Israel

50 Years After War, East Jerusalem Palestinians Confront a Life Divided

JERUSALEM — The smoky alternative music club in downtown West Jerusalem was packed at 12:45 a.m. when a Palestinian hip-hop duo from East Jerusalem took the stage, rapping about the occupation, the police and love, among other things, mostly in Arabic.<p>The crowd, familiar with some of the lyrics, …

Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli cabinet reneges on pledge to create egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall

JERUSALEM — Israel’s government on Sunday nixed an ambitious plan approved last year to allow mixed-gender religious services at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, angering many American Jews, who said they felt insulted and abandoned by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling …

Western Wall

After another Jared Kushner visit, the Trump administration is starting to face reality in the Middle East

The statement the White House issued late Wednesday night following a more than two-hour meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump’s Mideast point man Jared Kushner was, at first glance, extremely innocuous.<p>Kushner was joined by Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt …

Mahmoud Abbas

Israel strikes targets in Syria for 2nd day

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Sunday said it attacked a series of targets belonging to the Syrian military, after several projectiles from neighboring Syria landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights for a second day.<p>The military said it targeted two Syrian artillery positions and an …

Golan Heights

Will Trump Pull Out of Middle East Peace Talks After Reports of Abbas Kushner Rift?

According to reports Abbas was furious when Kushner relayed a list of Israeli demands at their meeting.

Mahmoud Abbas

Attack on Free Speech or Reality Check? Israel Code Fuels Debate - Bloomberg

A proposal to define the contours of political discourse in Israeli universities has sparked a stormy debate: Is it a government assault on free …

B'Tselem

Pride flags featuring Star of David reportedly banned from Chicago pride parade

Jewish celebrants at Chicago‘s Dyke March Pride parade on Saturday were asked to leave after sporting Jewish LGBTQ Pride flags featuring the Star of …

LGBTQ

World Digest: June 25, 2017

GERMANY<p>Challenger to Merkel<p>calls her soft on Trump<p>Angela Merkel’s main challenger slammed the German chancellor for not going far enough in spurning an “erratic” Donald Trump, setting up the U.S. president as a primary target in an election year.<p>German Social Democrat Martin Schulz cited Merkel’s …

Golan Heights

The Murder of Otto Warmbier

The tragedy of Otto Warmbier took a strange twist shortly after his death last week.<p>It was only then that we discovered that the young American …

Western Wall

TechCrunch Tel Aviv Pitch-Off: Here are your startups and judges!

On June 28 in Tel Aviv, we’re hosting the TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off in Tel Aviv — and it’s gonna be a blast!<p>We have a great lineup of judges who are going to listen to the soon-to-be-announced startup pitches and crown the winner of the Tel Aviv Pitch-Off. Tickets are still available, so grab …

Startups

Israel’s Too-Controversial Culture Warrior

TEL AVIV — Miri Regev, Israel’s minister of culture and sport, is a master politician. She has turned her insignificant office — a ministry with a small budget, limited portfolio and little prestige — into a megaphone, and in the process she has become one of the most visible and controversial …

Opinion

Religion and World Politics part 18 - Stephen Chan

It’s an emo­tive term, a value-laden term, every time we men­tion Zionism. In fact, as a mod­ern doctrine—and that’s what it is, quite a mod­ern …

Suez Canal

Middle East Conflict Comes to U.S. Campuses As Jewish Students File Anti-Semitism Suit

San Francisco State University has been accused of fostering an atmosphere of rampant anti-Semitism.

Racism

Israel strikes Syrian military near Golan Heights

<b>(CNN) —</b> Israel launched strikes on Syrian military positions Saturday, close to the two countries' disputed border in the Golan Heights, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).<p>The action was a response to what the IDF said were more than 10 projectiles fired into Israel from inside Syria. The …

Golan Heights

Syria says Israel strike kills civilians

BEURUT (Reuters) - Israel said on Saturday it had targeted Syrian military installations after shells landed in the occupied Golan Heights but a Syrian military source said the Israeli strikes killed some civilians.<p>Rebels including hardline Islamist factions fought the Syrian army on Saturday in …

Golan Heights

Iowa Gov. Reynolds to lead trade mission to Israel

Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced a trade and investment mission to Israel later this summer.<p>The governor's office says in a news release that the …

Business

Blackout in Gaza

After several days of extreme power shortages in the Gaza Strip, Gaza’s power plant reportedly restarted on Thursday. But people fear this is only a …

Palestinian Authority

A Writer Walks Into a Bar, and Israel Celebrates

Novelist David Grossman's winning the Man Booker International Prize is a moment of national pride.<p>It doesn’t happen often, but Israel’s headlines allowed themselves a moment of national pride when David Grossman, one of the country’s leading novelists, won the Man Booker International Prize for …

Literature

Pro-Palestine campaigners plan protest for Radiohead’s Glastonbury 2017 set

They plan to wave 100 Palestinian flags in front of the Pyramid Stage<p>Campaigners have planned a protest at Glastonbury 2017 tonight against …

Roger Waters

Hamas Bans Dog Walking in the Gaza Strip

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Atayeb Odeh is crazy about dogs.<p>He got his first when he was one-year-old, his second aged three and third when he was five. He’s now 17 and proudly shows off Liza — a gangly and gregarious German shepherd.<p>“We noticed a great state of fear among the citizens when the dogs …

World News

Syrian Rebels Have Been Receiving Secret Help From Israel: Report

While most of the world’s attention has turned to focus on the war against ISIS in Northwest Syria, the civil war in the rest of Syria still rages. …

Golan Heights

What happens when famous novelists ‘confront the Occupation’ in the West Bank

<i>Matti Friedman is a journalist in Jerusalem and the author, most recently, of “Pumpkinflowers.”</i><p>Last year, the American novelists Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman and Dave Eggers led a group of writers to “bear witness” to the crisis in Iraq, confronting the fate of that country during and since …

West Bank

With disc golf in near future, West Bank park to host grand opening celebration

A 2,000-foot long boardwalk through the marsh is finished, and a competitive disc golf course is on its way at a West Bank park where Jefferson …

West Bank

Lockheed Made A Three Minute Long Cartoon Just To Explain F-35's ALIS

That's good, because the vital, interconnected system is having some trouble at the moment.<p>Lockheed Martin<p>A squadron of U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Joint …

Israeli Air Force

Hezbollah says future Israel war could draw fighters from Iran, Iraq, elsewhere | Reuters

BEIRUT Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that a future war waged by Israel against Syria or Lebanon could draw thousands of …

Middle East

As its cash flows to terrorists, the West is finally waking up

The issue of government subsidies for Palestinian terrorist salaries has returned to the international spotlight. What began in November 2013 as a …

Palestinian Authority

Murphy to Visit Israel

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy is taking a trip to Israel next week to discuss economic ties between the Middle East country and New …

New Jersey

Israel Will Not Accept a Single Palestinian to Old Borders, Says Defense Minister

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel "will not agree to the return of a single refugee" within the 1967 borders of historic Palestine.

World News

Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005. It has been repaid with rocket fire.

Nelson Pressley’s June 14 review of a play at the Mosaic Theater Company, “An Israeli and a Palestinian talk, and listen, in ‘The Return’ ” [Style], incorrectly stated that Israel has occupied the West Bank and Gaza for 50 years. Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005, hoping that would lead to peace on …

Opinion

No. 22 Louisiana Recruit Israel Mukuamu Reveals Top 9 Via Twitter Video

Israel Mukuamu, a top safety recruit out of Louisiana, named his top nine schools today.<p>The Parkway High School (Bossier City) star is ranked No. 22 …

College & University