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Jul 31, 2015
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Religious assailant attacks Jerusalem Gay Pride parade, wounding six


(An Orthodox Jewish assailant (C) stabs participants at an annual gay pride parade, wounding six, in Jerusalem on Thursday, police and witnesses said July 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kobi Schutz)

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stabbed and wounded six participants, two of them seriously, in the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem on Thursday, with police saying the suspect was jailed for a similar attack 10 years ago.

Jul 20, 2015

Digital imaging reveals oldest biblical text since Dead Sea Scrolls

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli archaeologists said on Monday they had discerned biblical writing on a charred 1,500-year-old parchment with the help of digital imaging and described the text as the oldest found since the Dead Sea Scrolls.

U.S. and Israeli researchers made the discovery using advanced medical and digital technology to examine the object, first unearthed 45 years ago when then-standard forensics could not decipher any script on the scroll.

Jun 10, 2015

Israeli NGOs feel the heat from Netanyahu’s new government

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – On a backstreet in Jerusalem sit the sparse offices of B’Tselem, an Israeli organization that has long been a bane of successive governments, tirelessly flagging military abuses in occupied Palestinian territory.

Set up by a group of academics, lawyers and politicians more than 25 years ago, the NGO – whose name means “in the image of” and is a synonym in Hebrew for human dignity – has at times portrayed itself as the conscience of the nation.

Jun 9, 2015

Hamas gains in popularity in Gaza, West Bank since war with Israel: poll

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Islamist Hamas movement that dominates Gaza has gained in popularity among all Palestinians since last year’s war with Israel, but most feel the devastation caused by the conflict outweighs its achievements, a new poll shows.

Pollster Khalil Shikaki of the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey also reported what he called “the highest number ever recorded” — 50 percent — of Palestinians in the impoverished and isolated Gaza Strip considering emigration.

May 4, 2015

An Ethiopian immigrant rues the day he moved to Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – When Sendeku Belay thinks about how his life has turned out, the 36-year-old believes he would have been better off staying in Ethiopia than moving to Israel.

“Had I known Israel would work out like this, I would have preferred to die in Africa of starvation,” says Belay of his 13-year struggle to integrate into Israeli society.

Apr 25, 2015

Israeli forces kill two knife-wielding Palestinians: police

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli security forces killed two knife-wielding Palestinian attackers in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Saturday, police said.

In the West Bank city of Hebron, a Palestinian was shot dead by a paramilitary Israeli border police patrol after stabbing one of its men in the head and chest, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. The injured policeman was taken to hospital.

Apr 13, 2015

Iran deal spurs talk in Israel of national unity government

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Concerns over Iran’s nuclear negotiations and the need to repair relations with the White House may push Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to seek to form a national unity government with his center-left rivals.

Political analysts pointed on Monday to a new position paper from the main challenger that Netanyahu beat in last month’s election, the Zionist Union, that echoed his criticism of the April 2 agreement between world powers and Iran.

Mar 15, 2015

Israel must repair U.S. ties after election: ex-envoy to Washington

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel must try to repair relations with the United States no matter who wins Tuesday’s election, said Michael Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to Washington and a potential foreign minister if his party joins the next government.

“We have to do a major reach-out. There’s some work to be done,” Oren said, citing strained ties after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to Congress assailing a potential nuclear deal with Iran sought by President Barack Obama.

Mar 12, 2015

Women gain influence in Israeli politics after long gap

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – For decades, the identikit for a top Israeli politician has been a tough-talking man with a decorated military past who’s big on security. The exceptions have been rare, but now women are filling senior positions in parties across the spectrum.

Whether on the left, in the center or on the secular right, women are influencing the style, tone and manner of Israeli politics, even though it remains a male-dominated game.

Mar 10, 2015

Persistent Israeli ethnic divide may split vote for Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – In the past, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party could count on Israelis like 50-year-old shopkeeper Yossi Levy when it came to election day.

Levy, who describes himself as a lifelong Likud voter, is a member of Israel’s Sephardic community – Jews of Middle Eastern descent who, attracted by a tough stance toward Arab enemies, have traditionally been the party’s backbone.