Gaza

Hamas To Block U.N. Holocaust Lessons In Gaza

03/01/2011

(JTA) — Hamas said it will stop the United Nations from teaching Palestinian children in Gaza about the Holocaust as part of a human rights curriculum run by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, The Guardian reported.

U.S. Reportedly Proposing U.N. ‘Statement’ on Settlements

02/17/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States reportedly is backing a United Nations Security Council statement that would slam Israel on settlements but would stop short of a resolution.

Grad Rockets From Gaza Strike Israel

02/01/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Rockets fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel.

Long-range Grad missiles fired Monday night struck the cities of Ofakim and Netivot. In Netivot, four people were treated for shock, and a parked car and a road were damaged when the rocket landed near a residential neighborhood.

The rocket landed near a hall where a wedding was taking place, according to Ynet, sending guests running for cover, Ynet reported.

Also Monday, a Kassam rocket landed in an open area in the Eshkol regional council, reportedly causing no damage.

Two New Flotillas to Head to Gaza

01/24/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Two more flotillas will attempt to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, organizers said.

The new convoys, organized by the Free Gaza movement and the Turkish pro-Palestinian organization IHH, will leave in the spring and have been dubbed Freedom Flotilla 2, according to reports. An official announcement will be made later this week, Haaretz reported Monday.

The groups also organized the May 31 flotilla that was intercepted by Israeli naval commandos, with the ensuing violence leading to the deaths of nine Turkish activists.

WikiLeaks: Israel Kept Gaza Economy ‘On Brink’

01/05/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel told the United States in 2008 that it planned to keep Gaza's economy "on the brink of collapse," according to a diplomatic cable obtained by WikiLeaks.

The cable, one of three on the topic from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Washington, said that "As part of their overall embargo plan against Gaza, Israeli officials have confirmed to (U.S. embassy economic officers) on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge."

Venezuelan Jews Report Shift in Tone From Chavez Government

12/29/2010
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CARACAS, Venezuela (JTA) -- On a balmy tropical evening in early December, a few hundred families, mostly of Moroccan descent, gathered to inaugurate the first phase of what eventually will be a grand, two-story marble shul located in a wealthy Caracas neighborhood.

Among them, Claudio Benaim’s family beamed as Benaim stood with Rabbi Isaac Cohen as he recited a prayer into a microphone and affixed a mezuzah on the synagogue’s doorpost. Others admired the new flat-screen TVs listing daily prayer times.

Gaza-Israel Border Heats Up as Hamas Acquires New Weapons

12/29/2010
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JERUSALEM (JTA) -- After two years of relative quiet since the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, Israel's southern border with Gaza is again becoming volatile.

Last week, Gazans fired a rocket into Israel that landed close to a kindergarten in a kibbutz near Ashkelon just as parents were dropping off their children. Although no one was hurt, nothing like that had happened since the war.

Israel Protests Gaza Rockets in U.N.

12/22/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel has filed a complaint in the United Nations over rocket attacks from Gaza.

In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Security Council President Susan Rice, Meron Reuben, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, called on the body to "send a clear and resolute message that these attacks are unacceptable."

Gaza Rocket Attacks Pound Israel

12/20/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Southern Israel was pounded by rockets fired from Gaza.

Seven mortar shells fired from exploded Monday morning in open areas of the western Negev, between Beersheba and Ashkelon.

On Sunday evening, four rockets struck south of Ashkelon.

WikiLeaks Reveals Secrets, Backroom Dealmaking—and Cluelessness

12/01/2010
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A careful reading of the WikiLeaks trove of State Department cables -- which is laying bare some 250,000 secret dispatches detailing private conversations, assessments and dealmaking of U.S. diplomats -- reveals a notable if perhaps surprising pattern: how often they get things wrong.

Again and again the cables show diplomats, lawmakers and heads of state predicting outcomes that never come to pass.

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