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North American Jews urge Israel to provide equal adoption rights for same-sex couples

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Some 200 Jewish leaders and institutions from North America urged the Israeli government to end discrimination against same-sex couples who want to adopt children. The call came in a letter to the government coordinated by A Wider Bridge, a San Francisco-based organization that focuses on ties between U.S. and Israeli LGBTQ communities. […]

At least 15 Jewish families move into disputed West Bank building

JERUSALEM (JTA) — At least 15 Jewish families moved into a three-story West Bank building whose ownership is in dispute. The ownership of the Hebron building, which is next to the Cave of the Patriarchs and known as the Machpelah House, is under appeal. The Israeli army’s Civil Administration, which had given the settlers permission […]

Turkish president accuses Israel of trying to take Al-Aqsa mosque from Muslims

JERUSALEM (JTA) — President Recip Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey accused Israel of attempting to take the Al-Aqsa mosque from Muslims using security as the excuse. Erdogan made the accusation during a meeting of his AKP party. “Everyone who knows Israel is aware that restrictions on Al-Aqsa mosque are not due to safety concerns,” he said […]

Abbas says security coordination with Israel remains frozen despite removal of metal detectors

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said security coordination with Israel will remain frozen despite Israel removing the metal detectors it placed at the entrances for Muslim worshippers to the Temple Mount. Abbas made the announcement on Tuesday hours after the metal detectors and security cameras placed at the holy site less than two […]

How Tisha b’Av can help us understand the refugee experience

A young girl waiting in line to pass through a border gate as a small number of Syrian refugees are allowed to return to Syria at the closed Turkish border gate in Killis, Feb. 8, 2016. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images) NEW YORK (JTA) — For many Jews, Tisha b’Av is centered around mourning the destruction of […]

The time Israeli security strip-searched me at their embassy in Jordan

During a 2006 visit to the Jordanian capital of Amman, JTA’s Uriel Heilman underwent some invasive security checks when he visited the Israeli Embassy there. (Uriel Heilman) (JTA) — “Drop your pants.” The order came curt and clipped, and it caught me by surprise. What?! “Drop your pants,” he repeated sternly. I had been subject […]

Artists’ anti-Israel protest of David Grossman play fizzles — as it deserved to

Members of the Habima National Theatre and the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv appearing in an adaptation of David Grossman’s novel “To the End of the Land,” as part of the Lincoln Center Festival in New York, July 24-27, 2017. (Gérard Allon) NEW YORK (JTA) — In David Grossman’s 2008 novel “To the End of […]

New security cameras at Temple Mount will respect public and its privacy, Israel Police say

View of a new security camera that was placed near metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount in the Lion’s Gate, in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 23, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Police said the new security cameras they plan to install at the Temple Mount will retain “full respect […]

Mourners at Jordanian teen’s funeral call for death to Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Mourners at the funeral for the Jordanian teen shot and killed after stabbing an Israeli Embassy guard in Amman chanted “death to Israel” and vowed to be “martyrs” in Jerusalem. Thousands of Jordanians attended the funeral for Mohammad Jawawdah, 17, who was killed Sunday by the guard after stabbing him with a […]

This Yiddish film is a rare look into Hasidic Brooklyn life

Menashe Lustig, left, and Ruben Niborski in the film “Menashe.” (Federica Valabrega/A24) BOSTON (JTA) — With more than a decade’s worth of experience in the film industry, mostly in documentaries, director Joshua Weinstein has released his first feature-length narrative film. What’s surprising is that Weinstein, a secular Jew, has made a movie entirely in Yiddish. […]

U.S. Navy fires warning shots at Iranian ship in Persian Gulf

U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian ship which approached it and ignored calls to back off.

Knesset Ethics Committee reprimands Hazan

Ethics Committee reprimands MK Oren Hazan following series of complaints that he used abusive language against his colleagues.

Fatah to Hamas: Dismantle the government in Gaza

Fatah-Hamas dispute continues, demonstrating again that Gaza is now an independent Palestinian entity.

‘Machpelah House’ residents receive political backing

Ministers and MKs congratulate families who entered Machpelah House in Hevron.

Trump to Iran: Adhere to the nuclear deal or else…

President Trump warns Iran to adhere to the terms of the nuclear deal or “there will be big, big problems”.

Israel to compensate Jordanian who was accidentally killed

Israel reportedly to compensate landlord of Israeli security guard who was accidentally killed during attack.

House approves sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea

U.S. House of Representatives passes legislation that imposes sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea. Trump has opposed the Russian part.

Senate votes to begin debate on ObamaCare repeal

Senate votes to begin a debate on ObamaCare repeal legislation.

Trump: Hezbollah a ‘menace’ to the Middle East

Trump hosts Lebanon’s Prime Minister, blasts Hezbollah and warns that it is a threat to the entire region.

‘I saw Yossi drop to the floor’

Tova Salomon, who lost her husband and two children in attack on their home in Neve Tzuf, tells moments of terror in which she was attacked.

Trump: Hezbollah a threat to Lebanon and entire Middle East

Trump, Lebanese leader pledge solidarity against terrorism

The Temple Mount Crisis: Confrontations at the Lions’ Gate in Jerusalem

Trump welcomes Lebanese prime minister Hariri to White House

High Court orders state to return bodies of Temple Mount terrorists to families for burial

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