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Controversy, Concern As Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade Nears

Jerusalem mayor backs out in deference to ultra-Orthodox; police arrest brother of man who stabbed 16-year-old girl at last year’s march.

07/20/2016 - 16:44
Editorial Intern

Just 24 hours before the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, mayor Nir Barkat announced that he would not be attending.

Israelis take part in a memorial rally in to protest the stabbing attack at last year's Jerusalem Pride Parade. Getty Images

Thousands Attend Funeral In Israel For Lone Soldier From New Jersey

07/19/2016 - 10:58

Thousands of mourners attended the funeral on Monday for a lone soldier from New Jersey who was killed when a grenade exploded in his jeep in the Golan Heights.

Shlomo Rindenow. JTA

2 Israeli Soldiers Wounded In Palestinian Stabbing Attack Near Hebron

07/18/2016 - 12:05

Jerusalem — Two Israeli soldiers were wounded in a Palestinian stabbing attack in the West Bank near Hebron.

Israeli soldiers are seen at the site of a stabbing attack by a Palestinian man near the city of Hebron. Getty Images

Lone Soldier From New Jersey One Of 2 Soldiers Killed In Grenade Incident In Israel

07/18/2016 - 11:31

Two Israeli soldiers, including a lone soldier from New Jersey, were killed Sunday morning when a grenade one was carrying exploded.

Shlomo Rindenow. JTA

Capturing The ‘Human Side’ Of The Settlement Controversy

New documentary offers in-depth profiles of families living in the West Bank outpost of Bat Ayin.

07/18/2016 - 09:49
Editorial Intern

On a picturesque hilltop between Jerusalem and Hebron stands the settlement of Bat Ayin, home to around 200 families. Since its establishment in 1989, Bat Ayin has frequently found itself on the wrong side of the news, partly for the extremist ideology of its founder, Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, and partly due to some of the more extremist members of the community.

Screenshot of Elad Nehorai with Bat Ayin in the background.

Kotel Deal Headed To High Court?

Liberal leaders here and in Israel press case amid stalled implementation.

07/13/2016 - 08:24
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — Frustrated over Israel’s stalled implementation of a compromise to establish a pluralistic prayer plaza at the Western Wall, an alliance of Israeli and North American liberal Jewish groups are vowing to escalate pressure on the ground at the Jerusalem holy site and in the Israeli courts.

USCJ’s Rabbi Steven Wernick, left, prays at Western Wall last week. Joshua Mitnick/JW

Netanyahu Investigation Launched, Reportedly For Money Laundering

07/11/2016 - 16:59

Jerusalem — Israel’s attorney general has confirmed that he has ordered an investigation into accusations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in what the Israeli media is reporting as a money-laundering probe.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the Israeli parliament, June 28, 2016. His office is denying allegations. JTA

Israel’s Cabinet Approves $1.5 Million In Aid For Kiryat Arba Settlement

07/11/2016 - 12:41

Jerusalem — Israel’s Cabinet voted to approve a $1.5 million aid package for the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba in the aftermath of three attacks in the area that left two dead and one injured.

Rina Ariel mourning over the body of her 13-year-old daughter Hallel, who was fatally stabbed by a Palestinian attacker. JTA

Western Wall Egalitarian Prayer Activists Say They Will Go To Supreme Court

07/11/2016 - 12:36

Jerusalem — The negotiating team supporting the implementation of the agreement to create an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall said it was planning to initiate legal action in Israel’s Supreme Court.

Conservative and Reform Jewish activists taking part in an egalitarian prayer service at the Western Wall Plaza, June 16. JTA

Ultra-Orthodox Man Caught with 13,000 Ecstasy Pills, Two Others Arrested

Classmates of those arrested described them as "definitely not the brightest sparks in the Yeshiva."

07/07/2016 - 18:12
Editorial Intern

A 25-year-old man from Netanya has been arrested at Ben Gurion airport on suspicion of attempting to smuggle drugs into Israel after a joint operation between the police and customs authorities. 

Ben Gurion airport, where one of the three was arrested. Jotpe, Wikimedia Commons
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