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Israeli Arabs Protest Police Shooting Death

Israeli Arabs Protest Police Shooting Death

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli police were on high alert for protests in Jerusalem and Galilee after the shooting death of a 22-year-old Israel Arab in Kafr Kana. Police say Kheir a-Din Hamdan approached them with a knife, but a video raised questions. Protests spread to universities in Tel Aviv and Haifa. 2. President Obama sent

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International Criminal Court Won’t Investigate Mavi Marmara Raid

Today’s Top Stories 1. Last night, a Palestinian driver rammed into a three soldiers near Bethlehem in another car attack. After an overnight manhunt,Hamam Masalmeh, a 23-year-old Palestinian from Beit Awwa, near Hebron, turned himself in to police, saying he lost control of the car. The army’s investigating the possibility that this was a hit

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1 Killed as Palestinian Plows Into Pedestrians

Today’s Top Stories 1. Terror struckJerusalem. Ibrahim al-Acari, a resident of eastern Jerusalem and known supporter of Hamas, plowed his car into a crowd of pedestrians. As this roundup went to press, the one fatality was identified as Jidan Assad, a Druze member of the Border Police was killed. At least 14 others were injured, and Hamas was

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Iran to Ship Uranium to Russia?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Yesterday at the US Supreme Court, lawyers for the family of Menachem Zivotofsky and the US government made their cases for and against listing the 12-year’s place of birth as “Jerusalem, Israel” in his US passport. The Washington Post, Reuters and other news services all all described justices divided on the

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Flagging Temple Mount Fauxtography

See below for updates on this post, including the paper’s amended caption. If you didn’t know better, you’d think this photo in the Los Angeles Times shows the Israeli flag provocatively flying over the Dome of the Rock. Seen from Mount Scopus, the distinctive golden Dome of the Rock, one of Islam’s holiest sites, stands

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Hamas Opposes UN Role in Gaza Rebuilding

Today’s Top Stories 1. Qatar’s trying to have it both ways, supporting Islamic terror groups like Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, maintaining a difficult modicum of friendliness with its Gulf state neighbors, while also being on the politically side of the war on ISIS it doesn’t wholeheartedly support. Reuters looks at Qatar’s ambiguity: First, Qatar’s decision

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Did Egypt Discover Hundreds More Tunnels?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel shut down the Erez and Kerem Shalom border crossings with Gaza after a Palestinian rocket was fired on Friday. The Rafah border crossing with Egypt was already closed as the Egyptians worked on a buffer zone. Media reports say Egypt discovered hundreds of tunnels leading into Sinai. According to a

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Stories I’d Like to See: Background on the Temple Mount Troubles

By now, we all know the Temple Mount is a hilltop site in Jerusalem that’s holy to Jews and Muslims. It’s back in the news, thanks to the Jerusalem’s latest tensions. Last week, an Islamic Jihad terrorist shot Rabbi Yehuda Glick, an activist pushing for Jewish prayer rights on the Temple Mount. Israel closed the site

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Police Close Temple Mount Amid Tensions

Today’s Top Stories 1. An Islamic Jihad terrorist was killed in a shootout with police after he tried to murder Yehuda Glick, who advocates Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. To keep Jerusalem’s simmering Israeli-Palestinian tensions from further boiling over, police closed the Temple Mount. Mahmoud Abbas called the holy site’s closure “a declaration of war.”

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