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  • News photographers hit by Israeli rubber bullets during Palestinian riot

    3 days ago

    Two news photographers were hit by rubber-coated bullets fired by an Israeli border policeman during Palestinian rioting,

    Majdi Mohammed was working for The Associated Press when he was struck Sunday at close range during riots following the funeral for a Palestinian-American...

  • Pope Francis honored at Vatican by Bar-Ilan University

    3 days ago

    Pope Francis received the president of Bar-Ilan University at the Vatican and was honored with the Israeli school’s highest award.

    On Monday, Rabbi Daniel Hershkowitz bestowed the Award of Distinction on the pope in recognition of his lifelong efforts promoting peace...

  • Israel to buy 25 more F-35 Lockheed stealth fighters

    3 days ago

    Israel plans to buy a second batch of Lockheed Martin's F-35 stealth fighter jets, bringing the total number it has on order to about 44, Israeli defence sources said on Tuesday.

    Israel bought 19 F-35s for $2.75 billion in 2010, a deal that included options for up to 75 of the...

  • Orthodox yeshiva leader arguing for greater privacy in women’s conversions

    3 days ago

    In the wake of voyeurism allegations against a prominent Orthodox rabbi, the head of an Orthodox yeshiva for women is arguing that male rabbis need not be present for a female convert’s ritual immersion.

    Rabbi Jeffrey Fox, the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Maharat in New York, is...

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  • Jerusalem mayor visits Temple Mount amid violence

    3 days ago

    Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat visited the Temple Mount despite increased violence at the holy site and in the Israeli capital.

    Barkat went to the site Tuesday with the commander of the Israel Police’s David District, Brig.-Gen. Avi Biton.

    “As part of ongoing cooperation w/...

  • Shabbat on Halloween: Horror of horrors or wonder of wonders?

    3 days ago

    With a borscht-curdling geshrei, Halloween this year falls on Shabbat. On a Friday night, trick-or-treaters, even Jewish ones, will be knocking.

    Should we open the door? Or should we be spooked about joining the celebration?

    After reading that on Oct. 31, Urban Adamah, a...

  • Israeli cult leader Goel Ratzon gets 30 years in prison

    3 days ago

    Israeli polygamist and cult leader Goel Ratzon was sentenced to 30 years in prison on sex charges.

    Ratzon, 64, was sentenced Tuesday in Tel Aviv District Court on charges including rape, sodomy, indecent assault and sexual abuse after being convicted last month.

    He was arrested...

  • Hollywood calls on Rabbi David Wolpe

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    3 days ago

    Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple was pleasantly surprised when the call came that Warner Bros., along with Gulfstream Pictures, was optioning his new book “David:  The Divided Heart (Yale University Press) to be developed into a screenplay not long ago. 

    Wolpe, who was once...

  • So why is Israel enraging the world by building 1,000 new homes in Jerusalem? 4 answers

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    First, the facts (as reported by the Guardian): "The Israeli government is to advance construction plans for 1,000 housing units to be built in parts of Jerusalem that Palestinians demand for their future state". The plan is for building 400 units in in the city’s southeast...

  • CDC says returning Ebola medical workers should not be quarantined

    4 days ago

    Federal health officials on Monday revamped guidelines for doctors and nurses returning home to the United States from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, stopping well short of controversial mandatory quarantines being imposed by some U.S. states.

    Dr. Thomas Frieden,...

  • Day schools build new fields — and dream

    4 days ago

    Persistent rain didn’t stop fans from packing the stands and sidelines at Scheck Hillel Community Day School for the homecoming football game.

    They gathered Wednesday at the South Florida school not only to cheer on the Lions, but also welcome a new star beneath the bright lights...

  • U.S. slams Israel’s reported approval of eastern Jerusalem housing plans

    4 days ago

    The United States condemned the reported approval by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to plan construction of at least 1,000 new housing units in eastern Jerusalem Jewish neighborhoods.

    “If Israel wants to live in a peaceful society, they need to take steps that will...

  • No plans to change status quo on Temple Mount, Netanyahu says

    4 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there are no plans to make changes in the status quo on the Temple Mount.

    Netanyahu made the statement on Monday during a meeting to discuss the security situation in Jerusalem. His assurances came a day after Jordan warned that its...

  • U.S. unveils coalition to fight Islamic state in cyberspace

    4 days ago

    The United States on Monday unveiled what it called an information coalition with Muslim and Western nations to combat efforts by Islamic State to recruit online and stoke sectarian hatred through a "cult of violence."

    U.S. officials told delegates from European and Arab...

  • ‘Last Witness’ of Treblinka keeps camp’s memory alive in film, art

    4 days ago

    Samuel Willenberg, the last known living survivor of the notorious Nazi extermination camp Treblinka is nearing the end of a life's mission to tell of the horrors that he saw there.

    Now 92, his remarkable story, featured in a documentary film produced by Miami public TV channel...

