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  • What Obama did and didn’t say about Ezra Schwartz

    2 hours ago

    How the Obama administration has handled last week’s murder in the West Bank of Ezra Schwartz, an 18-year-old from Sharon, Massachusetts, on his gap year in Israel, has raised painful questions among Jewish Americans upset by his senseless death.

    “Obama Silent on Killing of...

  • Israeli soldier seriously wounded in Hebron-area stabbing attack

    2 hours ago

    An Israeli soldier was seriously wounded in a stabbing attack near Hebron in the West Bank.

    The Palestinian assailant, who according to reports pulled up to a traffic junction and exited from his car brandishing a knife, was shot by Israeli forces and seriously wounded following...

  • Iran to back Palestinians ‘in any way we can’: Khamenei

    2 hours ago

    Iran's supreme leader said on Wednesday that Iran would support the Palestinian uprising against Israel "in any way we can", and rejected U.S. accusations that a recent wave of Palestinian knife and car-ramming attacks amounted to "terrorism".

    Khamenei was speaking a day after...

  • Partition, pragmatism and missed opportunities between Israel and the Palestinians

    16 hours ago

    Two scholars examine, from the Jewish and Palestinian perspectives, the historic United Nations vote on the partition of Palestine on Nov. 29, 1947, which ultimately led to the creation of  the Jewish State of Israel.


    The Palestinian national movement has long been...

  • Partition and the triumph of Zionist pragmatism

    16 hours ago

    Two scholars examine, from the Jewish and Palestinian perspectives, the historic United Nations vote on the partition of Palestine on Nov. 29, 1947, which ultimately led to the creation of  the Jewish State of Israel.


    In a famous diary entry after the First Zionist Congress...

  • What’s a dollar a month worth?

    By David Suissa

    17 hours ago

    People love the Jewish Journal. They love picking it up, at a shul or deli or cafe or market, and flipping through the stories of the Jewish world. There’s nothing quite like it in Los Angeles — a gathering place where all the voices of our community can be heard.

    I can’t tell...

  • House of Wheels: Helping those with impaired mobility integrate

    By  Orit Arfa

    23 hours ago

    With her black skin; jeans and T-shirt; and long, wiry, black hair not covered by a hijab, it was hard to tell that Shariyan Alkmlat, 22, is Bedouin, unlike the staffers around her clad in Bedouin robes. She later admitted she is often mistaken for an Ethiopian Israeli, but it...

  • U.S. teen’s murder in Israel ripples among L.A. parents

    By Jared Sichel

    1 day ago

    When Leat Silvera wakes up in the morning and sees alerts on her Facebook news feed for terror attacks in Israel — which is 10 time zones away — she quickly looks for words such as “Alon Shvut” or “Gush Etzion,” the area of the West Bank south of Jerusalem where her 18-year-old...

  • A Race to Space, Curing Baldness and More - This Week from the Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 day ago

    Israeli Innovators Looking to Win Big at CES in Las Vegas

    CES is one of the biggest conferences of its kind in the world, drawing some 3,600 exhibitors and 150,000 people, with plenty of media coverage on the latest and coolest gadgets to hit the circuit. The Israeli delegation...

  • So no Charedi draft, until next time

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    The current wave of violence in Israel – Palestinian attackers have kept trying, and at times succeeding, to kill Israelis in the last two days – is a blessing for no one. Israelis are suffering, Palestinians are suffering, Israelis are getting killed, Palestinians are getting...

  • Israeli man, 20, killed in West Bank stabbing attack

    2 days ago

    [UPDATE] 11:13 a.m.: This story updates to note the victim was an Israeli soldier and his age is 20, not 18. The headline has been changed to reflect the new information.

    A 20-year-old Israeli man was killed in a West Bank stabbing attack in the third of three attacks of alleged...

  • Seriously, advice from John Kerry? (or: The one thing on which Israelis and Palestinians agree)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    More than 20 Israelis were killed in the last two months as a result of Palestinian attacks. More than 90 Palestinians were killed in the same period. What story do these numbers tell? What conclusions are the two peoples drawing from the story these numbers tell?

    For Israelis,...

  • Remembering Ezra Schwartz: ‘He made our lives better and happier’

    3 days ago

    For some 2 1/2 hours, Ezra Schwartz was remembered for his unbridled joy and passion for life, his deep and ever-widening circle of friends, and his athletic prowess as a champion baseball player and adventure-seeking skier.

    Hundreds of mourners filled a Boston-area synagogue...

  • Israeli woman, 20, killed in stabbing at West Bank site of recurring attacks

    3 days ago

    A 20-year-old Israeli woman was killed in a stabbing attack — the fourth attack in the West Bank in less than 24 hours.

    Hadar Bucharis of Safed, a city in northern Israel, was stabbed on Sunday afternoon at the Gush Etzion Junction, near the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut....

  • Sunday Reads: Between Saudi extremism and ISIS, Why it pays to be a settler, Einstein’s Judaism

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago


    Jeffrey Goldberg argues that President Obama has a better understanding of Muslim extremism than people give him credit for:

    It is not entirely clear to me why Obama’s recurring demand that Muslims do more to combat extremism doesn’t gain much attention, though it’s fair...

