The Israeli military imposed a general closure of the West Bank through the end of Passover.
The closure went into effect at midnight Sunday and will remain into effect until the night of April 2, according to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces. It was ordered by the minister of defense in accordance with IDF assessments, the statement said.
Those in need of medical attention or humanitarian aid, or in exceptional cases, will be allowed to leave the West Bank with the authorization of the Civil Administration, according to the IDF.
In a move that had apparently been carefully choreographed by the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu picked up the phone today and called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with an apology for the 2010 Israeli raid on a Turkish flotilla that killed nine Turkish citizens. Erdogan accepted.
At least four rockets were fired from Gaza at southern Israel on the second day of President Obama's three-day visit to Israel, and occurred hours before he traveled to Ramallah in the West Bank to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Two of the rockets fired Thursday morning landed in Sderot, damaging one home. The other two rockets are believed to have landed in Gaza.
It is not believed that Israel will retaliate during Obama's visit, according to reports.
More than a decade after Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was captured and murdered in Pakistan, Pakistani security officials captured a former terrorist leader who is believed to have planned the crime.
The filming schedule of “The Amazing Spider Man 2” was changed in response to a request made by a chasidic Orthodox community in Brooklyn.
Producers of the Hollywood franchise being shot at the Marcy Avenue Armory, a building located in the mostly Yiddish-speaking part of Williamsburg, agreed to reduce the presence of their vehicles in the neighborhood for the duration of Passover.
Plans to close a local intersection were canceled and most vehicles related to the production will be directed to private parking lots instead of taking up space on the street.
Marybeth Ihle, the spokeswoman for the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment said there was never a plan to shoot outside the armory building and the "footprint of the production" would be reduced.
" The production will utilize only a few car lengths of parking outside the building while the rest of its vehicles will be contained in private lots," she told The Jewish Week. "The filming that is scheduled to take place there will happen in the interior of the Armory only.
“Additionally the films and TV shows you see filming in the City are made up of 130,000 hardworking New Yorkers who support themselves and their families by working behind the scenes as camera operators, production assistants, costume designers, electricians, and carpenters.”
Rabbi David Niederman, president of the United Jewish Organization of Williamsburg, added, “I’m happy that an agreement was reached and they’re not going to disrupt the preparation of the holiday, and the holiday itself.”
The proposed location shooting schedule for "The Amazing Spiderman 2" in Williamsburg was taken as an affront to the chasidic community there, its leaders said, because it would force the closing of streets and disrupt observance of Passover.
You can still buy peanuts and cracker jacks, but kosher hot dogs won't be available at New York Mets games when the Amazin's play on Friday night or Saturday.
A federal appeals court told a kosher hot dog vendor in New York that its agreement with Citi Field precludes it from selling kosher products at the stadium on Shabbat.
Kosher Sports Inc. had a 10-year contract with Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, to sell hot dogs, sausages and other kosher products in the stadium through October 2018. In 2010, the kosher food distributor sued Citi Field operators for preventing its workers from selling their products on Friday nights and Saturdays, and for attempting to stop the company from obtaining a fourth food cart.
Argentine rabbi who co-authored book with Francis I says new leader will ‘search for the truth.'
Stewart Ain and Steve Lipman
The selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to be the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church is being seen as a move that will continue to cement Catholic-Jewish relations and perhaps end the debate over the Church’s actions during World War II.