The Jewish World

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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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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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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Op-Ed: Kristallnacht’s lessons for today

Op-Ed: Kristallnacht’s lessons for today

By Abraham H. Foxman NEW YORK (JTA) — Each year on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, we recall the opening salvo of the violent assault on Jews that foreshadowed the Holocaust and ask ourselves what should have been done at that moment. In thinking about Kristallnacht, we should also consider the outpouring of violence against Jewish communities(…)

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Palestinian driver suspected of running over soldiers turns himself in

Palestinian driver suspected of running over soldiers turns himself in

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Palestinian man suspected of running over three Israeli soldiers with a van turned himself in. Hamam Mesalmeh, of the West Bank village of Beit Awa, near Hebron, surrendered at the West Bank’s Etzion District Coordinating Office, which coordinates activities between Israeli and Palestinian security forces, at about noon Thursday. Several members(…)

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From Ebola to Iraqi refugees, Israeli aid group tackles world’s most difficult crises

From Ebola to Iraqi refugees, Israeli aid group tackles world’s most difficult crises

By Sean Savage, JNS.org Known primarily for their military prowess and high-tech ingenuity, Israelis are often overlooked when it comes to their global engagement. But IsraAID, an Israeli non-profit and non-governmental organization founded in 2001, has been on the frontline of every major humanitarian crisis of the 21st century — including today’s most difficult hotspots(…)

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