JERUSALEM (JTA) -- They came armed with knives and wire cutters looking for a Jewish target.
It was a Friday night, the Sabbath eve of March 11, and Palestinian teenagers Amjad Awad, 19, and Hakim Awad, 18, both from the Palestinian village of Awarta, hurried through the dark before climbing over the fence of the nearby Jewish settlement of Itamar, in the West Bank.
The first house they entered was empty of people, but they found an M-16, magazines and a flak jacket. They took the material with them.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Congress approved $19 million for non-profit security for 2011, a program that has mostly benefited Jewish institutions in the past.
The $19 million, identical to 2010's allocation, was included in appropriations approved this week and is part of a congressionally mandated program in place since 2005 that targets institutions that are vulnerable to attack.
In the past, security measures funded included reinforcements for windows, gates and doors, video surveillance, other enhancements, and training.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Two teenage Palestinians from a West Bank village have been arrested for the murders of five members of the Fogel family of Itamar.
The Israeli military announced Sunday that Israeli security services - including the Israel Defense Forces, the Shin Bet security service and police - had arrested two teens from the nearby village of Awarta in connection with the brutal Sabbath eve murder in March.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- FBI records say the agency believed the Jewish Defense League extorted money from rappers by threatening violence.
The JDL has been "extorting money from various rap music stars via death threats," according to a report Thursday in Haaretz on the release of FBI files surrounding the unsolved 1996 murder of Tupac Shakur. The JDL is not otherwise linked to Shakur's murder in the files.
Another JDL target was rapper Eazy-E, according to the documents, which alleged that the JDL would follow-up death threats with demands for protection money.
JTA) -- The suspect in an explosion outside of a Southern California Chabad House was arrested after he was recognized while praying in a suburban Cleveland synagogue.
Ron Hirsch, 60, also known as Israel Fisher, was arrested Monday night in a Cleveland Heights synagogue and Jewish center by the FBI and local police shortly after evening prayers as he sat studying from a Jewish text.
The Jewish Week's Aaron Herman visits the Bomb Shelter, a multi-media installation exhibit in Washington Square Park.. A siren periodically sounds and visitors to the exhibit have 15 seconds to get from where they are in the park to the shelter - the same length of time that those facing rocket attacks in Israel have to reach safety.
The 12-year-old girl was seated on the couch across from me, clinging to her mother, her posture helpless and afraid. She’s what they really mean when they say the words “Arab-Israeli conflict,” I thought to myself, trying to maintain a professional mien as I nodded authoritatively, jotted down a few notes, and pretended that I wasn’t about to burst into tears.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel may cancel a visit by Argentina's foreign minister after a report that the South American country told Iran it would stop investigating two bombings of Jewish targets in exchange for better trade relations.
Argentinian Foreign Minister Hector Timerman is scheduled to visit Israel next week. Israeli Foreign Ministry officials are waiting for a response from their Argentinian counterparts on the veracity of a report in a weekly Argentinian newspaper before deciding how to handle the visit, according to Israeli news reports.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Six terrorists failed in their attempt to blow up a pipeline carrying natural gas to Israel and Jordan from Egypt.
The timer on the explosives planted at a gas terminal in northern Sinai on Sunday did not go off and the bomb was defused, The Associated Press reported. The terrorists had jumped a guard in the early morning and planted the explosives before fleeing.
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