Israel

Jews allowed to visit Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av after initial ban

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jews were permitted to visit the Temple Mount following clashes between Muslim worshippers and Israeli security forces.

Jewish visitors initially had been banned from the site on Sunday, the day of the fast of the 9th of Av, or Tisha B’Av, which marks the day on the...
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Two infiltration attempts by Gaza Palestinians leaves 5 dead

JERUSALEM (JTA) — At least two infiltration attempts by Palestinians from Gaza have been thwarted by the Israel Defense Forces in the last two days.

Early on Saturday morning, four armed Palestinians were shot by IDF troops and killed after one of the crossed the Gaza border into Israel, fired...
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Who’s running in Israel’s September elections, explained

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s upcoming elections in September — just five months after the last ones in April — are essentially a do-over.

In the April election, the right wing won a majority. But because Israel has a parliamentary system, a bunch of small right-wing parties had to...
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Bernie Sanders ‘absolutely’ would cut US aid to Israel to pressure government

(JTA) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he would “absolutely” consider cutting U.S. aid to Israel to pressure the Israeli government to act different.

“This is not easy stuff — to try to finally bring peace to the Middle East and to treat the Palestinian people with a kind...
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Ayelet Shaked will head joint electoral list of right-wing parties

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The head of the Union of Right-Wing Parties, Rafi Peretz, will turn over the reins of a joint electoral list to New Right Party leader Ayelet Shaked. Peretz made the announcement Sunday afternoon in a tweet.

“We agreed that out of national responsibility and concern for the...
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Israeli Embassy in Finland attacked for 15th time in past 18 months

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli Embassy in Finland has been vandalized by neo-Nazi and far right extremists for at least the 15th time in the last year and a half.

The glass front door of the embassy in Helsinki was shattered over the weekend, and images of swastikas and...
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Ehud Barak wants to unseat Netanyahu — but first he has to get the Jeffrey Epstein monkey off his back

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak hoped to make a splash this summer in mounting a political comeback as the head of a new left-wing political party formed for the sole purpose of unseating Benjamin Netanyahu in September.

Instead his campaign has been hindered...
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Power struggles over ‘day after Abbas’ rage largely under the surface, for now

By YAAKOV LAPPIN

 In the West Bank, a number of factions, militias and armed terror organizations have been thinking for a while now about the day after the leadership of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas comes to an end.

Competition over the question of who will fill in...
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Jerusalem chief rabbi calls homosexuality ‘a wild lust that needs to be overcome’

(JTA) — The Sephardi chief rabbi of Jerusalem said gay people cannot be religious Jews and called homosexuality “a wild lust that needs to be overcome.”

Rabbi Shlomo Amar made the remarks last week during a sermon. A video of some of his comments was published Monday by the Israeli...
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‘Slaughter the Jews’ painted on section of Western Wall in Muslim Quarter

JERUSALEM (JTA) — “Slaughter the Jews” was spray painted on the Kotel HaKatan, or “little Western Wall,” a section of the Western Wall located in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.

The vandalism took place on Saturday. At least one Arab girl was arrested on Saturday night...
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