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Netanyahu unloads: The Iran deal is worse than North Korea

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says each day that passes brings greater Western concessions toward Iran in talks over its nuclear program — and that the emerging deal could be worse than one that led to North Korea gaining an arsenal of nuclear weapons. Show More Summary

Rockets land in Israel, Egypt's IS affiliate claims responsibility

JERUSALEM/CAIRO (Reuters) - Militants in Egypt's Sinai peninsula fired rockets into southern Israel on Friday in an incident that caused no casualties but appeared to be linked to fighting between Islamist insurgents and Egyptian security forces.

Two thousand year old ritual bath found during renovations in private house

2 days agoArts : Artdaily

An ancient, two thousand year old ritual bath (miqwe) was discovered below a living room floor during renovations carried out in a private house in the picturesque neighborhood of ?Ein Kerem in Jerusalem. Archaeologists of the Israel...Show More Summary

Israeli Couple Finds 2,000-Year-Old Jewish Mikvah Bath Under Their Floorboards

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

JERUSALEM (RNS) An Israeli family experienced the surprise of a lifetime when, during a home renovation, workers discovered a 2,000-year-old Jewish ritual bath, called a mikvah. The discovery lends weight to what some archaeologistsShow More Summary

Palestinian teen killed on way to pray in Jerusalem

Before sunrise 17-year old Mohammed Hani al-Kasbah went to morning prayers at a mosque one block from his house in Qalandia refugee camp in Jerusalem, which is separated from the rest of the city by Israel’s security barrier. By afternoon his remains were carried into the same building for a funeral after he was shot and killed by Israeli forces. Show More Summary

Episcopal Church rejects BDS resolutions citing fears divestment would hamper church in Jerusalem

The Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA), led by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, has nixed three resolutions advocating boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) in non-violent protest of the Israeli occupation. The vote followed opposition...Show More Summary

Israel accuses Hamas of aiding Islamic State in Egypt

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli general has accused members of Hamas in Gaza of providing support to militants linked to Islamic State in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, where the Egyptian army has fought deadly battles with Islamist insurgents in recent days.

Jerusalem Couple Tries to Renovate House, Discovers 1st Century Bath Under Living Room

A Jerusalem couple wanted a house "with stones that are talking." What they ended up getting was a 2,000-year-old ritual bath, known as a mikveh, under the floor of their living room, which they only discovered while trying to...

Does Israel actually occupy the Gaza strip?

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

JERUSALEM — It’s often described as a war of narratives. And few things highlight the intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict more than discussions over the status of the Gaza Strip.One of the main points of contention: Is the coastal Palestinian territory occupied by Israel?Read full article >>

Photo Essay: Crossing Qalandia, and the Wall, during Ramadan

Karam Saleem documents the second Friday of Ramadan in Palestine, which saw more than 350,000 Palestinians descend onto Al Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem, many of whom were taking advantage of eased restrictions by Israeli authorities on those living in the West Bank. Show More Summary

An ancient mikveh under the floor

THE PERILS OF DIY: Ancient Ritual Bath Found Under Unsuspecting Family's Floorboards (Elizabeth Goldbaum, LiveScience ).A family recently discovered a large 2,000-year-old ritual bath underneath the floorboards of their Jerusalem home during a routine living room renovation, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced today (July 1).[...]Show More Summary

The Star of Bethlehem?

I RATHER DOUBT IT: ‘Star of Bethlehem’ shines again? (Stuart Winer, Times of Israel ). The sub-heading says what we do know: "Jupiter and Venus line up for celestial conjunction in eye-catching heavenly display."In Jerusalem, the two...Show More Summary

Jerusalem Family Finds 1st Century Ritual Bath in the Basement

Homeowners in the home town of John the Baptist discovered the first century Jewish ritual bath under their living room while carrying out renovation work.

17th of Tammuz

3 days agoReligion / Judaism :

Beginning three weeks of mourning for the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

OpEd: A Principled Critique of the Muslim Leadership Initiative

Editor's Note: We welcome countering opinions on this subject This is a public letter in criticism of the Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI), a program designed and funded by the Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI) in Jerusalem. We are American Muslims who know and have worked with MLI's architect, imam Abdullah Antepli. We call for an end […]

East Jerusalem: Parents Still Grieve One Year After Son, 16, Was Kidnapped And Burned Alive In Revenge Killing

It’s been one year since 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was kidnapped and burned alive in east Jerusalem, but his parents are still grieving the death of their son, according to USA Today. In July 2014, 30-year-old Yosef Ben-David and...Show More Summary

New flooring leads to discovery of ancient bath in Jerusalem village

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Jerusalem family has found a 2,000-year-old Jewish ritual bath under their house while renovating the living room floor, Israel's Antiquities Authority said on Wednesday.

Liveblogging History: July 1, 1187: Hattin

Wikipedia: [Battle of Hattin]( >The opposing Crusader army amassed at La Saphorie; it consisted of around 20,000 men, including 1,200 knights from Jerusalem and Tripoli and 50 from Antioch. Show More Summary

Israel says arrests dozens of Hamas militants in West Bank

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli forces have arrested dozens of Hamas members suspected of planning attacks and trying to build up the Palestinian militant group in the occupied West Bank, Israel's Shin Bet security service said on Wednesday.

Israel Restricts Jerusalem Entry for Palestinians Over Attacks

According to Israeli Defense Ministry unit, authorities have restricted access for Palestinians to pray inside Jerusalem during Ramadan in response to attacks on Israeli citizens.

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