Upon arriving at his diplomatic posting in Kathmandu, Ismail Khalidi heard reports of a serious accident that killed Vered Aviyashar in the Annapurna Range of Nepal. Touched by the story of her life, Khalidi teamed up with the local Chabad Rabbi Hezki Lifshitz to establish a life-saving project to provide trekkers with mini oxygen tanks to protect from altitude sickness.
Itamar Eichner 20:26 , 22.03.19
The figures are blurred, but the UN believes that a total of 11 million Syrians - almost half of the population - have been displaced, and it’s clear that it will take a lot of effort and an estimated $400 billion to put the country back together, if it’s to happen at all
Lawrence Rifkin, the Media Line 21:33 , 20.03.19
Ultranationalist Moshe Feiglin formed Zehut after his extremist views saw him kicked out of Likud; but is his stance on marijuana distracting from policies that would be less palatable to young secular voters?
Associated Press 22:28 , 18.03.19
For Israel, countering the threat from the air – especially from non-state actors such as Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah – requires superior intelligence, advances in technology and plain old deterrence
Terrance J. Mintner, The Media Line 22:28 , 16.03.19
On the Freedom Farm in Moshav Olesh, even a three-legged cow has a future; founded by animal-rights activists, the farm is home to 240 animals that were raised for slaughter — and now enjoy a good life and ample affection
Reuters 18:42 , 16.03.19
Plans are afoot for a Palestinian rail line in the northern West Bank, extending eventually to the south, as a way to reduce both travel time and road accidents; worrying about the Israelis will come later, says a PA official
Dima Abumaria, The Media Line 14:01 , 16.03.19
When the Egyptian president announced that he was ready to go to Jerusalem to make peace, few believed he was serious. As a young journalist accompanying the Israeli delegation in Cairo, Smadar Perry earned an exclusive interview with Sadat and also got to enjoy the other pleasures Cairo offered.
Smadar Perry 23:28 , 11.03.19
Although controversial anti-Israel remarks made by the Muslim congresswoman have come under attack from Democratic party's establishment, she won support from the millennial activists, including some Jews, criticizing Israeli treatment of Palestinians and urging boycotts against the Jewish state
Associated Press 11:34 , 10.03.19
Ilanit Biran was a destitute woman, separated from her husband and living with her daughter at her father's home. Today, she is back together with her husband, a mother of four, and the financial and administrative director of Be-Atzmi, the NGO that helped her turn her life around.
Zipora Roman 00:12 , 10.03.19
With the help of Western powers and Israeli soldiers, Amer was among hundreds of White Helmets evacuated last July from southwest Syria, and now he is adjusting to the sights and sounds of normal life he has not heard for eight years.
Reuters 00:09 , 10.03.19
OPINION: Elinor Davidov, who leads the campaign against the separation of women and men at the Israel Women's Network, has been fighting against the exclusion of women in public areas for the past two years; now she is calling on the public to join her in the struggle against this troubling phenomenon, which is still prevalent in Israel in 2019.
Elinor Davidov 14:22 , 08.03.19
Democratic party is split over a series of anti-Israel remarks made by the Muslim congresswoman, with some insisting she is a victim of racism herself and others suggesting she is perpetuating anti-Semitic stereotypes
Associated Press 08:57 , 06.03.19
Industry experts say crucial challenges remain before planned landing of Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft in April; the probe already ran into technical difficulties when its computer system unexpectedly rebooted, causing the craft to miss a scheduled maneuver to send it into an elliptical orbit around the Earth.
The Media Line 23:26 , 04.03.19
Greek refugee aid centers are mainly operated by Israelis; in Lesbos there is an Israeli school for Syrian, Iranian, Iraqi and Afghan refugees; and it is all part of a joint plan to revolutionize the concept of 'Tikkun Olam' and Jewish volunteering around the world
Liad Osmo 16:13 , 04.03.19
In the early years of the Jewish state, new immigrants were sent to 'ma'abarot', tent cities of Jews from all over the world; conditions were tough and while many of the officers policing these shanty towns grew up there themselves, when the reisdents rioted, they were met with a firm hand.
Noam Barkan 00:12 , 03.03.19
Neither a professor nor an expert, Dr. George Feldman performed breast enlargement on A. on a massage table in his Tel Aviv apartment, with no life-support measures or general anesthesia; 'I got dressed on my own and went outside to look for a taxi to take me home,' says the patient, who still bears physical and mental scars.
Ariela Ayalon 18:46 , 02.03.19
At the onset of the Second Intifada, 12 Border Policemen were stationed at the Joseph's Tomb complex in Nablus when a Palestinian mob attacked; the Druze sergeant was shot and bled to death before being evacuated by PA police over four hours later, and his family never forgave Benny Gantz nor the rest of the chain of command involved.
