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  • Israel Museum at 50: A story of art and humanity

    By Tom Teicholz

    1 week ago

    Happy birthday to the Israel Museum! The country’s national museum turns 50 this year — middle age for most of us, but quite young in museum years.  

    The museum is celebrating the occasion with a year of special exhibits, loans and gifts, adding to its encyclopedic collection...

  • Matisyahu performs ‘Jerusalem’ in Spain amid Palestinian protests

    2 weeks ago

    American Jewish reggae star Matisyahu sang his famous song “Jerusalem” as protesters waved Palestinian flags at a music festival in Spain.

    Matisyahu performed a 45-minute set early Sunday morning at the Rototom SunSplash Festival, two days after the festival apologized for...

  • IDF soldier wounded by explosive on road near Jerusalem

    2 weeks ago

    An Israeli soldier was moderately wounded by an explosive device thrown at a security checkpoint near Jerusalem.

    The soldier injured in the Wednesday night attack on the Tunnel Bypass Road was taken to Hadassah Medical Center, and the terrorist fled the scene, Ynet reported.


  • In Jerusalem, Huckabee says West Bank not occupied, two-state solution unworkable

    2 weeks ago

    Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said Israel has as much right to the West Bank as the United States has to Manhattan.

    Speaking at a press conference at Jerusalem’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Wednesday, the former Arkansas governor, who gave a speech in the West Bank...

  • Pride Parade slaying sparks calls for change to LGBT protections

    August 5, 2015 | 2:04 pm

    The slaying of a 16-year-old girl at Jerusalem’s gay pride parade has sparked calls for LGBT-rights legislation — as well as pushback from those who oppose it.

    Shira Banki died Aug. 2 after being stabbed while marching in the July 30 parade. Five others were wounded in the...

  • Why do Jews embrace shame?

    By David Suissa

    August 4, 2015 | 5:14 pm

    Maybe by the time you read this, Israeli authorities will have identified a Jewish suspect in the horrible attack in Duma that left a Palestinian toddler dead and other family members severely injured.

    But as of now, all we know is that after several days of investigation by the...

  • Extreme heat kills Israeli soldier, sends 8 citizens to hospital

    August 4, 2015 | 3:31 pm

    An extreme heat wave in Israel that began Sunday has caused the death of an 18-year-old soldier, while sending eight civilians, including a toddler, to the hospital.

    Pvt Dan Sela of the northern city Afula died in Jerusalem Tuesday after collapsing from heat stroke during an...

  • Massive Jerusalem fire deliberately set

    August 3, 2015 | 10:34 am

    A fire that caused the evacuation of hundreds of residents of a Jerusalem neighborhood and nearby Moshav and burned more than 70 acres was found to be deliberately set.

    The remains of two firebombs were found near where Sunday’s fire was believed to have started, the Times of...

  • Assailant in Jerusalem LGBT parade stabbing deemed fit for trial

    July 31, 2015 | 10:20 am

    The Charedi Orthodox man charged with stabbing six participants in the Jerusalem Pride Parade has been deemed psychologically fit to stand trial.

    [Community reactions to the attack]

    Yishai Schlissel, who is in police custody, was found fit to stand trial after a psychiatric...

  • Jewish community reacts to the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade attack

    July 30, 2015 | 4:13 pm

    Members of the Jewish community respond to an attack on the Jerusalam Gay Pride parade on July 30.

    Rabbi Laura Geller / Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

    I was one of the thousands of people at the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade on Tu B’Av (the fifteenth of Av), a little known Jewish...

  • Religious assailant attacks Jerusalem Gay Pride parade, wounding six

    July 30, 2015 | 12:36 pm

    Six marchers were stabbed at Jerusalem’s annual gay pride parade — allegedly by the man who stabbed three people at the parade in 2005.

    One victim in Thursday’s stabbings was in critical condition and two were in serious condition.

    [Jewish community reacts to the attack]


  • Arab-Israeli lawmaker: Jews have no religious ties to Temple Mount

    July 27, 2015 | 7:48 pm

    An Arab Knesset member claimed that Jews have no religious ties to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

    On Monday, Masud Ganaim of the Joint Arab List told Israel Radio that “historically, religiously, it is a Muslim site, period,” the Religion News Service reported.

    The remarks came a...

  • Q-and-A with Nir Barkat, mayor of Jerusalem

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 20, 2015 | 12:35 pm

    Nir Barkat, 55, has served as mayor of Jerusalem since 2008 and was re-elected in 2013 to a second five-year term. Born in Jerusalem, he holds a degree in computer science from the Hebrew University. Barkat launched a successful software company, startup incubator and venture firm...

  • Jerusalem complexities shine in annual season of culture

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 16, 2015 | 10:14 am

    Although Jerusalem today is awash in cultural events  — including a light festival, an arts festival in the Musrara neighborhood and the Israel Festival, with its international dance, music and theater productions — there is none as engaging, nor as engaged in the fabric of the...

  • What’s cooking? Kataief

    July 16, 2015 | 9:47 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Deep within the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City the Shaheen Restaurant lies tucked away, the smell of cooking desserts luring passing tourists to stop and investigate. A team of young boys efficiently flick pancakes from the hot grill...

