Tag: Jerusalem

The Number of People Deemed Not Jewish Enough to Marry in Israel has doubled over 7 years

A Jewish bride poses for photos ahead of her wedding near the Jewish settlement of Migron in the West Bank, Aug. 17, 2011. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The number of people rejected as being not Jewish for the purposes of marriage in Israel appears to have more than doubled in the past seven years, according to data from the country’s rabbinical courts.

In 2010, the number of Jews who…

Hamas Paid Family of 8-Month-Old To Say She Died During Gaza Border Clashes

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hamas paid the family of an 8-month-old baby to say she died during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops, a family member said.

Mahmoud Omar, 20, told Israeli investigators that his 8-month-old cousin Layla al-Ghandour died of a blood disease, the same disease the baby’s brother died from a year earlier. He said he heard about his cousin’s death while protesting at the border in early May.

The information was contained in testimony by Omar filed as part of an indictment in Beersheba District Court on Thursday. Omar, who was captured attempting to…

Knesset Advances Bill Banning Discrimination Based On Gender Or Sexual Identity

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli lawmakers gave preliminary approval to a bill that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The legislation, an amendment to the Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, would widen the scope of current anti-discrimination law.

The bill was approved on its first reading by a vote of 37 to 36. It now goes to the Knesset’s House Committee for discussion and amendment, and then must pass a second and third reading in the Knesset plenum to become law.

The legislation, which was sponsored by Knesset…

Demolition of Structures in West Bank Palestinian Village Postponed

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The demolition of part of a Palestinian village in the West Bank was delayed by an order from the Prime Minister’s Office.

About half of Khirbet Susiya, near Hebron, was scheduled to be razed Tuesday before the postponement on Monday evening.

The order comes amid international pressure, including a letter sent in January signed by 300 U.S. Jewish clergy calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to destroy the buildings, which were deemed to have been constructed illegally.

Some critics have linked the postponement to an upcoming visit over the weekend by White House special adviser…

The Road to LGBTQ Acceptance in Israel Was Bumpy. I Should Know.

Revelers take part in the annual Pride Parade in Tel Aviv, June 8, 2018. (Amir Levy/Getty Images)

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Tel Aviv has been decked out in rainbow flags for weeks. Suddenly, it seems, every restaurant, coffee shop and store is super “gay friendly.”

The city’s Pride Parade is traditionally held on the second Friday of June. Fifteen years ago, estimates were that 9,000 people attended the event. This year there were a quarter of a million.…