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  • Ancient Jerusalem aqueduct discovered during sewer work

    5 days ago

    A section of Jerusalem’s lower aqueduct, which brought water to the city more than 2,000 years ago, was uncovered during sewer work.

    The aqueduct, which was excavated by the Israel Antiquities Authority, was found in the Umm Tuba neighborhood, near Har Homa. It begins near...

  • Witnesses to Iraq’s Farhud

    By Jane Ulman

    6 days ago

    Over the first two days of June 1941, countless numbers of Jewish women in Baghdad were raped, more than 2,000 Jews were injured — many of them mutilated — and 900 homes, as well as 586 Jewish-owned businesses, were looted. All told, according to Iraqi-born historian Elie Kedourie,...

  • Blatter proposes holding Israeli-Palestinian ‘peace match’

    1 week ago

    FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, visiting the Middle East to try to persuade the Palestine FA (PFA) to drop a proposal to suspend Israel from the world body, on Tuesday proposed a peace match between their national teams.

    Blatter appeared at a news conference in Jerusalem after meeting...

  • Rivlin, Netanyahu pledge to repair relations with Ethiopian Israelis

    1 week ago

    Israel erred in its treatment of Ethiopian immigrants, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said at a state ceremony in memory of the Ethiopian Jews who died on their way to Israel.

    Sunday’s ceremony at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, which takes place annually on Jerusalem Day,...

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  • The story of Ethiopian Jews in Israel

    2 weeks ago

    Within the past two weeks, Ethiopian Jews in Israel have engaged in public protests in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv against racial discrimination. The protests were  ignited by a physical attack on an Ethiopian-Jewish Israeli soldier, who at the time was in uniform, by Israeli police...

  • U.S. citizens in Israel warned ahead of Nakba Day

    2 weeks ago

    The United States’ diplomatic missions in Israel have called on U.S. citizens to exercise caution due to demonstrations and violence associated with Nakba Day.

    Nakba Day is observed on May 15, the Gregorian anniversary of Israel’s Independence Day in 1948. The Palestinians, and...

  • Arabic on Jerusalem’s light rail

    3 weeks ago

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Avital Horn led her students onto the Jerusalem light rail train. All dressed in purple T-shirts, she began an Arabic lesson with the giggling teenagers.

    “Good morning,” she said cheerfully in Arabic.

    “Good morning,” they...

  • Ethiopian Israelis riot in Jerusalem over attacks by police

    May 1, 2015 | 10:13 am

    Ethiopian-Israeli protesters clashed with police during demonstrations throughout Jerusalem over two attacks against Ethiopian-Israelis by Israeli law enforcement.

    On Thursday afternoon, some 1,000 protesters blocked roads and the Jerusalem Light Rail, and threw rocks and bottles...

  • Lucy Aharish, Arab-Israeli trailblazer, among Independence Day torch lighters

    April 22, 2015 | 9:52 am

    An Arab-Israeli woman will be among the 12 Israelis to light a torch at this year’s official Independence Day ceremony.

    Lucy Aharish, 33, is the first Muslim-Arab news anchor on Israeli television. Her announcement as a torch lighter has raised the hackles of both the far right...

  • Israeli man killed after Palestinian drives car into Jerusalem bus stop

    April 16, 2015 | 1:47 pm

    A Palestinian man from eastern Jerusalem drove his car into two Israelis waiting at a bus stop, killing one and critically injuring the other.

    Police are investigating whether the late Wednesday night incident in the French Hill neighborhood, near the border of eastern and...

  • Armed Palestinian police expand security control

    April 9, 2015 | 8:48 am

    Armed Palestinian police have expanded security control to Palestinian towns bordering Jerusalem.

    Under a deal with Israel, the patrols began working in Abu Dis, A-Ram and Biddu, Reuters reported. The patrols include 90 officers.

    The towns have been under Israeli security...

  • This Passover, raging anti-Semitism, ascendant Iran stand between Jews and the promise of Elijah the Prophet

    April 2, 2015 | 11:20 am

    This post originally ran on Fow News.

    On Friday night Jewish families in Israel and throughout the world will celebrate our Passover Seder, a wondrous interactive event remembering we were once slaves unto Pharaoh and celebrating our freedom and first baby steps as a nation. In...

  • 3-D IMAX film offers new view of the Old City

    April 1, 2015 | 11:42 am

    It’s less than 1 square mile in size, but for 4,000 years, the ancient city of Jerusalem has loomed large in the hearts and minds of the world for its historic, religious, cultural and political significance. The iconic city is now the subject of the aptly titled “Jerusalem,” now...

  • Hebrew University-UCLA exchange program aims to expand med students’ horizons

    March 31, 2015 | 10:54 am

    For the past three months, a trio of sixth-year students from the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem saw patients at UCLA and participated in grand rounds, during which they reviewed each patient’s status with the attending physician, residents and other medical...

  • Does Taglit make you right-wing? No! (And yes.)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 31, 2015 | 4:00 am

    I’ve been meaning to write about a (relatively) new study concerning Taglit-Birthright for quite some time, but other things – elections, Iran, Netanyahu, Congress – prevented me from finding the time to write and the timing to post something about the study. Still, it is a timely...