  • New guidelines prevent Palestinian workers from riding Israeli buses

    4 days ago

    New guidelines issued by Israel Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon will prevent Palestinian workers from riding on Israeli public transportation in the West Bank.

    Under the new guidelines announced Sunday, all Palestinian workers must return to the West Bank through one crossing, the...

  • U.S. spy agencies hired at least 1,000 Nazis, new book alleges

    4 days ago

    U.S. spy agencies hired at least 1,000 ex-Nazis during the Cold War, a new book reports.

    According to Eric Lichtblau’s “The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men,” excerpted Monday in The New York Times, the CIA and other American agencies employed...

  • South Africans arrested over BDS protest at Woolworths

    4 days ago

    Some 57 protesters calling for a boycott of Woolworths in South Africa because it carries Israeli products were arrested in Johannesburg.

    The protesters were arrested on Saturday and charged with public disturbance, the South Africa Press Association reported. They reportedly...

  • Rivlin attends ceremony marking Arab-Israeli massacre and calls for ‘repair’

    4 days ago

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin visited the Israeli-Arab village of Kfar Kassem and attended a memorial ceremony marking the 1956 massacre that killed 47 town residents.

    Rivlin on Sunday became the first sitting Israeli president to participate in the annual ceremony.

    “We must...

  • Polish constitutional court to discuss ritual slaughter ban

    4 days ago

    The Polish Constitutional Tribunal will hold a hearing to discuss the country’s ban on ritual slaughter.

    The hearing will be held Dec. 3. A request for a review of the case by the Constitutional Tribunal was submitted more than a year ago by the Union of Jewish Religious...

  • ADL report: Campus anti-Israel events have more than doubled this fall

    4 days ago

    More than 75 anti-Israel events have been reported on U.S. college and university campuses this fall, more than twice as many as last year, according to a report by the Anti-Defamation League.

    The anti-Israel events have more than doubled in the wake of Israel’s 50-day operation...

  • Tel Aviv postpones class trips to Jerusalem in wake of rioting

    4 days ago

    Tel Aviv schools have postponed class trips to Jerusalem in the wake of a terror attack in Jerusalem and rioting in the city.

    A trip for most Tel Aviv schools planned for this week for 7th-and 8th-grade students has been postponed, according to reports. The trip was to visit the...

  • Met opera scores a ‘fail’

    4 days ago

    About five months ago, it was revealed that the NYC Metropolitan Opera had scheduled the performance of the opera titled, the “Death of Klinghoffer”.  I, along with many others, wrote the Met’s General Manager, Peter Gelb, and urged him, due to the opera’s humanizing of terror and...

  • Sinai attack reverberates around Israel, Middle East

    4 days ago

    This article originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The deadliest attack on Egyptian soldiers since the new government of Abdel Fatteh Al-Sisi took office is affecting not only Egypt, but Israel and the Palestinians as well. After an attacker drove a car rigged with explosives...

  • Belgium university to address race issues following Gaza-themed student game

    4 days ago

    Following the cancellation of a Gaza-themed students’ game with anti-Semitic overtones, the University of Liege in Belgium set up a pedagogic team to sensitize students to race issues.

    The game, which had been planned for Oct. 18, was an initiation ceremony for students of the...

  • Car bomb kills 15 people in central Baghdad

    4 days ago

    A car bomb killed at least 15 people in central Baghdad on Monday, police and medical sources in the Iraqi capital said.

    The attack took place on a street with shops and restaurants in the Karrada district, which is home to both Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims as well as other sects and ethnic groups.

    Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Mark Heinrich

  • Yaalon denied meetings with senior U.S. officials

    4 days ago

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon was denied meetings with senior Obama administration officials during his U.S. visit, according to media reports citing senior U.S. officials.

    While in Washington last week Yaalon requested and was denied meetings with  Vice President Joe...

  • Suspect in Daniel Pearl murder released in Pakistan

    4 days ago

    A suspect in the execution-style murder of Jewish-American journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan was released by a Pakistani court due to lack of evidence.

    Qari Hashim was arrested in 2005, three years after Pearl’s murder. He was accused of introducing Pearl to British-born...

  • Knesset committee approves conversion bill for final plenum readings

    4 days ago

    A Knesset committee for the second time has approved a bill allowing local rabbis to oversee conversions to Judaism in Israel.

    The Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on Monday advanced the measure by a vote of 6 to 5. It is scheduled to be returned to the full Knesset for...

  • Islamic State fight now costing U.S. $8.3 million per day

    4 days ago

    The Pentagon said in updated figures on Monday the average daily cost of the fight against Islamic State militants has risen to $8.3 million, or a total of $580 million between Aug. 8 and Oct. 16.

    The new average reflects an increase in the intensity of U.S. operations against the group in Syria and Iraq. The Pentagon said a week ago the average daily cost was $7.6 million, or a total of $424 million since Aug. 8.

    Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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