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Fatah, Hamas agree to reconciliation deal

04/26/2011 - 20:00

(JTA) -- The rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have agreed to a reconciliation deal.

The surprise deal to form an interim government and hold general elections within a year was reached in secret negotiations in Cairo between the two sides, according to reports. A formal announcement of the reconciliation reportedly will be made next week.

“All points of differences have been overcome," said Taher Al-Nono, a Hamas spokesman in the Gaza Strip, according to Reuters.

For Liberal Olim, Southern Comfort

A nondenominational seed takes root in the Negev, partly inspired by a Chicago rabbi’s vision.
04/17/2011 - 20:00

Beersheva, Israel — Sitting around their kitchen table in a modern high-rise in this desert city in the country’s south, Ophira and Josh Stramer glanced over at their toddler son, Negev, who was happily watching cartoons on the living room floor.

Pluralism blooms in the desert: Beersheva, above, is home to a unique group of olim whose numbers are growing.

Palestinian Teens Arrested In Fogel Murders

Suspects linked to PFLP terror group, wanted to be ‘martyrs’, reports say.
04/17/2011 - 20:00
JTA

Jerusalem — 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 two Palestinian teenagers 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 stole an M-16, magazines and a flak jacket.

Next, they entered the Fogels’ home.

Mourners carry the remains of 3-month-old Hadas Fogel, youngest victim of the March 11 Itamar massacre. Getty Images

Arrest of Two Palestinians for Itamar Killings Can’t Console Fogels’ Kin

04/17/2011 - 20:00
JTA

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.

Next they entered the Fogels’ home.

IDF Closes West Bank for Passover

04/17/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Israel Defense Forces have imposed a general closure on Palestinians in the West Bank during Passover.

The closure went into effect Sunday night at one minute to midnight and will remain in place until late on April 26, following the close of the holiday, according to the Israeli military.

Ra’anana Rabbis Condemn Attack on Reform Synagogue

04/17/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Some 14 Orthodox rabbis and public figures from the central Israel city of Ra'anana signed a letter condemning an attack on a Reform synagogue in the city.

Signers of the letter released Sunday include Ra'anana Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Peretz.

The World Union for Progressive Judaism also condemned the April 14 attack, the third time the Raanan Synagogue has been vandalized in the last year.

Two Palestinians Teens Arrested in Fogel Family Murder

04/16/2011 - 20:00

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.

Justin Bieber Says Logistics Stalled Meeting With Kids

04/12/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A spokesman for Justin Bieber told JTA that the pop star is not meeting with children from Israel's rocket-beset south because of logistics, not politics.

“Justin welcomes the chance to meet with kids facing difficult circumstances, regardless of their background, and in fact, he had already invited children from the Sderot area to join the 25,000-plus other fans at his concert in Tel Aviv on Thursday night,” the spokesman told JTA.

Blowing Off Bieber

After the teen pop sensation, on an Israel tour, snubs Sderot kids, Bibi cancels meeting.
04/12/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Bieber Fever has spread to Israel — and a group of Bieber-obsessed teens who live in Southern Israel are thanking their lucky stars that they’ve been given free tickets to a sold-out Justin Bieber concert on Thursday at Yarkon Park, in Tel Aviv. (A meeting between Bieber and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the concert was discussed by representatives, but didn't come about, with Netanyahu insisting that  children from communities affected by Gaza rocket fire attend the meeting. Bieber's camp said logistics prevented the meeting.)

Teenage singing star Justin Bieber. getty images

Storm Before The Calm

Escalation of violence and ceasefire precede anticipated Netanyahu initiative to restart peace talks.
04/11/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The three-week rocket, mortar and missile attack on southern Israel by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip might have been caused by trigger-happy Palestinians, some experts say.

Rocket attacks like this one on April 9, seen from the Israeli side of the Gaza border. Getty images
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