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Jerusalem coexistence programs persist amid rising tensions

Jerusalem coexistence programs persist amid rising tensions

By Ben Sales, JTA World News Service JERUSALEM (JTA) — Rawan Masalha and Inbar Shaked-Vardi were in their ninth-grade geography class earlier this year when a fight began over the name of their textbook, “Israel: Its People and Area.” “The Palestinian students started saying, ‘Why Israel? Why not Palestine?’ They didn’t want to use the(…)

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Dwelling together, in their own space

Dwelling together, in their own space

By Emily K., Alhadeff Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound The word on the Jewish street is “attrition.” Made painfully clear by last year’s Pew study, Jews — especially young Jews — are falling away from organized Jewish life. The one denomination that seems to defy the statistic is Orthodoxy; nevertheless, even Orthodox synagogues struggle to(…)

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Yemenite culture minister dedicates award to country’s 90 remaining Jews

Yemenite culture minister dedicates award to country’s 90 remaining Jews

(JNS.org) Yemenite Minister of Culture Arwa Othman is giving away Human Rights Watch’s Alison Des Forges Award, which she received in September, to Yemen’s dwindling Jewish community. The award honored Othman for her work promoting women’s rights and fighting extremism. On Nov. 20, she called for “tolerance,” dedicating her award to “brothers and friends from the Jewish community,” the Associated Press reported. There(…)

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Shipment of weapons bound for eastern Jerusalem intercepted

Shipment of weapons bound for eastern Jerusalem intercepted

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A shipment of knives, swords, fireworks and Tasers bound for eastern Jerusalem was intercepted by Israel Police. Police seized the two containers of weapons last week addressed to residents of the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, which has a large population of Christian Arabs. They were labeled as Christmas decorations; the(…)

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Children can view ancient Jewish manuscripts with new free app

Children can view ancient Jewish manuscripts with new free app

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Antiquities Authority has launched a free app to introduce archaeology to children using games and puzzles. The app Dig Quest: Israel is available through the App Store beginning Thursday. The games were developed in collaboration with Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists and researchers. As they play, children get a feeling of(…)

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Op-Ed: Stop reckless sponsorship of anti-Israelism

Op-Ed: Stop reckless sponsorship of anti-Israelism

By Sara K. Greenberg CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (JTA) — I never imagined that a day would come when some of the world’s leading corporations would fund calls for Israel’s destruction, let alone at one of the world’s most prestigious universities. But that is exactly what happened last week at Harvard. My invitation to “Harvard Arab Weekend”(…)

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Making Israel’s Jewish status the law: Does it matter?

Making Israel’s Jewish status the law: Does it matter?

By Ben Sales, JTA World News TEL AVIV (JTA) — On Sunday, Israel’s Cabinet is set to advance a controversial bill that if passed by the Knesset would enshrine into law Israel’s status as a Jewish state. The nation-state law, as it is being called, has support from much of Israel’s governing coalition but has(…)

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UCLA student government votes to divest from Israel

UCLA student government votes to divest from Israel

(JNS.org) The undergraduate student government at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) voted to divest from American companies that do business in Israel. According to the Daily Bruin, the Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) voted 8-2-2 for the measure that calls for the University of California to divest from American companies that allegedly profit “from(…)

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Terror victims mourned in Jerusalem — and beyond

Terror victims mourned in Jerusalem — and beyond

By Ben Sales, JTA World News Service TEL AVIV (JTA) — They all lived on the same street. They had all moved there from abroad. They were all rabbis. They all prayed at the same synagogue. And it was at that Jerusalem synagogue that they were all murdered on Tuesday morning. Mosheh Twersky, 59; Kalman Levine, 55;(…)

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Israel to consider relaxing gun laws after Jerusalem synagogue terror attack

Israel to consider relaxing gun laws after Jerusalem synagogue terror attack

(JNS.org) Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonvitch ordered a probe to examine easing restrictions on gun laws following the gruesome terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue that left four dead and eight injured on Tuesday. According to a spokesperson for Aharonovitch, the minister would examine easing restrictions for security personnel and ex-military officers, but did(…)

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Is Mahmoud Abbas to blame for Jerusalem synagogue attack?

Is Mahmoud Abbas to blame for Jerusalem synagogue attack?

By Ben Sales, JTA World News Service TEL AVIV (JTA) — After a gruesome attack by two Palestinian cousins left four dead at a Jerusalem synagogue, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu singled out one person for blame: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. In a statement issued by his office, Abbas denounced the Tuesday morning attack, saying(…)

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Five Israelis killed in terror attack on Jerusalem synagogue

Five Israelis killed in terror attack on Jerusalem synagogue

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Five Israelis were killed in a terror attack during morning prayers at a Jerusalem synagogue, including one Druze policeman who died hours after being injured in a shootout. Two Palestinian assailants entered the synagogue and rabbinical seminary in the Har Nof neighborhood of western Jerusalem and attacked worshippers on Tuesday with a gun, axes(…)

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Debate tabled on bill naming Israel national homeland for Jews

Debate tabled on bill naming Israel national homeland for Jews

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Knesset committee vote on a law to officially make Israel the nation-state of all Jews was postponed. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, head of the centrist Hatnua party, on Sunday postponed her ministerial committee for legislation’s vote on the bill known as the Nationality Law. “The explosive situation that exists in the(…)

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Jewish man stabbed with screwdriver in Jerusalem

Jewish man stabbed with screwdriver in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Jewish man was stabbed with a screwdriver in central Jerusalem. The victim, 32, was treated on the scene for stab wounds to his upper body before being taken to Shaarey Zedek Medical Center in the city. The assailant reportedly was a Palestinian youth who was seen fleeing toward the Damascus Gate(…)

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