Ariela Ringel Hoffman 23:54 , 01.03.19
Addictive painkillers have taken over the black market in the coastal enclave over the past decade. The drugs are smuggled through tunnels into Gaza and add another layer of misery to the impoverished population where many are afraid to admit their addiction.
Associated Press 19:54 , 26.02.19
Former MK Michael Ben-Ari, who heads Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) and could return to Knesset thanks to a Netanyahu-blessed union with Jewish Home, has ties to non-governmental organizations linked to Meir Kahane's Kach Movement, outlawed in Israel and on US Treasury and State Department blacklists; to make matters worse, some of these NGOs get their funding from US Jews.
Yehuda Shohat 23:13 , 25.02.19
Tamar Gur Krause is a Reform rabbi with hundreds of marriage ceremonies under her belt; she believes in equality and love and the need for Judaism to develop and adapt to the times, rather than stay stagnant; 'I see myself as a bridge that brings people to a life of spirituality and meaning that derive of generations of Jewish texts,' she says.
Smadar Shir 00:07 , 24.02.19
Prime Minister Netanyahu worked hard to get Jewish Home-National Union to run with Otzma Yehudit in the upcoming elections. The party, which has its roots in Rabbi Meir Kahane's Kach Party, is merely the latest incarnation of hardline settler Baruch Marzel's Jewish National Front.
Dror Liba 13:33 , 21.02.19
He fought with British officer Orde Wingate during the 1936 Arab revolt and established Kibbutz Hanita; so at 102 he was a little surprised to receive a letter asking his parents to enroll him in kindergarten — but he doesn't mind going 'if they insist!'
Inbar Tvizer 09:25 , 19.02.19
Two parties can reach an agreement to combine their leftover votes so that one of them could secure an extra Knesset seat, but critics say the process runs counter to actually implementing the will of the electorate.
Roi Rubinstein 22:06 , 17.02.19
Once a small NGO, the organization is now one of the main weapons in the arsenal of West Bank settlers. It goes head-to-head with the Shin Bet, represents 'price tag' suspects in court, hands out calling cards to soldiers in case they're charged with violence against Arabs, and in the past even provided financial support to families of Jewish terrorists, including Yitzhak Rabin's killer Yigal Amir.
Elisha Ben Kimon, Itay Ilnai 23:30 , 15.02.19
Armed with video cameras, Palestinian activists say they will replace Norwegian-led monitors mission in order to document the ‘Israeli settlers' and soldiers' violations'; TIPH observer force's mandate was not renewed by Israeli government in light of alleged bias.
Associated Press 13:54 , 15.02.19
In recent years, dozens of illegal puppy mills have popped up in Israel, which breed and sell animals they claim to be purebred for thousands of shekels. The dogs suffer from abuse and neglect, but the families looking for a four-legged friend are unaware of that.
Lior Ohana 08:53 , 15.02.19
Yuval Mendelovitz travels far and wide to save severely abused pups, many of whom were rescued from a brutal life of dog fighting; now, heavily in debt and fearing for their future, he is asking for aid to keep his animal sanctuary open.
Goel Beno, Kim Legziel 23:34 , 14.02.19
Azam Jangravi climbed atop an electricity transformer box on Tehran's busy Revolution Street a year ago, waving her hijab above her head; she was arrested shortly thereafter, fired from her job and sentenced to 3 years in prison, but managed to escape the country with her daughter Viana.
Reuters 21:23 , 14.02.19
Traditional attire called 'the thobe' is gaining prominence as a soft expression of Palestinian nationalism after Rashida Tlaib, the first female Palestinian American member of Congress, wore the garment for her swearing-in ceremony.
Associated Press 16:09 , 12.02.19
Islamic Republic's Shiite-led revolution in 1979 had a tremendous impact on the Muslim world, playing a huge role in establishment of jihadist movements, among them Islamic Jihad and Hamas; 'The revolution gave us a strong belief that tyrants can be brought down.'
Associated Press 13:24 , 10.02.19
The stories are the same: healthy infants were born to new Ethiopian migrants in Israel in the 1980s but were suddenly declared dead, with families not getting a chance to say goodbye or even bury them. With no graves to be found, some families don't even have death certificates. MK Pnina Tamano-Shata, whose family also lost two babies, demands a state commission of inquiry.
Shirit Bruk, Yehuda Shohat 23:50 , 09.02.19
It’s been 40 years since the overthrow of the shah, and the younger generation, which make up half of the Islamic Republic’s 80 million people, reflect on an event that changed the country they were born into forever.
Associated Press 13:36 , 09.02.19
In an exclusive interview, Hollywood veteran Avi Lerner responds to criticism regarding his plans to keep working with the disgraced Bohemian Rhapsody director, who is accused of sexually assaulting underaged boys, brutally slams the MeToo movement and calls Rose McGowan a liar.
