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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 by our Torah principles, among which are the pursuit of peace, the rights of all human beings to justice, and...

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 prayer service at the Western Wall each month for Rosh Chodesh, or the beginning of new month. The group has...

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 between Jerusalem and its closest ally?

Some Israeli analysts say that pronounced signals from their country’s leadership in recent days...

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 join the government in a ministerial position. The former director of Israel’s Shin Bet security service and ex-minister of internal...

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 of families and friends as well as Israeli dignitaries gathered at Ben Gurion Airport for an arrival ceremony featuring an...

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 last week and a bronze on the balance beam after helping the U.S. women’s team take the gold.

The Jerusalem...

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 government until Aug. 1 to draft a replacement law.

More than one week after the law’s implementation, the Israel Defense...

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 30 days, and in the meantime implemented the Military Service Law of 1986 with regard to the haredi Orthodox. The...

Israeli Arabs charged with smuggling explosives for Hezbollah

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel has charged eight Israeli-Arab citizens were charged with smuggling explosives into the country for Hezbollah. The residents of Nazareth and Ghajar, which is located half in Israel and half in Lebanon, were charged Wednesday in Nazareth District Court with smuggling nearly 45 pounds of explosives into Israel in June. They were arrested in July.

Israel’s Shin Bet security service said the explosives could have set off “a...

Sinai border attack seen as test in Egypt-Israel relations

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The attack this week along the Israel-Egypt border poses dilemmas both for Israel and for the new Egyptian president. Should Israel accede to pressure to modify its 1979 peace treaty with Egypt and allow more Egyptian troops into the Sinai to quell the unrest there?

For Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, will his crackdown on militancy in the Sinai be seen...