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Facing Islamist threats, Arab nations tilt toward Israel

Facing Islamist threats, Arab nations tilt toward Israel

By Uriel Heilman, JTA World News Service (JTA) – Between the war in Gaza and gains by Islamic militants in Iraq, Syria and Libya, there’s plenty of cause these days for pessimism about the Middle East. But amid all the fighting, there’s also some good news for Israel. If it wasn’t obvious before, the conflagrations(…)

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Both sides claim victory after seven weeks of fighting

Both sides claim victory after seven weeks of fighting

By Abdullah H. Erakat and Linda Gradstein, The Media Line (RAMALLAH) — After the rockets comes the spin machine, and both Israel and Hamas are claming victory in the fighting that has left 2,200 Palestinians, 69 Israelis, and one foreign worker dead, thousands of Palestinians wounded, and widespread devastation in the Gaza Strip. While there(…)

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Egypt hopes to regain regional role through Gaza conflict

Egypt hopes to regain regional role through Gaza conflict

By Linda Gradstein, The Media Line An old Bedouin proverb says, “Me against my brother, me and my brother against my cousin, and me and my cousin against the world.” In the Gaza conflict, while Egypt and Israel may not be brothers, they are certainly cousins with a joint interest in fighting Hamas, which controls(…)

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So is it over?

So is it over?

By Ben Sales, JTA World News Service TEL AVIV (JTA) — A rocket barrage fell on Israel, a boom sounded over Tel Aviv and then it was over — at least for now. After 50 days of missiles, airstrikes, ground operations, tunnel incursions, truce talks, cease-fire proposals, death and destruction, Israel and Hamas agreed to(…)

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Stallone, Rogen among Hollywood elite to slam Hamas

Stallone, Rogen among Hollywood elite to slam Hamas

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Nearly 200 Hollywood elite, including Sylvester Stallone and Seth Rogen, signed a statement condemning Hamas as its conflict with Israel continues.From actors to directors to studio heads signed the statement by members of the Creative Community for Peace and posted on its website Saturday. The signers also included Aaron Sorkin, Roseanne Barr,(…)

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Temple U. Jewish student punched and called ‘kike’ by SJP members

Temple U. Jewish student punched and called ‘kike’ by SJP members

(JNS.org) A Temple University student was punched in the face and called anti-Semitic slurs by members of  Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) on the Philadelphia campus Wednesday. Daniel Vessal, a campus fellow of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) and a member of the Jewish fraternity AEPi, was assaulted during “Templefest,” an(…)

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Farmers in Israel’s south to get 120 new shelters

Farmers in Israel’s south to get 120 new shelters

(JNS.org) Farmers in Israeli communities near Gaza will receive some 120 portable shelters to protect the manual laborers who work the land, officials said on Wednesday. The decision comes amid renewed hostilities between Israel and Hamas. With fields close to the Gaza Strip border fence, agricultural workers in the south have frequently been the target of(…)

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Ohio Jews mourn death of IDF lone soldier

Ohio Jews mourn death of IDF lone soldier

(Cleveland Jewish News/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Columbus, Ohio, Jewish community is mourning the loss of one of its lone soldiers as the Israel Defense Forces continues to investigate the death of Cpl. David Menachem Gordon, whose body was found Aug. 19 in central Israel with gunshot wounds. Gordon, 21, had been missing since about noon Aug.(…)

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Hamas official claims responsibility for murder of Israeli teens

Hamas official claims responsibility for murder of Israeli teens

(JNS.org) Israel’s Channel 2 on Wednesday aired a recording of Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri, who is based in Turkey, claiming responsibility for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in June. The recording is the strongest evidence to date for Hamas’s involvement in that crime. “I praise the brave action that the al-Qassam Brigades carried out, the kidnapping(…)

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U.S. stiffening oversight on missile sales to Israel

U.S. stiffening oversight on missile sales to Israel

(JTA) — The United States is tightening controls on military sales to Israel in the wake of the conflict in Gaza.On July 20, days after Israel began its ground invasion in Gaza, Israel requested and received a shipment of munitions from the Pentagon without prior approval from the White House, according to The Wall Street(…)

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Wanna kill me? Take a number

Wanna kill me? Take a number

By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA World News Service (JTA) — My friend Alain Azria gave me a puzzled look when I told him, with some indignation and disbelief in my voice, that I had just heard talk of killing Jews at an unauthorized anti-Israel demonstration last month in Paris. A young black man with a Parisian(…)

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