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Palestinian Terrorist Kills US Tourist, Wounds 10 in Jaffa Stabbing Spree

March 8, 2016, by

From The Times of Israel: An American tourist was killed and at least 10 people were injured Tuesday evening when a Palestinian man carried out a stabbing spree in Jaffa. Five of the injured were described as being in critical condition. The terrorist stabbed his victims in at least three locations in an attack that

Netanyahu Lashes Arab MKs for Hezbollah support: ‘Have you gone mad?’

March 7, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out Monday at Arab MKs who condemned Gulf Arab states for blacklisting the Lebanese Shiite organization Hezbollah as a terror group. “Countries from the Arab world decided to recognize Hezbollah as a terror group. This is an important development. Even amazing,” Netanyahu said in the

Middle East Drought the Worst in 900 Years

March 7, 2016, by

From the JTA: A recent 14-year dry spell in the Middle East was the worst drought in the past 900 years, according to a new NASA study. The American space agency’s researchers examined records of rings of trees in several Mediterranean countries to determine patterns of dry and wet years across a span of nine centuries.

ISIS on the Rise Among Israeli Arabs

March 3, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: A total of 34 Israeli Arabs have been indicted for offenses related to activities on behalf of Islamic State, a TV report said Thursday, adding that the terror group was steadily growing in popularity in Israel. The Channel 10 report said Islamic State has been working relentlessly to encourage a

Israeli Father of 5 Attacked Outside His Home Saves His Children

March 2, 2016, by

From the JTA: A father of five who was attacked by two Palestinian teens said he managed to shove his assailants out of his West Bank home before they could hurt his family. Roi Harel was heading to army reserve duty in uniform at 5 a.m. Wednesday when the assailants attacked him with clubs and

1,600-Year-Old Wine Press Discovered in Old Jerusalem Army Base

March 2, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: An ancient wine press likely dating from Roman times was uncovered within the grounds of a disused IDF military base in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiques Authority said on Wednesday. The IAA excavated the former Schneller base ahead of the construction of residential buildings on the site for the capital’s ultra-Orthodox

5 Young Chinese Women Arrive in Israel to Make Aliyah

February 29, 2016, by

From the JTA: Five women in their 20s from the Chinese Jewish community of Kaifeng arrived in Israel to make aliyah. The women, who have been studying Hebrew and Judaism in their native Kaifeng, arrived on Monday and then traveled to the Western Wall. They must still undergo a formal conversion by the Chief Rabbinate

Sudanese Stabber in Israel Was Islamic State Adherent

February 25, 2016, by

From the JTA: A Sudanese national who stabbed an Israeli soldier in Ashkelon was influenced to carry out the attack by the Islamic State, the Shin Bet said. The results of a joint investigation by the security service and police released Thursday determined that the assailant, Kamel Hassan, 32, was a devout Muslim and adherent

Losing My Second Son

February 25, 2016, by

The following is an excerpt from Miriam’s Song (Gefen Publishing House, 2016): I remember the exact time. Bat-El called from the army, we wished each other Shabbat shalom, and with the phone in my hand, I banged my head on the door of the kitchen cabinet. I shouted to Bat-El on the phone: “God, I just hit

Meet 5 Israeli Companies Driving Disability Tech

February 24, 2016, by

Ben Sales of the JTA has this story: After a missile strike during the 1973 Yom Kippur War left Omer Zur’s father paralyzed from the chest down, his dad vowed to continue life as normal. But there was one Israeli pastime he couldn’t enjoy: hiking. “He’d say, ‘I’ll go in the car and meet you

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