Israel

Day Six of ‘Pillar of Defense” recounted

By ARYEH SAVIR

(TARZIT NEWS AGENCY) – Over the course of the day Monday, combined elements of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) caused severe damage to dozens of selected targets, including what were described as underground rocket launchers, a training facility, ammunition storage facilities, Hamas police stations and several suspected...
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Islamic Jihad leaders killed

JERUSALEM (JTA) — As Hamas’ leader in exile, Khaled Mashaal, brushed off a halt to bombings, Israeli airstrikes hit a Gaza media center and killed several leaders of Islamic Jihad. The Israel Air Force’s strike Monday evening — the second on the center in two days — killed Ramaz Harab,...
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Responding to fire from Syria, IDF may have killed Syrians

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli soldiers who fired into Syria after coming under fire from Syrian territory may have killed Syrian soldiers. An Israeli army spokesman told Army Radio on Sunday that Syrian soldiers were believed to have been killed in the incident, which had occurred the day before.

No Israeli soldiers...
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Worldwide rallies held for, against Israel’s Gaza operation

(JTA) – Rallies in support of and against Israel’s ramped-up military operation in the Gaza Strip were held throughout the world. In Australia, about 4,000 Jews in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra joined in solidarity with Israel on Sunday in what rallies that were dubbed as “Code Red” by the...
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JFNA announces $5 million in aid for Israeli terror victims

(JNS.org) Responding to the onslaught of rockets hitting southern Israel from Gaza, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) on Thursday announced the establishment of a new Israel Terror Relief Fund that will contribute up to $5 million to aid victims.

The aid, which will be made up of both...
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Gaza conflict escalates as 3 Israelis die; rockets reach Tel Aviv

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hours after three Israelis in southern Israel were killed by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, a rocket struck the outskirts of Tel Aviv, bringing the conflict between Israel and Hamas to a new intensity. On Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces reportedly sent ground trips...
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Three Israelis killed in continuing rocket assault

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Israel Defense Forces kept up the pressure on terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip on Thursday as Operation Pillar of Defense entered its second day. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that by Thursday afternoon more than 150 terrorist sites in Gaza had been struck. Meanwhile,...
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Palestinians demonstrate for independence day

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinians demonstrated throughout the West Bank to mark the anniversary of their declaration of independence. Hundreds of demonstrators, including foreign activists, blocked West Bank junctions and threw rocks at cars with Israeli license plates. Two Israelis were injured near the West Bank settlement of Efrat after their...
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U.N. recognition bid finds Palestinians between a rock and a hard place

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The arguments for and against the latest Palestinian bid for statehood status at the United Nations come down to which is the faster path to irrelevancy. The Palestine Liberation Organization is seeking a diplomatic victory to preserve the legitimacy of its affiliated Palestinian Authority...
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From Israel: some items you might have missed

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Here are some recent stories out of Israel that you may have missed:

I want to ride my (cardboard) bicycle

Production is set to begin in Israel on a cardboard bicycle. The $20 bike made entirely from recycled materials is the brainchild of Izhar...
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