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Obama Condemns Israel--After Meeting with Netanyahu

White House spokesman Josh Earnest read out a condemnation of Israel's latest plans for construction in East Jerusalem, just hours after President Barack Obama had received a visit from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday. Show More Summary

Israel distributes demolition notices in Bethlehem while settlers take over more homes in East Jerusalem

Ma'an reports, "Israeli settlers early Tuesday occupied 23 houses in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan south of the Old City of Jerusalem, a local information center said."

Great Barrier Reef Calcification dropped 40% Over 35 Years due to Climate Change, Ocean Acidification

An expedition from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Carnegie Institute of Science has measured a roughly 40% reduction in the rate of calcium carbonate deposited in Australia's Great Barrier Reef in the last 35 years — a scenario...Show More Summary

Female Skeleton, Pendant Cast Light on Ancient Earthquake

Archaeologists investigating the remains of an ancient city overlooking the Sea of Galilee say they've found the best evidence yet of a devastating earthquake—one of two that leveled the Greco-Roman municipality, the Jerusalem Post reports. The University of Haifa researchers, who have been excavating Hippos for 15 years, said...

Ocean acidification could lead to collapse of coral reefs

An expedition from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Carnegie Institute of Science has measured a roughly 40% reduction in the rate of calcium carbonate deposited in Australia's Great Barrier Reef in the last 35 years — a scenario that could damage the reef framework and endanger the entire coral ecosystem. read more

'I'm Just a Kid': Tariq's Ordeal

Last summer, Tariq Khdeir, a 15-year-old American citizen from Baltimore, accompanied his parents to the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat for a six-week visit with relatives. The first friend Tariq made when he arrived was his cousin, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, whom Tariq had not seen since he was four years old. Show More Summary

Reflections on the Babylonian New Year

THE AKITU FESTIVAL: Slapping the king on the cheek in ancient Babylon. The humiliation of the king during the New Year ritual served a double purpose. (Alexander Zvielli, Jerusalem Post ). Excerpt:It was only after the king finishedShow More Summary

Questions linger over Hamas’ role in kidnapping that led to Gaza war

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JERUSALEM — After the killing Sept. 23 of two Palestinians suspected of kidnapping and fatally shooting three Jewish teenagers in the West Bank in June, Israeli officials declared the end of a case that shook Israel and triggered a series of events that culminated in a 50-day war with the militant...

J’lem settlers amok: 10-year-old Palestinian is run over, 11-year-old is nearly abducted

Violence / Raids / Clashes / Dispersal of protests / Illegal arrests — Jerusalem / West Bank 10-year-old injured in settler hit-and-run; forces kidnap 3 in West Bank IMEMC/Agencies 25 Sept — An Israeli settler deliberately ran over a Palestinian child in the occupied east Jerusalem town of Silwan on Thursday, according to Wadi Hilweh

Palestinian family forced to demolish own house in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian family has begun to demolish part of a building it owns in East Jerusalem to avoid paying fines after the Israeli municipality issued a demolition order, the…

Israeli Cult Leader Goel Ratzon Is Convicted of Rape; Fathered Six of His Own Grandchildren

What kind of a person do you have to be to get taken in and abused by a religious cult?According to a piece in The Jerusalem Post that cites Britain's Cult Information Center,[P]eople in cults tend to be “intelligent, idealistic, well-educated,...Show More Summary

Israeli forces re-open Holy Aqsa Mosque compound after heavy clashes

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Hundreds of Palestinian Muslim worshipers were allowed to access the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem on Wednesday at noon after being prevented from entering the…

Palestinians Mourn Hamas Terrorists Suspected of Killing Israeli Boys

Thousands of Palestinians mourned the deaths Tuesday of two Palestinian men suspected of kidnapping and killing three Israeli students in June, the Jerusalem Post reports. A massive funeral procession honoring Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abuysha moved through the streets of Hebron, featuring mourners waving Palestinian and Hamas flags. Show More Summary

Israel Shoots Down Syrian Fighter Jet Over Golan Heights

The Israeli Defense Forces shot down a Syrian fighter plane over the Israeli Golan Heights Tuesday morning using a Patriot missile, the Israeli army said. The Jerusalem Post reports that the Israel Air Force detected a Sukhoi-24 Syrian fighter jet crossing into Israel's air space at 8:57 am. Show More Summary

Not the oldest Jewish prayer book after all?

SKEPTICISM: World's oldest siddur or overpriced patchwork? Jerusalem's Bible Lands Museum unveils what they suggest is the world's oldest siddur. But is it really? (I24News). Excerpt:"I believe the Green Foundation acted in good faith...Show More Summary

Israel military shoots down Syrian aircraft

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military shot down a Syrian fighter jet that infiltrated its airspace over the Golan Heights on Tuesday morning — the first such downing in decades, heightening tensions in the volatile plateau.

Israel military shoots down Syrian aircraft

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has shot down a Syrian aircraft that infiltrated its airspace over the Golan Heights.

Hamas suspects in slaying of Israeli teens killed

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli special forces stormed a West Bank hideout early on Tuesday and killed two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers, a gruesome attack that had triggered a chain of events that led to the war in Gaza this summer.

2 suspects in abduction of Israeli teens killed

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces stormed a West Bank hideout early on Tuesday and killed two Palestinians suspected in the fatal abduction of three Israeli teens in June, one of the incidents that ultimately sparked the Gaza war this summer, an Israeli military spokesman said.

Jerusalem Mother Celebrates Her Son’s Tragic Death: ‘This is The First Time I See Such Joy’

16-year-old Mohammed Abu Sankara passed away two weeks ago, following an injury he sustained while participating in a violent riot in a Jerusalem suburb. The riot took place in East Jerusalem, far away from the Gaza Strip and the Hamas terrorist group it was supporting. Show More Summary

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