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

    18 hours ago

    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...

  • Why didn’t Gazans use the IDF field hospital?

    By Simone Wilson

    1 day ago

    For those few Gaza hospitals not bombed or evacuated during the Gaza war, the influx of wounded and dead made for a hellish 24/7 chaos in their halls, as well as growing refugee camps on their perimeters. At the height of fighting in late July and early August, doctors and...

  • A hate incident

    3 days ago

    This past Friday night, instead of having my usual guests for a festive Friday night dinner in my home, I had three compassionate Los Angeles Police Department officers standing in my kitchen explaining the difference between a “hate crime” and a “hate incident.” My family was the...

  • No let-up in Gaza war, Israel moves to protect its economy

    3 days ago

    Israeli air strikes killed at least nine Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and militants kept up cross-border rocket fire on Monday as Israel moved to cushion its economy against the effects of a war now in its seventh week.

    Egypt pressed on with efforts to broker a durable truce,...

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  • The news summer from hell and the end of optimism

    By Marty Kaplan

    3 days ago

    By this point in the summer, a sane person could reasonably conclude that the world is going nuts.  Spiraling out of control, descending into darkness, making optimism a delusional last recourse – that kind of feeling. 

    “What fresh hell is this?” – the question Dorothy Parker...

  • Colleges truncate programs in Israel, West Bank due to conflict

    6 days ago

    Several colleges have pulled students out early from summer study abroad programs in Israel and the West Bank due to the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

    Other programs have continued because their students live in Jerusalem and the Palestinian city of Ramallah, which are far...

  • Gaza experiencing severe water shortage

    1 week ago

    Gaza residents are suffering from a severe water shortage as a result of the ongoing conflict there.

    Damage to wells and Gaza’s energy infrastructure has disrupted the pumping and distribution of water, cutting the coastal strip’s water supply by half, according to Haaretz.

    In...

  • Hamas admits it kidnapped Israeli teens [VIDEO]

    1 week ago

    A senior Hamas official has acknowledged that the organization’s military wing was behind the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June.

    In a video posted by Israeli media, Hamas spokesman Salach Al-Aruri told a conference organized by the World Association of...

  • Palestinians call report of thwarted Hamas plot ‘doubtful’

    1 week ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Palestinian officials reacting to Israeli media reports of a thwarted Hamas plot to ignite a third Intifada (Palestinian uprising) as cover for a take-over of the West Bank and the overthrow of Palestinian Authority President...

  • Missiles over Jerusalem experienced by Rabbi Abraham Cooper

    1 week ago

    24 hours ago, almost everyone in Cairo, Jerusalem and Ramallah thought they had a deal for a long-time truce in Gaza. Just before midnight on Aug. 20, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Wiesenthal Center’s associate dean, experienced up close and personal what a promise from Hamas means....

  • Barrage of rockets strikes Israel as bomb shelters ordered open

    1 week ago

    Hamas claimed responsibility for a barrage of rockets fired on southern and central Israel, including Tel Aviv.

    More than two dozen rockets were fired fr0m the Gaza Strip between the hours of 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    Two rockets landed in an empty area in the greater Tel...

  • Israel-Gaza cease-fire extended 24 hours as progress made on long-term truce

    1 week ago

    Israeli and Palestinian officials reportedly have confirmed that the Gaza cease-fire will be extended by 24 hours.

    The extension of the current five-day cease-fire, which is set to expire at midnight Monday, will allow the sides to continue to discuss a long-term truce.

    The...

  • Shin Bet: Hamas West Bank operation aimed to topple P.A., start third intifada

    1 week ago

    Hamas planned to start a third intifada and seize control of the West Bank from Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority, the Shin Bet security service said.

    On Monday, the Shin Bet said it arrested 93 Hamas operatives in the West Bank in May and June who were planning a...

  • Palestinians view Meshaal’s role during war as ‘positive’

    1 week ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Despite talk of popular pique at Khaled Meshaal because of his accumulated wealth and impetuous goading of Israel from the safe distance of 1,200 miles while the Gaza Strip suffered carnage and devastation, the Hamas...

  • Israel destroys homes of Palestinians suspected of killing Israeli teens

    1 week ago

    Israeli troops on Monday demolished the homes of two Palestinians it suspects of the abduction and killing of three teenagers in the occupied West Bank in June, the army said.

    Troops set charges to destroy the homes of Hussam Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha in the southern West Bank...

