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  • Letters to the editor: Max Steinberg, civilian casualties, victim narratives and more

    2 days ago

    Honoring Max

    To Evie and Stuart and Paige and Jake,
    You were blessed with a wonderful son and brother (“A Fallen Soldier, Max Steinberg Found His Purpose in Israel,” July 25). We were blessed by his service to defend and protect our country. We could call upon and count upon Max...

  • Obituaries

    2 days ago

    Leona Abrams died July 11 at 88. Survived by daughters Beth Epstein, Victoria Epstein, Sheri (Steve) Rubrecht; 1 grandchild; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

    Sol Altchuler died July 11 at 96. Survived by wife Florence; son Dan (Eileen Haworth); 3 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren;...

  • Weapons found stored in third UN school in Gaza

    2 days ago

    A stockpile of weapons was discovered at a third United Nations school in the Gaza Strip.

    The rockets were discovered Tuesday, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency said in a statement, according to the Times of Israel, which reported that the incident was not publicized by...

  • IDF authorizes humanitarian window in Gaza fighting

    2 days ago

    The Israeli military authorized a four-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza.

    The window between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time appears to apply primarily to air strikes and does not apply to the areas where Israeli soldiers already are operating. The Israel Defense Forces also...

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  • Americans blame Hamas more than Israel for Gaza strife

    2 days ago

    Significantly more Americans blame Hamas for the current violence in Gaza than blame Israel, according a new poll.

    The poll, released by the Pew Research Center, shows that 40 percent of Americans blame Hamas for the conflict as compared with 19 percent who blame Israel and...

  • Peres on Gaza: Time to turn to diplomacy

    2 days ago

    Former Israeli President Shimon Peres called on the Israeli government to seek a diplomatic solution to the Gaza crisis and to return Gaza to the Palestinian Authority.

    The military option has played itself out, Peres said Wednesday after visiting wounded Israeli soldiers at...

  • Brussels Jewish museum shooting suspect charged with murder

    2 days ago

    The Frenchman suspected of killing four people at the Jewish Museum of Belgium has been charged with murder.

    The charge was filed in Belgian federal court on Wednesday against Mehdi Nemmouche, the Associated Press reported.

    Nemmouche, extradited by France, arrived in Brussels...

  • At least 15 Gazans dead in shelling on U.N. school sheltering civilians

    2 days ago

    At least 15 Palestinians were killed in shelling on a United Nations school in the Jabaliya refugee camp, which is serving as a shelter for Gazans displaced from their homes in the current conflict.

    The shelling occurred early on Wednesday morning on the school in Gaza City,...

  • The Israeli public’s vast (and possibly tricky) support for the Gaza operation

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

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    The Washington Post is right to emphasize the popularity of the Gaza operation in Israel. This is necessary information for the many who follow events through various media outlets and can’t always tell what percentage of the electorate each outlet and each columnist...

  • Just Two Weeks Ago

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    2 days ago

    I have never published a piece written by someone else on my blog, but my friend Alissa Ralston sent this to me, and I thought it deserved a wider audience. Below. With her permission, are her words. They speak for themselves.


    7/27/2014


    Just over two weeks ago I was in my...

  • Israel, U.S. deny account of tense Obama-Netanyahu call

    2 days ago

    U.S. and Israeli officials sharply denied an account of a tense conversation between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The conversation described Tuesday night on Israel’s Channel One TV allegedly was the one Obama and Netanyahu had on Sunday...

  • Obama says strains over Ukraine not leading to new Cold War with Russia

    2 days ago

    President Barack Obama escalated U.S. economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in U.S.-Russian relations marked the start of a new Cold War.

    The United States and the European Union, in a carefully...

  • Amid uncertainty of an open-ended war, U.S.-Israel tensions rise

    2 days ago

    The dramatic developments in the war between Hamas and Israel have been accompanied by sharp ups and downs in U.S.-Israel relations.

    On Monday, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, made nice with the U.S. national security adviser, Susan Rice, before an...

  • Moeen banned from wearing pro-Palestinian wristbands

    2 days ago

    UPDATE: After England cricketer Moeen Ali sported pro-Palestinian wristbands (with slogans “Free Gaza” and “Save Palestine” inscribed on the bands) at a Southampton match on Monday, July 28, the International Cricket Council issued a public statement the following day, threatening...

  • Belgian cafe posts ‘No Jews Allowed’ sign

    2 days ago

    A Belgian watchdog on anti-Semitism complained to the mayor of a suburb of Liege against owners of a cafe whose window display featured a sign that said Jews were not allowed inside.

