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  • Colleges truncate programs in Israel, West Bank due to conflict

    2 hours ago

    Several colleges have pulled students out early from summer study abroad programs in Israel and the West Bank due to the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

    Other programs have continued because their students live in Jerusalem and the Palestinian city of Ramallah, which are far...

  • Poll: Israeli Jews, Arabs oppose intermarriage

    3 hours ago

    Three-quarters of Israeli Jews and nearly two-thirds of Israeli Arabs would not marry someone from a different religion, according to a poll.

    Conducted by Haaretz and the Dialog company on Tuesday and Wednesday, the poll found that opposition to interfaith relationships was...

  • Gaza gunmen execute Palestinian ‘collaborators’; mortar kills Israeli boy

    4 hours ago

    Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, accelerating a crackdown on suspected informers after Israeli forces tracked down and killed three senior Hamas commanders.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to...

  • Giant pro-Palestinian, pro-BDS flag hung from New York bridge

    16 hours ago

    A pro-Palestinian flag is hung from the Manhattan Bridge while pro-Palestinian demonstrators march across the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan, N.Y. on Aug. 20. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

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  • Why Hamas is not like ISIS

    By Uri Dromi

    1 day ago

    As James Foley is beheaded and rocket attacks resume on Israel:

    For years, Israel has been trying to convince the West that it is the first line of defence against radical Islam, and that if Muslim extremists are not checked in their home territory, they might sooner or later...

  • The silent treatment

    1 day ago

    It was as if we had never gone to Israel at all.

    The Afghani grocer greeted me effusively when I walked into the store I rely on for olive oil, pickles, nuts, and labne whose fat content I stopped feeling guilty about the moment I discovered it was a probiotic.

    He greeted me...

  • Gaza experiencing severe water shortage

    1 day ago

    Gaza residents are suffering from a severe water shortage as a result of the ongoing conflict there.

    Damage to wells and Gaza’s energy infrastructure has disrupted the pumping and distribution of water, cutting the coastal strip’s water supply by half, according to Haaretz.

    In...

  • BDS is destructive

    1 day ago

    I never intended to write about politics, let alone about religion and politics. I usually write about art, sexuality, dating, identity – the issues that generally preoccupy my brain. But when the war broke out in Gaza, it was impossible for me to stay detached. After all, I was in...

  • When God Cries

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 day ago

    In the absence of light we call night
    my children fall into the trusted dreams of tooth fairies and twirling ballerinas
    and through the sizzling silence
    I hear God crying.

    The tears are not kosher, nor halal, nor salty, nor of the cross.

    Pharaoh killed Hebrews’ first born...

  • Journey to Uganda: Hunger, thirst and happiness

    By David Suissa

    2 days ago

    It was  a scene that repeated itself every time we arrived at a new village in rural Uganda. First, the villagers, who were expecting us, came running toward us as we unloaded our tired bodies from our large, rickety van after hours of slogging on dirt roads — roads that made you...

  • Has Hamas military chief, Mohammed Deif, escaped death again?

    2 days ago

    Mohammed Deif, the shadowy leader of Hamas's armed wing in Gaza, appears to have narrowly survived a fifth attempt to assassinate him, allowing the mastermind of the six-week war on Israel to pursue the conflict from his network of tunnels.

    Badly hurt in repeated attacks over the...

  • God created a broken world so we would learn to fix it

    2 days ago

    I have just returned from Israel, where I visited more than 600 teen participants on Young Judaea programs this summer. While there, I was handed a note from Mrs. Warshawsky, one of the elderly neighbors living next door our campus situated in the heart of Baka, Jerusalem. I opened...

  • So you want to know what happens next?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    I don't know what happens next. There is no way of knowing what happens next. We don't even know exactly what happened two days ago, when the Cairo talks seemed close to reaching an agreement; or yesterday, when someone decided to fire rockets at Israel; or this morning, when...

  • Palestinians call report of thwarted Hamas plot ‘doubtful’

    3 days ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Palestinian officials reacting to Israeli media reports of a thwarted Hamas plot to ignite a third Intifada (Palestinian uprising) as cover for a take-over of the West Bank and the overthrow of Palestinian Authority President...

  • Missiles over Jerusalem experienced by Rabbi Abraham Cooper

    3 days ago

    24 hours ago, almost everyone in Cairo, Jerusalem and Ramallah thought they had a deal for a long-time truce in Gaza. Just before midnight on Aug. 20, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Wiesenthal Center’s associate dean, experienced up close and personal what a promise from Hamas means....

  • Six days of quiet in Israel: A brief look back

    By Jared Sichel

    3 days ago

    Now back in Los Angeles, I'm more convinced than ever that my shuttle journalism peacekeeping mission to Israel was a great success. Let it be noted for the record that:

    a) The rocket fire ended just before I arrived on Aug. 12 and resumed shortly after I departed on Aug. 19, and...

