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    Israeli helicopter gunships killed at least three Hamas militants in an attack in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Israeli military officials said the attack targeted a Hamas leader who was planning to bomb the closing ceremonies of the Maccabiah Games on July 23. More ▸

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    Palestinians and Israeli police scuffled in eastern Jerusalem after Israel banned a memorial procession to the grave of the former top Palestinian official in Jerusalem, Faisal Husseini. Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert defended the order, telling Army Radio the gathering was meant to be a “political, provocative demonstration.” More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Fear Rights Forum Could Be Israel-bashing Session

    Lawmakers and Jewish activists are working to block a U.N. panel from bringing back the infamous declaration that “Zionism is racism.” The current draft of a resolution for next month’s U.N. Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa notes “with deep concern the increase in racist practices of Zionism.” The conference’s proposed declaration also minimizes… More ▸

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    Palestinians fired a mortar shell at Jerusalem’s Gilo neighborhood to retaliate for an Israeli helicopter attack on the home of a Hamas activist in Bethlehem. It is believed to be the first time since the violence erupted nearly 10 months ago that Palestinians fired mortars at Jerusalem. More ▸

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    Israeli Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer canceled a scheduled trip to the United States because of the tense security situation in Israel. Ben-Eliezer was due to leave for the United States on Wednesday for talks with senior officials, including U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. More ▸

  • After Yad Vashem’s Mural ‘rescue,’ Questions and Recriminations Linger

    Yad Vashem’s secretive and controversial acquisition of a Holocaust-era mural two months ago has inspired not just international anger, but a bitter joke circulating on the Internet. Why, poses the joke, didn’t representatives of the Jerusalem-based Holocaust museum appear at a recent ceremony commemorating the 1,600 Jews murdered in 1941 in the Polish village of… More ▸

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    Iran recently transferred hundreds of tons of weapons and ammunition to Hezbollah forces in Lebanon via Syria, according to the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. Israeli security experts believe some of the equipment soon will be smuggled to Palestinian militants in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the report said. More ▸

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    The umbrella organization that represents most British Jews criticized Italian designer Francesco Babaro’s use of the swastika as the main theme for his new designer collection at the Fashion Circus in Rome. The Board of Deputies of British Jews plans to write Italian legislators asking for their assurances that steps will be taken to monitor… More ▸

  • First Person Orchestra Plays Wagner Encore, but Real Performance is the Debate

    The opportunity to hear the German State Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, perform in Jerusalem was in itself ironic. That Daniel Barenboim, the orchestra’s world-famous conductor, is an Israeli Jew made a performance in Jerusalem all the more intriguing. Moments after Shabbat ended on July 7, two friends and I hurried to the final performance of the… More ▸

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    The leader of Palestinian militias in the West Bank is on Israel’s wanted list, according to the head of the Shin Bet domestic security service. Avi Dichter told a Knesset committee that Marwan Barghouti is involved in the financing and directing of terror attacks against Israelis. More ▸