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  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Arab girl’s rehabilitation is handicapped by politics

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 7 (JTA) — The story of Alla Ghneim is a tale about tragedy and hope — and frustration. It’s also about how individuals can fall victim to the unintended consequences of Israeli-Palestinian politics. In March 1995, 5-year-old Alla and a friend were crossing the main road passing through her West Bank village of…

  • Dozens hurt as Israeli Arabs, police clash over expropriations

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 28 (JTA) — The contentious issue of land expropriation has spurred some of the worst clashes in recent years between Israeli Arabs and police. The clashes began Sunday after Israeli Arab demonstrators gathered to protest the confiscation of land from the town of Umm el-Fahm and the nearby village of Muawiya for use…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Israel, Palestinians move slowly toward redeployment agreement

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 31 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has grown too soft on the Palestinians — at least in the view of some of his ministers. Hard-line members of the Israeli Cabinet are worried that Netanyahu is moving toward closing a deal with the Palestinian Authority that will transfer more West Bank land…

  • Tel Aviv blast injures 21, setting back peace talks

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 27 (JTA) — Israeli officials stepped up security in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem after a bomb filled with nails exploded on a busy Tel Aviv street during Thursday’s morning rush hour. At least 21 people were injured in the attack, including two young children. The bombing occurred amid reports earlier in the week…

  • Rocket salvo in Galilee tests Israeli resolve in South Lebanon

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 26 (JTA) — Israel’s continued commitment to its military presence in southern Lebanon has been tested again following a series of Katyusha rocket attacks on the Galilee. Scores of rockets fell Tuesday night in Kiryat Shmona and other targets in northern Israel, leaving 14 Israelis wounded and a number of houses damaged. The…

  • Tensions in Hebron escalate after murder of settler rabbi

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 23 (JTA) — The murder of a rabbi in Hebron has cast a pall over already embittered Israeli-Palestinian relations. The Aug. 20 murder, which sparked weekend clashes in the often volatile West Bank town, prompted several Israeli ministers to call during Sunday’s weekly Cabinet meeting for a total suspension of already-deadlocked talks with…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Israeli rescue unit in Nairobi was born after 1982 bombing

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 10 (JTA) — The Israeli military unit that came to the rescue at the site of the bombed U.S. Embassy in Kenya traces its origins to a 1982 tragedy in Lebanon. On the morning of Nov. 11, 1982, a giant blast rocked the southern Lebanese town of Tyre. The blast decimated a seven-story…

  • Murders in the West Bank prompt calls for tough stance

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 5 (JTA) — The slayings of two settlers near the West Bank town of Nablus have dealt a blow to the fragile Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. But political observers in Israel believe that the talks, already proceeding at a sluggish pace, will nonetheless continue. Israeli hard-line politicians called for an end to negotiations with the…

  • JNF seeks to reclaim property by evicting a Palestinian family

    JERUSALEM, July 27 (JTA) — The Jewish National Fund is vowing to press ahead with plans to evict a Palestinian family from the Jerusalem land they have lived on since the 1960s. At the same time, the JNF is trying to work out a compensation arrangement with the family. The disputed property in the Silwan…

  • JNF seeks to reclaim property by evicting a Palestinian family

    JERUSALEM, July 23 (JTA) — The Jewish National Fund is vowing to press ahead with plans to evict a Palestinian family from the Jerusalem land they have lived on since the 1920s. At the same time, the JNF is trying to work out a compensation arrangement with the family. The disputed property in the Silwan…