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  • Anti-Semitic incidents rise in Britain as Gaza conflict rages

    7 hours ago

    Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain have risen to a near record level since the start of an Israeli assault on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza this month, a Jewish advisory body said on Thursday.

    The Community Security Trust, which advises Britain's estimated 260,000 Jews on...

  • The meaning of Tisha b'Av in trying times

    10 hours ago

    This is not the first time war has ravaged the small slip of land that borders the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Jordan River to the east. Canaan, Eretz Yisrael, Judea, Syria Palaestina, Bilad al-Sham, British Mandate of Palestine, The State of Israel, whatever its name, it...

  • Blaming Israel won’t bring peace

    By David Suissa

    14 hours ago

    How much blame does Israel deserve for the tragic situation it finds itself in? If you listen to thinkers like celebrated author and peace activist David Grossman, quite a bit. 

    “Why, for these past few years,” Grossman asks in the New York Times, “has Israel avoided judicious...

  • UN says ‘enough is enough’ after another Gaza school attack

    14 hours ago

    After another deadly attack on a U.N. school in Gaza sheltering Palestinians from fighting between Israel and Hamas militants, the United Nations declared "enough is enough" on Wednesday and asked – when civilians are warned to leave, where do they go?

    With 1.8 million people...

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  • 10 truths about the Gaza conflict

    By Rob Eshman

    14 hours ago

    You’ve read everything, heard everyone, endured every flaming comment on Facebook, bobbed to every talking head on TV and lent an ear to every opinion from Hussein Ibish to Howard Stern. So, what have you learned?

    For me, it boils down to 10 truths:

    1. This is a fight about...

  • Israeli troops, using sniffer dogs and robots, hunt for Gaza tunnels

    15 hours ago

    Israeli Colonel Tomer was literally tipped off to the tunnel snaking under a Palestinian village when the tank-churned earth gave way to the weight of one of his behemoth bulldozers' treads.

    Twenty-four hours later, on Wednesday, his forces had cleared a greenhouse that had...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Gaza conflict to dent, not break Israel economy

    2 days ago

    Israel's war against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip is expected to cost it billions of dollars, temporarily hurt economic growth and put pressure on the government's finances.

    Analysts and officials compare the current operation to a one-month war between Israel and...

  • Anti-Semitic voicemail targets far-left Israel group

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    L.A. Jews for Peace – a far-left organization that criticizes Israel’s policies toward Palestinians – has received a voicemail in which members of the organization are referred to as, “Jew traitors, filthy Jew traitors, bastard Jew traitors.”

    L.A. Jews for Peace representative...

  • Two Palestinians killed in mass protest north of Jerusalem

    6 days ago

    Two Palestinians were killed at a mass demonstration at a crossing north of Jerusalem against Israel’s military campaign in Gaza.

    Seven others were seriously wounded at the protest Thursday at the Qalandiya checkpoint, Haaretz reported. The demonstration at the site between the...

  • 150 Palestinians arrested in raids on southern Gaza

    1 week ago

    Israeli troops in southern Gaza arrested 150 Palestinians, dozens of whom surrendered voluntarily to the soldiers.

    About 70 of the arrested Gazan Palestinians, who are suspected of carrying out terrorist attacks, were transferred for interrogation, The Times of Israel reported,...

  • Strike on U.N. building in Gaza serving as shelter kills at least 15

    1 week ago

    At least 15 people were killed and 200 injured when Israel shelled a U.N. school in northern Gaza serving as a shelter for displaced Palestinians.

    The school in Beit Hanoun affiliated with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency was hit Thursday, the Ministry of Health in Gaza...

  • In Gaza, IDF ground operation takes a toll

    By Simone Wilson

    1 week ago

    Up until last weekend, Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” in the Gaza strip seemed to be just another hard round of fire between the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Gaza’s ruling party, Hamas — the latest in a cyclical pattern of violence that repeats itself every two or three...

  • More than 50 Israeli reservists refuse to serve

    1 week ago

    More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the nation's reserve force, citing regret over their part in a military they said plays a central role in oppressing Palestinians, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

    "We found that troops who operate in the...

