Gush Etzion

Obama Calls Ezra Schwartz’s Family To Offer Condolences

11/24/2015 - 19:00

Washington — President Barack Obama called the parents of Ezra Schwartz, the 18-year-old American student murdered last week in a Palestinian terror attack in the West Bank, to offer his condolences.

Ezra Schwartz. JTA

Young Woman Killed, 2 Injured In West Bank Stabbing Attack

11/09/2014 - 19:00

Jerusalem — A young woman was killed and two others were injured in a stabbing attack in the West Bank.

The Monday evening attack occurred at the Alon Shvut junction in the Gush Etzion bloc of settlements, where the three Israelis were waiting for rides.

Israeli media have given differing accounts of the age of the fatality, saying she was between 14 and 25. The others suffered light stab wounds.

Gush Bloc Land May Not End Up In Israeli Hands

Palestinians said to be planning appeals of ‘state land’ designation on West Bank; was move political or administrative?

09/09/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Israel’s decision to declare nearly 1,000 acres within the Gush Etzion Jewish settlement bloc “state land” was condemned by Peace Now last week as the largest seizure of Palestinian land in 30 years. But a further examination reveals it is not a fait accompli and may not even all be Palestinian land.

Children seen playing in the streets of the settlement of Gvaot on Tuesday. Miriam Alster/Flash 90

In Settlement Bloc, Kidnapping Shakes Sense Of Security

Residents of suburban Gush Etzion struggling for normalcy.

06/23/2014 - 20:00

Efrat, West Bank (JTA) — At a shopping center in the middle of Efrat, families eat pizza, a deliveryman unloads a cart and a barista serves coffee. On a passing bus, a banner reads “Gush Etzion — an Israeli home.”

Israeli soldiers guard the roadside hitchhiking area at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank. Flash 90

Your Teen Is 'Tremping' In Territories

Kidnapped boys were hitchhiking as everybody does; no, my mom doesn't know.

06/15/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Josh Glahn, 19-year-old student at Yeshivat Har Etzion in the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut, hitchhikes about 10 times a week.

The three boys stood at this designated stop for hitchhiking, before being kidnapped on Thursday. Josh Glahn/JW

Rocket Strikes Reported South Of Jerusalem

11/15/2012 - 19:00

Air-raid sirens were sounded in Jerusalem on Friday, marking the first time the holy city has been targeted by rocket fire from Gaza.

Initial reports from Israeli television said three rockets had landed in the area of Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem.

The alarms come just a day after Gaza rockets landed on the outskirts of Tel Aviv. Previously, Palestinian rocket fire has been largely confined to an area closer to the Gaza Strip, leaving Israel's major population centers largely unscathed.

From Kutsher’s To The Gush

Musings on home, in more ways than one.
06/11/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor

With the recent passing of NBA great Jack Twyman, obituaries mentioned the love and care of this white man for his black teammate Maurice Stokes (color mattered in 1958), when Stokes suffered a brain injury and permanent paralysis soon after hitting his head on the court during a game. Until his death in 1970, and without an NBA pension, Stokes survived on charity that was mostly raised by Twyman, who became his legal guardian.

Borscht Belt ball: Wilt Chamberlain, back row, second from left, at Kutsher’s.

Scattered Clashes As 30,000 Mark Jerusalem Day With Flag Dance

05/20/2012 - 20:00


 At least 30,000 people participated in the Jerusalem Day parade known as the Dance of the Flags, which led to some clashes between marchers and counter-protesters.

The route went in part through eastern Jerusalem before entering the Old City of Jerusalem through the Damascus and Jaffa gates and ending at the Western Wall, where participants sang and danced.

Hundreds of police and security personnel were deployed throughout the city for Sunday's Jerusalem Day festivities.

Response to Itamar Attack Prompts Israelis to Ask Whether Palestinians are Serious About Peace

03/13/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Palestinian reaction to the grisly killings of five Israeli family members in the Jewish settlement of Itamar, on the West Bank, has prompted many Israelis to ask the same question of the Palestinians that the world often asks of the Israeli government: Are they really serious about peace?

On the one hand, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas went on Israel Radio on Monday to condemn the March 11 killings of the Fogel family members, including a 4-year-old boy and a 3-month-old girl, as “despicable, inhuman and immoral.”

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