  • The view from Israel: Pondering the chances of a long-term solution

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    Just after the start of the initial 72-hour cease fire last week, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) encouraged residents of communities near its southern border who had left during the war to return to their homes. They did — and then quickly discovered that the belief in the advent...

  • Thousands of Israelis protest war’s failure to halt Gaza rockets

    2 weeks ago

    Some 10,000 Israelis protested on Thursday in a Tel Aviv square against what they see as the failure of a five-week Gaza war to decisively halt rocket and mortar fire at southern towns bordering on the Palestinian coastal territory.

    Many demonstrators were bused in from parts of...

  • What we can and can’t do for Israel

    2 weeks ago

    Rabbi Steven Z. Leder sent the following to his congregants at Wilshire Boulevard Temple.

    Our hearts ache and our minds are confused by the violence in Gaza and Israel and the apparent rise in European anti-Semitism.  Some have asked what I am thinking and what our Temple is...

  • Fired by Netanyahu in midst of Gaza campaign, rival aims to give voice to Likud’s hawks

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    Former Israeli deputy defense minister Danny Danon did not seem bothered by the fallout from his rift in mid-July with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—a spat that ended with Netanyahu removing Danon as this country’s Deputy Minister of Defense.

    In fact, he seemed more relaxed...

  • After the fog of war: An early assessment of the Israel-Gaza conflict

    By Michael Berenbaum

    2 weeks ago

    It is far too early to assess the impact of the latest war in Gaza, but still some preliminary thoughts are in order:

    Anti-Semitism panic

    Judging by what I have been reading in the press blogs and emails, it seems as if many Jews are in a panic about the rise in anti-Semitism....

  • BREAKING: Israeli police confirm rocket fired from Gaza landed in Southern Israel

    2 weeks ago

    Rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel two hours before the deadline of a 72-hour cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

    One rocket exploded Wednesday night in an unpopulated area of the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council, The Jerusalem Post reported. No damage or...

  • Chief suspect describes murder of Palestinian teen Mohammed Khdeir

    2 weeks ago

    The chief suspect in the murder of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir described the killing in testimony released by Israel’s police.

    In the account released Tuesday, Yosef Haim Ben-David, 29, describes setting out on the night of July 2 with two 16-year-old accomplices to...

  • Israeli troops kill Palestinian during raid in West Bank

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli troops killed a Palestinian in the West Bank on Monday during a raid on his house near the city of Nablus, local medical officials said.

    An Israeli military spokeswoman said she was aware of troop activity in the area but initially had no further details.

    Local...

  • Wake up, Ban Ki-Moon!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    Mr. Ban,

    By the time these words are being written, about half of the world population knows that you and the organization you lead are a fraud.

    You may think we're blinded by the United Nations' original purpose, but it's not 1945 anymore, and your organization is no longer...

  • The tunnel trap

    3 weeks ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Israelis say this would have been just one of many similar headlines announcing mass killings and untold loss of civilian life had “Operation Protective Edge” not been launched. “Protective Edge” is the army’s designation for...

  • How Obama and Netanyahu can make up

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are not the best of friends — that seems pretty clear by now.

    But following reports during the Gaza conflict of cut-off phone calls, tough talk of “demands” and eavesdropping, it may be time for them to figure...

  • Abbas’ political power in Gaza seen as war casualty

    3 weeks ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Prior to the outbreak of the 29-day war between Israel and Hamas and despite the failure of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace initiative, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly was a happy camper having...

  • Israel catches kidnapper behind murder of the three teens

    3 weeks ago

    The West Bank man believed to be the leader of the cell that kidnapped and killed three Jewish teens was arrested.

    A gag order on reporting the arrest more than three weeks ago of Hussam Kawasme was lifted on the evening of Aug. 5, according to Israeli media.

    Kawasme, of...

  • 3 videos that PROVE Hamas fires from civilian areas

    Jewish Journal

    3 weeks ago

    Photographers at the New York Times may not have any photos of Hamas terrorists due to Hamas's restriction on journalists' freedom of access, but two video journalists have documented three separate instances of Hamas firing rockets from densely populated civilian areas.

    On July...

  • Israel says it has arrested suspect in killing of 3 teenagers

    3 weeks ago

    Israeli authorities said on Tuesday they had arrested a Palestinian suspected of being involved in the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June.

    Hussam Kawasme, a 40-year-old resident of the West Bank city of Hebron, was arrested on July 11 in connection with the...

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