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  • Time Off

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    3 hours ago

    In Season 2 of “Orange is the New Black”, the central character, Piper returns to the federal jail after obtaining a 48-hour furlough to visit her dying grandmother. When she returns to prison, she remarks on the strange ways of the world outside of jail:
    “You know what was so...

  • Obama defends FAA’s ban on flights to Israel [VIDEO]

    5 hours ago

    The FAA lifted its ban on flights to Israel late Wednesday. But on Thursday President Obama was still facing questions on the issue. Check out his comments to CNBC:

  • As calls for cease-fire intensify, top Israeli official says IDF prepared to 'recapture Gaza' if necessary

    By Jared Sichel

    9 hours ago

    Even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry intensified efforts for an immediate cease-fire, top Israeli minister and Likud Knesset member Yuval Steinitz said Thursday that Israel’s army is prepared to dramatically expand its ground operation in the Gaza Strip and even “recapture...

  • U.S. says Russia firing artillery over border at Ukraine military

    10 hours ago

    The United States said on Thursday that Russia was firing artillery across its border with Ukraine to target Ukrainian military positions in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists.

    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf also said there was evidence that the Russians intended...

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  • West Bank Rabbi Dov Lior: Jewish law permits destruction of Gaza

    11 hours ago

    Rabbi Dov Lior, a leading West Bank rabbi who endorsed a book justifying the killing of non-Jews, issued a religious ruling saying that Jewish law permits the destruction of Gaza to keep southern Israel safe.

    Lior, chief rabbi of the Kiryat Arba settlement, issued the opinion...

  • Israeli soccer team attacked by pro-Palestinians in Austria

    11 hours ago

    Members of the Maccabi Haifa soccer team were attacked on the field in Austria by pro-Palestinian protesters.

    The activists stormed the field and physically assaulted the Israeli players during a preseason match Wednesday against the French soccer club Lille. Some of the players...

  • Peres steps down as Israeli president, sees peace ‘one day’

    12 hours ago

    Israel's elder statesman Shimon Peres bowed out of active political life on Thursday with an ardent defence of the war in Gaza against Hamas militants and a defiant prediction that peace will "one day" come to the Middle East.

    At a ceremony overshadowed by the 17-day Gaza...

  • We will defend Israel

    14 hours ago

    I remember it like yesterday. Blissfully ignorant of the horror that had been unfolding, I happily sent my kids off to school in Los Angeles, California that fateful morning of September 11, 2001. Within the hour, all children returned to the nestled safety of their homes, as we...

  • Relocate nationals from near Gaza border, Thai embassy asks

    14 hours ago

    The Thai embassy in Tel Aviv asked the Israeli government to relocate Thai nationals working in southern Israel near the Gaza border.

    The request on Thursday came a day after a Thai worker was killed when a mortar fired from Gaza struck the hothouse in which he was working.

    ...
  • 3 senators urge Obama to let Israel neutralize Hamas ahead of cease-fire

    15 hours ago

    Three senators urged President Obama to ensure that Israel removes Hamas’ military threat before a cease-fire is in place.

    “The threats posed by Hamas rockets and tunnels whose only purpose is to kill and kidnap Israelis are intolerable, and Israel must be allowed to take any...

  • Peres finishes six-decade political career as Reuven Rivlin inaugurated president

    15 hours ago

    Outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres officially exited Israeli politics for the first time in six decades as new President Reuven Rivlin was sworn in.

    The inauguration ceremony at Israel’s Knesset Thursday evening was low-key owing to Israel’s ongoing war in Gaza. Knesset...

  • After flight cancellations, a waiting game at Ben Gurion Airport

    15 hours ago

    Natali Cohen and Snir Shahar discovered via email around midnight that their flight from Tel Aviv to Barcelona was canceled.

    They’d been looking forward to two weeks exploring the Catalan city and getting a break from the conflict in Israel. Shahar, 23, had just taken a...

  • War during the social media era: Israel-Hamas war’s toxic tweets

    17 hours ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    A photograph of a wounded Israeli soldier lying on a gurney appeared on a Facebook page above the comment reading, “I hope all Israeli soldiers come back this way if not at all,” followed by a smiley face computer symbol.

    As...

  • A prayer for peace

    18 hours ago

    As an American visiting Jerusalem for a month, the Tuesday night of the first air raid siren in the city was a new experience for me. Rationality told me that I was safe. Under the protection of the Iron Dome, the probability of one of Hamas’ rockets reaching the ground was slim,...