  • WATCH: Searching for hummus in a tense Old City of Jerusalem

    5 days ago

    Harvey Stein is an Israeli-American filmmaker living in Jerusalem. His feature documentary "A Third Way - Settlers and Palestinians as Neighbors" will be released in February, 2016. You can find out more about his work at: www.jerusalemny.com/athirdway

  • Israeli Border Police stop suspected Jerusalem car attack and Hebron stabbing

    5 days ago

    Israeli Border Police prevented two terrorist attacks Friday, one in east Jerusalem and the other near the West Bank town of Hebron.

    A motorist at a Jerusalem checkpoint tried to run over a policeman, but the officer’s colleagues opened fire on the driver, the Times of Israel...

  • Knesset Pollard caucus promises to fight parole restrictions

    5 days ago

    The head of the Knesset caucus dedicated to Jonathan Pollard promised to fight restrictions on the freed spy’s movements.

    “Jonathan, the caucus will not cease its activity until we remove the limitations imposed on you upon your release,” lawmaker Nahman Shai wrote in a letter to...

  • ‘Red Zone’ filmmaker on finding romance under rockets in Sderot

    By Gerri Miller

    6 days ago

    Filmmaker Laura Bialis had always felt a strong connection to Israel and had traveled there many times before, most recently for her 2007 documentary, “Refusnik,” about the persecution of Soviet Jews. But when she returned that same year to make another film, “Rock in the Red...

  • Jennifer Lawrence’s image erased from ‘Hunger Games’ posters in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak

    6 days ago

    Posters promoting the final “Hunger Games” movie in Jerusalem and the coastal Israeli city of Bnei Brak have scrubbed star Jennifer Lawrence from the main image.

    The posters for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2” in these cities contain only the fiery crow from the original...

  • Two Jews killed in Tel Aviv stabbing attack

    6 days ago

    Two Jewish men were stabbed to death and one was injured while praying at an office building in Tel Aviv.

    A Palestinian assailant who was wounded while being apprehended following the Wednesday afternoon attack is in police custody. Police are searching for a second alleged...

  • Be careful with the notion that the West needs to ‘adopt Israel’s anti-terror strategies’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    6 days ago

    Not long after the end of operation Tzuk Eitan, better known among non-Israelis as Protective Edge, some high ranking visitors from the US Air Force paid a visit to their Israeli counterparts to learn about the methodologies and the lessons of the IDF from the battles in Gaza. The...

  • A Twitter Yizkor: Memorial for Israeli Victims of Terror Launched on Twitter

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    6 days ago

    The double murder of Rabbi Yaakov (44) and Natanel Litman (18) on Friday, November 13th, was quickly overshadowed by the immense and horrific massacres across Paris later that night.

    But even without the massacre, the names and stories of Israelis murdered in the past few months...

  • Israel vs. ISIS

    By Rob Eshman

    1 week ago

    The tragic attacks, first in Sinai, then in Beirut, and now in Paris, should remind us that the fight against ISIS — the fight against Islamic terror — belongs to no one country and no one religion. We are all threatened, we must all fight, and with every means possible.

    Then why...

  • Palestine, 2018.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    Close your eyes, and let me take you to a hypothetical future...


    The global pressure coming from the BDS movement to boycott Israel has taken its toll, and Israel can no longer handle the isolation. So Israel has decided to remove the IDF forces from the Palestinian...

  • Anti-Israel ads OK’d to run in Boston subways

    1 week ago

    The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority approved the display of an anti-Israel ad it had previously rejected.

    The poster, which features a large photograph of a child and the word “violence” in large, bold letters, accuses Israel’s military of using U.S. tax dollars to kill 2,000...

  • It is a sin not to visit Israel now

    By Dennis Prager

    1 week ago

    If you are a Jew who cares about Israel and you have the money to pay for a ticket and a hotel room, it is a sin not to visit to Israel at this time.

    That is a message every rabbi who cares about Israel should be conveying to his/her congregation.

    I just returned from another...

  • Rocket fired from Gaza, no one injured

    1 week ago

    A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near the Gaza-Israel border, but it was not clear on which side.

    No injuries or damage were reported, the Times of Israel reported.

    Many of the occasional rockets fired into Israel are believed to be the work not of Hamas, which rules Gaza, but of rival Palestinian groups.

    Earlier Tuesday, a glitch in the Iron Dome missile defense system prompted air raid sirens in Israeli communities near Gaza.

  • Haredi mother of transgender woman fights to stop her cremation

    1 week ago

    The haredi Orthodox mother of an Israeli transgender woman who killed herself is battling the woman’s lawyer over plans to cremate the body.

    May Peleg, 31, an activist in Israel’s LGBT community, filed a will with attorney Yossi Wolfson the day before her suicide stating her...

  • UFO’s attack ISIS: New peace talks begin

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    At first, ISIS commanders in Syria assumed the weird-looking jets came from America, the Great Satan. The jets had a shape they’d never seen before — sphere-like and very agile. They could stop on a dime, explode at crazy speeds and release laser-like bombs that vaporize several...

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