When Syrian tanks and soldiers poured into the rebellious southern flashpoint city of Dara’a last month, the Twittersphere lit up with wry comments like “Hey army, that’s Dara’a, not the Golan!” mocking the fact that the same army shooting its own people hadn’t fired a bullet in decades to liberate the Golan Heights, captured by Israel in the 1967 war and still the center of the long-simmering conflict between Israel and Syria. In fact, Damascus has long worked hard to ensure the strategic plateau remained one of the quietest border areas in the Middle East, branding the area a military zone and maintaining tight control.
I’m not sure how to say this without offending anybody.
Police were out in force at one of Jerusalem’s holiest sites Monday, one day after 150 Palestinians rioted there.
Jewish officials in Israel and abroad are outraged that Pope Benedict XVI has decided to lift the excommunication of a British bishop who denies that Jews were killed in Nazi gas chambers. The pope’s decree, issued Saturday, brings back into the Catholic Church’s fold Bishop Richard Williamson and three other bishops who belong to the Society of Saint Pius X
Posters featuring lost youth are not an unusual site in any big city, but the ones that recently appeared on Israeli TV and on the Internet weren’t what they seemed.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that a complete halt of Jewish settlements will not happen, according to a parliament source. Netanyahu said at a closed-door Knesset committee meeting that Israel would agree only to a partial reduction of housing construction and for a limited time, not the year the United States would like, said a government official who was not authorized to speak about the meeting and did not want to be identified.
Israel on Sunday withheld the press credentials of a Swedish newspaper in retaliation for a controversial piece that suggested the Israeli army kidnapped and killed young Palestinians to harvest their organs. The journalists need the credentials to report from Gaza
Zieba Shorish-Shamley’s Afghanistan doesn’t exist anymore. The tea and fresh fruit her Muslim family shared over laughter with their Jewish friends at home.
Faith schools across Britain are holding their breath and waiting to see if they will need to change their admissions procedures after Europe’s largest Jewish school was last week given the right to appeal a court decision saying its entry policy was racist.
Pakistan has launched a global manhunt for 13 fugitives wanted in connection with last year’s terror attacks on the Indian financial capital of Mumbai. Pakistan asked the international police agency Interpol to issue a global alert for the wanted men, Interpol announced Thursday. The alert did not identify the 13 suspects, but it said that “the fugitives’ names and other nominal data” will be sent to police in Interpol’s 186 member countries