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  • West Bank Palestinians arrested en route to alleged terror attack

    41 minutes ago

    Two Palestinians were arrested at a West Bank checkpoint for allegedly planning to carry out a terrorist attack.

    Israeli security forces stopped a car near Ariel on Route 5, a major highway that runs from the West Bank to the suburbs of Tel Aviv, after seeing suspicious objects...

  • Israel intercepts rockets fired at Tel Aviv and Dimona, slams Gaza sites

    47 minutes ago

    Israel’s Iron Dome system intercepted rockets fired at the heavily populated Tel Aviv area and at Dimona, which houses a nuclear reactor.

    Meanwhile, Israeli airstrikes hit about 320 targets in Gaza overnight on the third day of its expanded military operation to curb rocket fire...

  • Will Israel’s third Gaza conflict in six years end any differently?

    56 minutes ago

    Get used to conflict.

    That’s the message Israeli officials and security experts are relaying as the Israel Defense Forces conducts its third operation in six years against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    Israel’s missile defense capabilities have grown significantly since previous...

  • 90 seconds of uncertainty - the first time I ran for shelter

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 hour ago

    For the first time in my 24 years on this planet, I am truly afraid. After three days of barely leaving my house and two nights of waking up to the sounds of explosions (some actually happened, some only in my head,) all I want is for this operation to end and for the people of...

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  • 3 suspects in murder of Palestinian teen released to house arrest

    2 hours ago

    Three of the suspects arrested in connection with the murder of an eastern Jerusalem teen, Muhammad Khdeir, have been released to house arrest.

    The three, who police concluded did not take part in the killing, were released Thursday by the Petach Tikvah Magistrate’s Court. The...

  • Live from the Ground: Israel Social TV Reports

    By Jeremy Elster

    4 hours ago

    The events of the last few weeks beginning with the kidnapping of three Israeli yeshiva settler youths have laid bare the dissonance between illusions for peace and hope and the brutal cycle of violence that so often dominates the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

    In the following...

  • Israel pursues punishing Gaza offensive for a third day

    11 hours ago

    Israel pressed on with a punishing aerial offensive in Gaza for a third day on Thursday, killing eight members of a family including five children in a predawn strike, Palestinian officials said, while militants fired rockets at Israeli cities.

    The Israeli military had no...

  • Palestinian militant rockets intercepted over Tel Aviv, Israeli media says

    11 hours ago

    Palestinian militants fired rockets at Tel Aviv on Thursday, setting off sirens and activating Israel's Iron Dome interceptor which shot down at least two of the projectiles, Army Radio said.

    Israel's Channel Two television showed live footage of one of the aerial interceptions.

    Writing by Dan Williams

  • For Israelis under siege, a night different from all other nights

    By Danielle Berrin

    16 hours ago

    It’s the middle of the night in Israel but hardly anybody can sleep.

    Rockets and missiles are crackling across the dark sky. BOOM. Sirens are sounding throughout the land. Tanks are massing near the  Gaza border. BOOM. BOOM. The thud of explosives hitting the ground has the whole...

  • Israel bombs media car in downtown Gaza, kills driver, medics said

    17 hours ago

    An Israeli aircraft targeted a civilian car in the center of Gaza City's busiest shopping street on Wednesday night and at least one person in the car, the driver, was killed, medics said.

    Video of the destroyed car showed it had large red stickers that read "TV". The killed...

  • Police officer accused of beating Palestinian-American teen suspended

    18 hours ago

    An Israeli police officer shown in a video beating Palestinian-American teen Tariq Abu Khdeir was suspended and could be indicted.

    The officer, who has not been named, was suspended Wednesday for at least 15 days pending a hearing on whether charges will be brought, a statement...

  • Israeli bombing campaign in Gaza exceeds 2012 assault

    20 hours ago

    The Israeli military reportedly has hit more targets in Gaza in the first day and a half of a bombing campaign to curb rocket fire than during its entire eight-day operation in November 2012.

    The Jerusalem Post quoted an anonymous senior Israeli security source on Wednesday but...

  • Watching footage from the Israel-Gaza battlefield [VIDEO]

    20 hours ago

    Israel, as always, fights its battles on two fronts: The actual front, now in Gaza and in the skies over Israel, and the public relations battlefield. Today, that means social media, too.

    As in past conflicts, the Israel Defense Forces is posting footage from its battles in and...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    22 hours ago

    Five years after merging with Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center (PJTC), former members of Congregation Shaarei Torah in Arcadia were among those who took part June 22 in a symbolic Torah scroll procession from their old building to their new home.

    Since merging in 2009, PJTC has...

  • Tesla violently crashes into Kol Ami

    By Ryan Torok

    22 hours ago

    Congregation Kol Ami is reeling from a recent car crash at the doorstep of its synagogue campus in West Hollywood that smashed into the shul’s front entrance and left half of a vehicle wedged between two walls in the entryway.

