing, is part of being a human being. We do it constantly, and in the age of social networks –we have no shame in sharing our hypocrite thoughts with the world. We try to hide it behind...

  • ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ and civility

    By  David A. Lehrer

    4 days ago

    Yesterday saw the premiere of The Death of Klinghoffer at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The media have been fascinated by the opera, the demonstrations outside the opening, the spokesmen for the various positions, and the high profile politicians who participated.

    Not...

  • As Nigeria is declared formally free of Ebola, Israel preps for domestic readiness

    4 days ago

    Israeli officials welcomed the World Health Organization announcement on Oct. 20 that Nigeria has been declared formally free of Ebola following six weeks with no new cases of the deadly virus.

    “This is an important development for Nigeria and highlights their swift and effective...

  • Why Israel loses no sleep over Islamic State

    4 days ago

    At first sight, it seems that Israel is just as preoccupied with the rise of Islamic State as anyone else. Israeli media report diligently on the extremist group's assault on the Kurdish town of Kobani and run at least a story every few days on its atrocities. Prime Minister...

  • Event at LA Westin hotel restricts participation by Israelis

    4 days ago

    In early November, the American Studies Association will be having its annual meeting at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Per the ASA’s recently adopted policy, Israeli academics will be subject to unique exclusionary restrictions based on their national origin. 

    The...

  • Syrian mortar hits Israeli Golan

    4 days ago

    A mortar fired from Syria landed in Israeli territory on the Golan Heights.

    The mortar, which hit Israel on Tuesday morning, did not cause any injuries or damage.

    The explosive is believed to have been fired as part of the more than 3-year-old Syrian civil war. Heavy fighting...

  • Much political ado about a conversion bill

    By Shmuel Rosner

    5 days ago

    Israel's official religious life is the ultimate show-about-nothing. There is anger and maneuvering, there is money and jobs, there is politics and betrayal, there is pomp and rhetoric – but all of this has little relevance to the lives of Israelis. This makes many of the fierce...

  • Recognizing Palestine:  When “Yes” was the Unacceptable Answer

    5 days ago

    The New York Times ran an interesting, but not particularly illuminating debate about recognizing Palestine and the ultimate partition of the historic Land of Israel (a.k.a.  historical Palestine) into a Jewish State and an Arab State.  Much ink is being spilled about Sweden’s...
  • Preparing for the Ebola, making noise in Hollywood, going vegan and more - this week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    5 days ago

    Vegans in Ramat-Gan

    On Monday, tens of thousands flocked to Ramat Gan National Park for the second year in a row, and lined up to taste “the best” vegan malabi, try on a pair of vegan shoes or take home a box of vegan condoms. Animal rights activists, natural- food lovers and the...

  • Another Jerusalem-Washington eruption: on gossip, juvenility, and substance

    By Shmuel Rosner

    6 days ago

    Over the weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry once again made unsubstantiated allegations that were justifiably questioned by Israelis, this time claiming that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict shares some of the blame for ISIS; Israeli Minister Naftali Bennett once again engaged...

  • Sunday Reads: How popular is ISIS in the Middle East?, On the world’s first woman rabbi

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    US

    Joshua Keating writes about why the UN Security Council is no longer a factor in the US campaign against ISIS –

    It’s possible to imagine a scenario under which the U.S. would promise to limit its airstrikes to ISIS, rather than Syrian government targets—as it is actually...

  • Joining Islamic State is about ‘sex and aggression,’ not religion

    1 week ago

    It is easy to look to religion for an explanation of why young men - and some women - become radicalized. But it is psychology, not theology, that offers the best tools for understanding radicalization-and how best to undo it.

    The appeal of Islamic State rests on individuals'...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    Ninet Tayeb is an Israeli singer and actress, who rose to stardom in 2003, as the winner of the first season of Kochav Nolad (the Israeli version of American Idol.)


    Ninet Tayeb became the “Naional Sweetheart,” after winning the contest, especially thanks to her “Cinderella...

  • Secretary Ban: “Being born in Gaza is not a crime”-but what Hamas did to its people is

    1 week ago

    UN Secretary General Ban just visited Gaza and Israel. He expressed shock of the devastation visited upon the people of Gaza as well as the damage done UN facilities during this summer’s conflict.  

    “I met so many of the beautiful children of Gaza. More than 500 hundred were...

  • Israel holds Ebola identification training exercise at Ben Gurion airport

    1 week ago

    Israel is holding an Ebola identification training exercise at Ben Gurion Airport.

    The exercise Friday will simulate the arrival of a passenger with Ebola, including initial questioning as well as evacuation and hospital treatment.

    On Thursday night, Israeli Prime Minister...

  • Palestinian teen killed by Israeli forces in West Bank, medics say

    1 week ago

    Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian boy in a village in the West Bank on Thursday, local medics and residents told Reuters.

    Bahaa Badr, 13, was shot in the chest as Israeli forces entered Beit Liqya near the dividing line with Israel and were pelted with stones by local...

  • Hamas leader urges Muslims to defend Jerusalem shrine from ‘Israeli seizure’

    1 week ago

    The leader of the Palestinian group Hamas on Thursday called on Muslims to defend the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, saying Israel was trying to seize the site, revered in Islam and Judaism and focus of a Palestinian uprising in 2000.

    Khaled Meshaal, speaking in the Qatari...

  • Israelis growing hungry for vegan diet

    1 week ago

    The music pounded, the liquor flowed, dancers filled the floor and khinkali meat dumplings and kababi skewers — staples of traditional Georgian cuisines — sat on almost every table.

    That was back in February, before Nana Shrier, the owner of the hip Tel Aviv bar and restaurant...

  • Carol’s Poems

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    1 week ago

    Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, it is said, God decides who will live and who will die in the coming year. During that in-between time of judgment, a woman I’ll call Carol died quietly in the night while her husband, who I’ll call Samuel, slept.

    I only met Carol twice. The...

  • In a perfect world, the UK Parliament would have looked different

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    In a perfect world, George Galloway would have been removed from office, and Mike Freer would have stayed and fight. Sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world…


    In the past couple of days, headlines here were all about the UK, and its House of Commons' controversial vote to...

  • The fourth Gaza War: 5 predictions

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    Now that the international donor conference on behalf of Gaza has wrapped up in Cairo, it is time to make predictions about the next Gaza War.

    1. First, let’s try to guess when it will begin. The first Gaza War ran from December 2008 to January 2009, lasting three weeks. The...

  • Palestinian mosque in West Bank torched in suspected arson

    2 weeks ago

    A mosque was set alight in a suspected arson attack in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday and the name of an Israeli vigilante group called "price tag" was found scribbled on an outside wall, Palestinian officials and witnesses said.

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin condemned the...

  • UK lawmakers pass symbolic motion to recognize Palestine as a state

    2 weeks ago

    British lawmakers voted in favor of recognizing Palestine as a state on Monday in a move that will not alter the government's stance on the issue, but that carries symbolic value for Palestinians in their pursuit of statehood.

    Lawmakers in Britain's lower house of parliament...

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