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  • On Europe trip, Abbas gets red carpet — and some hard questions

    3 weeks ago

    On his way to several meetings with Dutch parliamentarians last week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his entourage passed 300 demonstrators flying Israeli flags.

    Like the Israeli government, the protesters, who convened outside at the urging of Dutch Jewish and...

  • Vicious cycle of terrorism is madness

    October 16, 2015 | 12:53 pm

    As I sit in my home in Jerusalem, venturing out only when necessary, shivering with each ping of the cellphone that alerts me to some new horror, I wonder how this place survives and how we come out of it on the other side of despair. I don’t have answers, I have questions.


  • Palestinian security forces work to limit confrontations with Israel

    October 15, 2015 | 8:52 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered his security forces to prevent demonstrators from clashing with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank. Security officials told The Media Line that Abbas has ordered security...

  • Did Jewish visitors to Temple Mount spark current tensions?

    October 9, 2015 | 2:47 pm

    A leading Sephardic rabbi who advises the haredi Orthodox Shas party criticized Jews who have been visiting the Temple Mount, saying they “sparked all the current tumult.”

    Rabbi Shimon Baadani, a member of Shas’ Council of Torah Sages, said Thursday on a Shas radio program,...

  • Israeli lawmakers banned from Temple Mount in wake of violence

    October 8, 2015 | 9:08 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has banned government ministers and lawmakers from visiting the Temple Mount.

    The directive was first issued Wednesday night and appeared to be aimed only at Jews. Following complaints from right-wing ministers, the Prime Minister’s...

  • Abbas tries to lower tensions with Israel

    October 6, 2015 | 9:34 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas took steps to tamp down growing attacks on Israelis in both the West Bank and Jerusalem, telling a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) that he does not want violent...

  • Israel cracks down on Palestinian stone-throwers

    September 21, 2015 | 9:00 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    The death of an Israeli man in Jerusalem who lost control of his car after it was hit by a rock thrown by rioting Palestinians earlier this month, has sparked new efforts to crack down on stone-throwers.

    "Stones and firebombs are...

  • Violence has spiked in Jerusalem — here’s why

    September 21, 2015 | 8:40 am

    For Israelis, the Ten Days of Repentance from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur have turned into days of violence. Unrest has swelled in Jerusalem following an Israeli ban on a protest group at the Temple Mount, the holy site known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif. The clashes have left...

  • Four Israeli policemen injured in Jerusalem shooting, riots

    September 18, 2015 | 9:24 am

    Four Israeli officers of the police’s Border Guard sustained were injured from gunshots and firebombs hurled at them by Palestinian rioters in Jerusalem.

    The incident occurred on Friday at the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabl Mukabar after the conclusion of Friday prayers by...

  • UN Security Council urges restraint at Temple Mount

    September 18, 2015 | 9:11 am

    The United Nations Security Council expressed “grave concern” over violence at Jerusalem’s holiest site and is calling for restraint and calm.

    The unanimous declaration — well short of a resolution, which would have the force of international law — was issued late Thursday after...

  • Jerusalem tense after days of clashes in Jerusalem’s Old City

    September 16, 2015 | 9:54 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    For the past three years Shai, an ultra-Orthodox man wearing a black suit and black hat despite the oppressive heat, has lived in the Old City of Jerusalem, where his children study. Last month, he was walking on Shalshelet Street in...

  • Neither Trump nor ISIS is going away soon

    August 31, 2015 | 10:42 am

    There are three things most young men want – need really – so much so that it’s seemingly part of their DNA:  1) to feel relevant, to have status of some sort; 2) to be able to give vent to their aggressive tendencies, up to and including sometimes, killing; 3) to have sex, pretty...

  • Stop! Don’t Shoot!

    By Mindy Leaf

    August 9, 2015 | 3:48 pm

    Another day, another senseless shooting.

    We bring you this summer's blockbuster season of random shootings in our nation's movie theaters! See guns discharged by madmen in quiet suburbs of Tennessee and Louisiana! (The message may be a rerun, but it's no less frightening.)...

  • Police reform isn’t always about confrontation

    August 3, 2015 | 11:00 am

    On May 20, 2014, two Salinas police officers shot and killed 44-year-old Carlos Mejia on Del Monte Avenue in the city’s east side. Within hours, a cell phone video was posted to YouTube that shows Mejia walking down the sidewalk and turning toward the police. You hear the sound of...

  • Four Israelis wounded in suspected Palestinian West Bank shooting

    June 29, 2015 | 2:16 pm

    A gunman opened fire at a group of Israelis near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank on Monday, the Israeli military said, in a suspected Palestinian drive-by attack.

    A spokesman for Israel's ambulance service Magen David Adom said medics were treating four people in their...

