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  • Doctors strike back after anti-Israel letter in Lancet

    By Jared Sichel

    October 23, 2014 | 11:24 am

    Angered by a controversial anti-Israel letter published in late July by the respected medical journal The Lancet, doctors in North America and Europe are calling on academic publishing giant Reed Elsevier to reform its editorial policy. The question is whether Elsevier will listen....

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

    October 17, 2014 | 11:30 am

    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...

  • Lancet editor visiting Israel following outcry over anti-Israel letter

    September 30, 2014 | 11:04 am

    The editor of the British medical journal The Lancet, which ran an open letter accusing Israel of a “massacre” in Gaza, is visiting Israel.

    On Tuesday, Dr. Richard Horton visited the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, where he was scheduled to meet with senior researchers and...

  • U.S. resumes sending Hellfire missiles to Israel

    September 30, 2014 | 10:43 am

    The United States has resumed delivery of Hellfire missiles to Israel.

    “The first shipment has been delivered to Israel and the second shipment will be delivered early in October,” Cmdr. Elissa Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told JTA on Monday.

    The interruption of delivery of...

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  • Yaalon: IDF took out 80 percent of Gaza rockets during offensive

    September 29, 2014 | 3:51 pm

    Israel destroyed some 80 percent of Palestinian rockets and mortars in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said.

    About 2,000 rockets still remain in Hamas’ possession in Gaza, Yaalon said Monday in an address to a conference titled “Military and...

  • Gaza, and Europe’s new wave of anti-Semitism

    September 29, 2014 | 11:22 am

    For weeks, the images filled the world’s television screens – of collapsed buildings, weeping parents and widows, and anguished calls for vengeance.  It was these scenes, of the genuine suffering of Palestinian civilians caught up in a war provoked by Hamas that have been seized on...

  • Will the summer of war affect High Holy Days sermons?

    By Ryan Torok

    September 23, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    Every year, synagogue rabbis face the often-daunting task of coming up with compelling High Holy Days sermons.

    This summer’s 50-day Israel-Gaza conflict, during which 66 Israeli soldiers and six Israeli civilians were killed, and more than 2,100 Palestinians died, could make this...

  • At a landmark Berlin rally, Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism

    September 15, 2014 | 10:08 am

    Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict.

    Merkel made her pledge to thousands at a landmark rally protesting a...

  • ‘Breaking the Silence’ and Gaza

    September 10, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    The shooting war in Gaza was again accompanied by a massive political and media attack against Israel, with accusations of “war crimes” and “human rights violations” in parallel to the barrages of rockets and missiles.

    The weapons and soldiers in the political war are led by the...

  • Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism in Germany

    September 7, 2014 | 10:47 am

    Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she would do everything she could to fight anti-Semitism in Germany, amid reports of attacks and a spike in anti-Israel sentiment since the Gaza conflict.

    In her weekly podcast, Merkel said she was alarmed that Jewish institutions in ...

  • Watchdog: Britain saw record levels of anti-Semitism during Gaza war

    September 5, 2014 | 1:25 pm

    Britain saw record levels of anti-Semitism during Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza, a Jewish watchdog group said.

    In July 2014, the Community Security Trust, or CST, recorded 302 incidents — the highest ever monthly total documented by the group since it started monitoring...

  • Netanyahu: Hamas ‘begged’ for cease-fire

    August 27, 2014 | 3:31 pm

    Hamas did not achieve any of its demands in the wake of Israel’s operation in Gaza and “begged” for a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Netanyahu, speaking Wednesday in his first public statements since an open-ended cease-fire went into effect the...

  • Israel, Hamas reach unlimited cease-fire

    August 26, 2014 | 9:22 am

    Egypt announced a new cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian groups shortly after an Israeli struck by a Gaza mortar died of his wounds.

    The official Egyptian News Agency announced Tuesday evening that the cease-fire would begin at 7 p.m.

    In the hour leading up to the...

  • An open letter to Elon Gold

    August 26, 2014 | 8:57 am

    Dear Elon,

    I’m sorry for the frightening confrontation you experienced. (“A Hate Incident” Jewish Journal 8/25/14) 

    Today, all Jews in the world where news penetrates must understand that the actions of Israel are going to have repercussions on their lives, and there is no...

  • Mashal vow: With more precise weapons, Hamas will aim only at military targets

    August 25, 2014 | 10:25 am

    Hamas political leader Khaled Mashal vowed that Hamas would aim only at Israeli military targets if it can get more sophisticated weapons.

    Mashal in an hourlong interview Friday with Yahoo News in Doha, Qatar, also said his group is nothing like ISIS and admitted that Hamas...

  • Call-up of additional 10,000 Israeli reservists authorized

    August 25, 2014 | 10:11 am

    A Knesset committee authorized the call-up of an additional 10,000 Israeli reserve soldiers.

