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  • Egalitarian section of Western Wall ‘profanes’ holy site, haredi group Agudah says

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The approval of an egalitarian section of the Western Wall “profanes” the holy site, the haredi Orthodox group Agudath Israel of America said. “Designating an area at the Kotel Maaravi (Western Wall) for feminist and mixed-gender prayer not only profanes the holy site, it creates yet a further lamentable rift between Jews,”… More ▸

  • Detention of Jewish extremist Meir Ettinger extended

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The administrative detention of Meir Ettinger, the suspected head of a right-wing Jewish terrorist cell, was extended by four months. On Monday, while the detention of Meir Ettinger was extended with the approval of Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, according to reports, the detention of right-wing Jewish extremist Eviatar Slonim was ended. Slonim… More ▸

  • Burger King returns to Israel

    Fifty branches are expected to open in the next five years, at an initial investment of about $12 million,

  • Israeli film in Arabic takes world prize at Sundance

    (JTA) — The Arabic-language Israeli film “Sand Storm” won the top prize for a foreign film at the Sundance Film Festival. The film took the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize on Saturday night. Written and directed by a Jewish-Israeli, Elite Zexer, “Sand Storm” was making its debut at the annual festival in Utah. In the… More ▸

  • Jerusalem grand mufti condemns Western Wall agreement

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The grand mufti of Jerusalem has condemned the agreement approved by Israel’s Cabinet to establish an egalitarian prayer area at the Western Wall. The area next to the Western Wall is “the property of the Islamic Waqf that was taken by the Israeli occupation in 1967,” Sheik Muhammad Hussien said in a… More ▸

  • 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…. More ▸