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  • Israel to allow Palestinian soccer players to travel for West Bank match

    10 hours ago

    Israel will allow a soccer match in the West Bank between a Palestinian team and a squad from the United Arab Emirates.

    The Sept. 8 match at the Faisal al-Husseini Stadium in Al-Ram, northeast of Jerusalem, will test Israel’s stated willingness to relax its travel restrictions on...

  • Here’s why Hamas and Israel may be secretly negotiating

    2 weeks ago

    After more than a decade of failed diplomacy, Israel could be close to signing a major agreement with the Palestinians.

    They’re just not the Palestinians you thought.

    After years of vowing not to negotiate with Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, Israel may be finalizing a deal...

  • Palestinians offer to mediate Syria conflict

    3 weeks ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Palestinian officials have met their Syrian counterparts as well as Syrian rebels in an effort to mediate a solution to the long-running civil war in Syria, Palestinian officials told The Media Line. The offer came after Saudi...

  • U.N. calls on Palestinians in Gaza to hand over Israeli nationals

    July 14, 2015 | 10:41 am

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Palestinians in Gaza to provide information about two Israelis believed to be held there.

    Ban on Monday also called for their prompt return to their families, The Associated Press reported.

    Ethiopian-Israel Avera Mengistu...

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  • Palestinian Perfidy at the UNESCO World Heritage Committee: A direct assault on the core of Judaism

    July 9, 2015 | 1:43 pm

    The 39th UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) has just ended its ten day annual meeting, this year in Bonn, Germany. Once again,the Wiesenthal Centre was the only accredited Jewish NGO

    Since the Palestinians's admittance to UNESCO in November 2011 they have wreaked havoc, best...

  • Israel, Palestinians say to investigate Gaza warcrime accusations

    June 29, 2015 | 9:17 am

    Israel and the Palestinians promised on Monday to investigate alleged war crimes committed by their forces during the 2014 Gaza war, amid growing calls for an end to impunity on both sides.

    During an often virulent three-hour debate at the U.N. Human Rights Council, boycotted by...

  • Palestinians given more Temple Mount access during Ramadan

    June 16, 2015 | 8:23 am

    Hundreds of Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza will be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount on Fridays during Ramadan.

    Israel’s Defense Ministry made the announcement on Tuesday, a day ahead of the start of the Muslim holy month. The Palestinians will also be allowed to...

  • Hamas gains in popularity in Gaza, West Bank since war with Israel

    June 9, 2015 | 2:52 pm

    The Islamist Hamas movement that dominates Gaza has gained in popularity among all Palestinians since last year's war with Israel, but most feel the devastation caused by the conflict outweighs its achievements, a new poll shows.

    Pollster Khalil Shikaki of the Palestinian Centre...

  • Hamas imposed taxes create new hardships for Palestinians in Gaza

    May 5, 2015 | 9:05 am

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    The Islamist Hamas, which controls the densely populated Gaza Strip, has added another burden to the lives of residents of Gaza with the introduction of new import taxes on items considered non-essential. The announcement has...

  • Israelis mourn after a year of increased attacks

    April 28, 2015 | 3:56 pm

    As Israel marked its traditional day of mourning for fallen servicemen on Yom HaZikaron, the Day of Remembrance on April 22, in a far corner of Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, an intimate ceremony for victims of attacks was underway. Mourners packed elbow-to-elbow under beige tents, each...

  • On Independence Day, thousands of Arab-Israelis march for Palestinians’ right of return

    April 23, 2015 | 4:09 pm

    (JTA) — Several thousand Arab-Israelis at a protest march in the Galilee on Israel’s Independence Day commemorated Palestinian villages destroyed in 1948.

    Near Tiberias, the participants in Thursday’s March of Return, as organizers called it, carried Palestinian Authority flags...

  • No longer the UN, but UNAI – United Nations Against Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 24, 2015 | 9:46 am

    Israel is a leading country when it comes to women’s rights. There’s no doubt that the sky is the limit to all women here, and any woman can do and be anything her heart desires (under the limits of the still ongoing women discrimination worldwide.) If you look at our neighbors,...

  • Bereaved Israeli, Palestinian families talking — to each other

    March 18, 2015 | 3:10 pm

    Approximately 13 years ago, I sat in a room in a house in Finchley, North London, on a winter Shabbat afternoon, with approximately 30 other people. We had been invited to hear speakers from what was then a relatively unknown group called the Parents Circle-Families Forum (PCFF)....

  • Alternate perceptions and #TheDress

    March 18, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    At the end of February, I encountered #TheDress, the week’s highest trending hashtag on Twitter. I saw #WhiteandGold, wondering whether those who saw #BlueandBlack were in on a worldwide prank. Like many, I simply could not fathom how others could see otherwise. 

    The...

  • Palestinians want world pressure on Israel after Netanyahu win

    March 18, 2015 | 10:49 am

    Palestinian leaders on Wednesday called for international pressure on Israel and support for their unilateral moves towards statehood after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's election win.

    Netanyahu's surprise victory, after pledging in the final days of the campaign that there...