  • 150 Palestinians arrested in raids on southern Gaza

    18 hours ago

    Israeli troops in southern Gaza arrested 150 Palestinians, dozens of whom surrendered voluntarily to the soldiers.

    About 70 of the arrested Gazan Palestinians, who are suspected of carrying out terrorist attacks, were transferred for interrogation, The Times of Israel reported,...

  • Changing the world, one step at a time - Q&A with advocate Brigitte Gabriel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    18 hours ago

    Brigitte Gabriel (49,) a bestselling author, activist, a leading expert on global Islamic terrorism, and founder and President of ACT! for America, has one fascinating life story. She was born in Lebanon to a Maronite Christian family, and spent her childhood in amid the Lebanese...

  • Israeli strike on U.N. building in Gaza serving as shelter kills at least 15

    18 hours ago

    At least 15 people were killed and 200 injured when Israel shelled a U.N. school in northern Gaza serving as a shelter for displaced Palestinians.

    The school in Beit Hanoun affiliated with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency was hit Thursday, the Ministry of Health in Gaza...

  • FAA, reviewing Israeli measures, lifts flight ban

    1 day ago

    The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on flights to Israel after reviewing Israeli measures to keep flights safe from rockets.

    “Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully...

  • When your child fights in Gaza, this is how it feels

    By Jared Sichel

    1 day ago

    Jonathan and Daphne Orenshein do not like when an unknown number pops up on their cell phone. 

    Their son, Kevin, 21, operates a tank in the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) Givati unit and, as of his last report to his parents, was likely headed into a dense Gaza City neighborhood,...

  • When Friends Become Anti-Semites

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 day ago

    This week, all diversity training and tolerance enhancing programs failed.  It’s like when you prepare for an earthquake with a drill, but don’t really care.

    We are all guilty.  We all whisper words of bigotry in the privacy of our homes.  But, in today’s social media, we have...

  • Los Angeles’ reaction to Gazan fighting ranges from anxiety to empathy

    By Ryan Torok

    1 day ago

    Rabbi Eliyahu Fink of Pacific Jewish Center in Venice was at a loss over how to respond to the latest crisis in Israel, namely, the country’s current war with the Hamas-controlled coastal enclave of Gaza.

    Then he found out about the Shmira (“Guarding”) Project, an initiative that...

  • AZAL continues air flights to Israel

    1 day ago

    Azerbaijani Airlines has announced it will continue flights to Israel during the current conflict in Gaza.

    The announcement comes as the Federal Aviation Adminstration banned United States airlines from flying in or out of Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, citing...

  • U.N. chief alarmed as rockets found in Gaza school go missing

    1 day ago

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm on Wednesday that 20 rockets found hidden in a United Nations school in the Gaza Strip had gone missing and directed the world body to deploy experts to deal with the situation.

    The main U.N. agency in Gaza, UNRWA, found the...

  • Israel and Islamism are both occupying Palestine

    1 day ago

    While Gazans, their Hamas leadership and pro-Palestinian supporters around the world condemn Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, now turning into a ground invasion, it’s time Muslims examined the Other Occupation: the inexorable advance of political Islamism over Islam.

    ...
  • Villaraigosa to FAA: Reverse ban on Ben Gurion flights

    2 days ago

    Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is urging the Federal Aviation Administration to rescind its ban on U.S. airline carriers flying to and from Ben Gurion Airport in Israel.

    "Having recently returned from Israel," Villaraigosa said in a statement on July 23 to the...

  • In Gaza, IDF ground operation takes a toll

    By Simone Wilson

    2 days ago

    Up until last weekend, Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” in the Gaza strip seemed to be just another hard round of fire between the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Gaza’s ruling party, Hamas — the latest in a cyclical pattern of violence that repeats itself every two or three...

  • FAA extends Ben Gurion Airport ban another 24 hours

    2 days ago

    The Federal Aviation Administration extended for another day its ban on flights to Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv.

    The U.S. agency said, however, that it had received “significant new information” from Israel that could influence its decision.

    “The agency is...

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

    2 days ago

    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...

  • ‘The Lion’s Gate’: Firsthand accounts of the Six Day War

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    2 days ago

    From a distance of a half-century, the Six Day War looks very different indeed from what is happening today on the Gaza border, but “The Lion’s Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War” by Steven Pressfield (Sentinel) is a kind of companion reader for those of us who are...

  • Military airfield lands as alternative to banned Ben Gurion

    2 days ago

    Foreign airlines banned from using Ben Gurion Airport will be able to use a military airfield in southern Israel as an alternative, Israel’s transportation minister said.

    The opening of Ovda Airport to increased commercial traffic is aimed at encouraging the resumption of flights...

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