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Amid Rush Hour in Jerusalem, 2 Giant Blasts

Teen killed, 18 hurt after bomb attacks at 2 Israeli bus stations

(Newser) - Two blasts went off near bus stops in Jerusalem at the height of morning rush hour on Wednesday, killing a Canadian-Israeli teenager and injuring at least 18, in what police said were suspected attacks by Palestinians. The first explosion occurred near a typically crowded bus stop on the edge of...

Oldest Sentence in Oldest Alphabet Names a Modern Scourge

The wealthiest ancients had a problem with head lice, too

(Newser) - The purpose of the ancient double-edged ivory comb unearthed in Israel is made clear by its inscription: "May this tusk root out the lice of the hair and the beard." In the eyes of researchers, that seemingly ordinary sentence hinting at the scourge of head lice is anything...

She Was Anne Frank's Best Friend
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She Was Anne Frank's Best Friend

Hannah Pick-Goslar, who was cared for by Otto Frank after the Holocaust, dies at 93

(Newser) - Hannah Pick-Goslar had a lot in common with her childhood best friend Anne Frank. Both were German-born Jewish children whose families fled to the Netherlands after Adolf Hitler came to power. "From the first day of kindergarten they were inseparable," the Washington Post reports, though of course they...

Netanyahu Says He'd Consider Arming Ukraine

Former Israeli prime minister could be returned to office next month

(Newser) - Concerned about its relationship with Russia, Israel has been reluctant to become deeply involved in helping Ukraine fight off the invasion. That could change if Benjamin Netanyahu is restored to power in upcoming elections, the former prime minister told USA Today . He noted that the current government has received criticism...

Israel: 'High Possibility' Soldier Killed Journalist

But nobody will be punished in death of Al Jazeera's Shireen Abu Akleh

(Newser) - The Israeli army said Monday there was a "high possibility" that a soldier killed a well-known Al Jazeera journalist in May, as it announced the results of its investigation into the killing. But it said the shooting was accidental and no one would be punished. Shireen Abu Akleh was...

Germany Finally Reaches Deal With Families of Olympic Massacre Victims

11 Israelis were killed in 1972 Munich attack

(Newser) - Some 50 years after 11 Olympic athletes from Israel were killed in what became known as the Munich massacre, the German government has reached a deal with their families. Israeli President Isaac Herzog and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced the agreement Wednesday, days ahead of a commemoration of the Sept....

Biologist's Curiosity About Elephants Leads to Big Find

Israeli archaeologists dig up 'largest complete fossil tusk found at prehistoric site in Israel'

(Newser) - Israeli archaeologists recently unearthed the titanic tusk of a prehistoric elephant near a kibbutz in southern Israel, a remnant of a behemoth once hunted by early people around half a million years ago. The Israel Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday that the 8-foot-long fossil belonging to the long-extinct straight-tusked elephant was...

Judge Rules Against Ben & Jerry's West Bank Pullout

Federal judge says company's products can still be sold in occupied territories

(Newser) - A federal judge on Monday rejected a request by Ben & Jerry’s to block a plan by its corporate parent to allow its products to be sold in east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank against the wishes of the Vermont ice cream maker's independent board of directors....

Ancient Estate Unearthed in Israel


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In Israel, Dig Reveals an Ancient Estate

Site in town of Rahat dates back to 8th or 9th century

(Newser) - Archaeologists unearthed a lavish 1,200-year-old estate in Israel's southern desert that offers a unique glimpse of life for wealthy residents of the Negev region, the country's antiquities authority said Tuesday. The discovery in the Bedouin town of Rahat dates to the early Islamic period in the eighth...

Americans Wounded in Jerusalem Shooting

Palestinian gunman injured 8 people in all

(Newser) - A Palestinian gunman opened fire at a bus near Jerusalem’s Old City early Sunday, wounding eight in an attack that came a week after violence flared up between Israel and militants in Gaza, police and medics said. The US Ambassador to Israel, Tom Nides, tweeted that American citizens were...

