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Oren: Obama is ‘true friend’ of Israel

JTA REPORTPublished July 11, 2013

Michael Oren, Israel’s departing ambassador to the United States, said that President Obama is “a true friend” of Israel and that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “committed to peace.” In a wide-ranging interview Thursday with Haaretz,...

Soccer mob attacks Arabs at Jerusalem mall

JTAPublished March 23, 2012

A mob of rowdy soccer fans assaulted Arab patrons and workers at a Jerusalem shopping mall earlier this week. Hundreds of supporters of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team flooded the nearby Malha mall on Monday following a match chanting anti-Arab slogans,...

Journalists apologize to Claims Conference

JTAPublished March 19, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Two Israeli journalists apologized to the Claims Conference over a film they made about the organization as part of the settlement of a libel lawsuit. Orly Vilnai and Guy Meroz, and their Shamayim Productions Ltd. company, issued the written...

Avirama Golan

Attacking Iran without U.S. backing ‘unthinkable,’ Israeli journalist says

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished March 14, 2012

Israeli journalist Avirama Golan, a senior correspondent for Haaretz newspaper, says a unilateral strike by Israel against Iran’s nuclear sites without the backing of the United States would be “unthinkable.” Golan, a veteran Israeli journalist...

American activist’s parents ask Israeli Supreme Court to reopen case

JTAPublished March 13, 2012

JERUSALEM -- The parents of American activist Tristan Anderson, who was injured during a West Bank protest, have asked Israel's Supreme Court to reopen the case against Israeli border police.  Anderson's parents on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to...

Girl dies in West Bank flood

JTAPublished March 2, 2012

A 7-year-old girl died after getting swept up in an overflowing stream near Modi'in Illit. An Israeli rescue worker told Haaretz that the girl was swept away on Friday by a stream that had overrun its banks and took out a street. Her body was recovered...

Israel to increase number of Ethiopian immigrants

JTAPublished February 28, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israel will increase the number of immigrants from Ethiopia for the next several months after bringing in many fewer than it had promised. Some 1,000 Falash Mura, Ethiopians whose ancestors converted from Judaism to Christianity, will be...

Palestinian woman on hunger strike in Israeli prison

JTAPublished February 27, 2012

JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian woman freed in the Gilad Shalit swap has been on a hunger strike since being rearrested for involvement in terrorist activity. Hana Shalbi, a member of Islamic Jihad, reportedly began a hunger strike 11 days ago after being...

Israel warns citizens of terror attacks abroad

JTAPublished February 17, 2012

Israel warned its citizens of possible terrorist attacks targeting them abroad. An unnamed official with Israel's Counterterrorism Bureau told reporters Friday that intelligence gained from the foiled Iranian attackers in Bangkok indicated that more attacks...

E. Jerusalem tourist center approved amid criticism

JTAPublished February 14, 2012

JERUSALEM -- A Jerusalem committee approved a controversial tourist center in eastern Jerusalem. The Jerusalem District Planning and Construction Committee on Monday approved a visitors' center and tourism compound at the City of David National Park in...

Holy cow! Calves hijacked into Palestinian territory

JTAPublished February 9, 2012

JERUSALEM -- A truck driving calves from Eilat to the Golan Heights was hijacked into the West Bank. The 70 calves, which were being taken to be fattened before slaughter, were stolen near the Dead Sea after the driver was held up at gun point and detained...

‘Shoah’ director Lanzmann denies sexually harassing Israeli airport guard

JTAPublished February 9, 2012

NEW YORK -- Jewish French film director Claude Lanzmann denied accusations that he sexually harassed a guard at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport. A female Israeli security guard filed a complaint on Wednesday saying that Lanzmann, who directed the landmark...

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