  • A night at First AME Church

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    June 22, 2015 | 2:22 pm

    The first surprise came when I typed 2270 S. Harvard Blvd into my phone, and discovered that it's only 4.8 miles from my synagogue, Congregation B’nai David Judea, in the Pico Robertson neighborhood. I had always assumed that it was much farther away than that. Actually, that it...

  • Rapper Ice Cube melts down, beats up rabbi

    May 28, 2015 | 4:24 pm

    Ice Cube has never had the most cordial relationship with the Jewish community. In 1991, the Simon Wiesenthal Center condemned his album “Death Certificate,” noting that many lyrics were racist and one of the songs called for the murder of a Jewish music industry figure. His song...

  • Three rabbis convicted in religious divorce ring

    April 22, 2015 | 8:48 am

    Three rabbis were convicted of planning to kidnap Jewish men in order to force them to grant their wives a religious writ of divorce.

    The rabbis, who are Orthodox, were convicted late Tuesday in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey, of conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Two of the...

  • Terrorism isn’t madness

    December 29, 2014 | 12:02 pm

    Each time a terrorist act occurs in the world, the specter of madness looms on the horizon.

    On Oct. 22, 2014, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau fatally wounded a soldier on Parliament Hill in Ottawa before being shot by the police. A Muslim convert and a drug addict, he didn’t have any...

  • Gunshots ring out, tear gas fired as violence returns to Ferguson

    November 24, 2014 | 8:42 pm

    Gunshots rang out and police lobbed tear gas at an angry crowd that threw bottles outside the Ferguson Police Department in suburban St. Louis after a grand jury decided not to indict a white officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen.

    Outrage over the decision fueled...

  • Death in a synagogue

    By Avi Davis

    November 20, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    They could hear the iron doors at the front of the synagogue clang shut behind them.  Crowded together with 2,000 other people inside the main sanctuary, the man and the woman looked at each other in panic. The woman gazed down at her five year-old-son and gripped the little boy’s...

  • Timeline: Rising violence in Israel

    November 18, 2014 | 10:24 am

    Over the past several weeks, tension and violence have risen steadily in Jerusalem, culminating in Tuesday's attack on a synagogue in which four Israeli worshippers were shot and knifed to death by Palestinians assailants.

    Three of Tuesday's victims held joint Israeli-U.S....

  • In Israel, no one’s backing down from a Third Intifada

    By Simone Wilson

    November 12, 2014 | 3:25 pm

    On the platform of the central bus stop and hitchhiking post for Gush Etzion, a Jewish settlement bloc that spills over Israel’s eastern border into Palestinian territory, wet sand was poured on Nov. 11 to cover a human-sized blood stain from the night before. 

    Israeli mother...

  • Israeli forces kill Palestinian as clashes flare in West Bank

    November 11, 2014 | 1:22 pm

    Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian during clashes on Tuesday in the West Bank, a day after Palestinian assailants fatally stabbed an Israeli soldier and a woman in attacks that raised fears of a new uprising.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would seek to crush...

  • 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...

  • Jewish-Arab violence in Jerusalem sends tensions spiraling

    October 23, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    This post originally appeared on www.themedialine.org

    Shimshon Halperin, an American citizen from Monsey, New York, is trying to find meaning in the death of his three-month-old granddaughter Chaya Zissel, killed by a Palestinian who drove his vehicle at a high speed into a crowd...

  • Rivlin: Violence an epidemic in Israeli society

    October 20, 2014 | 1:30 pm

    The epidemic of violence permeates every sector of Israel, the country’s president, Reuven Rivlin, said in an address.

    “It is time to honestly admit that Israeli society is ill – and it is our duty to treat this disease,” Rivlin told the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities...

  • To be read at the NYC Rally protesting ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’

    By Judea Pearl

    September 19, 2014 | 1:41 pm

    Friends and Fellow protesters: 

    In joining you today to protest the New York Metropolitan Opera production of this opera, I echo the silenced voice of my son, Daniel Pearl, and the silenced voices of other victims of terror, including James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and including...

  • Cops, race and violence

    September 12, 2014 | 2:32 pm

    The recent death of Michael Brown has elicited strong reactions across the political spectrum---from Bill O’Reilly to Louis Farrakhan---everyone seems to have an opinion on how law enforcement interacts with young black males and the likelihood of black males being shot by cops.

  • ISIS is much worse than Hamas

    September 2, 2014 | 1:20 pm

    Last Friday, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach began an advertising campaign to defend the State of Israel by arguing that Hamas and ISIS are equally vile. According to his press release, "The ad equates ISIS and its execution of American journalist James Foley and Hamas' actions in Gaza." 

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