Palestinian Hunger Striker Has Refused Food for 160 Days

Egypt is seeking release of Khalil Awawdeh as part of Gaza ceasefire deal

(Newser) - A Palestinian hunger striker who his family says has refused food for the past 160 days and is wasting away in an Israeli jailhouse infirmary has suddenly been thrust into the center of efforts to firm up a Gaza ceasefire. Khalil Awawdeh is in the spotlight because the Islamic Jihad...

Ceasefire Between Israel, Palestinians After Days of Violence in Gaza

After 3 days of the worst fighting since last year

(Newser) - A ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants took effect late Sunday in a bid to end nearly three days of violence that killed dozens of Palestinians and disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis, the AP reports. The flare-up was the worst fighting between Israel and Gaza militant...

Israel, Militants Edge Closer to War as Airstrikes Intensify

Israeli bomb kills another Islamic Jihad commander, as militants retaliate with missiles

(Newser) - Israel said Sunday that it killed a senior Islamic Jihad commander in a crowded Gaza refugee camp, the second such targeted attack since it launched its high-stakes military offensive against the militant group before the weekend. The Iran-backed militant group has fired hundreds of rockets at Israel in response, and...

Israeli Airstrikes Risk 'All-Out War'

At least 8 are killed, 40 hurt in Gaza; Israel says it was targeting Islamic Jihad

(Newser) - Israel unleashed a wave of airstrikes in Gaza on Friday, killing at least eight people, including a senior militant, and wounding another 40, according to Palestinian officials. Israel said it was targeting the Islamic Jihad militant group in response to an "imminent threat" following the arrest of a senior...

Long-Lost Banksy, Painted in West Bank, Resurfaces in Israel

Secretive artist painted it on concrete slab in West Bank

(Newser) - A long-lost painting by the British graffiti artist Banksy has resurfaced in a swank art gallery in downtown Tel Aviv, an hour’s drive and a world away from the concrete wall in the occupied West Bank where it was initially sprayed.The relocation of the painting—which depicts a...

Seabed Gives Up Coin Minted 1.8K Years Ago

It's been traced back to Egypt under the rule of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius

(Newser) - Israel's Antiquities Authority said Monday it has discovered a rare 1,850-year-old bronze zodiac coin during an underwater survey off the coastal city of Haifa, reports the AP . The coin bears the image of the zodiac sign Cancer behind a depiction of the moon goddess Luna. Experts say the...

Secret Service Employee Sent Home From Biden Trip

Woman accuses worker of assault on an Israeli street before Biden's arrival

(Newser) - A Secret Service employee has been sent home after being arrested and briefly held and questioned by Israeli police. A woman had accused the employee of what an agency spokesman called a "physical encounter" Monday night, NBC News reports. The confrontation occurred on a street when agency employees were...

What You Should Know About Biden's Trip to the Middle East
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Biden's Last Stop in the Middle East Is His Big One

That would be Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - President Biden landed in Israel on Wednesday for his first trip to the Middle East since taking office. It's a whirlwind four-day trip: Biden is spending two days in Jerusalem for talks with Israeli leaders before meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday in the West Bank. He then...

Ben & Jerry's Sues Parent Company to Stop Israel Deal

Company still doesn't want its ice cream sold in Israeli-occupied territories

(Newser) - Ben & Jerry's announced plans to stop selling its ice cream in the West Bank and east Jerusalem nearly a year ago, a move that did not go over well with Israel . On June 29, the ice cream maker's parent company, Unilever, announced it would sell the Ben...

Another Election Could Give Netanyahu an Opening

Israeli prime minister's diverse coalition can't hold

(Newser) - Israel's weakened coalition government announced Monday that it would dissolve parliament and call new elections, setting the stage for the possible return to power of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or another period of prolonged political gridlock. The election will be Israel's fifth in three years, and it...

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