Millions of Israelis are defined as ‘others’ by religious law. Israel’s statistics bureau is now set to define them as “extended Jewish.”
It is the third holiest site for Muslims and allowing Jews to pray there threatens to exacerbate tensions in the occupied territory.
The Jewish community in Bahrain celebrated the first Bar Mitzvah in 16 years while the first Minyan ceremony was held for the first time since 1947.
Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews had gathered at the tomb of the 2nd-century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai for annual commemorations that include all-night prayer and dance.
More than a hundred thousand Ethiophian Jews have moved to Israel since 1984 in secret operations, and now 2000 more are set to relocate. But the politics behind it is murky.
The attack happened at about 10:00 pm on Saturday, the seventh night of Hanukkah, with about 100 people gathered for a candle-lighting ceremony. Suspect Grafton Thomas denied the charges of five counts of attempted murder
Israeli control over Palestine, and the required physical and moral brutality to do so, has coarsened Israeli Jewish society to such an extent that non-Jewish lives are often seen as less equal than Jewish blood.
There was a time when American Jews had a clear, idealised dream for Israel. They are still strongly emotionally attached to Israel, but many have a hard time reconciling their politics with 50 years of brutal occupation in Palestinian territories.
Anger is mounting in Palestinian territories including Gaza after Israel's parliament passes a law legalising Israeli settlements built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.
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