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NCSY campers gather in Israel to demonstrate commitment to Jewish identity

JERUSALEM – Organized by the Orthodox Union (OU), over 2,000 campers and staff members gathered this week at Park Raanana for a celebratory event that brought together participants from 17 different Israel programs organized by the organization’s youth group, NCSY.

Featuring Jewish music superstar Mordechai Shapiro, the event was the...
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Trump calls McMaster ‘pro-Israel’ as national security adviser comes under fire from far right

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In an unusual statement, President Donald Trump called his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, “very pro-Israel,” an apparent bid to end a barrage of attacks from the far right that has depicted McMaster as hostile to Israel.

“General McMaster and I are working very...
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Jordan’s King Abdullah makes rare visit to Ramallah in West Bank

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jordan’s King Abdullah visited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah for the first time in nearly five years.

The two leaders in their West Bank meeting reportedly discussed President Donald Trump and the peace process, as well as the recent crisis over the Temple Mount.

Abdullah...
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Israel’s Communications Minister to shut down Al Jazeera

Israel Communications Minister Ayoub Kara has officially made a request to revoke the credentials of Al Jazeera journalists in Israel and close the network’s offices in Jerusalem.

Kara made the announcement at a press conference at his office in Jerusalem on Sunday afternoon. Al Jazeera said it was barred from attending the...
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Israel uncovers Hamas money-laundering scheme

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Security Agency uncovered a money-laundering scheme that transferred funds to Hamas in Gaza and the West Bank from Turkey via Hebron.

The fund transfers, which began in 2016, provided more than $210 million to Hamas in the West Bank and Gaza, according to the Israel...
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Jerusalem pride parade draws huge crowd

JERUSALEM (TPS) – More than 10,000 revelers thronged the streets of downtown Jerusalem for the city’s annual pride parade.

Participants described the event as a “carnival” with a uniquely “Jerusalem atmosphere,” and called the march a protest for freedom.

“The energy is great, it feels more like a protest for...
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Israeli family flees home after embassy guard’s name made public in Jordan

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The family of the Israeli Embassy security guard who shot and killed two Jordanians after being stabbed   has left its home after a newspaper in Jordan made the guard’s identity public.

The identity of the guard, Ziv Moyal, 28, from a moshav in southern Israel, had...
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White House hails Israel’s dismantling of Temple Mount metal detectors

(JTA) – The White House lauded Israel for dismantling metal detectors near the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem that had spurred violent clashes between Muslims and Israeli police, but Palestinian officials called for sustained protests.

“The United States applauds the efforts of Israel to maintain security while reducing tensions in the...
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Hamas, Fatah Call For Another Day of Rage Over Temple Mount Standoff

(TPS) — Walking behind a model of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, thousands of Hamas gunmen marched in Gaza City Wednesday as the Islamic terror group’s leadership called for another day of rage Friday in the capital.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah Party also called for its supporters to continue holding...
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New security cameras at Temple Mount will respect public and its privacy, Israel Police say

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Police said the new security cameras they plan to install at the Temple Mount will retain “full respect for the public and its privacy.”

The police released the statement Tuesday after rumors gained traction that the police had plans to install X-ray cameras at the...
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