  • Israel’s Netanyahu calls Iran nuclear deal ‘historic’ mistake

    July 14, 2015 | 1:05 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the agreement reached on Tuesday by Iran and major world powers on Tehran's nuclear programme as a historic mistake and said he woud do what he could to block Iran's nuclear ambitions.

    "Iran is going to receive a sure path to...

  • Rabbi of Western Wall apologizes for kippah incident

    July 7, 2015 | 11:29 am

    The rabbi of the Western Wall apologized that a woman was turned away from the holy site for wearing a kippah, but said he was not familiar with the incident.

    Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch said in a statement issued Tuesday that if the incident did occur, the response was incorrect.

  • Israel’s tourism industry still hurting from last summer’s conflict

    July 7, 2015 | 8:57 am

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    July and August should be peak season for tourism in Israel. From hiking and snorkeling to exploring ancient ruins or camel riding in the desert, Israel has it all. With schools out for summer in the US many families choose to...

  • Your Jerusalem, my Jerusalem

    July 6, 2015 | 1:03 pm

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Jerusalem is a dream and a vision, and at the same time a city where garbage needs to be collected, children go to school, and roads need to be fixed. For some of the 800,000 people living inside the city’s municipal boundary,...

  • Arson seen as cause of Jerusalem forest fires

    July 6, 2015 | 10:50 am

    Arson is suspected in several Jerusalem-area forest fires that have destroyed nearly 250 acres of trees.

    Israeli firefighters on Saturday battled blazes in the forests of kibbutz Maale HaHamisha near Jerusalem that are believed to have been started by Molotov cocktail firebombs...

  • Dome of the Rock tops CNN list of structures on verge of extinction

    July 6, 2015 | 10:21 am

    The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem’s Old City tops CNN’s list of “25 magnificent structures on the verge of extinction.”

    “A holy city for three different religions, it attracts millions of tourist with over 200 monuments, including the majestic Dome of the Rock. But political...

  • Home of Har Nof synagogue terrorist sealed

    July 2, 2015 | 1:50 pm

    The home of one of the Palestinian terrorists who murdered four rabbis and a policeman in an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue was sealed by the Israeli military.

    The eastern Jerusalem home of Uday Abu Jamal, 22, who was killed by police during the November 18, 2014 attack, was...

  • Finding roots in Israel

    By Elyse Glickman

    June 30, 2015 | 10:27 am

    l though Birthright and other identity-instilling trips to Israel for young adults have gotten a lot of Jewish media attention, there is another subset of the Jewish population — baby boomers — looking for a similar experience in Israel that transcends the leisure vacation. 


  • Israeli who faked own kidnapping indicted for incident

    By Harrison Ornest-Leslie

    June 25, 2015 | 2:21 pm

    An Israeli man who faked his own kidnapping, and his accomplice, were indicted in a Jerusalem court.

    Niv Asraf, 22, of Beersheba was indicted on Wednesday in Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court for the stunt in April. His friend, Eran Nagauker, also was indicted.

    He is accused of...

  • Ethiopian-Israelis, police clash at Tel Aviv protest against racism and brutality

    June 22, 2015 | 2:03 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A demonstration by hundreds of Ethiopian-Israelis and their supporters in Tel Aviv against racism and police brutality turned violent.

    The demonstrators marched to Rabin Square, where clashes with police broke out on Monday evening, resulting in arrests, The...

  • France’s Fabius heads to Mideast to sell peace initiative

    June 19, 2015 | 11:17 am

    France's foreign minister heads to the Middle East this weekend with an initiative aimed at bringing Israel and the Palestinians back to peace talks under an international framework amid growing regional instability.

    U.S.-led efforts to broker peace for a two-state solution...

  • Ultra-Orthodox women open new businesses

    June 19, 2015 | 8:46 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Hilary Faverman, dressed in a modest long skirt, is trolling for business at a conference for ultra-Orthodox women. She describes herself as “totally secular” but has dressed carefully for this conference in a Jerusalem hotel, and...

  • Israel’s president to U.S. military chief: ‘I was born in Jerusalem and I am Israeli’

    June 10, 2015 | 8:48 am

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff at a Jerusalem meeting, “I was born in Jerusalem and I am Israeli.”

    Rivlin, meeting Wednesday at his official residence with Gen. Martin Dempsey, was referring to this week’s U.S. Supreme Court...

  • Jerusalem-based series ‘Dig’ cancelled after one season

    June 9, 2015 | 1:47 pm

    The American television drama series “Dig,” which was filmed in Jerusalem, reportedly has been cancelled after one season.

    The USA Network decided to cancel the series after soft ratings, the Seriable website reported.

    The network had planned to base each new season around a...

  • Limited ruling on Jerusalem passports met with relief from pro-Israel community

    June 9, 2015 | 9:51 am

    Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority in the Supreme Court decision that will keep “Israel” off the passports of Jerusalem-born Americans, begins by calling Jerusalem a “delicate subject.”

    Competing claims to the Holy City were not the only timeworn and sensitive...

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