Ayala Or-el 00:27 , 09.02.19
Huge billboards with a photo of the American and Israeli leaders shaking hands, fiery rhetoric against rivals and a weekly webcast to counter the 'fake news' industry—the prime minister is taking a leaf out of the president's book as he seeks reelection for a fifth term.
Associated Press 19:47 , 08.02.19
They work around the clock to aid nationals caught smuggling drugs or involved in accidents, and often they simply try to calm worried Jewish mothers; the staff at the Department for Israelis Abroad are there when needed, and sometimes when they really are not.
Itamar Eichner 12:26 , 08.02.19
A prison where the shah's lieutenants routinely brutally beat inmates viewed as opponents of the regime is now a museum to the horrors that happened there, and while decades have passed since those days, the current rulers are accused of using the same cruel methods.
Associated Press 08:12 , 08.02.19
Despite his own success, the religious leader behind the overthrow of the Shah deliberately kept his own relatives out of the political sphere, partly due to the alleged corruption of his predecessor, but also due to their more liberal attitudes.
Associated Press 23:20 , 04.02.19
40 years ago, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the man who helped bring down a monarchy that had endured for more than 2,000 years, lived in exile in a simple house in Neauphle-le-Chateau, west of Paris, while planning the coup.
Reuters 23:44 , 03.02.19
The Al-Disi Mosque has been renovated after years of standing vacant on the cusp of the Old City of Jerusalem's Jewish Quarter, where local residents fear its planned reopening will disturb the peace and jeopardize the fragile status quo.
Inbar Tvizer 19:49 , 02.02.19
Smadar Perry has an illuminating conversation with an well-placed academic in Iran, who shares his thoughts on – and interest in – Israeli society, as well as the true powerbrokers of the Middle East, his own country and America's reversal on the nuclear agreement.
Smadar Perry 23:52 , 01.02.19
Most of the $38 billion in US military aid to Israel over the next decade has been earmarked for the Air Force and its vital role in defending the country, but the ground forces will not be left out, and can look forward to some new, state-of-the-art bases
Yoav Zitun 20:27 , 01.02.19
Under the extremist group's rule, women were banned from work, required to wear burqa, and not allowed to leave the house, and while the Taliban says times have changed, many female Afghans still worry their hard-earned freedoms are about to be reversed.
Reuters 00:22 , 26.01.19
Yosef Salmasa, Ilan Tefera Bhatta, Abraham Damati, all of Ethiopian descent, have died after tragic encounters with the Israel Police. Their relatives talk about the racism, their anger and the feeling of discrimination.
Vered Goldman 00:22 , 26.01.19
During the First Gulf War, Israeli political and military leaders found themselves on a steep learning curve as the country was pounded by Saddam Hussein's Scuds; the lessons from that experience — and the demands of the Americans —still resonate, in particular regarding a devious Iranian plan to strike the Jewish state from Iraq.
Alex Fishman 23:31 , 20.01.19
They move to the Jewish state to serve in its army, and receive a great deal of support as they do. But a spate of suicides among IDF soldiers from abroad has raised red flags and highlighted the issues facing young people in stressful situations without their families and other support networks.
Ayala Or-el, Iris Lifshitz Klieger 20:54 , 18.01.19
An anchor for the state-run Iranian channel Press TV, 59-year-old grandmother Marzieh Hasemi, born Melanie Franklin, found herself in Iran after her marriage, where the Islamic revolution 'attracted her.'
Associated Press 11:58 , 18.01.19
Hundreds of defense projects, each worth more than Israel's annual medicine basket budget, have been either shelved or halted in recent years, after being deemed irrelevant, due to inadequate planning and lack of oversight.
Yoav Zitun 23:40 , 15.01.19
Preparing meat according to kosher and halal law is now outlawed in one out of three Belgian counties, causing Jews and Muslims make common cause against the far-right and animal rights activists.
Yaniv Halilyand Tamar Shabak 21:09 , 14.01.19
The recollections of Max Glauben, a Dallas resident who as a Jew in Poland survived the Warsaw Ghetto and Nazi concentration camps, are now being preserved in a way that will allow generations to come to ask his image questions.
Associated Press 23:03 , 13.01.19
The dissemination of explicit photos and videos of minors online affects children as young as 6, but law enforcement authorities are unable to put a stop to it; a new Knesset study finds that while the law allows jail time for perpetrators, most cases never make it to trial.
Noam Barkan 22:52 , 12.01.19
They left the West to join their husbands in Syria, only to lose them in battle and then face death by hanging; for the foreign women wed to Islamist jihadists, their countries have abandoned them to a judgment that is quick and often lethal.
