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Nearly 20K Tons of Goods Delivered to Gaza Via Kerem Shalom Crossing

Nearly 20 tons of goods were delivered to Gaza via the Kerem Shalom Crossing in just one day.

Inspectors at the Israel side of the Kerem Shalom Crossing with Gaza were busy this past Thursday.

According to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Yoav Mordechai, 628 trucks filled with 19, 119 tons of goods entered the Hamas-ruled region via Israel on Thursday alone.…

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Rivlin Appears at Protest for Mengistu Captive Held by Hamas

Family members of Avraham (Aberu) Mengistu speak with media at their home in Ashkelon, after a gag order has been lifted over his disappearance in Gaza.

President Reuven Rivlin appeared Sunday at a protest held in front of the official president’s residence in Jerusalem, advocating for the release of Ethiopian Israeli immigrant Abera Mengistu, who has been held captive by Hamas in Gaza for more than three years.…

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Telegram Politely Informs Iran It Won’t Place Servers There

The highly encrypted and super popular Telegram messaging service has arrived in Iran, but its founder and CEO has courteously informed Tehran that no, the company is not willing to install its servers in the country, policy notwithstanding.

Iranian government regulations require social media and messaging companies to work from their servers within the country, and according to the semi-official ISNA news agency, on Sunday Iranian Communications Minister Mahmoud Vaezi reportedly said that as a result of “meeting with Telegram managers, some of its servers have been moved to the country.”


But Vaezi also said – perhaps as a clarification – that Telegram, which is based in Berlin, was planning to use content delivery networks (CDNs) in Iran.…

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Reince Priebus OUT Gen. Kelly New Chief-Of-Staff

Reince Priebus, White House Chief of Staff for incoming Trump administration.

On Friday afternoon as Airforce One arrived back at Andrews Air Force Base President Trump announced (via twitter) that Chief of Staff (COS) Reince Priebus, was gone and he was going to be replaced by DHS Secretary General John Kelly.


Priebus took the Airplane trip to Long Island with the president and upon landing (before the press got the word) Priebus, Steven Miller, and Dan Scavino loaded into one suburban but moments later Miller and Scavino got out and loaded another van.…

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Politicians Call for Pardon After Court Upholds Azaria Conviction

IDF Sgt Elor Azaria seen during military court proceedings in Jaffa, October 26, 2016

By Andrew Friedman/TPS

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman added a request to the family not to appeal the decision further, but rather to ask IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot to pardon Elor Azaria, the IDF soldier who was convicted of manslaughter for the March, 2016 killing of a neutralized terrorist.…

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Holiday Sensation, No Arabs, on Temple Mount on 9 B’Av Week

Jews visiting the Temple Mount on the 9 B’Av week

The week of the 9th of Av (Monday night) began with joy, the Temple Organizations Headquarters reported Sunday morning, as 278 Jews strolled around the periphery of the holiest site on the planet.

Despite the security brouhaha and shameful capitulation, which followed five cowardly and brutal murders by Arab terrorists, a new week began on the Temple Mount and hundreds of Jews crowded at the entrance, eager to ascend to our Father’s place all mikvah-cleansed joyous.…

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Court Denies Sgt. Azaria’s Appeal of Manslaughter Conviction, Does Not Increase Sentence

IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria arrives to hear the military court decision on his appeal, July 30, 2017.

When Major General Doron Piles, head of the military appeals court, on Sunday morning read the court’s decision regarding Sgt. Elor Azaria’s appeal of his manslaughter conviction, it was clear from the start that the court did not overturn the lower court’s decision. That’s because, had the court decided to overturn, this would have been disclosed in the first paragraph of the ruling.…

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Mixed Messages On Preserving Modesty

Dr. Shani Verschleiser

I knew something was wrong as soon as I saw Chaim sitting out the swim session at day camp. Chaim was my son’s playdate and had been at our house the previous weekend when the kids, among other things, put on their swimsuits and swam in our neighbor’s pool.

When I asked the day camp counselor about Chaim, he said, “Chaim is afraid of water.”


