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  • Jews and guns: A day on the firing range

    By Ryan Torok

    December 5, 2012 | 4:45 pm

    Susanne Reyto carefully loaded her rifle and switched the safety off. Peering into the scope attached to the top of the weapon, she pulled the trigger while former U.S. Army platoon leader Charlie Jasper looked on to ensure she was handling her weapon safely.

    To their right,...

  • Stevie Wonder cancels performance at Saban-Chaired FIDF Gala for IDF Soldiers

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 29, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Legendary pop musician Stevie Wonder has cancelled his performance scheduled for the Dec. 6 FIDF Gala in Los Angeles saluting IDF Soldiers. The event is sponsored by philanthropists Haim and Cheryl Saban.

    The 25-time Grammy winner was to appear for an expected 1,200 FIDF...

  • Hope for injured IDF veterans

    By Ryan Torok

    November 28, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    An officer in the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) Paratrooper Brigade, Arale Wattenstein was injured during a 2005 operation in the West Bank. The vehicle he was traveling in was going about 50 mph when it was struck by a Molotov cocktail. Wattenstein jumped out when the vehicle...

  • Petitions call on Stevie Wonder to cancel Friends of IDF gig

    November 28, 2012 | 1:25 pm

    An online petition calling on Stevie Wonder to cancel his performance at a fundraiser for the Israel Defense Forces has garnered more than 3,600 signatures.

    The petition was launched more than a day ago on the change.org website.

    Wonder is scheduled to headline the Friends of...

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  • Israeli reservists frustrated, willing to fight in Gaza again

    November 26, 2012 | 9:29 am

    At 6:30 a.m. on Friday morning, two days after the current round of fighting in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas began, the phone rang in Rafi’s house in Jerusalem, calling him up for reserve service in his combat infantry unit.

    Rafi, 28, who, like all the reservists...

  • IDF band’s European tour takes nasty turn after Gaza operation

    November 21, 2012 | 1:02 pm

    As they prepared last week for their annual concert tour of Europe, members of the Israel Defense Forces band probably had little inkling of what was about to hit them.

    Within hours of their departure, their comrades began striking Gaza in retaliation for months of rocket fire...

  • Tel Aviv’s grace under fire

    November 20, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    The famous Tel Aviv bubble burst at approximately 7 p.m. on Nov. 15. Suddenly the war being waged for years by the residents of southern Israel had come knocking on the doors of Rothschild and Ramat Aviv, Bavli and Bograshov. Although a far cry from what the residents of Beersheba...

  • Israel-Gaza conflict: Low expectations

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 20, 2012 | 10:40 am

    No one knows for sure why the Gaza hostilities began. 

    We know that there had been weeks of intensifying rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, rockets fired by various Palestinian groups that were tolerated, even encouraged by the governing Hamas. And we know that the Israeli...

  • Israel’s image war

    November 20, 2012 | 10:12 am

    The Israel Defense Forces is bombing the Gaza Strip and the world is, for the most part, silent. In fact, the IDF is bombing Gaza and the world is, for the most part, supporting Israel.

    How is this happening? Wars today are fought not only with bullets, but also with images....

  • Iron Dome, now protecting Tel Aviv, highly successful in intercepting rockets

    November 20, 2012 | 10:07 am

    With hundreds of rockets raining down from Gaza, Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system has saved an untold number of lives thanks to Israeli technological ingenuity and U.S. support.

    According to the figures from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), since Operation Pillar of...

  • From Sandy to Gaza rockets, students weather each other’s storms

    November 20, 2012 | 9:51 am

    Between Israeli youths going through Hurricane Sandy and American youths experiencing the onslaught of rockets from Gaza, participants of November’s America Israel Friendship League’s (AIFL) student exchange rode an emotional and historic rollercoaster on both sides of the...

  • Rockets pound Israel for seventh day

    November 20, 2012 | 9:04 am

    More than 80 rockets were fired at southern Israel in the seventh day since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense, including two aimed at Jerusalem.

    An air raid siren sounded in Jerusalem on Tuesday afternoon; two rockets fell in the Gush Etzion area south of Jerusalem....

  • West Bank Palestinian protester dies

    November 19, 2012 | 11:14 am

    A Palestinian protester shot by Israeli troops during a protest against the Gaza operation has died.

    Rashid Tamimi, 31, died Monday after being shot Saturday during a protest in the West Bank, Ynet reported.

    Protests against Operation Pillar of Defense continued throughout the West Bank on Monday, according to reports.

    Also on Monday, an Israeli car caught on fire after being hit by a bomb thrown by a Palestinian protester in the Binyamin region of the West Bank.

  • Southern Israel remains under steady rocket barrage

    November 19, 2012 | 10:24 am

    Communities in southern Israel came under a steady barrage of rockets and the Israeli military said it inflicted "severe damage on the rocket launching capabilities of terror organizations" as its Operation Pillar of Defense neared the end of its first week.

    At least 50 rockets...

  • How much collateral damage is too much?

    November 19, 2012 | 9:57 am

    That is a question that should be asked regarding America’ drone operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but it cannot be answered except episodically because nothing about those operations is available for public scrutiny.  It is also a question which must be asked of Israel in...