    The Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, or LBCA, filed the complaint Wednesday against the...

  • In U.S., Gaza conflict reverberates on air and in the streets

    2 days ago

    In Europe, the fight over Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza has prompted violent street battles, firebombs thrown at synagogues and even a mid-game attack against a visiting Israeli soccer team by protesters in Austria.

    In America, it has been more a battle of commentary,...

  • Showing some skin for the troops

    2 days ago

    Some support Israel’s troops with prayer; others support them by raising money. But some are supporting the troops by showing a little skin.

    The Facebook page “Standing With IDF” was designed for women to show their support and boost soldiers’ morale with racy photos. The page...

  • Hamas executes dozens accused of collaborating with Israel

    2 days ago

    Hamas has executed more than 30 Gazan Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel, according to Palestinian news sources.

    Hamas reportedly captured dozens of suspected collaborators in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City last week during battles with Israeli soldiers....

  • Iran leader calls Israel ‘rabid dog,’ urges arms for Palestinians

    2 days ago

    Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called Israel a "rabid dog" for its attacks on Gaza, and urged Muslims to arm Palestinians to enable them to counter what he termed genocide.

    About 1,087 Gazans, most of them civilians, have been killed in 22 days of...

  • On the Israel-Palestinian front, a year of disappointment

    2 days ago

    One year ago today, Secretary of State John Kerry stood behind a lectern, flanked by Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat.

    Smiling, Kerry announced the resumption of direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The goal was to reach a...

  • Hiatus Schmiatus

    By Nikki Tabibian

    2 days ago

    A message from the author:

    My dearest readers and adoring fan (hey Grandma),

    When I began writing Le’chaim To Laughter, I was committed to documenting my memoires as a city gal with nothing but comic relief and hummus to help her get by. Yet, as I turned the page on high school...

  • Israel’s Iron Dome makers were hit by hackers

    2 days ago

    Three Israeli defense contractors behind the Iron Dome missile shield and related systems were robbed of hundreds of documents by hackers linked to the Chinese government starting in 2011, a U.S.-based computer forensics expert said on Tuesday.

    Comment Crew, as the hacking group...

  • German police arrest 18-year-old after attack on synagogue

    2 days ago

    German police arrested an 18-year-old man after petrol bombs were thrown at a synagogue in the western town of Wuppertal overnight, they said in a statement on Tuesday.

    "According to investigations, three suspects threw several incendiary devices at the entrance," police said. No...

  • JDL looks to establish Montreal chapter after increase in attacks on Jews

    2 days ago

    The Jewish Defense League of Canada wants to set up a chapter in Montreal, citing an increase in attacks on Jews.

    The national director of the Toronto-based JDL, Meir Weinstein, told local media he has been contacted by Montreal residents who would like to see a chapter set up in...

  • Do Jews in Hollywood silence Palestinian sympathizers?

    By Danielle Berrin

    2 days ago

    Last week, an L.A.-based correspondent for BBC World Service emailed me to ask for an interview.

    “I am working on an article about the conflict in Gaza, and why Hollywood has remained mostly silent on this issue,” he wrote. “I saw the story you wrote about the controversial...

  • Israeli soldiers recuperate at Sheba Hospital

    2 days ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    First Sergeant Mordechai, a 22-year-old combat engineer, was supposed to be released from the army this month. He had already started his last furlough as a soldier and was planning a long trip to South America to celebrate his...

  • Spate of anti-Jewish, anti-Israel graffiti blankets Rome

    2 days ago

    Italian police are investigating a widespread spate of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel graffiti in Rome that local media speculate could be the joint work of left-wing and right-wing extremists.

    Dozens of swastikas, slogans and posters were found spray-painted or plastered on walls...

  • Dermer: Over 500 rockets fired at Israel landed back in Gaza

    2 days ago

    Over 500 of the rockets fired from Gaza at Israel in the last three weeks have landed in Gaza territory, Israel’s ambassador told U.S. Jewish and political leaders.

    During an address Monday at the National Leadership Assembly for Israel in Washington D.C., Ambassador Ron Dermer...

  • The casualty war

    2 days ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas extends far beyond the urban warfare playing out in the cities and towns of the Gaza Strip; the Israeli cities targeted by waves of Palestinian rockets; and the...

  • From Dutch situation room, pro-Israel volunteers defend Jewish state on social media

    2 days ago

    Israeli Ambassador to the Netherlands Haim Divon nodded approvingly as he surveyed the small army of 50 men and women fighting for Israel.

    Around a conference table in an office in the Amsterdam suburb of Buitenveldert, 30 volunteers were writing and collecting pro-Israel...

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