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Pressing Pluralism In The Knesset

MK Merav Michaeli wants Israel to be a place where every Jew can be a Jew ‘whichever way they should be Jewish.’

04/26/2016 - 16:37

Washington — When a pro-Israel U.S. lawmaker greeted a member of Israel’s Knesset here recently, the former may not have anticipated the candor of the latter.

“I’m an Israeli member of Parliament,” Michaeli says. “I have a responsibility for how Israel treats human beings.” Michal Fatta

Bus Bombing Rocks Jerusalem, At Least 21 Injured

04/19/2016 - 11:15

Jerusalem — At least 21 people were injured in a bus bombing in Jerusalem, police said, in the first such attack in Israel in years.

Firefighters and rescue personnel at the scene of a bus bombing in the Talpiot neighborhood of Jerusalem, April 18, 2016. JTA

At Least 15 Reportedly Injured In Jerusalem Bus Explosion

04/18/2016 - 14:03

Jerusalem — At least 15 people are reported injured in an explosion Monday afternoon on a public bus in Jerusalem that is being investigated as a bombing or an engine malfunction.

Firefighters and rescue personnel responding to a bus explosion in jerusalem, April 18, 2016. JTA

Soldier Who Killed Subdued Palestinian Charged With Manslaughter

04/18/2016 - 10:48

Jerusalem — The Israeli soldier who was captured on video shooting an already downed Palestinian assailant in the head was charged Monday with manslaughter.

The Israeli soldier who shot a Palestinian attacker in Hebron at a hearing at a military court near Kiryat Malachi. JTA

Export Chill Descends On The Settlements

Six months into new EU labeling guidelines, businesses shifting strategies but bracing for problems.

04/13/2016 - 08:25
Contributing Editor

Jordan Valley, West Bank — The headquarters of the Jordan Valley Regional Council looks out onto groves of palm trees whose sugary dates are shipped to Europe — one of the biggest exports of this settlement farming region. Despite the idyllic view, the strip of farms along the border is one of the main fronts in a battle over labeling Israeli products from the West Bank. 

David Elhayani, chairman of the Jordan Valley Regional Council. Joshua Mitnick/JW

Panama Papers Show Abbas’s Son Has $1m In PA-Linked Equity Firm

04/08/2016 - 09:52

Tareq Abbas, the son of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, holds $1 million worth of shares in a Palestinian investment company with ties to the PA, the “Panama Papers” data leak revealed.

The building that houses the law firm Mossack Fonseca & Co is seen on April 7, 2016 in Panama City, Panama. Getty Images

Chipping Away At Chief Rabbinate In The Courts

Progress cited on religious pluralism in Israel, but will non-Orthodox gains stick?

04/06/2016 - 08:56
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — While no one would call Israel a religiously pluralistic country, with its Orthodox control of the Chief Rabbinate, momentum in that direction seems to be building.  

Greater access to worship space at the Western Wall. Getty IMages

Video Of West Bank Shooting Roiling Israel

Arrest of soldier who shot incapacitated terror suspect sparks protests, petitions and political split.

03/29/2016 - 18:38
Contributing Editor

Beit Shemesh, Israel — “Better a dead terrorist than a soldier dead!” shouted Amalia Bochbot through a megaphone at a demonstration at the entrance of this Israeli city.

A solidarity rally in Beit Shemesh on behalf of the Israeli soldier at the center of the controversial shooting. joshua Mitnick

‘It Takes Away The Entire Beauty Of The Commandment’

At Israel’s mikvahs, women claim verbal abuse and unwanted touching.

03/29/2016 - 15:47

Jerusalem — Without warning, the ritual bath attendant pulled off Naava Shafner’s towel. She was standing, naked, in front of a woman she didn’t know. Then the attendant began interrogating her.

Activists protesting for mikvah reform earlier this month in Jerusalem. Michal Smith Hazan

Why 3 Videos Of A West Bank Shooting Are Roiling Israel

03/29/2016 - 11:35

Tel Aviv — It began as an all-too-common story: A Palestinian assailant in the contested West Bank city of Hebron stabs and wounds an Israeli soldier. Israeli forces shoot him dead.

Israeli soldiers removing the body a Palestinian man who stabbed a soldier in the West Bank city of Hebron, March 24, 2016. JTA
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