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Issue: Israel's Jewish Identity. What Does it Mean?
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Israel's Single, Female, Orthodox Ambassador
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Too Much Room at the Inn
by Linda Gradstein on Sunday, December 21, 2014

Tourism to Bethlehem Lower than Expected Bethlehem – Everything, even Christmas, is political. The towering Christmas tree in Manger Square is decorated with ornaments in the colors of the Palestinian flag – red, green, black and white. Officials here sat that last summer’s fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip continues to affect tourism in Bethlehem. After the visit of Pope Francis last May, Palestinian officials had hoped for a banner year of tourism, and to surpass.....

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From a Palace to a Prison
by Linda Gradstein on Thursday, December 18, 2014

New Israeli Excavations Show 2000 Years of Jewish History in Jerusalem A newly completed archaeological dig at the Tower of David Museum offers a chance to see 2000 years of Jewish history in one place. The top level is the kishle, a Turkish-built prison also used by the British in pre-1948 Israel to imprison Jews who fought against the British control of Palestine. The bottom level is Hezekiah’s wall that dates to the 8th century BC. In between there.....

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European Court Takes Hamas Off Terrorist List
by Linda Gradstein on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Israel Accuses EU of Hypocrisy The General Court of the European Union annulled a previous decision to keep the Islamist Hamas movement, which controls the Gaza Strip, on a list of terrorist organizations. EU officials insist the decision is strictly procedural, and that the measures such as not allowing funding for Hamas, will remain in force for either three months or as long as an appeal against the decision is being considered. The decision came as Palestinians were set.....

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Palestinian Activist Calls to Reform UNRWA
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, December 15, 2014

Says Palestinians Want to Leave Refugee Camps Bassem Eid, a Palestinian human rights activist, has launched a crusade against the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), tasked with providing “assistance and protection” for five million Palestinian refugees around the world. In Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, UNRWA gives food, aid, and runs schools. Eid said a recent study by well-known Palestinian pollster Khalil Shikaki shows that 70 percent of Palestinian.....

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CIA Used Israel to Justify Torture
by Linda Gradstein on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Israeli Court Decisions Allow Torture for “Ticking Bombs” The newly-released report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee on the CIA’s use of torture says that CIA lawyers used Israel as a justification for building a legal case for torture of Al-Qa’ida suspects after the 9/11 attacks. Most of the 6000 page-report remains classified. But according to the 528 pages that were released, in November 2001 CIA officers said they wanted legal justification for the interrogation methods they had begun.....

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Jerusalem Mayor Presents New Master Plan for Holy City
by Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Promises to build homes in Arab neighborhoods Within 20 years, probably even sooner, the population of Jerusalem will hit one million people. If the present demographic breakdown continues, more than one-third of them will be Palestinians, most of whom are permanent residents rather that Israeli citizens. Whatever their legal status, they will need a place to live, and Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat says he intends to build 50,000 apartments over the next few years for both Israeli and Palestinian.....

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Internal Palestinian Tensions Could Threaten Palestinian Authority
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Thursday, December 04, 2014

Analysts Say Violence Could be Aimed At PA and Israel The Palestinian unity government that was meant to put an end to the long-time rivalry between the Islamist Hamas movement, which controls Gaza, and the Fatah movement, in charge in the West Bank, has expired, say Hamas leaders. That government was meant to present a unified Palestinian front, and dispel Israel’s argument that there is no need to resume peace talks because any deal Israel strikes with Fatah.....

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Israel Goes to New Elections
by Linda Gradstein on Wednesday, December 03, 2014

US-Israeli Tensions Could Figure Prominently Just 20 months after the current government was sworn in, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fired two of his top cabinet ministers, leading their parties to pull out of the government and the Knesset, or parliament, to vote to dissolve itself. A new date has already been chosen – March 17 – a few weeks before the Passover holiday. The Israeli public is not happy about the election. A new poll shows that 57 percent.....

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Twitter Helps Manage Emergencies
by By Samantha Badgen on Tuesday, December 02, 2014

New Israeli Tool to Help Manage Flood of Information  Social media isn't just for socializing anymore. Emergency responders and authorities are increasingly using social media to help the public get information ands access to emergency services. "What we have learned in the last four years, since the Haiti earthquake, is that social media is the main tool to both disseminate and collect information, both from the public, different first responders or volunteers who want to be active and participate,".....

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A Different Kind of Refugee
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, December 01, 2014

Jews From Arab Countries Want Recognition of Refugee Status It may have been 47 years ago but Yossef Carasso remembers every detail of the night that he was taken to an Egyptian police station from his home in the city of Tanta, near Cairo. It was the first night of the 1967 war. “We were the only Jewish family still left in Tanta and at 10 p.m. there was a knock on the door,” Carasso told The Media Line......

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