    On Sunday, the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee approved a government request for the call-up. Nearly 100,000 Israeli reservists have been called up since the start of Operation...

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

    August 22, 2014 | 11:40 am

    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...

  • Gaza mortar bomb kills Israeli child, 4: security sources

    August 22, 2014 | 9:54 am

    A mortar bomb fired from Gaza killed a four-year-old Israeli child in a border collective farm on Friday, Israeli security sources said.

    The boy would be the fourth civilian in Israel to be killed in an attack from the coastal territory since the outbreak of conflict on July 8, and the first Israeli death since an Egyptian-brokered truce broke down earlier this week. More than 2,000 Palestinians have been killed in the conflict, most of them civilians.

  • IDF strikes kill three Hamas commanders

    August 21, 2014 | 8:45 am

    Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip killed three senior Hamas commanders.

    Among those killed in the Thursday morning strikes were Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Abu Shamala, the coordinators of the 2006 kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was released more than five...

  • Alleging U.N. bias, Israel again keeping distance from Gaza probe

    August 19, 2014 | 10:51 am

    The United Nations probe into the Gaza conflict hasn’t even begun, but Israel already is convinced that it won’t end well.

    In a resolution adopted by a vote of 29-1 with 17 abstentions, the U.N. Human Rights Council moved last month to establish a commission of inquiry “to...

  • Hamas fighters show defiance in Gaza tunnel tour

    August 19, 2014 | 9:12 am

    Hamas fighters, clad in black and armed with assault rifles, navigated the dimly lit tunnel with ease, saying they felt at home in their network of underground passages in the Gaza Strip.

    A rare tour that Hamas granted to a Reuters reporter, photographer and cameraman appeared to...

  • Rockets fired into Israel, violating cease-fire extension; IDF retaliates

    August 19, 2014 | 8:46 am

    The Israeli military struck sites in Gaza after rockets were fired from the coastal strip into southern Israel in violation of a cease-fire extension.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly also recalled Israeli negotiators from cease-fire talks in Cairo after the...

  • As school resumes, how to talk to children about the Gaza war

    August 18, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    With the new school year nearly upon us, Jewish educational leaders are scrambling to prepare their teachers to discuss this summer’s Gaza War. The most pressing challenge is to design age-appropriate conversations: At which grade level might classroom discussions include...

  • In Ferguson, echoes of Gaza?

    August 18, 2014 | 2:34 pm

    A summer of global turmoil has culminated in nightmarish scenes from Ferguson, Mo., a St. Louis suburb torn apart by protests after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager.

    For some, scenes of protesters attacked with tear gas and smoke bombs evoked another...

  • Stop pretending nothing happens in August

    August 18, 2014 | 10:32 am

    The headlines these days all seem to demand exclamation marks. Iraq is teetering on the brink! Russian troops are massing on the Ukranian border! Gaza lies in ruins! World’s worst Ebola epidemic afflicts Africa!  

    Oh, and it is also National Goat Cheese Month.  Welcome to another...

  • Palestinians accuse Israel of violating Gaza truce

    August 15, 2014 | 1:02 pm

    The Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza accused Israel on Friday of a cross-border shooting in violation of a truce that has largely held since getting off to a shaky start on Thursday.

    An Israeli military spokeswoman said: "We have no knowledge of such an incident."

    The...

  • Worse than Hamas? Gaza’s other terror groups

    August 15, 2014 | 11:49 am

    After four weeks of a punishing Israel air and ground campaign that left nearly 2,000 dead and much of Gaza in ruins, Hamas has lived to see another day.

    For Israel, that might not be the worst thing. That’s because for all of Hamas’ violent extremism, it also governs a...

  • Social media fights my Gaza war

    August 14, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    As a feature journalism teacher for 21 years, I’ve helped students of all backgrounds craft and publish powerful personal pieces that often rallied against racism, homophobia and Islamophobia. So during the month-long Israel/Gaza war, when an Egyptian-American guy who’d aced my...

  • Negotiations progress as cease-fire holds

    August 14, 2014 | 9:29 am

    Indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas are moving forward as both sides adhere to a renewed cease-fire.

    A Palestinian negotiator in Cairo reported agreement “on many points” Thursday, according to the French news agency AFP.

    Rockets were fired from Gaza as a previous...

  • Responsibility without fault in Gaza: A challenge for American Jews

    By Jonathan Zasloff

    August 14, 2014 | 8:00 am

    Consider this scenario: a wanted international terrorist is fleeing law enforcement and seizes your house. (You are away at the time, fortunately.) The Army surrounds the house but the terrorist is well armed, as terrorists are wont to be: sending in troops would mean severe...

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