  • November 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 18, 2012 | 2:25 am

    In-depth

    Emergency Routine

    Neri Zilber of Foreign Policy takes a look at how Israelis try to maintain normal life under rocket fire. 

    In a sports kiosk in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, a few hardy regulars watched the basketball game on one television. A second...

  • Three soldiers wounded in Gaza rocket attack

    November 16, 2012 | 9:47 am

    Three Israeli soldiers were lightly injured by a Palestinian rocket attack on the northern Negev.

    The rockets landed on Friday afternoon, moderately wounding one soldier and causing minor injuries to the other two. All three were evacuated to Soroka hospital in Be´er Sheva, an...

  • IDF drops warning leaflets over Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 15, 2012 | 9:34 am

    The IDF has dispersed warning leaflets above several locations in the Gaza Strip. This video is from Nov. 15, over Khan Yunis.

    The Arabic leaflet reads: "Important announcement for the residents of the Gaza Strip: For your own safety, take responsibility for yourselves and avoid...

  • Gaza boy killed by Israeli troops, Palestinian officials say

    November 8, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    A Palestinian boy who died in southern Gaza was killed by Israeli troops, Palestinian officials said.

    The boy, 13, was hit by machine-gun fire from Israeli helicopters or tanks that targeted houses and farms near Khan Yunis, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported, quoting a...

  • Syrian mortar shells fired into northern Israel

    November 8, 2012 | 10:06 am

    Three mortar shells were fired from Syria into northern Israel.

    The shells, which landed Thursday and did not cause any injuries or damage, were not believed to have been targeting Israel and likely were fired by the Syrian army at rebel forces in the area.

    The Israel Defense...

  • Israeli soldiers injured in Gaza border blast

    November 6, 2012 | 10:20 am

    Three Israeli soldiers were wounded in an explosion while patrolling the Gaza border.

    The Israel Defense Forces said it believes that an explosive device planted near the security fence and detonated remotely was the cause of Tuesday morning's blast.

    One soldier was moderately...

  • Settlers battle security forces during outpost razing

    November 1, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Israeli settlers rioted and battled security forces during the razing of a West Bank outpost.

    The settlers threw stones and rolled burning tires at police and Israel Defense Forces soldiers during the early Thursday morning evacuation of the HaSruga outpost located near the West...

  • Israel promotes first female Christian Arab to combat commander

    October 23, 2012 | 5:06 pm

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) promoted a female Christian Arab to become a combat commander for the first time ever on Oct. 17.

    Mona Abdo, 20, grew up in a Christian home in Haifa. She voluntarily enlisted in the IDF when she turned 18 with the encouragement of her family. Upon...

  • Israeli soldier injured in Gaza border blast

    October 23, 2012 | 9:17 am

    An Israeli soldier was wounded seriously in an explosion while on patrol near the Gaza security fence.

    The soldier, who was on what the military called a "routine patrol," is believed to have been injured by a roadside bomb in Tuesday morning's attack. He was treated at the scene...

  • October 19, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 19, 2012 | 2:34 am

    In-depth

    Presbyterian Anti-Israel Crusade: Is That All You Can Say, Gradye?

    Dexter Van Zile of Algemeiner takes Gradye Parsons of the American Presbyterian Church to task over his one-sided approach to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. 

    Parsons’ letter is emblematic of the...

  • Preparing for war, Israel’s North looks to lessons from 2006

    October 17, 2012 | 1:26 pm

    When missiles rained down on northern Israel from Lebanon six years ago, surgeons at Rambam Hospital in Haifa worked, terrified, on the building’s eighth floor.

    That summer, missiles had struck fewer than 20 yards away, endangering the staff and patients of northern Israel’s...

  • Canadian-Israeli woman jailed for not fulfilling military servce granted clemency

    October 16, 2012 | 9:15 am

    Yana Gorelik, the Canadian-Israeli who was imprisoned on charges of evading military service in Israel, was granted clemency and her jail term was reduced.

    Gorelik was released from military prison on Monday, the Times of Israel reported.

    Gorelik, 30, served about half of her...

  • Three women, the Israel Defense Forces, and the price of fear

    October 10, 2012 | 5:08 pm

    It’s hard to imagine anyone else’s reality.  We pretend we do in order not to feel so helpless.  But usually, we’re just guessing or faking it.  Thus, it is incredibly rare and spectacular to find an author who possesses the literary talent to transport us so completely and...

  • Israel reportedly flies over Lebanon in possible response to airspace violation

    October 8, 2012 | 12:01 pm

    Several Israeli warplanes violated Lebanon’s airspace Oct. 7, according to Lebanese media outlets, flying over the country’s southern region and setting off sonic booms in a possible response to an Oct. 6 violation of Israeli airspace by an unmanned drone which Israel has...

  • Jewish agency launches inquiry into fatal hotel shooting

    October 5, 2012 | 9:41 am

    The Jewish Agency is opening an inquiry into its Oranim program after an American participant gunned down a hotel employee in Eilat.

    "In response to the tragic incident in Eilat, the Chairperson of the Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky expressed his deep sorrow at the loss of life...

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