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Israelis murdered at Temple Mount

Two Israeli policemen in their 20s were critically wounded in the Old City of Jerusalem Friday morning when three Palestinian terrorists opened fire near the entrance to the Temple Mount. Two other...

 
 By Adam Abrams    News    July 21, 2017 

SodaStream gets more bang for its buck with new spokeswoman

Mayim Bialik, a star on the CBS hit sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," launched a witty new video campaign this week for SodaStream, succeeding actress Scarlett Johansson as the official pitchwoman for...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    July 21, 2017 

A Knesset bloc unveils its plan for peace: Total Palestinian surrender

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israel has already defeated the Palestinians. All that's left is for them to surrender. That, at least, was an argument being made in Jerusalem last week. Led by the...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 21, 2017 

Chief rabbinate says list of rabbis is not a blacklist

(JTA)-The Israeli chief rabbinate says that its list of foreign rabbis has been misconstrued, and that the list does not imply that those rabbis cannot be trusted to vouch for the Jewish identities...

 

U.S. ambassador to Israel, not welcome in Ramallah, joins peace talks against Palestinians' wishes

A meeting between Trump’s negotiating team and Palestinian officials took place in Jerusalem instead of Ramallah because of the PA’s refusal to host the U.S. ambassador to Israel.  In an unusual occurrence, United States Ambassador to Israel...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    July 21, 2017 

These American Jews are looking beyond the Western Wall-to prayer on the Temple Mount

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Liberal American Jews are feeling thwarted in their years-long campaign for the right to pray as they wish at the Western Wall. Long frustrated that the plaza in front of the wall is...

 
 News    July 21, 2017 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Israeli soldier who shot downed Palestinian moving to house arrest JERUSALEM (JTA)—Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting a downed Palestinian terrorist, will be released to house arrest. Azaria, who was convicted i...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 21, 2017 

Lack of State Department appointments can hurt Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Carmel Shama HaCohen, Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, is second to none in his admiration for the Trump administration’s United Nations envoy, Nikki Haley. In fact, he’d like to clone her. Shama HaCohen appreciated Haley’s...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    July 14, 2017

UNESCO's Cave of the Patriarchs measure is latest 'narrative warfare' against Israel

An upcoming vote by the United Nations cultural body UNESCO on whether to declare Hebron's Cave of the Patriarchs as an endangered Palestinian heritage site is the latest example of "narrative...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    July 14, 2017

How Gaza's electricity crisis could spell trouble for Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA)-An internal Palestinian dispute has left Gaza's nearly 2 million Palestinian residents dangerously vulnerable to a heat wave, but Israel could get burned, too. The West Bank...

 

Go Ory and Zev-members of Team USA water polo at the Maccabi Games!

Former Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) student-athletes Adam Greenberg (University of Illinois, 2010), Zev Halikman (Florida Atlantic University, 2017), David Melnick (Northwestern...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    July 14, 2017

Latest developments in Saudi Arabia chart a course for Israeli ties with Arab world

Building off the last few years of rumors and reports regarding clandestine relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia, mainly motivated by their shared concerns over Iran's nuclear program and...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    July 14, 2017

A haredi Orthodox rabbi explains why his community opposes the Western Wall deal

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Haredi Orthodox Jews agree with their non-Orthodox brethren on one thing: The future of the Jewish people is at stake in the debate raging over who controls the Western Wall and...

 

Israeli debate on Palestinian 'refugees' highlights Arab refusal to take responsibility

While Israeli government ministers in recent weeks have dueled over the acceptance of Palestinian "refugees" in a possible future Palestinian state, experts say the Arab world continues to refuse to...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Israeli soldier injured in suspected Palestinian car ramming, knife attack JERUSALEM (JTA)—An Israeli soldier was moderately wounded after a suspected car ramming and knife attack in the West Bank. The attack took place Monday afternoon near the...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 14, 2017

In Holland, the Nazis built a luxury camp to lull the Jews before murdering them

WESTERBORK, Netherlands (JTA)-Nothing about the footage that Rudolf Breslauer filmed here on May 30, 1944, suggests that it was taken inside one of Europe's largest Nazi concentration camps. In the...

 
 By Hillel Kuttler    News    July 14, 2017

Athletes come for love and glory at the 2017 Maccabiah Games

RAMAT GAN, Israel (JTA)-Danny Janel first noticed Allison Silfen's smile in July 2013. They were hanging out with other athletes in a hotel room a few evenings after arriving in Israel. He was...

 

Haley slams UN Security Council

(JNS.org) U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed the U.N. Security Council Thursday for its inaction on Iran, which she says has "repeatedly and deliberately violated"...

 

Israeli conversion bill delayed 6 months 

(JTA)-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shelved a controversial bill that would have made the haredi Orthodox-dominated Chief Rabbinate the only body authorized by the government to perform...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 7, 2017

Netanyahu defends suspending the Western Wall agreement-here's how

(JTA)-American Jewish leaders are calling it a betrayal. They say that 17 months after achieving an historic agreement to provide a non-Orthodox space at Judaism's holiest prayer site, Israeli Prime...

 
 By Adam Abrams    News    July 7, 2017

Despite flare-up, Israel's response to Syrian mortar fire deemed 'old policy'

Mortar shells fired from Syria into the Israeli Golan Heights Saturday prompted the IDF to respond with a retaliatory strike in Syria, purportedly killing Syrian soldiers. Despite the incidents, a...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 7, 2017

LGBT Jews say it's increasingly difficult to be pro-Israel and queer

NEW YORK (JTA)-For years, Laurie Grauer had waved a rainbow flag emblazoned with a Jewish star at the Chicago Dyke March, sometimes marching near activists waving Palestinian flags. It had never been...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

J Street meets with US ambassador to Israel David Friedman (JTA)—The leadership of J Street, the liberal American Jewish Middle East policy group, met with David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel who before his nomination had derided the...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 7, 2017

Israel's controversial conversion bill, explained

(JTA)-Israeli politicians and Jewish leaders are fighting again over an age-old question: Who counts as a Jew? And who gets to decide? This week, Israel's government inflamed simmering tensions over J...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 7, 2017

Suspension of Western Wall deal leaves Jewish leaders feeling betrayed

(JTA)-They've tried strongly worded statements. They've tried private meetings with the prime minister. They've tried negotiations, protest and prayer. But for the past five years, despite broad...

 

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