  • Barrage of rockets strikes Israel as bomb shelters ordered open

    3 days ago

    Hamas claimed responsibility for a barrage of rockets fired on southern and central Israel, including Tel Aviv.

    More than two dozen rockets were fired fr0m the Gaza Strip between the hours of 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    Two rockets landed in an empty area in the greater Tel...

  • Rocket from Gaza strikes Tel Aviv area, Israeli military says

    3 days ago

    A rocket fired from Gaza struck as far as the Tel Aviv area on Tuesday, the Israeli military said, in the deepest rocket attack since a truce calmed fighting about 10 days ago.

    Hamas's armed wing claimed responsibility for the rocket, which Israel said landed in an open area, causing no casualties. It was fired after Israel's first lethal air strike since the breakdown of a truce earlier in the day that killed three people and wounded 40.

    Additional reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza; Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; editing by Ralph Boulton

  • Uber picks political insider David Plouffe to wage its regulatory battles

    3 days ago

    Uber wants your vote of support. And it has hired a campaign manager to win you over.

    Uber, the fast-growing private car start-up, announced on Tuesday it had hired the political strategist David Plouffe to be its senior vice president of policy and strategy. The move further...

  • The masks are off: anti-Semitism across the world revealed its ugly self, and got out of hand

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 days ago

    Shouts of "Jews to the gas!"; An article claiming that "Israel’s military operation in Gaza showed why Jews "have been so frequently expelled."; A sign reading, "Well done Israel, Hitler would be proud,"; Use of the anti-Semitic blood libel...

    These are merely a few examples of...

  • 5 comments on the Mahmoud-Morel wedding and Israel’s intermarriage problems

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    Israel is suddenly in intermarriage frenzy. The reason? No more than anecdotal: a Jewish woman decided to marry an Arab (Muslim) man. They had their wedding earlier this week. A big event for them, a non-event for the public. That is, except for the fact that a radical right-wing...

  • U.S. envoy to U.N. slams Human Rights Council’s Gaza panel

    By Julie Bien

    4 days ago

    Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, criticized the world body’s panel created to investigate the recent conflict in Gaza.

    At a private meeting on Friday with American Jewish communal leaders, Power said the U.N.’s Human Rights Council “has shown itself...

  • Israel-Gaza cease-fire extended 24 hours as progress made on long-term truce

    4 days ago

    Israeli and Palestinian officials reportedly have confirmed that the Gaza cease-fire will be extended by 24 hours.

    The extension of the current five-day cease-fire, which is set to expire at midnight Monday, will allow the sides to continue to discuss a long-term truce.

    The...

  • Darren Star on Aaron Spelling, his rift with Candace Bushnell and his message for Javier Bardem

    By Danielle Berrin

    4 days ago

    For the last year and a half, I've been moderating a salon series with Hollywood creators and executives for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ entertainment division. By and large, the events are geared towards young Federation supporters who work in the entertainment...

  • Sabras and slap shots: North Americans bring hockey know-how to Israel

    4 days ago

    Drew Koike knew a bit about Israel: its capital, location, climate and biblical roots. But it never dawned on the 14-year-old Washingtonian that hockey existed in the country.

    That was until earlier this year, when the coach of his hometown hockey program invited Koike and two...

  • No sign of Gaza talks breakthrough as cease-fire nears end

    4 days ago

    Talks in Cairo on ending the Gaza war showed no signs of a breakthrough on Monday, with Israel and the Palestinians entrenched in their demands hours before the expiry of a five-day cease-fire.

    The truce is due to run out at 5.00 p.m. EDT. A Palestinian source quoted by Egypt's...

  • Seeing clearly in Tel Aviv

    4 days ago

    There is nothing unusual about sitting at Café Hemda on Ibn Gvirol Street in Tel Aviv and spotting your teenage son zip by on a bicycle.

    Unless your son does not know how to ride a bicycle.

    And is not wearing his glasses.

    We visited Israel for a month this summer.  Yes, for...

  • Palestinians view Meshaal’s role during war as ‘positive’

    4 days ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Despite talk of popular pique at Khaled Meshaal because of his accumulated wealth and impetuous goading of Israel from the safe distance of 1,200 miles while the Gaza Strip suffered carnage and devastation, the Hamas...

  • The two most disturbing aspects of the halted arms shipment

    By Shmuel Rosner

    4 days ago

    The Obama administration’s decision to halt a transfer of Hellfire missiles requested by Israel — a decision first reported by The Wall Street Journal and later confirmed by administration officials in both governments — has expectedly raised the level of chatter concerning the...

  • For Israelis in the western Negev, each day is ‘Russian Roulette’

    By Jared Sichel

    4 days ago

    When the tzeva adom, red alert, screams its siren as Yasmine Parda eats out in Ashkelon at her favorite restaurant, she waits and hopes for the best—no rocket shelters are reachable by foot within the siren’s reported 15-second warning interval.

    “We sit in the restaurant and...

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