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  • U.S. terror prompts run on gas masks in Israel

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 25 (JTA) — Oranit Lugassi pushed the carriage holding her 6-month-old daughter into Jerusalem’s Malcha Mall, and looked around for the gas mask distribution center on the second floor. “Can you just watch the baby for a second? I want to grab a number and see how long the wait is,” she said…

  • Israel a key player in war on terror

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 17 (JTA) — As the U.S. ally with the greatest experience fighting terrorism, Israel is likely to play a key role in the planned international war on terrorism. But its role is likely to be less public, working primarily with U.S. intelligence and the Defense Department, terrorism experts say. “There aren’t going to…

  • Israelis mourn U.S. tragedy

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 12 (JTA) — It was a quiet day on Bethlehem Road in Jerusalem, where cars usually clog the narrow street lined with small shops and locals like to chat over coffee at one of several cafes. But the sorrow and sadness over America’s terrorist tragedy was palpable Wednesday, declared as a day of…

  • UJC mission takes U.S. Jews out of harm’s way

    U.S. Jews who had decided to brave the risk of terror by joining a United Jewish Communities’ Solidarity mission to Israel during the current Palestinian uprising never expected that their trip would take them out of harm’s way at home.

  • Technion hopes to get U.S. funding for stem cell research

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 4 (JTA) — As Congress debates the ethics of federal funding for stem cell research, scientists at the Technion — Israel Institute of Technology hope some of the money will be headed their way. Federal funding would be a potential boon for Technion researchers, who have spent three years studying the beneficial stem…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 4 (JTA) — As Congress debates the ethics of federal funding for stem cell research, scientists at the Technion — Israel Institute of Technology hope some of the money will be headed their way. Federal funding would be a potential boon for Technion researchers, who have spent three years studying the beneficial stem…

  • Israeli Druse resist pressure from cousins

    JERUSALEM, Aug 28 (JTA) — A group that has prided itself on its loyalty to Israel — and has served in the Israel Defense Force for 45 years — is now being pressured to abandon its military service. Earlier this month, the Druse leader in Lebanon, Walid Jumblatt, urged his compatriots in Israel not to…

  • Diaspora Jews go to boot camp

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 7 (JTA) — Nadia Kahn, 24, doesn’t fit the typical image of an Israeli soldier in boot camp. She’s petite (5 foot 1), half-Asian (on her mother’s side) and training to be an archaeologist. Yet Kahn spent the last two months wearing baggy army khakis, toting an M-16, sleeping in an army tent…

  • Israelis feel besieged  but undeterred

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 21 (JTA) — When Stephanie Glick and her fiance, Yehuda Herman, came to downtown Jerusalem to look for engagement rings, they consciously avoided the corner of Jaffa and King George streets. It was there that a Palestinian suicide bomber stepped into a crowded Sbarro pizzeria earlier this month, detonating a bomb packed with…

  • Diaspora Jews go to boot camp

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 7 (JTA) — Nadia Kahn, 24, doesn’t fit the typical image of an Israeli soldier in boot camp. She’s petite (5 foot 1), half-Asian (on her mother’s side) and training to be an archaeologist. Yet Kahn spent the last two months wearing baggy army khakis, toting an M-16, sleeping in an army tent…