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BREAKING: Several Wounded In Terror Attack At Light Rail Station In Jerusalem

A suspected terrorist attack at the light rail station in the ‘Givat HaTachmoshet’ neighborhood of Jerusalem by a passing vehicle has caused injuries to several bystanders, Ichud Hatzalah said.

According to Rosy Roth, a member if Ichud Hatzalah, a Palestinian terrorist ran over bystanders that stepped off the light rail train at the Givat Hatachmoshet station. Shot were fired at the terrorist, who was injured but remains conscious. Read more »

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Missile, Fire From Egypt Wounds Two Israeli Soldiers

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Photo/AP

(AP). Attackers from the Egyptian side of the border fired an anti-tank missile and gunshots at an Israeli military vehicle on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers in a rare cross-border incident, the military said.

The military said the attack occurred in southern Negev Desert, and that the soldiers were evacuated to a hospital in Israel. Read more »

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American Studies Group Receives Renewed Scrutiny Over Boycott Of Israel

Credit: Magnus Manske via Wikimedia Commons

Credit: Magnus Manske via Wikimedia Commons

(By Alina Dain Sharon/JNS). About a year after the American Studies Association’s (ASA) widely condemned vote to endorse a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, the organization’s policy on Israel is receiving renewed scrutiny over a practical application of that vote.

The ASA’s 2014 annual meeting, to be held Nov. 6-9 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, has garnered criticism for a stated (and subsequently amended) policy of excluding Israeli academics.

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Allegation: US Refused to Help Israel Find Soldier Missing in Gaza

oron shaulUnited States officials have rejected claims that Washington declined to help Israel find a missing soldier killed in Gaza during the war with Hamas in July, calling the accusation “incorrect and misleading.”

An American researcher made the claim on Friday that the FBI and Justice Department refused to provide Israel with any assistance in its search for Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul, one of two soldiers whose bodies are being held by Hamas in Gaza.

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Ya’alon: Palestinians Want To Destroy the Jewish State

bdb yaalon 2The Palestinians have never been interested in a “Two-State solution,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon stated Tuesday, during a visit to the United States.

“Their goal is not to establish a Palestinian state along ’67 borders, but to destroy the Jewish state,” Ya’alon stated during an interview on PBS. “That is the reason why they have never said the term ‘two states for two peoples’: they don’t want to recognize that a Jewish state [exists].” Read more »

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Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman Calls For Stronger Partnership With US to Advance Security

kerry liebermanIsraeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has definitively publicized his desire to make Israel’s cooperation with the United States a priority in the Jewish state’s national security policy.

In a classified document titled “Top priorities for Israel’s foreign policy in 2015” that Lieberman issued to Israeli ambassadors worldwide, he offered exact instructions on how to conduct foreign relations in the foreseeable future.

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Haredim Attack Jerusalem Buses Over Women Of The Wall Ads

Mideast Israel Gender Segregation(AP). Dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews hurled stones and slashed the tires of buses bearing ads promoting female worship at a key Jerusalem holy site, Israeli police said Tuesday.

The attack, which happened on Monday night in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood, underscores the still simmering tensions in Israel over religious extremists who want to separate the sexes in public spaces. Read more »

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Report: Netanyahu Eying 4th Term In 2015 As head Of Right-Wing/Haredi Coalition

bibi primariesPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to lead Israel for the 4th time as head of a right-wing/Religious parties’ stable coalition, a report published by Ynet Monday night suggested.

“All the signs indicate that Netanyahu is preparing for elections,” a senior Likud official was quoted on Monday ahead of the Knesset winter session. “It is safe to assume that he will move for an election before Lapid succeeds in passing his (flagship) 0% VAT bill. He is not lacking in issues that could lead the coalition to fall apart over.” Read more »

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Giuliani Slams De Blasio For Attacking His ‘First Amendment Right’ To Protest Klinghoffer Opera

giuliani met operaFormer Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on Monday fired back at Mayor Bill de Blasio for criticizing his attendance at a mass protest outside the Metropolitan Opera, demonstrating against an opera about “The Death of Klinghoffer.”

The opera is based on the 1985 killing of passenger Leon Klinghoffer on the Achille Lauro, an Italian cruise ship hijacked by four members of the Palestinian Liberation Front. The 69-year-old was shot in his wheelchair and pushed overboard. Read more »

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Evangelical Christian Group’s New Aliyah Effort Raises Jewish Concerns

The largest evangelical Christian group publicly supporting Israel is preparing to assume a mission that lies at the heart of the Zionist philosophy – the promotion, funding and implementing of mass aliyah, or immigration, of significant numbers of Jews to Israel from their native countries.

On October 6, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews will begin its own separate aliyah operation, directed by Israel’s former top official in charge of the issue, and funded by millions of dollars donated by American evangelical Christians.

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Terrorist-Defending Jewish Lawyer Rants on Twitter Against Israel

Stanley Cohen, the Jewish lawyer who has infamously defended Osama bin Laden’s terrorist son-in-law and members of Hamas, sent out a series of anti-Israel tweets over the past several days, in advance of his sentencing for tax violations in the United States.

According to Ha’aretz and Reuters, the 63-year-old Cohen flew to Kuwait last week. While there, he went on Twitter to rant about Zionists and Israel, Palestine, drones, and moderate Arabs.

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UN: Uncertain If All Iranian Nuke Work Is Peaceful

Iran Nuclear(AP). The head of the U.N. nuclear agency is sounding a note of caution about Iran’s claims that it is not interested in nuclear arms, saying he cannot guarantee that all the country’s atomic activities are civilian in nature.

