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3 Maps That Explain The Western Wall Compromise

02/01/2016 - 11:09

The Western Wall compromise passed Sunday by Israel’s Cabinet represents a landmark interdemoninational consensus at what many consider to be Judaism’s holiest site.  But describing the deal can be confusing: One worship area will expand, the others will remain untouched and the site’s entrance will change.

Thousands gather at the Western Wall on Sept. 30, 2015 to receive the Priestly Blessing on the Sukkot holiday. JTA

US Jewish Groups Hail Mixed-Gender Western Wall Space

02/01/2016 - 11:05

Jerusalem — American Jews are celebrating an Israeli government decision to greatly expand — and fund — a pluralistic egalitarian prayer section adjacent to the Western Wall plaza as a first step toward official Israeli recognition of non-Orthodox streams of Judaism.

Women of the Wall, who retrieved a Torah scroll from the men’s prayer section despite regulations against women. RNS

Hebron Puts Bibi At Settlement Crossroads

Expansionist moves set against policy ‘ambivalence.’

01/27/2016 - 08:43
Contributing Editor

Tel Aviv — The abandoned stone building in the West Bank city of Hebron lies just steps from the Cave of the Patriarchs, a site holy to Muslims and Jews and infamous as a flashpoint of religiously inspired bloodshed.

Jewish settlers gather their belongings last week after being evacuated by Israeli security forces from two homes.

Breaking A Taboo, Some Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Men Look For Work

01/26/2016 - 10:42

Bnei Brak, Israel - At the age of 36, Michael Luc realized he needed to find a good job.

Ultra-Orthodox men are increasingly entering the Israeli workforce, thanks to employment training offered by the Ministry. RNS

Diamond Engagement Ring Found After Search Through Tons Of Jerusalem Garbage

Bauble reportedly worth more than $10,000.

01/25/2016 - 11:25

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A diamond engagement ring accidentally thrown in a garbage dumpster by a bride-to-be was recovered days after haredi Orthodox volunteers sifted through tons of garbage.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews searching in a pile of garbage at Jeruslem’s Givat Shaul city dump for an expensive engagement ring. JTA

Settlers Removed From Hebron Buildings

01/25/2016 - 10:52

Israeli troops removed several dozen settlers from two buildings in Hebron, which the settlers said they had bought from Palestinians.

Young settlers clash with Israeli police during evacuation of a disputed Hebron house on Dec. 4, 2008. JTA

Hezbollah-Funded Terror Cell Discovered In West Bank

01/20/2016 - 12:49

Jerusalem — A Hezbollah-funded Palestinian terrorist cell from the West Bank city of Tulkarm was arrested for planning an attack in Israel.

Hezbollah flag. Wikimedia Commons

Palestinian Workers Banned From West Bank Settlements

01/20/2016 - 12:21

Jerusalem — Palestinian workers were banned from working in Jewish West Bank settlements in the wake of attacks that killed one Jewish mother and left a pregnant woman wounded.

Palestinian workers were barred from Israeli settlements in the southern West Bank after a woman was stabbed. Getty Images

Arrest In Murder Of West Bank Mother Of 6

Palestinian teen nabbed after brazen attack; Netanyahu visits Otniel.

01/20/2016 - 09:02

Jerusalem — A Palestinian teen was arrested in the stabbing murder of Dafna Meir, an Israeli mother of six, in her West Bank home.

The husband and children of Dafna Meir grieving at her funeral in Jerusalem Tuesday, the day after her stabbing death.

Palestinian Teen Arrested In Murder Of Dafna Meir, Mother Of 6

The suspect, 16, was arrested overnight Monday in a Palestinian village near the scene of the attack in the West Bank.

01/19/2016 - 09:59

A Palestinian teen was arrested for the stabbing murder of Dafna Meir, an Israeli mother of six, in her West Bank home.

IDF forces searching near the scene of the fatal stabbing in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. JTA
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