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Sam Sokol, JTA
Sam Sokol, JTA

Israel thought it had crushed COVID-19; now, lockdowns reimposed

JERUSALEM — It was just two months ago that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared victory over the new coronavirus. Ten weeks after recording its first...

George Floyd protests in Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV — As Kielahtiel Barton stood across from the former American embassy here, on a sidewalk next to a downtown beach, a large crowd around her chanted slogans...

Israel health minister both bitterly criticized and highly praised

BEIT SHEMESH, Israel — Just hours after Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman tested positive earlier this month for the novel coronavirus, technicians arrived at his...

Israel cracks down on foreign workers

TEL AVIV — The woman approached me with trepidation, fidgeting and glancing nervously over her shoulder as she sat down in a coffee shop here. A Filipino caregiver who...

A twisted and complicated history

KIEV — The rabbi appears serious, with just the barest hint of a smile behind his long white beard. Standing beside him, a stocky, unremarkable man with a thick black...

The secular woman leading a religious party

JERUSALEM — Late last month, as Israel prepared for yet another round of elections, Ayelet Shaked ascended to the leadership of the United Right, a joint list...

Fire destroys Mevo Modiin

Fire destroys Carlebach community

MEVO MODIIN, Israel — “It’s an apocalypse,” Zelda Burkey, 63, blurted out in a piercing voice as we walked through the charred remains of the once beautiful...

Avigdor Liberman

What makes Liberman tick?

JERUSALEM — So just who is Avigdor Liberman, the man who single-handedly forced Israelis to go to the polls for an unprecedented second time in a year? Is he really...

Friends and family mourn at the funeral of Alex Sasaki, March 28, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Suicides among Israel Defense Forces’ lone soldiers

JERUSALEM — After Alex Sasaki died of a drug overdose in late March, Tzvika Graiver of the KeepOlim activist group posted on Facebook that the American-born soldier in...

The logo of Eurovision Song Contest (STR/NurPhoto via Getty)

Gaza violence and Eurovision

TEL AVIV — When Israel won the right to host this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the event was anticipated as a golden opportunity to showcase a side of the nation...