Israel news

Rabbi's fury as Beth Din overruled in brit case

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 4, 2014

The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that a Beth Din - a rabbinical court - cannot order a mother to have her son circumcised as part of a divorce case.

Last Sunday, a specially expanded forum of seven judges examined the case of a divorcing Netanya couple locked in dispute over the late circumcision of their son.

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Israel weeps - but now the fallout

By Orlando Radice and Nathan Jeffay, July 3, 2014

It was a day all those present hoped they would never see.

For nearly three weeks, the prayers of every Israeli, parent and child had had been tied to the desperate belief that "their boys" would be found alive.

But at Modi'in cemetery on Tuesday, the raw grief of the tens of thousands of mourners poured out under the burning sun.

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Death of Palestinian teenager may be 'revenge killing'

By Marcus Dysch, July 2, 2014

A Palestinian teenager has been found dead on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

The 17-year-old’s body was discovered following what is believed to be a revenge attack after the murder of three Israeli teenagers.

Police believe Mohammed Hussein Abu Khdair was forced into a car near the East Jerusalem area of Beit Hannina in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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Funerals of Israeli teenagers bring tears and memories

By Anav Silverman and Aryeh Savir - Tazpit News Agency, July 1, 2014

The families of the three murdered Israeli teenagers have conducted separate funeral services for their sons.

Gilad Sha'ar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach were buried side-by-side in Modi'in cemetery this afternoon.

Thousands gathered together in their home communities, with government ministers speaking at each of the individual services.

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'Hamas will pay' for teenagers' death, says Netanyahu

By Marcus Dysch, July 1, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said “Hamas will pay” following the death of three Jewish teenagers in the West Bank.

The bodies of yeshivah students Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel were found near Hebron on Monday. They had been missing since June 12.

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Bodies of kidnapped teenagers found

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

Police have found the bodies of the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped by Hamas activists three weeks ago.

This evening Israeli authorities confirmed reports that the human remains found earlier this evening were indeed the bodies of the abducted teenagers.

The security cabinet convened an emergency meeting as the IDF boosted its military presence around Hebron.

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Israeli security officers sacked over kidnapping

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

Israeli security officers have been dismissed after an investigative body found a “serious failure of conduct” on the night three teenagers were kidnapped by Hamas insurgents.

The investigative committee, which released its report today, found that operators monitoring the police emergency hotline had mishandled the phone call on the night of the kidnapping.

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‘Ex-Fatah militants’ killed in IDF Gaza strike

By Daniel Easterman, June 27, 2014

The Israeli air force has hit a target in the northern Gaza Strip, killing two people and wounding several others, according to Palestinian reports.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the target was a vehicle driving along Gaza’s main coastal road near the al-Shati refugee camp, not far from the home of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.

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State seeking billions from Israel's JNF

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 27, 2014

Israel's Finance and Justice Ministries are set to propose a law that would nationalise the income of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (JNF).

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Computer game 'stops negativity'

By Nathan Jeffay, June 27, 2014

Israeli researchers have developed a computer game that gives people the strength to keep negative thoughts in check and stay happy.

Noga Cohen, a research student at the Psychology Department at Ben Gurion University, was determined to find a way to help people stop repeatedly turning over negative or "ruminative" thoughts in their minds.

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