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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light



Abed Rahim KhatibPublished October 30, 2017

Palestinian men look at what used to be a tunnel leading from the Gaza Strip into Israel, in the area of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on Aug. 5, 2014, after a 72-hour truce agreed by Israel and Hamas went into effect. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Smoke rising following an Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza City, Nov. 14, 2012. (Edi Israel/Flash90/JTA)

Rocket attacks intensify, IDF reservists called up after Israel kills Hamas leader in Gaza

By Marcy Oster, JTAPublished November 14, 2012

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israeli army began moving infantry units to the south and calling up reservists in preparation for a further escalation of hostilities with Hamas after an Israeli airstrike killed Hamas' military chief in the strip. Ahmed Jabari...

Sinai border attack seen as test in Egypt-Israel relationship

By Marcy Oster, JTAPublished August 7, 2012

JERUSALEM — 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...

A swastika spray-painted on a window of Temple Beth Israel in Hackensack, N.J., Dec. 10, 2011.

State Dept. report describes ‘rising tide’ of anti-Semitism

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished July 31, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. State Department’s report on religious freedom described a “global increase” in anti-Semitism and said the “rising tide of anti-Semitism” was among the key trends of last year. The executive summary of the report for...

Panetta announces $70 million for Iron Dome near term

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished May 17, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration said it would rush $70 million to Israel in order to enhance its Iron Dome missile defense system, with more money in the pipeline. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Thursday after meeting with his Israeli...

With rocket fire continuing, southern Israeli schools are closed

JTAPublished March 15, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Schools were closed in southern Israel again as rockets fired from the Gaza Strip continued to strike despite a cease-fire. The cities of Beersheba, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Kiryat Malachi and Gan Yavne canceled classes for Thursday after several...

Israels Iron Dome defense system near the Israeli town of Ashdod has intercepted a volley of rockets fired by terrorist groups from the Gaza Strip area, March 11, 2012.

Netanyahu pledges decisive response as rockets slam southern Israel

By Marcy Oster, JTAPublished March 14, 2012

JERUSALEM—As southern Israel was barraged by rockets for a fourth straight day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was hitting back "strongly and decisively," and its Iron Dome anti-missile defense system was intercepting many of the rockets...

Israeli retaliatory strikes hit Gaza amid cease-fire

JTAPublished March 14, 2012

JERUSALEM  -- Despite a cease-fire that has held for about a day, Israel's military struck two sites in Gaza. Israel's Air Force fired on what it called two "terrorist activity sites" in northern Gaza early Wednesday morning, some 24-hours after the...

As rocket attacks ease, Netanyahu reiterates his Gaza policy

JTAPublished March 13, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reiterating his policy of responding to Gaza violence, said that Israel "will find" whoever breaks the calm. "Our message is clear: Quiet will bring quiet. Whoever violates it or even tries to violate it...

Rockets land in Israel despite reported cease-fire

JTAPublished March 13, 2012

JERUSALEM -- At least seven rockets and mortar shells fired from Gaza exploded in Israel after reports of an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire. Egypt announced that a cease-fire between terrorist groups in Egypt and Israel came into effect at 1 a.m. Tuesday....

Report: Egypt has brokered Israel-Hamas ceasefire

JTAPublished March 12, 2012

Egyptian officials told Reuters they had brokered a truce between Israel and Hamas to end four days of cross-border fire between Israel and the Gaza Strip. The Reuters report late Monday quoted unnamed Egyptian officials. Neither Hamas nor Israel would...

In latest clashes, a new technology vies with old grievances and internal power struggles

By Mati Wagner, JTAPublished March 12, 2012

JERUSALEM—If Israel has its way, this is how future conflicts with Gaza-based terrorists will unfold: Israeli aircraft launch surgical strikes on rocket launchers; terrorist leaders are assassinated as necessary; Israeli civilians along the southern...

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