Israel Shelling Kills 15 at Gaza U.N. School

IDF had come under fire in area of school; death toll in Gaza now at 1,280, according to Gaza’s health ministry.

07/29/2014 - 20:00

Jerusalem — At least 15 Palestinians were killed in shelling on a United Nations school in the Jabaliya refugee camp, which is serving as a shelter for Gazans displaced from their homes in the current conflict.

15 Palestinians killed in shelling on UN school. Getty Images.

Gaza: With God On Our Side

07/29/2014 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Israel has had some terrific war songs, going back to 1948’s Palmach march, and 1967’s “Jerusalem of Gold,” performed for the first time as an elegy in May of that year, but transformed into a celebratory psalm three weeks later after the Six-Day War. The greatest English song supporting an embattled Israel is Bob Dylan’s blistering, sarcastic and yet poetic “Neighborhood Bully” of 1983, written in the wake of Israel’s leveling of an Iraqi nuclear reactor and of the 1982 Lebanon war.

Peter Himmelman’s “Maximum Restraint” is reminiscent of his father-in-law Bob Dylan’s “Neighborhood Bully.”  Peter Himmelman via

Amid Tunnel Threat, Ideas For End Emerge

As Israel-U.S. tensions simmer, calls to have Abbas rule Gaza arise.

07/29/2014 - 20:00

‘See that forest? The clash happened on the other side.”

Micha Ben Hillel of Kibbutz Nir Am near the Gaza Strip pointed to a line of trees on a hill separated from the kibbutz’s perimeter fence by several hundred feet of parched thistle and overgrown grass. 

Patrol road of Kibbutz Nir Am, located near the northeast tip of Gaza.

How J Street Shows Solidarity With Israel

07/27/2014 - 20:00

The past two weeks have been agonizing, terrifying and humbling. As we have watched the violence in Israel and in Gaza escalate, it has been hard not to feel angry, sad and worst of all powerless.

When Journalists Lose Their Moral Compass

07/22/2014 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Los Angeles — There is so much to read these days about the Israel-Hamas conflict. There are constant reports from Gaza and Israel, with correspondents from around the world reporting on up-to-the-minute casualty figures. My suggestion for those who seek a deeper understanding of the roots of this war is simple: study the Hamas Charter.

Gary Rosenblatt

U.S. Commits $47 Million In Humanitarian Aid For Gaza

07/21/2014 - 20:00

The United States has committed $47 million to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

The money will be for “direct humanitarian assistance,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stressed Monday night in Cairo at a news conference with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Oy Vey, $end Money

If you're like me, you've been closely following the latest fighting between Israel and Hamas, and trying to dig out from under a flood of urgent appeals -- phone, snail mail and email -- from Jewish groups urging you to "show your support" for Israel.

How to show support? Send money, of course.

Some are soliciting for Israel Emergency Funds, as in prior crises, but most are collecting for their own coffers.

Israel Launches Gaza Ground War

Mission to strike at terrorist tunnels after 10 days of airstrikes.

07/16/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Israeli troops crossed into the Gaza Strip Thursday evening to launch a ground offensive against Hamas terrorists who had unleashed a blistering tirade of rockets into Israel following a five-hour cease-fire requested by the United Nations for humanitarian purposes.

Hamas reportedly fired more than 100 rockets as soon as the cease-fire ended at 3 p.m. The Israeli military said two homes were damaged in the fusillade, 10 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system and the others landed in open areas.

Israel begins ground invasion in Gaza. Wikimedia Commons

As Rockets Rain, Local Teens In Israel Stay Vigilant

Trip organizers re-evaluate itineraries in light of danger in Israel’s south.

07/14/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Rivka Hia, 19-year-old Yeshiva University student from Queens, awoke on the night of July 8 to the wailing of sirens. She, along with 30 other Yeshiva University students, was staying in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Malakhi, about 25 miles from the Gaza Strip.

YU students, above, at camp for at-risk Israeli teens in town near Gaza border. Courtesy of Counterpoint Israel
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