  • Amid France synagogue attacks, support for Jewish self-defense group on the rise

    1 week ago

    Shortly before their synagogue became shrouded by tear gas and smoke, 100 Jews wielding baseball bats and clubs were singing the French national anthem in front of the synagogue’s heavy metal gate.

    They had gathered outside the main synagogue in this Paris suburb Sunday to defend...

  • Cease-fire or reoccupy? Israeli leaders split on Gaza endgame

    1 week ago

    The air war has become a ground war. The Israeli population, always on edge, has become a nation in mourning.

    And a military operation that nearly ended after eight days has become a bloody invasion of Gaza that could last weeks and has Israeli officials divided over how it ought...

  • Why I side with Israel

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    Is it OK to take sides in a war? Is it OK to side with a country you love, a country whose values you believe in, a country that celebrates life but is being attacked by enemies who glorify death?

    And how do you champion your side while still showing sensitivity for the pain of...

  • Tunnel vision: Why Hamas’ tunnels are the new front in the war with Israel

    1 week ago

    Until this latest war, if you asked most Israelis about the threat from Gaza, they would probably start talking about Hamas rockets.

    But that has changed over the last few days of fighting, for two reasons: One, the much-heralded success of the Iron Dome missile defense system,...

  • Israel blocks subpoena in terrorism case over Florida teen’s death

    1 week ago

    Israel persuaded a U.S. judge not to require a key witness to testify in a case where Bank of China Ltd is accused of supporting terrorism by Palestinian militants, including the 2006 death of an American teenager in a suicide bombing.

    U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in...

  • Obama: focus in Gaza conflict must be on ceasefire

    1 week ago

    President Barack Obama repeated on Monday that Israel had the right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas militants but said he had serious concerns about the growing number of civilian casualties resulting from the conflict.

    "We have serious concerns about the...

  • Seven more Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza; IDF death toll now 27

    1 week ago

    Seven more Israeli soldiers were killed in Gaza, bringing the total death toll of soldiers in fighting there to 27.

    Also Monday, two terrorist cells entered southern Israel via a tunnel from the Gaza Strip, injuring some Israeli troops, according to Haaretz.

    At least 130 Palestinians have been killed since Israel began its ground incursion late last week, Haaretz reported.

    The Palestinian death toll rose to more than 500 since the Israeli military launched Operation Protective Edge two weeks ago, according to the Washington Post.

  • U.N. chief to travel to Middle East in bid to end fighting

    2 weeks ago

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to the Middle East on Saturday in a bid to end the fighting between Israel and Palestinians, alarmed at a serious escalation that includes a ground offensive by Israel, said a senior U.N. official.

    Israel intensified its land...

  • Peace Peace: A Prayer During War

    2 weeks ago

    Rachel is crying for her children


    She refuses to be comforted


    From beyond the grave she cries


    Through the centuries


    Her tears flow


    Hagar cries too


    From beyond the grave
  

    Their tears intermingle


    The tears of the mothers


    Grieving over dead sons and...

  • Hamas says Israel’s ground invasion will have ‘dreadful consequences’

    2 weeks ago

    Hamas said Israel's ground incursion into the Gaza Strip that started on Thursday would have "dreadful consequences."

    "It does not scare the Hamas leaders or the Palestinian people," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters. "We warn (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu of the dreadful consequences of such a foolish act."

    Reporting by Nidal al-MUghrabi; Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Robin Pomeroy

  • Florida teen detained in Israeli-Palestinian conflict returns home

    2 weeks ago

    A Florida teenager who was detained in Israel and apparently beaten by police returned home on Wednesday, eager to seek medical care and put behind him a summer trip that drew renewed world attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Tariq Khdeir, 15, was greeted by cheering...

  • Gaza humanitarian cease-fire goes into force

    2 weeks ago

    A five-hour humanitarian truce agreed by Israel and Hamas came into force on Thursday, hours after the Israeli military said it fought Palestinian gunmen who infiltrated from Gaza.

    About a dozen Palestinian fighters tunneled under the border, emerging near an Israeli community,...

  • EU leaders call on Israelis, Palestinians to end violence

    2 weeks ago

    European Union leaders on Wednesday called on Israelis and Palestinians to end violence and said they welcomed efforts, particularly from Egypt, to broker a cease-fire following more than a week of warfare.

    The leaders, meeting in Brussels, urged both sides to "de-escalate the...

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