  • Netanyahu to visiting senators: Proposed deal ‘paves way’ for Iranian bomb

    March 30, 2015 | 10:00 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a delegation of U.S. senators in Jerusalem that a proposed deal on curbing Iran’s nuclear program “paves Iran’s way to the bomb.”

    Netanyahu met Sunday morning in Jerusalem with the delegation led by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the...

  • Kanye West and Kim Kardashian to visit Israel next month

    March 25, 2015 | 11:09 am

    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian reportedly are planning to visit Israel next month.

    The celebrity power couple booked rooms at Jerusalem’s high-end Waldorf Astoria Hotel for themselves and their entourage for April 12, the Israeli daily Yediot Acharonot reported Wednesday.

    The...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 20, 2015 | 10:06 am

    Sometimes, we get so caught up in the Rat Race, that we forget the most important thing in life- happiness. 

    In 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that recognized happiness as a “fundamental human goal” and called for “a more equitable and balanced approach to...

  • A controversial Hamas exhibition on a Palestinian campus

    March 18, 2015 | 10:49 am

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    The Hamas Student Association of the An-Najah University in Nablus recently held an exhibition on Jerusalem as part its “Jerusalem Week” festival. Hundreds of students and Hamas supporters attended the exhibition, including the...

  • Polls get it wrong as Netanyahu wins big

    March 18, 2015 | 10:19 am

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    Israelis went to sleep believing that the two largest parties – the Likud of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Zionist Union headed by Isaac Herzog – had each received 27 seats in the Israeli Knesset, and Israel’s...

  • Lieberman says Israel should execute Arabs who carry out deadly attacks

    March 11, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday execution should be Israel's answer to deadly "Arab terror," adding more fire to an election campaign in which he has suggested disloyal Israeli Arabs should be beheaded.

    The far-right politician turned his focus to...

  • NBC Universal’s ‘Dig’ travels far, but not as deep

    March 10, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    Last summer, in the midst of the Gaza conflict, the threat of rocket fire forced NBC Universal’s “Dig” to stop production in Jerusalem and move out of the country.

    If only the show itself were half that dramatic.

    Instead, “Dig,” which premiered Thursday on the USA Network, is a...

  • Palestinian vehicle attack injures at least five in Jerusalem

    March 6, 2015 | 8:14 am

    Seven people sustained moderate to minor injuries when a car rammed into a group of pedestrians standing at a light rail station in east Jerusalem.

    Police are treating Friday morning’s incident on Shimon HaTzadik Street as a terrorist attack.

    Six of the injured are female...

  • Greek Orthodox seminary in Jerusalem torched in suspected hate crime

    February 26, 2015 | 9:57 am

    A Greek Orthodox seminary in Jerusalem was set on fire in what is believed to be a hate crime.

    Graffiti reading “Redemption of Zion” and disparaging Jesus were spray-painted on the walls of the seminary in the early Thursday morning attack. A room was damaged in the blaze; no one...

  • Copenhagen police forbid ‘peace ring’ at attacked synagogue

    February 23, 2015 | 4:04 pm

    Copenhagen police denied a request by Danish Muslims to create a peace ring around a city synagogue that came under a deadly attack.

    Police cited security concerns for rejecting the request by organizers, according to Danish media reports.

    “We have chosen to say no because of a...

  • Jerusalem mayor, bodyguard subdue Palestinian attacker

    February 22, 2015 | 11:47 am

    The mayor of Jerusalem and his security guard wrestled a Palestinian attacker to the ground near city hall on Sunday after an Orthodox Jew was stabbed with a knife at a busy intersection.

    Security camera footage showed mayor Nir Barkat, in a white shirt, walk towards the suspect...

  • Will Israel’s achievement gap stall the start-up nation?

    By Simone Wilson

    February 4, 2015 | 10:16 am

    On a foggy hilltop in Israel’s far north, near the Sea of Galilee, around 130 Orthodox Jewish boys sleep in rows of bungalows at the Kfar Zeitim farm-turned-yeshiva. The campus is run by Israel Sci-Tech Schools — the country’s largest non-governmental schools network — but it was...

  • Israel’s Loyal Druze Minority-and the Racist Beating of Tommy Hassoun

    By LiAmi Lawrence

    February 2, 2015 | 4:48 am

    The savage beating of 21-year-old Israeli Druze, Tommy Hassoun, two weeks ago by a group of eight young religious Jews brings a shameful issue to the forefront of public discussion: Israel's treatment of its loyal Druze minority. Adherents of a secret religion that is an offshoot...

  • What we talk about when we talk about anti-Semitism

    January 21, 2015 | 3:46 pm

    In summer 2014, Muslims attacked Jewish sites in Paris in connection to Israel’s bombing of Gaza. This month, the French Jews killed in Hyper Cacher were buried in Israel.

    What links these two events? Fear-based politics desperate to have us believe it’s still 1938 — a...

  • Japanese PM calls ISIS ransom threat ‘unacceptable act of terrorism’

    January 20, 2015 | 8:39 am

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Jerusalem called on the Islamic State to release two Japanese hostages immediately and said the demand for a $200 million ransom is “an unacceptable act of terrorism.”

    “Japan will cooperate with the international community and further...

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