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'An Entire Population Is Traumatized'

UN chief decries 'horrific' situation in Gaza; Israeli airstrike hits home of exiled Hamas leader

(Newser) - Israel's military hit the family home of the exiled leader of Hamas on the outskirts of Gaza City with an airstrike on Saturday and pressed ahead with attacks across the besieged enclave, where a humanitarian crisis is rapidly worsening. With food, water, and the fuel needed for generators that...

Israeli Military 'Expanding' Activity of Ground Forces in Gaza

Army is moving closer to an expected full-fledged ground invasion

(Newser) - The Israeli military on Friday said its ground forces were "expanding their activity" in the Gaza Strip, as the army moved closer to a full-on ground invasion of the besieged territory. Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, the army's spokesman, said aerial attacks had been targeting Hamas tunnels and other...

Israeli Hostage Details Her Ordeal: 'I Went Through Hell'

Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, released with Nurit Cooper, says she was beaten with sticks during abduction

(Newser) - Two elderly Israeli women who were held for more than two weeks by Hamas after being abducted on Oct. 7 have been released , and one of them is speaking about her experience. Haaretz and the Times of Israel report that 79-year-old Nurit Cooper and 85-year-old Yocheved Lifshitz, who were both...

Teen Falls Off Yosemite Cliff Attempting a Selfie

Israel's Tomer Frankfurter died after plummeting about 820 feet

(Newser) - A teen visiting from Israel fell to his death at Yosemite National Park Tuesday after it seems he tried to take a selfie near a famous waterfall, the Times of Israel reports. Tomer Frankfurter, 18, who BuzzFeed notes was on a two-month vacation before joining the Israeli military, is believed...

Deadliest Day in Gaza Since Autumn: 12 Dead, 1K Hurt

It started with the pre-dawn death of a farmer before Palestinian sit-ins

(Newser) - The Palestinian Health Ministry says the death toll in Gaza has risen to 12, with 11 Palestinians killed by Israeli army fire along the border with Israel and a farmer killed by pre-dawn tank fire in a separate incident. In the deadliest day in Gaza since last fall, the ministry...

Sotloff Hid Jewish Identity From ISIS

Slain journalist fasted in captivity, held US, Israeli citizenship

(Newser) - Like James Foley, who sent a last letter to family , slain journalist Steven Sotloff kept a secret from his Islamic State captors until the very end: He was Jewish, held both US and Israeli citizenship, and purposefully hid the fact from his captors, friends say. "He told them he...

Furious Europe Rips Israel Over New Settlements

UK, France, Sweden summon ambassadors to express displeasure

(Newser) - Israel's decision to approve 3,000 new homes on occupied territory is drawing sharp condemnation from European allies, with at least three governments summoning ambassadors to express their disapproval of an action they say undermines an already troubled peace process. Israeli envoys were called out in France, Britain, and...

Bulgaria: Bus Bomber Had Fake US ID

Israel blames Iran for suicide attack that killed 8

(Newser) - The bus bombing that killed at least eight people at a Bulgarian airport yesterday, most of them Israelis, was probably the work of a suicide bomber, according to Bulgarian authorities. Investigators believe that the man—who was filmed by security cameras walking around the airport for an hour before the...

Israeli Tourists Killed in Bulgaria Bus Bombing

Police put death toll at 4, but it could grow

(Newser) - A bus carrying young Israeli tourists in a Bulgarian resort exploded today, killing at least four people and wounding about 20, police say. Witnesses told Israeli media that the huge blast occurred soon after someone boarded the vehicle. Images showed smoke billowing from the scene in the Black Sea city...

Iranian Bomb Suspects Partied With Prostitutes

They spent two days at Thai 'sex resort,' say officials

(Newser) - Three Iranians suspected of plotting Bangkok bomb attacks on Israeli diplomats arranged to meet women as they planned their missions—and they weren't 72 virgins . They spent hours over two nights partying with prostitutes at a Thai beach resort in Pattaya, known for its sex industry, say authorities. One...

