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is a JTA correspondent in Israel.


  • Detention of hunger-striking Palestinian journalist suspended

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Supreme Court has suspended the administrative detention of a Palestinian journalist who has been on a hunger strike for 72 days. The court said it was suspending the detention of Muhammad al-Qiq in reaction to Qiq’s poor health due to his hunger strike. Last week his attorney said he was unconscious,…

  • GOP candidate John Kasich defends Israel’s stance on peace with Palestinians, settlements

    (JTA) — Republican presidential candidate John Kasich criticized the Obama administration’s relations with Israel and defended Israel’s stance on peace with the Palestinians and settlements at a campaign appearance in New Hampshire. Kasich, the governor of Ohio, at a Manchester business forum on Wednesday defended Israel’s handling of the peace process with the Palestinians, the…

  • Ex-Shas chief on Western Wall agreement: A ‘horrible disaster’

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A former head of the Shas Sephardic Orthodox party slammed the Israeli Cabinet’s approval to expand the egalitarian section of the Western Wall, joining several politicians who have ridiculed the deal and liberal movements of Judaism. “This is a horrible disaster and an attack on the Holy of Holies,” Eli Yishai said…

  • Gay conversion therapy active in Israel

    (JTA) — Conversion therapists who claim they can turn gays to heterosexuals say they have found a haven in Israel. An estimated 20 to 30 licensed psychologists and social workers and 50 non-licensed therapists practice some form of conversion therapy in Israel, The Associated Press reported Thursday. Before it was ordered shuttered by a New…

  • Two 13-year-old Arab-Israeli girls stab security guard

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Arab-Israeli teenage girls stabbed a security guard near the Ramle central bus station, police said. The girls, 13, reportedly pulled kitchen knives out of a school backpack and began stabbing the guard, 27, when he asked them for identification. He was taken to a nearby hospital with stab wounds in his…

  • Jewish teen sentenced to life, accomplice to 21 years in killing of Palestinian 16-year-old

    The teens were found guilty of kidnapping and murdering Mohammed Abu Khdeir by burning him to death.

  • Equipment used by astronaut Ilan Ramon on display in Israel

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Pieces of equipment used by Ilan Ramon, a member of the ill-fated Columbia space shuttle crew 13 years ago, went on display in Israel. Ramon and the six other astronauts aboard the shuttle were killed when Columbia broke apart upon reentry into the earth’s atmosphere. The exhibition on loan from NASA includes…

  • FailedMessiah blogger signs off after 12 years of haredi muckraking

    In his farewell post, Shmarya Rosenberg announced he was leaving to work on anti-poverty issues.

  • Upstate NY village settles lawsuit alleging voter fraud against Hasidic residents

    (JTA) — An upstate New York village will appoint an election monitor after settling a lawsuit that accused its board of elections of attempting to cancel the voter registrations of some 160 Hasidic Jewish residents. Ten residents of the Catskills village of Bloomingburg, New York, which has a total population of about 420, filed a…

  • Israeli police officer, 19, dies of injuries from Jerusalem attack

    Hadar Cohen died hours after the attack by assailants, identified by police as three West Bank Palestinians, who were shot dead by police. Another policewoman, 18, was seriously hurt.