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  • Israeli Forensic Expert: Murdered teens put up 'serious' fight against captors

    Dave Bender, The Algemeiner|Jul 11, 2014

    “One of the abducted youths put up a serious fight against his captors,” a source connected to the forensic examinations of the bodies of the three teens, told Israel’s Walla News on June 30. The families of Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frankel, 16, eulogized their sons in separate ceremonies in their communities, Elad, Talmon, and Nof Ayalon. Yifrach “died a hero,” his grandfather Ezra, said in his eulogy. “He didn’t go like a lamb to the slaughter,” he said, according to The Times of Israel. All three youths had “glorified... Full story

  • Israeli cops delay drug raid while brit mila performed

    Dave Bender, The Algemeiner|Jun 13, 2014

    Now here’s an episode for Breaking Bad. In an “Only-in-Israel” moment, border police recently delayed hauling in a suspected drug dealer until he fulfilled the ancient Jewish ritual of seeing to his son’s brit mila (circumcision). When a team of officers first arrived at the suspect’s residence in southern Israel, they were met at the front door by a 60-year-old woman and four children, who tried to stall the raid. But police pulled out their search warrant, and busted down the door in order to search the premises, according to Israel’s Channel... Full story

  • Brussels shooting victims leave behind two teen daughters

    Dave Bender, The Algemeiner|Jun 6, 2014

    TEL AVIV—Miriam and Emmanuel Riva were “the cream of the crop,” grieving family and friends said of the 50-year-old couple, slain in May 24’s shooting attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium. Two employees of the center were also killed, Israel Radio said. The couple, who lived in Tel Aviv and leave behind a 15- and a 17-year-old daughter, were Israeli Foreign Ministry employees for the last four years, and were due to return to Israel on May 29, friends said. “Up until two years ago, Emmanuel was the vice-consul in Berlin; they were... Full story

  • Dylan got the Stones to play Israel

    Dave Bender, The Algemeiner|Jun 6, 2014

    After 52 years, the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” tuned up for a fervently anticipated June 4 gig in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park. And the impetus for the Rolling Stones’ historic arrival during their 14 On Fire European tour came from none other than Bob Dylan, according to Israel’s Channel 2 news. “Bob Dylan was coming off stage,” guitarist Ronnie Wood replied in a video interview to reporters’ questions, “and I asked him, ‘where you going?’ and he said, ‘Israel! We’re going to Tel Aviv!’ “He had a big smile on his face, because he l... Full story