    “It has been a traumatic weekend for our congregation...

  • The U.S. can use Iran to help stabilize Iraq

    22 hours ago

    The United States is facing a catastrophe in Iraq. Sunni Islamic extremists — The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — have conquered Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city. Al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists now have a large swath of territory on which to train for the next 9/11....

  • Tel Aviv now the global leader in app startups

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    22 hours ago

    Silicon Valley may be known as the hotspot for tech, but halfway across the globe, Tel Aviv is making its mark. According to Forbes, Tel Aviv has more startups per capita than anywhere else in the world. 

    App startups make up a large portion of this growing tech community. One in...

  • Remembering Reb Zalman, a blessing

    22 hours ago

    Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (Reb Zalman), an ordained Lubavitch rabbi,  founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, and one of the most profound and important Jewish thinkers of our age, was born in Zhovka, Poland ( now Ukraine), in 1924 and died on July 3, 2014, in Boulder, Colo....

  • Why ZOA hasn’t commented on murder of Arab teen

    22 hours ago

    American Jewish groups from across the ideological and religious spectrum have issued strongly worded condemnations of the murder of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdier, apparently a revenge killing committed by Jews.

    One exception to this chorus of denunciation was the...

  • Abbas: Israel operation in Gaza is ‘genocide’

    23 hours ago

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called Israel’s expanded operation in Gaza a “genocide.”

    “It’s genocide — the killing of entire families is genocide by Israel against our Palestinian people,” he told a meeting of the Palestinian leadership at his headquarters in the...

  • U.S. calls on Israel, Palestinians to de-escalate Gaza tensions

    23 hours ago

    The United States on Wednesday urged Israel and the Palestinians to de-escalate tensions in Gaza and expressed concern for the safety of civilians on both sides as Israel pressed a campaign of air strikes and militants kept up rocket fire at Israel's heartland.

    State Department...

  • Israeli startups meet with top broadcasting companies

    23 hours ago

    Nine Israeli startups last month were given an opportunity few small companies are ever afforded — the chance to ply their wares to some of the top companies in Los Angeles.  

    Invited to participate in the Israeli New Media Delegation, executives from the Israeli businesses each...

  • With leadership, threats might turn into opportunities in Israel

    By Uri Dromi

    23 hours ago

    The recent cycle of violence in Israel, after a period of relative calm, raises concerns that perhaps we are on the threshold of another intifada, or another Operation Pillar of Defense (a full-scale operation in Gaza), or both. News from Israel on all television channels seems to...

  • Local groups receive volunteers to aid Holocaust survivors

    23 hours ago

    A new partnership between national and Jewish service organizations will connect volunteers with Holocaust survivors beginning in September in several major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles. 

    Through an initiative between the Corporation for National & Community Service, Jewish...

  • The true story of how scientists battled Typhus and sabotaged the Nazis

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    1 day ago

    By now, of course, we know full well that the Holocaust is a bottomless pit. More than a half-century after the liberation of the last camp, new and wholly unsuspecting tales of both suffering and redemption continue to reach us. “The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two...

  • The brushstrokes on the wall: Jewish muralists of Los Angeles

    1 day ago

    On the walls of Los Angeles, the mural capital of the world, where are the Jewish brushstrokes?

    Two concurrent exhibitions are currently highlighting the work of Edward Biberman and his 1941 Venice post office mural — at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and at the...

  • Rallies at LA Israel consulate show strong feelings about renewed Israel-Gaza violence

    By Ryan Torok

    1 day ago

    Dueling rallies on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 7, outside the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles showed strong feelings about renewed Israel-Gaza violence.

    On the south side of the street at  11766 Wilshire Blvd., protestors held Palestinian flags, which flapped in a reporter’s...

  • Man beaten in Malmo for hanging Israeli flag

    1 day ago

    A man was beaten severely for hanging an Israeli flag outside his window in the Swedish city of Malmo, police said.

    Several unidentified men assaulted the 38-year-old man with metal bars after they hurled a stone at his window on July 6, the Svenska Dagbladet daily reported on...

  • Alon Nechushtan: Jazz music with Israeli roots

    By Kirk Silsbee

    1 day ago

    The history of jazz is rife with junctures where the music received an infusion of creative innovation from the far-flung provinces: Louis Armstrong turned Chicago on its ear in the 1920s; the Count Basie Orchestra and Charlie Parker hit New York in 1936 and 1941, respectively; and...

  • Four Clowns presents “Noah & Jonah”

    1 day ago

    If you were asked to picture a clown, you’d probably imagine baggy pants, suspenders, white face paint and a red nose. That’s the traditional view, but David Bridel, associate director of the theater troupe Four Clowns, thinks clowns get a bad rap.

    “There is a deep and lasting...

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