Being “afraid of water” or having a chronic “stomach ache” are excuses we have all heard.…

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From Oleh to Politician

I was born and raised for the most part in Queens, New York, with significant stints in Venezuela and Brazil. However, from a young age I understood that Israel was my home. I got to fulfill that dream 20 years ago, when in 1997, together with my wife and two young children we landed at Ben-Gurion Airport with a one-way ticket courtesy of the State of Israel.…

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Elovitch Expected to Cede Control of Bezeq

Tel Aviv Stock Exchange

By Andrew Friedman/TPS

Businessman Shaul Elovitch, the majority owner of Israel’s telecommunications conglomerate Bezeq, will reportedly give up control of the company as part of negotiations to negotiate a NIS 1.2 billion debt owed by the Eurocom group, which is controlled by Elovitch and his brother, Yosef.


Earlier in July, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange suspended trading on Bezeq Israeli Telecommunications Corp Ltd (TASE: BEZQ) shares after the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) said it would a expand a corruption investigation to include a deal between satellite operator Spacecom Satellite Communications and DBS Satellite Services (YES), a satellite television provider.…

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Temple Of The Heart

Model of the Beit HaMikdash

Whether it is up on the Temple Mount, or down below by the Western Wall, whether it is a conflict with other religions or within the different streams of Judaism, something that has been missing from our national and spiritual lives for 2,000 years insists on thrusting itself onto our consciousness again and again.

Inexplicably, Jewish movements and organizations that reject the right of Jews to live in the “occupied” Old City insist on gaining a presence at Ground Zero of the Middle East conflict.…

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Hezbollah Taunting IDF Spokesman: We’re Getting Ready to Invade Galilee

Hezbollah soldier holding up a taunt aimed at the IDF Spokesperson’s Office Avihai Adre’i

Hezbollah is not slowing down its relentless psychological warfare against Israel, in response to israeli threats to wipe out the clandestine Iranian weapons underground plants, both in Lebanon and Syria, which produce heavy missiles intended for the Shiite terror group, Nzivnet reported.

The picture above is part of this extensive psychological warfare, which includes tweeting propaganda images and hanging signs in front of Israeli communities along the southern Lebanese border.…

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California Imam Apologizes for Asking Allah to Annihilate All Filthy Jews

Sheikh Ammar Shahin in action

Sheikh Ammar Shahin of the Islamic Center of Davis, Northern California, who prayed that Allah “liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews” and “annihilate them down to the very last one. Do not spare any of them,” has re-thought his communications with the Devine.


According to the Anti-Defamation League, at a press conference with other religious and community leaders, Imam Shahin apologized for his anti-Semitism, acknowledging that “I said things that were hurtful to Jews.…

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Report: Newly Appointed IDF General Staff a No-Knitted Yarmulke Zone

Of the 24 high-ranking officers of the expanded General Staff forum seen here with President Rivlin, only two wore knitted yarmulkes. Now they, too, are gone.

The list of new appointments to the expanded IDF General Staff forum reveal that the last two top officers wearing knitted yarmulkes in the expanded forum are being replaced, Srugim reported Saturday night, suggesting this may be borne by the military’s attitude toward Religious Zionism.…

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Israeli Riot Dispersing Stink Spray Leaves No Impression on Indians

Israeli police spray Skunk water to repel rioters, July 17, 2009.

Israeli security forces have been using water cannons packed with the Skunk stink spray against Arab rioters for more than ten years now, and with great effectiveness. But when the Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) tested it on rowdy crowds on the subcontinent, it turned out to be an abysmal failure.…

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Tears of Happiness / Tears of Sadness

Family and friends attend the Brin Mila (circumcision) ceremony of Ari Yosef, the grandson of Yosef Salomon who was murdered at last week terror attack in Halamish

Yesterday, as soon as I saw an invitation online to come to a Brit Milah, I said that I would attend. This wasn’t “just” another Brit–it was a Brit of a newborn boy, in the Salomon family.…

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IDF Military Court to Rule on Azaria Appeals

Elor Azaria’s attorney Yoram Sheftel.

The IDF military appeals court is to rule Sunday on whether or not to uphold the prison sentence meted out following the manslaughter conviction of Elor Azaria.

The former soldier was released to full house arrest at his parents’ home in Ramle upon his discharge from mandatory army service last week. He was being held on his base up to that point, pending appeal.…

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