NEW YORK (JTA) – When Rabbi Barry Freundel asked Bethany Mandel to take a “really long shower” before a “practice dunk” in the mikvah prior to her formal conversion to Judaism, the whole request seemed a bit odd, she says. [Read more…]
NEW YORK (JTA) – In the end, there was much to talk about at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly but few genuine surprises. [Read more…]
(JTA) – Now that the latest Gaza conflict appears to be over – or nearly so – it’s time to take stock of the winners and losers. [Read more…]
Why aren’t news outlets reporting Hamas’ intimidation of journalists?
These weapons were found in a Hamas-built tunnel under the Israel-Gaza border, July 24, 2014. (Israel Defense Forces)
There’s no shortage of images from the Gaza conflict.
We’ve seen rubble, dead Palestinian children, Israelis cowering during rocket attacks, Israeli military maneouvres and IDF footage of Hamas militants emerging from tunnels to attack Israeli soldiers.
What we haven’t seen are practically any images of Hamas fighters inside Gaza. [Read more…]
(JTA) – When the Federal Aviation Administration announced a ban Tuesday on U.S. carriers flying to Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, prompting a slew of similar decisions by Canadian and European carriers, the flight cancellations were more than just a major inconvenience to thousands of passengers on 160-plus cancelled flights. [Read more…]
(JTA) – Until this latest war, if you asked most Israelis about the threat from Gaza, they would probably start talking about Hamas rockets. [Read more…]
(JTA) – Israel and Hamas are fighting their third major conflict in six years, and while some things have stayed the same, the battle lines have also shifted in a few notable ways. Here are eight things you need to know about the current conflagration: [Read more…]