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  • Israeli commandos clash with Hamas gunmen in Gaza raid

    8 hours ago

    Israeli navy commandos clashed with Hamas gunmen during a raid on the coast of the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the first such gunfight of a six-day Israeli offensive on the territory aimed at stopping Palestinian rocket fire.

    The Israeli force was attacking a site in northern Gaza used...

  • Hamas warns Israel before barrage on Tel Aviv

    12 hours ago

    Hamas warned Israel in a Hebrew message that it would fire on Tel Aviv in a barrage that would test the Iron Dome missile defense system.

    The rockets were fired on Tel Aviv after 9 p.m. on Saturday, an hour after Hamas warned the operators of the Iron Dome batteries to be...

  • Israel deploys more missile interceptors, Gaza death toll up to 121

    19 hours ago

    Israel rushed an eighth missile interceptor battery into service on Saturday to counter stronger-than-expected rocket fire from Gaza as the military pounded positions in the Palestinian enclave for a fifth day, killing 15 people, medics said.

    The Jewish state kept options open...

  • Gaza militant group warns airlines it will target Ben Gurion airport

    1 day ago

    Islamist Hamas's armed wing has warned airlines that it intends to target Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport with its rockets from Gaza and has told them not to fly there, a statement by the group said on Friday.

    The airport, Israel's main international aerial gateway, has...

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  • Netanyahu considering ‘all options’ in Gaza

    2 days ago

    Israel is considering all options and will not stop targeting Hamas whatever the international pressure, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    On the fourth day of the latest Israel-Gaza war, Netanyahu in a Friday evening briefing with reporters at Israel’s Defense...

  • Community Solidarity Rally for Israel on July 13

    2 days ago

    Join Los Angeles Jewish groups on Sunday to show the world: 

    We stand united with Israel and support its right to protect its citizens.

    Please invite your friends and family.

     

    Date: Sunday, July 13

    Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Where: Federal Building (Wilshire Blvd. &...

  • U.S. bill would offer $5M reward for capture of Frenkel’s murderers

    2 days ago

    Legislation introduced in Congress would post a $5 million reward for information leading to the capture of Naftali Frenkel, the Israeli-American teen abducted with two others and murdered last month in the West Bank.

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Co.) authored...

  • Commited to Doing Life

    By Beit T'shuvah

    2 days ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I am worried! I am worried about what is happening in Israel. I am worried about what is happening in America. I am worried about what is happening in my work and in my life. I am worried about today and I am worried about tomorrow.

    My truth is that I am...

  • This week in Jewish farming: The moral quandaries of bunnies

    2 days ago

    We were out weeding squash last week when Fred came over to say he had to show me something but he feared it would lead to an act of violence.

    Regular readers will know Fred is the farm’s sole employee. (I believe the technical term is “farm hand.”) He’s also a devout Hare...

  • Netanyahu says more than 1,000 targets hit in Gaza, sees ‘more to go’

    2 days ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday Israel has attacked more than 1,000 targets during a four-day-old offensive against Gaza militants and that "there are still more to go."

    In remarks to reporters, he said he saw no international pressure on Israel to halt its...

  • Rockets pop Tel Aviv’s bubble but not its residents’ routines

    2 days ago

    Had the shrapnel fallen a foot to the right, gas station attendant Michael Savlov would have been destroyed along with the rest of the Dor Alon gas station in southern Tel Aviv.

    Savlov was with a customer in the station’s office Thursday morning when a rocket from Gaza was...

  • U.N. rights boss doubts legality of Israel’s Gaza offensive

    2 days ago

    The United Nations human rights chief on Friday voiced serious doubts that Israeli's military operation against Gaza complied with international law banning the targeting of civilians, and called on both sides to respect the rules of war.

    International law requires Israel to take...

  • Jewish group leads protests blaming Israel for escalating violence

    2 days ago

    Protests against Israel organized by Jewish Voice for Peace drew 1,000 demonstrators in 15 cities, organizers said.

    Protests took place in Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Francisco, among other cities, according to Rabbi Alissa Wise, a a member of the...

  • Israel returns fire after rockets are fired from Lebanon

    2 days ago

    Rockets were fired at northern Israel from Lebanon on Friday and Israel's army responded with artillery fire, Lebanese and Israeli military authorities said.

    Southern Lebanon is a stronghold of Hezbollah, a Shi'ite Muslim group that battled Israel seven years ago and is engaged...

  • U.N.’s Ban: Hamas stopping rocket fire would stop escalation

    2 days ago

    U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said an end to Hamas rocket fire was the only means of preventing an Israeli ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.

