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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

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

St. Louis Jewish Light

Israeli security forces seen at entrence to the Al-Jalama checkpoint near the West Bank city of Jenin, January 18, 2018. Israeli forces raid on the West Bank city of Jenin overnight following the drive-by shooting terror attack earlier this month. Photo by Basel Awidat/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ???
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Four terrorists killed, two IDF soldiers wounded in clashes during pursuit of Hamas operatives


(September 26, 2021 / Israel Hayom) Palestinian gunmen opened fire on Israel Defense Forces troops conducting a counterterrorism operation in the Jenin and Ramallah areas in the early hours of Sunday morning, the IDF said in a statement. At...

Letter: St. Louis Friends of Israel condemns attacks on Southern Israel

Letter: St. Louis Friends of Israel condemns attacks on Southern Israel

Published August 10, 2018

St. Louis Friends of Israel, a non-profit, non-partisan, St. Louis-based organization, strongly condemns the warlike bombardment of Southern Israel by the terrorist group, Hamas, which controls Gaza. In the past two days, Hamas operatives have fired over...

Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of JNS. Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans_tobin.

Hamas exploits baby’s death as anti-Israel propaganda

By Jonathan S. Tobin, JNSPublished May 23, 2018

When a Hamas spokesman acknowledged that 50 out of the 62 Palestinians reported killed during the May 14 assault on Israel’s border with Gaza, that fact alone should have fundamentally altered the debate over what happened. Though the international...

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...

Intolerable Cruelty

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALPublished August 22, 2012

Some view Arab Spring as a gateway toward democratic leadership in a number of Middle East nations. Others are less optimistic, concerned that Islamist fundamentalists will ascend to governance and cause more seismic shifts that will inure to Israel’s...

Editorial: The Last Slice

Published June 27, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both claim to be working toward peaceful resolution of the Israel-Palestinian problem. Let’s take them at face value for a moment, that they both care about...

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg meeting with Gilad Shalit in a ceremony commemorating the sixth anniversary of the ex-Israeli soldiers capture, June 25,  2012.

Gilad Shalit visits New York’s Mayor Bloomberg

JTA REPORTPublished June 26, 2012

NEW YORK -- Gilad Shalit met New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall for a brief ceremony on the sixth anniversary of the day Shalit was captured by Hamas. During Tuesday's ceremony, which also featured City Council Speaker Christine Quinn,...

Miriam Baumel says she remains obdurate and unrelenting in her pursuit to determine the fate of her son Zachary, pictured here.

30 years later, missing IDF trio is all but forgotten

By Hillel Kuttler, JTAPublished June 13, 2012

Soon after the Lebanon War began in June 1982, Avigdor Chen’s tank unit fell into a trap. Artillery rained from high ground occupied by the Syrians near the village of Sultan Yacoub. The battle continued all night. When dawn broke, Chen saw a struck...

Freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, center, arrives on the set of the American TV show Homeland filming in Jaffa, May 15, 2012.

Shalit visits ‘Homeland,’ ‘Girls’ creator answers critics, Stern’s got ‘Talent’

By JTA StaffPublished May 15, 2012

NEW YORK — The HBO show “Girls” continues to stir controversy. Now some critics are blasting the show for its lack of diversity (the four principal players are white). Show creator Lena Dunham, who has already defended the show’s explicit language...

Hamas member charged in thwarted terror attack

JTAPublished March 21, 2012

JERUSALEM -- A member of Hamas was charged in a thwarted terrorist attack and kidnapping of an Israeli soldier near Eilat. The Shin Bet security agency arrested Muhammad abu-Adarah, 20, last month, it was learned Wednesday after a gag order was lifted...

U.N. cancels appearance by Hamas leader in Geneva

JTAPublished March 19, 2012

The United Nations canceled an appearance by a Hamas leader at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. The cancellation Monday of an appearance by Ismail al-Ashqar, a senior official with Hamas, followed an official complaint filed with U.N. officials...

IDF Chief of Staff Gantz: Iron Dome a game changer

JTAPublished March 14, 2012

NEW YORK -- IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz called the success of the Iron Dome system in intercepting incoming missiles from Gaza a “serious and historical military change.” Speaking Tuesday night in the Israeli city of Ashdod via satellite to the...

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