Israel

School Leaders Arrested for Cheating Israeli Government

11/21/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The leaders of six educational institutions accused of using fake identification cards to cheat the government of millions of shekels have been arrested.

In raids on nonprofit organizations' offices associated with the haredi Orthodox institutions, Israeli police reportedly confiscated counterfeit ID cards along with a printer, rubber stamp and laminating machine.

The schools are located in Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, Ramat Beit Shemesh and Betar Ilit in the West Bank.

Israel Begins Building Barrier on Egyptian Border

11/21/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel began construction of a barrier along its border with Egypt.

Engineers were scheduled to fan out along Israel's southern border Monday and prepare the ground of for the construction of the barrier and electronic fence.

The nearly $375 million, 155-mile project is being undertaken in order to prevent migrant workers from entering Israel as well as to deter terrorists and drug smugglers.

Another tough hit on Obama Middle East policies

Isn't this called piling on? Well, sometimes piling on is justified.

Yesterday former U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Kurtzer heaped what looks to me like well deserved scorn on the Obama administration's attempt to “bribe” Israel back to the peace table, and predicted it will never work.

U.S. Report Highlights Israel’s Religious Freedoms Violations

11/16/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Government allocations favoring the Orthodox, extra legal protection to Jewish holy sites and Orthodox hegemony over life-cycle events are among Israel's religious freedom violations highlighted in a U.S. State Department report.

The Great Israeli Oil Rush

Howard Jonas’ financial dream team–Lord Jacob Rothschild came on board this week–sees Saudi-level potential.
11/15/2010 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Golda Meir often told the old Jewish joke (though hardly thinking it funny), why did Moses shlep us for 40 years to the one place in the Middle East without oil?

Now, from Golda to black gold, an oil rush is on, with some of the top businessmen in the world betting big money on Israeli oil, and the only laugh may be the last laugh.

Rock of ages: Can Israel turn its shale into energy independence?

A different perspective on the Pollard case

Historian and journalist Gil Troy has some hits and misses in his important Tablet essay on the Jonathan Pollard case and what he believes is a nascent mainstream effort in the Jewish community to win his freedom.

A Jewish Heart for Africa

Aaron Herman reports from a Jewish Heart for Africa program in New York City. Jewish Heart for Africa is a non-profit organization that brings sustainable Israeli technologies to rural African villages.   Project Sol arranges for the financing and installation of solar panels to provide power to schools, medical clinics and water pumping systems.

Seven mild earthquakes hit northern Israel

11/15/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale hit northern Israel, the seventh temblor in two days.

Tuesday morning's earthquake hit near the border with Lebanon, and marked the highest magnitude quake of the seven that began on Sunday evening with a 2.7 temblor, Haaretz reported. Residents of the Upper Galilee reported feeling the quake on Tuesday, according to the newspaper. No injuries or damage were reported.

Israel sits on the Syrian-African fault, and mild earthquakes are not unusual in the region.

Seven Mild Earthquakes Hit Northern Israel

11/15/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale hit northern Israel, the seventh temblor in two days.

Tuesday morning's earthquake hit near the border with Lebanon, and marked the highest magnitude quake of the seven that began on Sunday evening with a 2.7 temblor, Haaretz reported. Residents of the Upper Galilee reported feeling the quake on Tuesday, according to the newspaper. No injuries or damage were reported.

Israel sits on the Syrian-African fault, and mild earthquakes are not unusual in the region.

Jewish Groups Slam Anti-African Refugee Decrees

11/14/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- U.S. Jewish groups condemned rulings by rabbis in the Israeli city Bnei Brak that ban residents from renting apartments to African refugees.

The Anti-Defamation League on Monday called the decrees issued last week in the haredi Orthodox city "biased pronouncements." Six leading haredi rabbis in Bnei Brak issued a ruling that follows a similar call in July by rabbis in nearby Tel Aviv.

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