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is a JTA correspondent in Israel.


  • Stabbing of 2 elderly Jewish women on Jerusalem promenade called terrorist attack

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two elderly Jewish women were stabbed Tuesday by two masked assailants while walking on a popular promenade overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem in what is being called a terror attack. The victims, reported to be in their 70s or 80s, were taken to a Jerusalem hospital in moderate condition with stab…

  • Iran’s defense minister denies reports of testing missile that could hit Israel

    (JTA) — Iran’s defense minister denied reports that the country successfully test-fired a high-precision ballistic missile that can reach Israel. “We haven’t test-fired a missile with the range the media is reporting,” Hossein Dehghan was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA, Reuters reported Monday. He reportedly also said that Iran is continuing…

  • 3 out of 4 of Israeli Jews say there’s no occupation, survey finds

    An equal number of Israeli Arabs do view it as occupation.

  • Extradition proceedings halted against ex-principal at Australian Jewish school

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli court has halted extradition procedures against the former principal of a Jewish girls’ school in Melbourne who fled Australia amid claims she sexually abused some of her students. The Jerusalem District Court on Sunday halted the process after a state-appointed psychiatrist determined that Malka Leifer was unfit to stand trial….

  • Israel issues travel warning for Tunisia ahead of Lag b’Omer pilgrimage

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel issued a severe travel warning for Tunisia on Monday in advance of a traditional Lag b’Omer procession. The warning issued by the National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau signifies a high concrete threat. “Terrorist elements, especially those affiliated with Global Jihad, continue to operate in Tunisia and commit attacks; therefore, there is a high…

  • 11-year-old charged in bus blaze outside Crown Heights Jewish girls’ school

    (JTA) — An 11-year-old boy was charged Monday with setting fire to a school bus outside a Jewish school in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. The bus went up in flames on Sunday evening in front of the Beth Rivkah School for Girls in the haredi Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. There were no injuries. The accused boy…

  • Donald Trump asks Jared Kushner, his Jewish son-in-law, for help on White House transition

    (JTA) — Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has asked his Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to plan for a possible White House transition team. Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, would not be involved in the actual transition but will be asked to provide a “blueprint for a transition team” should Trump win the elected in…

  • Women of the Wall perform priestly blessing at Kotel, ignoring ban

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Women of the Wall held a priestly blessing as part of its monthly service at the Western Wall, despite a ruling by Israel’s attorney general forbidding the practice. The group also brought a Torah scroll to the Monday morning rosh chodesh prayer service, which also has been prohibited. Some 120 women participated in…

  • Israeli soldier who shot downed Palestinian should get plea deal, judges say at trial start

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The panel of judges in the military trial of the Israeli soldier captured on video shooting an already downed Palestinian assailant in the head urged the two sides to reach a plea agreement, saying the evidence was weak. The manslaughter charges against Sgt. Elor Azaria, 19, of Ramle, were read Monday as…

  • Iran touts successful test-fire of missile that can reach Israel

    (JTA) — Iran said it successfully test-fired a high-precision ballistic missile that can reach Israel. The missile has a range of 2,000 kilometers, or more than 1,200 miles, and a high degree of accuracy, the deputy chief of staff of Iran’s military said Monday in announcing the launch, according to the state-run Tasnim News Agency reported….