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is a JTA correspondent in Israel.


  • Jennifer Lopez to make debut performance in Israel

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — American singer and actress Jennifer Lopez reportedly will perform in Israel for the first time. Lopez agreed to hold a concert this summer in Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv, the Ynet news website reported Monday. She is among several high-profile artists and bands who are scheduled to perform in Israel this summer….

  • Israel imposes partial closure on Ramallah

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s military has imposed a partial closure on Ramallah, the West Bank city that is the seat of government for the Palestinian Authority. The closure, which was imposed late Sunday night, is the first for a Palestinian city since the start of the current wave of Palestinian terror against Jewish-Israelis in October….

  • 3 Jewish teens charged in vandalism of Jerusalem monastery

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Three Jewish-Israeli teens were indicted in the vandalism of a Jerusalem monastery with anti-Christian graffiti. The indictment was filed Sunday in Jerusalem District Court in the Jan. 17 attack on the Dormition Abbey, located on Mount Zion just outside the Old City of Jerusalem. The graffiti, written in Hebrew, included “Christians to Hell,”…

  • Fugitive rabbi’s followers issue death threat against South Africa’s chief rabbi

    The followers of Rabbi Eliezer Berland believe the chief rabbi tipped off police to his Johannesburg location and have called for his killing under the “din rodef” provision in Jewish law.

  • Court adds to prison terms for arsonists of Jewish-Arab school

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Supreme Court added to the prison sentences of two brothers who pleaded guilty to an arson attack on a Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem. On Sunday, the sentences for Nahman and Shalom Twitto, 18 and 22, respectively, were each increased by eight months in response to an state appeal of what the…

  • Netanyahu: French threat to recognize Palestinian state undermines peace initiative

    The French initiative in effect gives the Palestinians in advance reasons not to compromise, the Israeli prime minister said.

  • 3 Israeli soldiers wounded in West Bank shooting by Palestinian police officer

    The shooter opened fire at a checkpoint near Ramallah before being shot dead.

  • New immigrant, 17, from Brooklyn stabbed in Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A 17-year-old New Yorker who reportedly left his family six weeks ago to serve in the Israeli army was stabbed in the back in Jerusalem. The haredi Orthodox teen, from Brooklyn, was stabbed Saturday evening just outside the Old City, next to the Damascus Gate, shortly after praying at the Western Wall,…

  • Anti-Semitic French comedian Dieudonne expelled from Hong Kong

    (JTA) — Dieudonne M’bala M’bala reportedly was expelled from Hong Kong a day after being detained there, which the French comedian blamed on “pressure by Israel.” Dieudonne was detained Thursday, Variety reported, and his two stand-up shows scheduled for Hong Kong were canceled. His two sons, one a minor, were also detained. Dieudonne, who has…

  • U of South Florida student body president, VP veto divestment resolution

    (JTA) — The student body president and vice president at the University of South Florida vetoed a resolution that calls for the divestment from companies complicit in human rights violations against the Palestinian people. Andy Rodriguez and Michael Malanga, the president and vice president, respectively, of the Student Government Senate, rejected the resolution at the…