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It is Hard to Pray for Peace

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

There are so many rational reasons why I know peace is not something we can grasp, yet I still pray for peace.

Israeli Military: 13 Soldiers Killed In Gaza Fighting On Sunday

AP | Posted 07.20.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says 13 soldiers have been killed in fighting with Hamas militants in Gaza. The military says the soldiers ...

Thousands Flee Major Battle In Gaza

AP | KARIN LAUB and TIA GOLDENBERG | Posted 07.21.2014 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price Sunday: It killed 65 Palestin...

Israel Ramps Up Gaza Ground Invasion Even Further

Reuters | Posted 07.19.2014 | World

* Palestinians say 345 killed in fighting; 7 Israelis dead * Israel says half of Hamas's rockets used or destroyed * U.N...

This Is Where You Don't Want Your Tax Dollars Going

Danielle Higgins | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Danielle Higgins

Though I surely did not become more conservative with age or my first paycheck, I found a few things that I do not want my tax dollars funding. Unless we stand up for our values and make an attempt to have some say in where our tax dollars are going, we are complicit in the very types of oppression to which we are ideologically opposed.

Hamas Giving Ammunition to the Israeli Far Right

Raghida Dergham | Posted 07.17.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

It is no secret that Qatar and Turkey are very close to Hamas, the de facto ruler of the Gaza Strip, and that this trio's relations with Egypt under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are marred by tension, if not outright hostility.

Gaza Redux: Déjà Vu in Occupied Palestinian Territory

Salena Tramel | Posted 07.17.2014 | World
Salena Tramel

The names of four children jutted out from my computer's screen like daggers on the list of the dead by name as I refreshed it. Memories of children laughing while flying kites on a beach in Gaza flooded my mind.

Israeli Military Says It Has Resumed Airstrikes On Gaza

AP | Posted 07.17.2014 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Egyptian truce proposal for the conflict in Gaza quickly unraveled Tuesday, after the Islamic militant Hamas rejecte...

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Begin To Enlist

AP | ARON HELLER and ISAAC SHARF | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion

BNEI BRAK, Israel (AP) — Moshe Prigan starts his day off just like many other men in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak with his morning prayer. I...

Unsuspecting Victims of Israel's 'Non-Lethal' Weapons

Patrick O. Strickland | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Patrick O. Strickland

Ahmad S., then 16, was on his way to a wedding in the Jalazoun refugee camp when he was shot in the head. The IDF says it uses these "non-fatal riot dispersal methods" for crowd control purposes, but evidence suggests that soldiers regularly use these weapons excessively and improperly.

Israel's Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox) on the Front Lines: How the New Conscription Law Will Change Everything

Howard Barbanel | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Howard Barbanel

On Wednesday, March 12, the Knesset forever changed the shape of Israeli society by passing a law that will conscript most Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) young men into the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) starting in 2017.

How I Reclaimed My Health

Harper Spero | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Harper Spero

Over the past year I've started to take control of my own health. I've been going to yoga three times a week, eating healthier, making juice every morning and figuring out like-minded alternatives to living a better lifestyle with an immune deficiency.

This Couple Needs a Military Permit for Valentine's Day -- Here's Why

Anat Saragusti | Posted 04.15.2014 | World
Anat Saragusti

It may be difficult to imagine that your registered address could separate you from your family. But for many Palestinians, this is exactly what happens.

Cyber Break-in @ IDF

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 04.05.2014 | Technology
Micah D. Halpern

This cyber attack is very big news. It proves a point that my hacker friends repeat over and over -- any and every computer and Internet site is hack-able. It is simply a matter of time and energy and of course, resources.

Israel's Last Good Fence

Daniel Nisman | Posted 04.02.2014 | World
Daniel Nisman

The Israeli intelligence community knows full well that in their case, good fences may not always make for good neighbors, but risks being taken to aid moderate rebel villages, rather than combat them, are paying off in security.

The IDF Takes New Steps to Stop Diabetes

Riva Greenberg | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Riva Greenberg

Last month I attended the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) World Congress in Melbourne. This was the largest diabetes conference ever held in Australia -- with over 10,000 clinicians, researchers, industry representatives and patients from 140 countries. I felt a change in the air.

WATCH LIVE: Former Israeli Soldier Speaks Out

HuffPost Live | Posted 10.22.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

The Israeli organization “Breaking The Silence” aims at generating a public debate on the costs of military occupation by publicizing testimonies ...

To Tweet Or Not To Tweet

Haaretz | Chaim Levinson | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
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Internal documents from the IDF Spokesman's Office, obtained by Haaretz, reveal the thinking behind the army's social media strategy....

60 Years Ago This Month: The Israeli Navy Lay the Foundations for a Long Tradition of Humanitarian Aid

David Saranga | Posted 10.22.2013 | World
David Saranga

Sixty years ago this month, long before the Internet was invented, Greece was devastated by one of the most powerful earthquakes Europe had ever experienced.

Why the Next Israel-Hezbollah War Will Be an Accident

Daniel Nisman | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Daniel Nisman

Despite the prevailing unwillingness of both the IDF and Hezbollah to provoke each other, the August 7 bombing exposes an ominous reality in the border area, particular in that the next conflict between the two will likely be accidental.

Rights Group Accuses Israeli Army Of Detaining 5-Year-Old

Posted 07.12.2013 | World

A 5-year-old Palestinian boy was detained by Israeli soldiers after throwing a stone at Jewish motorists, according to the Israeli human rights group ...

PHOTOS: NYC Orthodox Community Protests Israeli Bill

Newsday | Emily Ngo | Posted 08.10.2013 | New York

Tens of thousands of members of ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities Sunday flooded lower Manhattan's Foley Square to protest Israeli legislation that th...

Hassan Nasrallah to the World: 'We Will Never Leave Syria'

Daniel Nisman | Posted 07.01.2013 | World
Daniel Nisman

On April 30, the Hezbollah chief made one of his most anticipated addresses since the start of the Arab Spring -- making it clear that despite the risks, his fighters will never abandon their support for the Assad regime.

Reflections On The 70th Anniversary Of The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Rabbi Avi Weiss | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Avi Weiss

Many believe the Nazis attacked that night to send a message that Passover, the Day of Liberation, should be transformed into a Day of Destruction. The fighters, led by Mordechai Anielewicz, stunned the Germans, killing and wounding German soldiers.

One Palestinian Village Obama Should Visit

Sunjeev Bery | Posted 05.22.2013 | World
Sunjeev Bery

Israeli military law imposed in the occupied West Bank places sweeping and arbitrary restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. This makes any unauthorized peaceful protest by Palestinians a criminal offence.