  • The five stones of truth

    March 16, 2015 | 11:43 am

    "Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine."   1 Samuel 17:40.

    Two armies faced each other more than two millennium ago. The Israelites were...

  • Police seize weapons in raid on West Bank settlement

    February 4, 2015 | 10:40 am

     Israel Police seized weapons and equipment from the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar.

    The items seized in a Tuesday night raid were to be used against Palestinians and Israeli military forces, police said, according to the Times of Israel. They included knives, saws, flammable...

  • Amid protests, Rivlin visits Hebron and Kiryat Arba

    February 2, 2015 | 2:40 pm

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin delivered a speech at the inauguration ceremony for a new Jewish museum in Hebron amid protests.

    Speaking Monday at the Hebron Heritage Museum, which commemorates the 1929 riots in which Palestinians in the West Bank city killed dozens of Jews,...

  • Stabbing outside West Bank supermarket injures 2

    December 3, 2014 | 9:44 am

    A Palestinian teenager stabbed two people in a supermarket near an Israeli settlement in the West Bank on Wednesday and was shot by a security guard, police and an ambulance service said.

    "The terrorist was apparently neutralized. There are two wounded, in addition to the...

  • Israeli ambassador to the UN said “J’accuse” to the global community

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 25, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Israeli ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, slammed members of the UN for their hypocrisy and double standards regarding Israel. At the United Nation's annual commemoration of their vote on the partition of the British Mandate 67 years ago, as part of the international day of...

  • With pro-Israel groups all but absent, UCLA student government endorses divestment

    By Jared Sichel

    November 19, 2014 | 4:15 am

    UPDATE, 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19: UCLA Chancellor Gene Block released a statement, which reads in part: "UCLA and the UCLA Foundation share the Board of Regents conviction that divestment decisions should not hold any one organization or country to a different standard than...

  • Kalman Levine: Born in Kansas City, transformed in L.A., murdered in Jerusalem

    By Jared Sichel

    November 18, 2014 | 11:18 am

    Rabbi Kalman Levine, born Cary Levine in Kansas City, Mo. on June 30, 1959, was murdered Tuesday morning in a terror attack at Kehillat Bnei Torah synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem. He was in the middle of the daily morning prayer service.

    A man who in many ways...

  • REALITY CHECK: Watch the word “terror” disappear from reports on today’s J’lem attack

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 18, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Today, we woke to horrifying news: Palestinian terrorists entered a synagogue in Jerusalem early in the morning, in a killing spree. Armed with guns, knives and axes they murdered four Jewish men who were praying peacefully. Eight others were wounded, among which two police...

  • Palestinians clash with Israeli troops again over holy site

    November 7, 2014 | 1:26 pm

    Palestinian protesters fought with Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem and the West Bank on Friday, the latest clashes in a fortnight of violence over access to Jerusalem's holiest site.

    At the Qalandia checkpoint separating Ramallah from Jerusalem, troops fired rubber...

  • Temple Mount closed following Palestinian rioting, later reopened

    November 5, 2014 | 11:59 am

    The Temple Mount was closed to visitors following rioting by Palestinians there but was reopened later in the day.

    One Palestinian man was wounded in the rioting on Wednesday morning by a sponge-tipped bullet fired by Israeli forces.

    The security forces, who were pelted with...

  • Israel’s new reality

    November 4, 2014 | 9:38 am

    The Middle East is always a complex part of the world, but never more so than today. One almost needs a scorecard to keep track of the shifting alliances, the new and old players, the longstanding and emerging threats and, of course, the opportunities that abound.

    In many of...

  • Amid regional turmoil, Israel looks to its firm bond with Jordan

    October 22, 2014 | 10:34 am

    If there were a heat map showing instability in the Middle East, the area around most of Israel's borders would have turned a steadily deeper shade of red over the past few years.

    With attacks by Hezbollah from Lebanon, the threat from Islamic State and the Nusra Front in Syria...

  • Secretary Ban: “Being born in Gaza is not a crime”-but what Hamas did to its people is

    October 17, 2014 | 11:30 am

    UN Secretary General Ban just visited Gaza and Israel. He expressed shock of the devastation visited upon the people of Gaza as well as the damage done UN facilities during this summer’s conflict.  

    “I met so many of the beautiful children of Gaza. More than 500 hundred were...

  • Israeli toddler riding in car hurt in West Bank rock throwing

    August 27, 2014 | 3:47 pm

    An Israeli toddler traveling in a car in the West Bank was injured by rocks thrown by masked Palestinians.

    Dozens of Palestinians threw “rocks and heavy furniture” at passing Israeli cars at the Yitzhar Junction in the northern West Bank on Wednesday, the Israel Defense Forces...

  • Time magazine takes back charge that IDF harvests Palestinian organs

    August 25, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Time magazine retracted allegations that Israeli soldiers harvested and sold Palestinian organs.

    On Sunday, the magazine deleted the allegations from a two-minute video on its website about the Israel Defense Forces and added a correction, writing at the end, “Correction: The...

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