Though not new, Yukiya Amano’s comments Monday are significant amid a renewed deadlock in the 12-year probe by his International Atomic Agency of suspected nuclear weapons work by Iran. Read more »

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Study: Miami’s Jewish Community Sees 41% Increase In Number Of Orthodox Jews

miamiFor the first time in four decades, the Jewish population in Miami is on the rise, according to a new study released Monday by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

The study shows that the Jewish population of Miami-Dade County has increased 9 percent over the last decade, to 123,000 from 113,000 in 2004, making it the eleventh largest Jewish community in the U.S. Read more »

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Israel: Netanyahu Appoints Security Chief as Ebola Coordinator In Wake of Rising Concerns

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appointed National Security Council chief Yossi Cohen to serve as the government’s coordinator of preparations for a potential outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Jewish state.

Cohen will direct and manage the efforts by Israel’s Health, Interior, and Transportation ministries, as well as by the Population and Immigration Authority, the Israel Aviation Authority and various other agencies, to prevent the deadly virus from spreading in case it is detected locally.

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9 Jewish Families Move Into Contested Arab Area of Jerusalem

silwan(AP). Residents of a hotly contested part of east Jerusalem said armed Israeli guards moved into two buildings in the area before dawn Monday — a step likely to raise already heightened tensions in the disputed neighborhood.

A similar move last month in the same neighborhood of Silwan drew sharp condemnation from the U.S. and created a high-profile spat with Israel. Read more »

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Defense Minister Ya’alon Tours 9/11 Memorial Museum During US Visit [Photos]

yaalon wtc 4Israeli Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon on Sunday paid a visit to Ground Zero, where he laid a wreath at the Tree of Survivors at the 9/11 site. He also toured the 9/11 museum with Port Authority Director Pat Foye and Michael Arad, Israeli born architect of the 9/11 memorial. Ambassador Ido Aharoni and NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s staff accompanied the delegation.

Earlier in the day, Ya’alon met with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio at his hotel in Manhattan. Read more »

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Klinghoffer Daughters Release Letter in Protest of Met Opera’s ‘Death of Klinghoffer’

Via/Met Opera

Via/Met Opera

Despite repeated requests to the Metropolitan Opera not to show the highly controversial opera “The Death of Klinghoffer,” the Met Opera has decided to go forward with the screening.

The opera, which will open tomorrow, relates the documented story of Leon Klinghoffer, a 69-year-old wheelchair-bound New Yorker, who was shot to death by Palestinian terrorists aboard a cruise ship. After his death, they threw him overboard together with his wheelchair. Read more »

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Tel Aviv Hospital Treats Daughter of Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh

Ichilov hospital tel AvivA spokesman for an Israeli hospital said on Sunday that Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital has treated the daughter of a top Hamas official this month.

Hospital spokesman Avi Shushan said that the daughter of Ismail Haniyeh was hospitalized for “a number of days” this month. He did not disclose what she was treated for. Haniyeh is Hamas’ top leader in the Gaza Strip. Read more »

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Netanyahu: Construction in Jerusalem Will Continue, Will Fight City’s Dividers ‘With Iron Fist’

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu vowed on Sunday that the country’s construction in Jerusalem will continue. The PM emphasized that “we are building for Jews and Arabs alike, for Jerusalemites of all religions.”

Netanyahu was speaking at a ceremony in Jerusalem celebrating the unveiling of a new road named after the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir,who was well-known for his hawkish views.

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Poll: Most Israeli Jews Say ‘No’ to Palestinian State on 1967 Lines

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Via/AP

A new poll that was conducted by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) has revealed that the overwhelming majority of Israeli Jews are opposed to the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 border lines, an Israeli withdrawal from the Jordan Valley or the division of Jerusalem as an element of the peace process.

Overall, 74 percent of Israeli Jews declared their opposition to the establishment of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, while 76 percent said they were opposed to a Palestinian state if it would entail the division of Jerusalem.

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Jewish Comedian Tours Israel, Middle East To Find The World’s Funniest Person

laugh factory(AP). It was last summer and Israeli-Palestinian tensions were at the highest they’d been in some time when Jamie Masada hit on a formula for world peace: Forget about guns and bombs, and just tell jokes to each other.

The onetime stand-up comic is, after all, the owner of the venerable Hollywood nightclub The Laugh Factory, so the idea wasn’t unfamiliar. Still, it’s one thing to get a liquored-up audience laughing at lines like, “Take my mother-in-law — please.” Read more »

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Israeli Defense Minister Ya’alon, De Blasio Discuss Security Issues, Relationship During Meeting in NYC

Photo/Rob Bennett

Photo/Rob Bennett

Israeli Defense Minister Ya’alon on Sunday met with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio in Manhattan, at the start of his busy US visit.

The Mayor and Defense Minister discussed the extraordinary security cooperation between both the United States and Israel, and the NYPD and Israeli law enforcement, according to a readout provided to JP by the Mayor’s office. Read more »

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Lieberman: Abbas Is An Anti-Semite Trying To Ignite Holy War

Avigdor Lieberman Staring(JNS). Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Saturday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is responsible for the recent unrest in eastern Jerusalem.

Lieberman’s comments came after Abbas suggested on Friday that Jews should be banned from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Read more »

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Israel – Police Investigating Swastikas Painted On The Temple Mount Steps

Photo/Tom Nisani

Photo/Tom Nisani

Three Swastikas equals to Star of David graffiti were found Sunday morning spray painted on a step in the eastern part of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Police opened an investigation into the incident. Read more »

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Giuliani To Headline Press Conference At Opening of ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’

Rudy GiulianiFormer New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is expected to headline a  press conference the at Lincoln Center on Monday evening to protest the first evening that “The Death of Klinghoffer” will be shown at the Metropolitan Opera.

Additional confirmed participants include Congressman Peter King, Former NY Governor David Paterson, Criminal Defense Attorney Ben Brafman, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, and Rabbi Joseph Potasnik. Read more »

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