Car Bomb Kills Iranian Nuke Expert

Israel suspected in hit on Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan

(Newser) - Yet another Iranian nuclear scientist has been murdered, this time after two assassins on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the 32-year-old chemistry expert's car. The death of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan comes almost exactly two years to the day since another nuclear professor was killed. Roshan, a...

Beck: Jews 'Drive Me Out of My Mind'

'They're constantly talking' over each other, complains radio host

(Newser) - Here’s something Glenn Beck learned in Israel: Jews “drive me out of my mind when they talk over each other.” Though he says he loves “the Israelis” and the “Jewish people,” “they're constantly talking!” he said on his radio show. “...

Rabbis' Wives Advise: 'Don't Date Non-Jews'

Diatribe against Arab men raises charges of racism

(Newser) - A letter in Israel signed by 30 rabbis' wives offers clear-cut dating advice to young Jewish women: Stay away from "non-Jews," and especially Arab men. "There are no few Arab workers who use a Hebrew name," warns the letter, as recounted by AOL News . "Yusuf...

Amid Kidnap Threat, Israel Warns Citizens to Flee Sinai

Hamas believed to be behind plot to abduct Israeli tourists

(Newser) - Israel is urging all of its citizens vacationing in Sinai to leave immediately. Anti-terror officials say they have "concrete intelligence" of a Hamas plot to abduct Israelis from one of the resorts in the Egyptian peninsula, the Telegraph reports. Tens of thousands of Israelis are believed to be in...

Israeli Nationalists Beg Refaeli to Dump DiCaprio

Model urged to shun non-Jew for sake of 'future generations'

(Newser) - Rumors that wedding bells may soon be ringing for Leonardo DiCaprio and Israeli model Bar Refaeli have rung alarm bells for ultra-nationalists in her homeland. The head of a group that aims to "rescue" women from marriages to non-Jews has written to Rafaeli, pleading with her to ditch the...

Woman to Pro-Health Reform Jewish Guy: 'Heil Hitler!'

(Newser) - In the latest health care-related video to go viral, a woman at a Las Vegas town hall on health care shouted “Heil Hitler!” at an Israeli man as he spoke to a local TV station about Israel’s “fantastic” national health care program, ThinkProgress reports. “Did...

Israeli Settlers Defy Demolition, Blame Obama

Israel bulldozes illegal outpost after Netanyahyu's DC visit

(Newser) - Jewish settlers whose tiny outpost in the West Bank was demolished by the Israeli army—just days after Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington—returned hours later and started rebuilding, reports the Times of London. Netanyahu reportedly agreed to Barack Obama's demands to dismantle illegal outposts in the Palestinian territories, but...

Ayers, Rev. Wright Team Up for Middle East Peace

Obama's former liabilities joke about their roles

(Newser) - Two of the toughest thorns in Barack Obama's side during the presidential campaign joined together in Chicago yesterday for the first time, the Tribune reports. The Rev. Jeremiah Wright and William Ayers shared a stage at a kickoff rally for a march for Mideast peace. It was their work on...

Israel's Stance on Swine Flu Isn't Kosher
Israel's Stance on Swine Flu Isn't Kosher

Israel's Stance on Swine Flu Isn't Kosher

Renaming disease 'Mexico flu' shows lack of seriousness

(Newser) - Israel has confirmed its first case of swine flu—but don't call it that, says the head of the country's health department. The minister, a member of one of the ultra-Orthodox parties in Benjamin Netanyahu's government, insisted yesterday that the infection should be referred to as "Mexico flu,"...

Israelis Learn to Adapt—and Argue
 Israelis Learn 
 to Adapt—and Argue 

Israelis Learn to Adapt—and Argue

Israel's national "disputatiousness" is irritating, but survival mechanism

(Newser) - American Jews are “taught to go all gooey-eyed at the thought of Israel,” writes David Brooks in the New York Times, but this isn’t the appropriate reaction. It’s not so much a sentimental place as it is “exhausting, admirable, annoying, impressive, and foreign.” After...

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