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 By Marcy Oster    News    August 3, 2018

The Western Wall 'spit out a stone,' and some see a message from above

JERUSALEM (JTA)-The heavy stone that fell out of the Western Wall and came crashing down on a platform set aside for egalitarian prayer has been removed for examination and restoration, but the...

 

Assad's forces raise Syrian flag on Israel's doorstep

On Thursday, Syrian state media reported that government forces had entered the town of Quneitra on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, reaching Israel's doorstep. According to the government-contro...

 

Germany blasts Mark Zuckerberg on Holocaust denial

(JTA)—Berlin issued a withering critique of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s recent announcement that he would not remove Holocaust denial posts from the widely used social platform, stating that such a policy was contrary to German law....

 

Islamic cleric proclaims 'The Muslims will rule the entire earth'

(MEMRI via JNS)—Speaking on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV, Islamic cleric Salah Nour cited the anti-Semitic hadith according to which the Muslims would fight the Jews on Judgment Day, and the trees and stones would give up the Jews hiding behind them. He...

 

'I don't know what will happen to me and the children'

Hundreds of family members, friends and acquaintances attended the funeral of Yotam Ovadia, 31, murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in a stabbing attack on Thursday night. Yotam was buried at Har Hamenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem, leaving two young...

 
 By Megan E. Turner    News    August 3, 2018

Future community center breaks ground in the southern Negev

(JNS)-Quite literally among the booms and billows of black smoke across the nearby Gaza border, deep in Israel's southern Negev Desert, the new community of Shlomit laid a cornerstone and broke...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 3, 2018

Here's how Birthright guides talk about the Palestinians

(JTA)-When Samuel Green talks about Israel's West Bank security barrier with the Birthright groups he guides, he first explains the Israeli view that the barrier was built to prevent Palestinian...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she plans to spend 5 more years on Supreme Court (JTA)—Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she hopes to remain on the court for another five years. “I’m now 85,” Ginsburg said, according to CNN. “My seni...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 27, 2018

Zuckerberg says Facebook won't delete Holocaust denial posts

(JTA)-Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to give everyone in the world a voice. But what happens when some of those wishing a voice are Holocaust deniers? That question was posed to the Facebook founder...

 
 By Ariel Kahana    News    July 27, 2018

US report finds only 20,000 Palestinian refugees in the world

By Ariel Kahana (Israel Hayom via JNS)—Members of the U.S. Congress are demanding the State Department make public a key report that includes precise figures on the number of people who became refugees in the 1948 War of Independence. The...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    July 27, 2018

Jerusalem court issues lien on ships headed to Gaza, with proceeds going to Israeli victims of terror

(JNS)—In a rather rare judgment, a Jerusalem District Court just issued a lien on two large ships that are part of a Gaza-bound flotilla set to arrive in Israeli waters later this month, with the intent that the sea vessels can be sold, with...

 

Law banning Breaking the Silence from Israeli schools

(JNS)—A law banning groups grounded in the criticism of Israel Defense Forces’ soldiers and the operations of the IDF passed on Tuesday in the Knesset. Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Shuli Mualem-Refaeli, the Jewish Home Party co-authors...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 27, 2018

Jewish philanthropist questioned by Israeli airport security

NEW YORK (JTA)—A prominent Jewish philanthropist says he was aggressively questioned by Israeli airport security after going on a Jewish tour of Palestinian areas of the West Bank. Meyer Koplow, chair of Brandeis University’s board of trustees...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    July 27, 2018

As Hamas ups the ante in Gaza, Israel loses patience, hitting back

(JNS)-In its desperate effort to break out of isolation and prevent the Gazan economy from collapsing, Hamas is marching Gaza to the very brink of war with Israel. All of Hamas's recent actions are de...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    July 27, 2018

First women tank commanders begin their duties in the IDF

(JNS)-The first four female tank commanders in the Israel Defense Forces have successfully completed their grueling training course and will now begin their operational duties. Several additional...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    July 27, 2018

Can the US and Israel rely on Putin to force Iran out of Syria?

(JNS)—U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin just concluded a bilateral summit in Helsinki, Finland, that proved to be one of the most widely anticipated meetings in years—or, at least, since the meeting with North...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    July 27, 2018

Does Israel need a law to define itself as the nation-state of the Jewish people?

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israel is debating legislation that supporters say states the obvious. Critics, meanwhile, say the measure will divide Israeli society and damage its relationships with the rest of...

 

Israeli troops save life of Palestinian baby in Hebron

Israeli Border Police operating in the city of Hebron on Sunday night saved the life of a nine-month-old Palestinian baby. The troops, stationed at the Tomb of the Patriarchs, heard shouts coming...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Druze leaders challenge Israel’s nation-state law JERUSALEM (JTA)—Druze leaders in Israel filed a challenge with the Supreme Court over legislation passed by the Knesset making Israel the “nation-state of the Jewish people.” The Druze...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 27, 2018

Understanding the Syria moment at the Trump-Putin news conference

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The media, Congress, the international community—just about everybody is reeling after the joint news conference on Monday in Helsinki bringing together President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Among other...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    July 27, 2018

Leading tech figures declare Israel the 'epicenter of magic'

(JNS)-Why sit behind a desk all day when you can explore Israel and meet experts in your field at the same time? That's where REALITY Experience, an initiative by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman...

 

IDF arrests terror suspects in Judea, finds submachine gun

(JNS)—Israeli security forces arrested 19 terror suspects and rock-throwers in raids across Judea and Samaria overnight on Sunday, confiscating multiple illegal guns in Hebron and confiscating thousands of shekels marked to fund terror acts. Riots...

 
 By Eric Narrow    News    July 20, 2018

Out of recent ashes, Israel's border communities persevere

Nestled in the Western Negev, along the desert's edge and the border with the Gaza Strip, 32 small agricultural kibbutzim and villages have created an oasis in an otherwise overlooked part of Israel....

 

Trump/Putin ensure Israel's security

According to various news sources, US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to work together to ensure Israel's security with regards to the advancement of the...

 
 By David Hoffman    News    July 20, 2018

We went to the border to support our friends-our disagreements were for another time

(JTA)-Ronald Reagan is reported to have said, "The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally-not a 20 percent traitor." There is much wisdom in this sentiment, but the...

 

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