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In dismissal of Rachel Corrie suit, one small question is key

By BEN SALES

HAIFA, Israel (JTA) — The verdict by an Israeli court in the case of Rachel Corrie, an American activist killed in Gaza by an Israeli military bulldozer in 2003, may have captured international attention and touched on a range of ethical issues at the center of Israel’s...
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Abbas denies Jerusalem’s Jewish heritage

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jerusalem’s identity is Arab, and the city’s and Christian holy sites must be protected from Israeli threats, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said. Abbas also said that Israeli authorities want to build a Jewish Temple on the site of the al-Aksa mosque and Dome of the Rock,...
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OU also condemns Israeli attacks on Arabs

A statement released this afternoon by the Orthodox Union (OU), the largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization in the U.S., echoed earlier calls of condemnation from the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) on recent attacks against Arabs attributed to Israeli youths. The statement read: “As Orthodox Jews, we are guided...
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Women arrested at Kotel for wearing prayer shawls

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jerusalem police arrested and detained four women for wearing prayer shawls at the Western Wall.  The women, members of Women of the Wall, were arrested Sunday during morning prayers, which included special prayers for the new Hebrew month of Elul.

Women of the Wall holds a special...
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Increased Israel chatter on Iran sends message to Washington

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — How much noise does Israel’s leadership have to make to get the Obama administration to say what it wants to hear about Iran? It’s a question now preoccupying Israel, along with its corollary: How much noise is too much and risks precipitating a crisis...
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Knesset confirms Dichter as home front defense minister

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Knesset approved the appointment of former lawmaker Avi Dichter as home front defense minister. The 41-26 vote on Thursday came a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet unanimously approved the appointment. Dichter had resigned from the opposition Kadima Party and the Knesset on Tuesday in order to...
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New emigres joining the military land in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A charter aliyah flight carrying 127 young men and women who will be joining the Israel Defense Forces landed in Israel. The special Nefesh B’Nefesh-Friends of the Israel Defense Forces flight, carrying a total of 350 new emigres to Israel, arrived early Tuesday morning in Israel. Hundreds...
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Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman heading for Israel

(JTA) — Gold medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman has accepted an invitation from Israel Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein for her and her family to make their first visit to Israel. Raisman, who performs floor routines to the melody of “Hava Nagila,” won an individual gold medal in her floor exercise...
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Haredi draft in Israel begins; no significant problems

By BEN SALES

TEL AVIV (JTA) – The controversy had sparked a national debate, raucous protests in the streets and the collapse of a historic government. That came in the months after the Israeli Supreme Court had nullified a law exempting haredi Orthodox Israelis from military service and given the...
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Israeli military begins drafting haredi Orthodox

TEL AVIV (JTA) — The Israeli military has begun drafting haredi Orthodox 18-year-olds without encountering significant protests one week after a new law requiring haredi military service took effect. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on July 31 ordered the Israel Defense Forces to compose guidelines for haredi army service within...
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