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Israel Celebrates 68th Independence Day

May 12, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: Throngs of Israelis crowded national parks, beaches and IDF bases opened to the public across the country to celebrate Israel’s 68th Independence Day. The day’s festivities were marked with the traditional barbecues, flybys by the Israeli Air Force, parties and other forms of celebrations. Israelis were treated to IAF flyovers

Bene Israel has genetic evidence of Jewish roots, study shows

May 12, 2016, by

From the JTA: A scientific study has found genetic evidence of claims that the Bene Israel, a community in western India, has Jewish roots. The study from Tel Aviv University, which was published in late March in the PLoS One scientific journal, analyzed the genomes of 18 Bene Israel community members. It found that the Bene Israel

London’s Muslim mayor reaffirms plan for Israel trip

May 12, 2016, by

From the JTA: Sadiq Khan, who was sworn in as London’s first Muslim mayor last week, reiterated plans to lead a trade delegation to Israel. In an interview with London’s The Jewish News published Monday, Khan, the first Muslim mayor of any Western capital city and London’s first Labour Party mayor in eight years, also said he

Their Job is to Look After Israel, our Job is to Look After Them

May 9, 2016, by

The emotionally charged expression “Sharing the Burden” means different things in different contexts.  In the context of the Jewish Day School tuition crisis conversation, sharing the burden means helping families find relief from the debilitating levels of tuition. In the presidential election season, sharing the burden is code for raising taxes. When it comes to

Israel Finds New Tunnel from Gaza

April 20, 2016, by

From The New York Times: JERUSALEM — The Israeli military said on Monday that it had discovered and “neutralized” a tunnel running from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory for the first time since a cease-fire ended 50 days of fighting in thePalestinian coastal territory in the summer of 2014. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed

Jerusalem bus explodes in terror attack, injuring 21

April 18, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: A bomb exploded on a bus in Jerusalem Monday afternoon, injuring over 20 people as it and other vehicles were engulfed in flames, and ratcheting up tensions in a city just recovering from a months-long wave of violence. Police and rescue officials confirmed 21 people were injured, two of them

For parents of soldiers lost in Gaza, the war never ended

April 7, 2016, by

From the JTA: One family lost their son in late July 2014. The other lost theirs on the first of August in the same year. One family has lobbied the United Nations and crossed an ocean in hopes of bringing their son’s remains back. The other mostly stays home. One family is sure their son is

In Destitute Gaza, Hamas Rides World’s Goodwill All the Way to the Bank

March 17, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: There’s been a lot of talk in the international media about the slow pace of rebuilding in the Gaza Strip, where some 100,000 people still don’t have housing following the summer 2014 war between the IDF and Hamas-led groups in Gaza. But what most people haven’t heard is that new

Hasidic Terror Victim Stabs Attacker—Credits God with Saving Him

March 10, 2016, by

From the Forward: Only after Yonatan Azriaev grabbed the terrorist’s arms and threw him against a wall of soft drinks did he think he was about to die. Azriaev, a member of the Breslov Hasidic sect, had been handing out religious pamphlets in the open-air market here when he stepped inside a shop at around

Official Palestinian TV Calls Jaffa Terrorist a ‘Martyr’

March 9, 2016, by

From The Times of Israel: The official news station of the Palestinian Authority described the terrorist who went on a stabbing spree in Jaffa Wednesday night as a “martyr” and called his victims “settlers.” On Wednesday night, 22-year-old Palestinian Bashar Massalha killed an American tourist, US army veteran Taylor Force, and injured 10 other people,

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