Smadar Perry 16:16 , 12.01.19
It helped bring down drug lords, thwart terror attacks and stop pedophiles, but despite its determination to paint itself as the enemy of 'bad guys' everywhere, Israeli tech company NSO Group is facing some unsavory claims, not least over the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. CEO Shalev Hulio talks for the first time about his life, his work and what he really wants to achieve with the one of the most sophisticated spyware in the world.
Ronen Bergman 22:14 , 11.01.19
Mexico's war against its cartels always had one prime objective - to capture Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the world's most wanted man and the country's most powerful drug baron. And thanks to a company in Herzliya, with a little help from an unwitting Hollywood actor and telenovella star, it managed to do just that.
Ronen Bergman 08:38 , 10.01.19
In the first years of the State of Israel, young Jewish migrants from Yemen had their children taken away and were told they had died. Seventy years on, no one really knows what happened to them and the grieving families who still live with the burden are demanding to know the truth. What happened to their children?
Etti Abramov 23:48 , 05.01.19
A photo essay of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site where Christians believe Jesus Christ was crucified and buried; the Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches share custody of the building and other denominations also hold services there.
Reuters 12:08 , 05.01.19
Clad in a modest skirt and headscarf, Bracha Deutsch, a mother of five from Jerusalem, was first across the finish line at the National Half Marathon Championships, and now she has her sights set on the Olympics.
Avinoam Porat 13:31 , 30.12.18
Yishai Zimmerman fought in a unit led by Ariel Sharon, received a Medal of Valor for singlehandedly battling the Egyptian army, stole a plane in Lebanon in 1982, but never managed to achieve his dream of becoming a combat pilot. Inspired by him, his son and three of his 15 grandchildren are taking to the skies instead.
Israel Moskowitz 12:37 , 28.12.18
Reuters photographer Mohammed Salem snapped the most dramatic moments that occured along the Israeli-Gaza border over the past year, documenting the March of Return protests, Hamas's rocket salvoes, Israeli fields scorched by incendiary kites and balloons and buildings destroyed by IDF strikes.
Reuters 21:40 , 17.12.18
A popular way of getting about is now a top target for attacks, sowing fear in the hearts of Israelis in West Bank. The method is bold and effective: A car pulls up, a terrorist gets out, opens fire at short range, and flees.
Elisha Ben Kimon 23:53 , 16.12.18
Four years of intense intelligence gathering led in early December to the launch of an operation to uncover and destroy Hezbollah's tunnels on the Lebanese border. From top secret discussions kept from half the General Staff to combat engineering soldiers who didn't even know what they were training for—this is how Operation Northern Shield came to be.
Alex Fishman 23:22 , 14.12.18
Asaf Israeli is sick of the ease with which an endless array of interest groups block roads, disrupting the lives of average citizens to express their anger at government policies—all with the backing of the police. So he created an ironic Facebook event to protest the blocking of Ayalon by blocking Ayalon.
Itay Ilnai 16:14 , 10.12.18
The Mikveh Israel boarding school and youth village launches a crowdsourcing campaign to raise NIS 75,000 to send 20 students of Ethiopian descent on a heritage trip to Ethiopia; 'The thought I'll meet my father soon excites me,' says 17-year-old Yosef Mersha.
Korin Elbaz Alush 14:53 , 01.12.18
Omer, a 20-year-old Merkava tank driver, made it his life mission to help Holocaust survivors with the money deposit he received for recycling more than 24,000 plastic bottles; 'I want to meet them, hear their personal story,' Omer says.
Israel Moskowitz 19:49 , 30.11.18
The statue of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, the famous French-Jewish officer who was convicted of treason following an anti-Semitic tale in 1895, is now erected in Tel Aviv; From Paris, to Devil’s Island and then Tel Aviv—the story of Dreyfus resonates with the story of the Jewish people.
Korin Elbaz Alush 15:49 , 30.11.18
While Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Rivlin praised the renewal of diplomatic ties between the two states, President Idriss Deby's opponents say his government brutally suppresses opposition and violates human rights, calling his visit to Israel an attempt to strengthen his 30-year-old tyrannical rule.
Dror Liba 21:51 , 26.11.18
Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, WIZO publishes data on domestic violence; 21 women—30% increase from last year—were murdered by their relatives since the beginning of 2018.
Amir Alon 19:58 , 25.11.18
They are trained to rescue and evacuate wounded soldiers under fire, operating far beyond enemy lines, but even for these trained professionals, the Zafit Stream disaster, which claimed the lives of 10 teens, was a particularly traumatic event.
Yediot Ahronot 23:54 , 24.11.18
The latest round of fighting in Gaza left many Israeli kids stuck in safe rooms and shelters for days; one of the ways in which they keep themselves busy is drawing; Michal Weiman, professional interpreter of children's drawings, found signs of severe anxiety and longing for a different reality.
Noam Barkan, Shahaf Frenkel 08:51 , 24.11.18