    “Today we face the risk of an all out escalation in Israel and Gaza with the threat of a ground offensive still palpable and...

  • Man seriously injured in rocket explosion near Ashdod

    2 days ago

    A rocket hit an oil truck near the coastal city of Ashdod and its explosion seriously wounded a man.

    At least eight Palestinians, including a 10-year-old girl were killed overnight Friday in air strikes, international media reported, quoting Palestinian emergency care officials.

    ...
  • Hamas: Airlines should avoid Israel’s airport

    2 days ago

    Hamas warned airlines to stay away from Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, threatening to target it with rockets.

    Friday’s warning by Hamas’ armed wing, reported by Reuters, came on the fourth day of Israel’s operation against Hamas in Gaza. The campaign, Operation Protective Edge, was...

  • Rockets fired from south Lebanon hit Israeli territory

    2 days ago

    Two rockets were fired into northern Israel from Lebanon on Friday, and Israel's army responded with artillery fire, Lebanon's news agency and security sources said, adding it was unclear who was behind the initial attack.

    Southern Lebanon is a stronghold of Hezbollah, a Shi'ite...

  • Dating 101: Do you know me?

    By Ilana Angel

    2 days ago

    I had a date this week with a man who told me I was prettier in person than in pictures. Before he said hello or nice to meet you, he said I was “surprisingly attractive”. He explained in detail that I don’t take a great picture. As he let me know I was a “pleasant surprise”, and...

  • Israel’s effort to spare Gaza civilians is exemplary

    3 days ago

    According to many critics, Israel is slaughtering civilians in Gaza. It’s “purposefully wiping out entire families,” says an Arab member of Israel’s parliament. It’s committing “genocide—the murder of entire families,” says Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority....

  • France’s Hollande says concerned about Gaza death toll

    3 days ago

    French President Francois Hollande expressed concern about deaths in Gaza on Thursday, one day after telling Israel it should take "all the necessary measures" to protect itself from militants' rockets.

    Hollande, who was criticised by left-wingers in France for stating solidarity...

  • In phone call with Netanyahu, Obama affirms Israel’s right to defense

    3 days ago

    In a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself from rocket attacks but called for a de-escalation of the violence.

    “The president reiterated the United States’ strong condemnation of continuing rocket fire...

  • Baruch Lebovits, Brooklyn rabbi charged with sex abuse, gets plea deal

    3 days ago

    Baruch Lebovits, a Brooklyn rabbi convicted of sex abuse in 2010 only to have the conviction overturned on appeal, was sentenced to two years in prison as part of a plea deal.

    The deal was approved Wednesday. Lebovits is expected to serve less than a year of additional jail time...

  • With deadline looming, Kerry heading to Vienna for Iran talks

    3 days ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Vienna for talks ahead of a July 20 deadline for an Iran nuclear deal.

    In a Twitter post on Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Kerry will head to the Austrian capital for consultations with Catherine Ashton, the...

  • UC Regents plan to confirm pro-Israel UCLA student

    By Jared Sichel

    3 days ago

    The University of California’s Board of Regents announced yesterday that it will move forward with its confirmation of Jewish, pro-Israel student Avi Oved as student regent-designate, even as the student association that previously supported him voted 10-0 to delay his confirmation...

  • Jerusalem targeted anew by rockets, Netanyahu hurried to safe room

    3 days ago

    As rockets from the Gaza Strip targeted Jerusalem for a second straight day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was taken to a special safe room.

    Two of the rockets fired Thursday afternoon were intercepted by Iron Dome and two landed in open areas.

    The armed wings of...

  • For trailblazing Israeli lacrosse squad, a pioneer for gay athletes in net

    3 days ago

    In the years after coming out as gay, lacrosse player Andrew Goldstein recalls being asked on panel discussions whether major American professional sports leagues would include openly gay athletes.

    It’s a question, Goldstein said, that is no longer relevant with Jason Collins in...

  • Former Nazi guard, Johann Breyer, denied bail in Philadelphia

    3 days ago

    A former Nazi concentration camp guard awaiting extradition to Germany has been denied bail by a U.S. judge in Philadelphia.

    Lawyers for Johann Breyer, 89, had sought his release before an Aug. 21 extradition hearing, arguing in court papers he suffered from dementia and other...

  • Top Abbas adviser says Hamas makes own decisions

    3 days ago

    This story originally ran on themedialine.org.

    A senior adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has told The Media Line in an exclusive interview that the PA and Fatah have no ability to intervene in the Gaza crisis because the Gaza Strip is ruled exclusively by...

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