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4 Killed, 3 Badly Injured In Suspected Tel Aviv Terrorist Attack

06/08/2016 - 15:40

Four people were killed and three were seriously injured in a shooting at an outdoor shopping center in Tel Aviv.

Israeli security forces arriving at the scene of a suspected terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, June 8, 2016. JTA

New ‘Schisms’ On Jerusalem Day

March through Muslim Quarter points to continuing friction over reunification.

06/08/2016 - 08:12
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — It was barely 4 p.m. on Sunday when Rami Sambusek started stacking up plastic chairs outside the Basti Pizza Restaurant in the heart of the Old City’s Muslim Quarter as the final customers lingered. 

Jerusalem Day festivities outside the Damascus Gate. “Jerusalem is ours — all parts of it,” said a Knesset member. Joshua Mitnic

SodaStream Gets Into The Beer Business With New Home Brewing System

06/02/2016 - 11:33

SodaStream, the Israeli company that brought homemade carbonated drinks to kitchens around the world, is making a bid to conquer the home pub with the introduction of Beer Bar, its first homemade brew.

Sodastream CEO Daniel Birnbaum posing for a photograph at the SodaStream factory next to the city of Rahat, Israel. JTA

LGBT Mission Aiming To ‘Broaden The Tent’

In Israel, JFNA participants push hot-button marriage issues, stand with country’s gay community.

06/01/2016 - 08:25
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, is a mandatory stop for every mission organized by the Jewish Federations of North America, but Nazi persecution of the Jews, not persecution of gays and lesbians, is the central focus of the center.

A different stone wall: Participants in this week’s LGBT mission sponsored by JFNA visit the Western Wall. Eyal Warsavsky

New Stage For Temple Mount Activist Yehuda Glick: The Knesset

05/31/2016 - 12:21

Tel Aviv — A year and a half ago he was a fringe Temple Mount activist expected to die, the victim of a point-blank assassination attempt.

On a tour of the Temple Mount, Yehuda Glick shows religious Jews a diagram of the Jewish temple that once stood. JTA

Israeli Soldier, 19, Wounded In Tel Aviv Attack Seen As Terrorism

05/31/2016 - 12:03

An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded Monday in a Tel Aviv stabbing — reportedly with a screwdriver — in what police are investigating as a terrorist attack.

Israeli soldier. Getty Images

Will Lieberman Shed His Hardline Skin?

A political chameleon faces a critical test as life-and-death matters loom at Defense Ministry.

05/25/2016 - 07:57
Contributing Editor

A  hardline maverick is about to take the reins at Israel’s Ministry of Defense, empowered to make key decisions over war and peace, and over the day-to-day lives of Palestinians.

Avigdor Lieberman has at times demonstrated a pragmatic streak. Getty Images

Taube Philanthropies Grants $15m To Update Reform Movement’s Israel Campus

05/23/2016 - 16:30

The Reform movement in Israel is receiving a $15 million grant from the Taube Philanthropies to update its Jerusalem headquarters.

An architect’s rendering of the planned new entrance to the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem. JTA

Ya’alon Quits Post As Defense Minister Citing ‘Distrust’ For Netanyahu

05/20/2016 - 11:09

Following reports of his imminent replacement, Moshe Ya’alon resigned as Israel’s defense minister citing distrust in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon in Jerusalem in 2015. JTA
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