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Finding equality in a Jerusalem bomb shelter

Finding equality in a Jerusalem bomb shelter

By Aaron D. Panken, JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) – When the siren sounded, the Rolling Stones’ tortured 1969 track “Gimme Shelter” popped into my head, oddly enough. That haunting song offered a stunning reminder of the endless horrors of war, reawakening a sleepy world with a vivid musical picture of human pain(…)

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For two Americans, service to Israel ends in tragedy

For two Americans, service to Israel ends in tragedy

By Hillel Kuttler, JTA World News Service BALTIMORE (JTA) — Sean Carmeli, a sergeant in the Israeli army, was stationed in Israel’s South awaiting possible orders to enter Gaza. He was exchanging Facebook messages with his friend Ian Benisti, a U.S. Marine reservist who was visiting Israel from California. The two had planned to get(…)

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US airlines cancel flights to Israel

US airlines cancel flights to Israel

NEW YORK (JTA) –United, U.S. Airways and Delta Airlines canceled their flights to Tel Aviv after a rocket fired from Gaza struck near the Israeli airport. Delta and United both said they were suspending all flights to Israel until further notice. A spokesman for American Airlines, the parent company of U.S. Airways, told JTA that the airline was “monitoring the situation.” U.S. Airways(…)

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UNRWA condemns discovery of rockets in Gaza school

UNRWA condemns discovery of rockets in Gaza school

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A United Nations agency condemned the discovery of rockets discovered in one of its schools in the Gaza Strip.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which assists Palestinian refugees, said in a statement issued Thursday that about 20 rockets were discovered hidden on the premises of a vacant school in Gaza during(…)

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Israel launches Gaza ground operation

Israel launches Gaza ground operation

(JTA) — Israel launched a ground incursion into the Gaza Strip to destroy tunnels it says are used for terrorist activities. “A large IDF force has just launched a ground operation in the Gaza Strip,” the Israel Defense Forces’ spokesman’s office said late Thursday on its Twitter feed. “A new phase of Operation Protective Edge has begun.”(…)

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Kerry slams Hamas for ignoring cease-fire

Kerry slams Hamas for ignoring cease-fire

WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ripped Hamas for ignoring a cease-fire call and affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself.“I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in multiple numbers in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a cease-fire in which Egypt and Israel(…)

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Egypt’s regional role changing in Israel-Hamas crisis

Egypt’s regional role changing in Israel-Hamas crisis

By Linda Gradstein The Media Line Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is in Egypt today in an attempt to push forward a cease-fire between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement, although a truce still appears to be days, if not weeks, away. Hamas today officially rejected an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire. Palestinian officials said(…)

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Eight things you need to know about the Gaza-Israel conflict

Eight things you need to know about the Gaza-Israel conflict

(JTA) — Israel and Hamas are fighting their third major conflict in six years, and while some things have stayed the same, the battle lines have also shifted in a few notable ways. Here are eight things you need to know about the current conflagration: • Iron Dome has been a game changer: The U.S.-funded Israeli anti-missile system was operational(…)

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