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After days of rockets on southern Israel, Hamas gets an ultimatum

– As part of its power struggle with Fatah, Hamas has been enabling smaller Gazan terror factions to fire rockets at Israeli border communities since Friday.

Since April 23, the smaller armed groups have fired 41 projectiles at southern Israel with three launched on Sunday night at Sderot and intercepted by the Iron Dome air-defense battery.

Programmed to stop only those rockets heading to built-up areas, Iron Dome...

Barricades preventing Palestinian gathering removed in Jerusalem following weeks of protests

(JTA) — The Israel Police have acquiesced to the demands of Palestinian protesters who called for the removal of barricades that prevented gathering during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

On Sunday, police removed the barriers, which blocked crowds of Palestinians from gathering at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City at night, a Ramadan tradition, according to Haaretz.

Palestinians had protested the barriers for about two weeks, clashing with police....

Rocket-fire into Israel continues for a second day amid Jerusalem clashes

– Gaza-based terrorists fired multiple projectiles at Israel on Saturday, a day after launching a 36-rocket barrage at the Jewish state in the worst flareup in months.

Rockets fired at Sderot and Kibbutz Nirim in southern Israel triggered sirens, sending residents scrambling for bomb shelters. Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system intercepted the rocket headed for Sderot, while the second rocket landed in an open area near the...

Sarah Halimi’s family in France want her killer tried in Israel

(JTA) — Lawyers for the family of Sarah Halimi, a Jewish woman whose killer was deemed unfit to stand trial in France, say they want to have him tried in Israel.

The idea articulated Wednesday in a statement by lawyers Francis Szpiner and Gilles-William Goldnadel is based on the fact that Israeli citizens may litigate in Israel over alleged anti-Semitic attacks abroad. Sarah Halimi’s sister, Esther Lekover, is an Israeli.

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What you need to know about the violent clashes rocking Jerusalem this week

By BEN SALES

(JTA)— The videos circulating out of Jerusalem — of beatings, stone throwing and racist chants — are shocking. Reporters say it’s some of the worst fighting the contested city has seen in years. 

But the tensions that fueled the violence in the Old City on Thursday night are anything but new. 

Hundreds of Jewish extremists marched down Jerusalem streets chanting “Death to Arabs” and singing “Burn their village.” The demonstration followed...

Hundreds of Palestinians protest barriers in Jerusalem during Ramadan

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Hundreds of Palestinians have been protesting barriers placed in the Old City of Jerusalem during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The protests have centered around the Damascus Gate, a landmark and meeting point in the eastern section of the city. Palestinians typically sit on and around the steps leading to the gate following nighttime payers during Ramadan, a month of daylong fasts that end...

Israel no longer requires masks to be worn outdoors

(JTA) — Israel has reached a milestone in its return to normalcy. As of today, Israelis will no longer be required to wear masks outside.

The announcement Thursday from the Health Ministry comes as Israel’s COVID case numbers have plummeted along with its successful vaccination drive. At certain points last year, Israel reported case numbers that were among the highest in the world, but the country since has vaccinated more...

IAEA confirms Iran is enriching uranium to 60 percent

– The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed on Saturday that Iran had begun the process of enriching uranium to a purity level of 60 percent, the closest level yet to the 90 percent required to make a nuclear bomb.

The work is taking place at Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment facility, Reuters reported on Saturday. Thousands of uranium enrichment centrifuges were damaged or destroyed in a  blast that tore through Natanz facility on...

Leader of Neturei Karta, extremist anti-Zionist haredi Orthodox group, dies at 87

(JTA) — A leader of the extremist anti-Zionist haredi Orthodox Neturei Karta sect who once met with former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has died. Rabbi Moshe Dov Ber Beck was 87.

Beck, a central leader of the Neturei Karta for decades, died Thursday night of complications of COVID following a long illness, according to the Israeli news site B’chadrei Charedim.

His anti-Zionist group was established in 1938 and opposes the modern...

President Rivlin hosts his final Yom Ha’atzmaut ceremony

(JERUSALEM) – President Reuven Rivlin hosted the “All Israel from Jerusalem” event today, April 15, in the gardens of Beit HaNasi for the seventh and last time of his term of office. The service honored 120 outstanding soldiers for their service and was also presided over by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi to celebrate Israel’s 73rd birthday.

The event opened with a traditional jet...