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Walter's World - Another 9th of Av calamity?

Friday, July 21, 2017

Is circumcision justified or is it committing serious bodily harm?

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)


Egypt to Israel: Stop the escalation

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Friday blasted Israel over the clashes in Jerusalem, urging the Jewish state to “stop the escalation”.

In a statement, Cairo called on Israel "to prefer the voice of reason in order to avoid being dragged into a dangerous swamp that would be difficult to get out of and that could eliminate the efforts being made to encourage Israel and the Palestinians to renew negotiations."

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)


Living in Israel - A Mitzvah?

Friday, July 21, 2017

How do we know that G-d now wants us here? Just look around. Look at the flourishing of both physical and spiritual life in Israel.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)


UAE welcomes Qatar's amendment of anti-terrorism laws

Friday, July 21, 2017

The United Arab Emirates on Friday welcomed Qatar's decision to amend its anti-terrorism laws. The move, announced Thursday, establishes two national lists for individuals and terrorist entities and sets out the requirements for being included on them. It also defines terrorists, terrorist crimes, terrorist entities as well as the financing of terrorism.

"The Qatari decree to amend the anti-terroism law is a positive step to deal seriously with the 59 terrorists," UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Twitter, according to Reuters.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)


Shabbat Shalom from Israel!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Arutz Sheva is stopping its round-the-clock news updates of at this time in honor of the Sabbath. Jerusalem candle lighting time is 19:03 Summer Time (Friday). Our North American desk will keep you informed until the 20:03 EDT candle lighting time in New York.

The updates will resume Saturday night from Israel, following the conclusion of Shabbat at 20:23 Jerusalem time.

Shabbat Shalom!


Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary

Friday, July 21, 2017

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned on Friday morning, telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of the New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.

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Trump reshuffles legal team

Friday, July 21, 2017

President Donald Trump on Friday reshuffled his legal team as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia moves ahead.

According to CNN, Marc Kasowitz, Trump's longtime personal attorney who has been the lead lawyer on the Russia investigation, will see his role recede. Attorney John Dowd, along with Jay Sekulow, will now be the President's primary personal attorneys for the investigation, two sources with knowledge of the situation said.


Otzma Yehudit activists distribute food to security forces

Friday, July 21, 2017

Activists of the Otzma Yehudit movement visited the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday and distributed food to the security forces deployed in the area.

"The answer to murderous terror is only with Jewish strength - that's the only language that the enemy understands. Every capitulation gives the enemy a tailwind and legitimacy for the next murder," said the Otzma Yehudit chairman Dr. Michael Ben Ari, "I welcome the stance of Minister Erdan and the Israel Police, and I expect that any attempt at incitement and rioting will be met with Jewish strength and that a mortal blow will be dealt to the leaders of the instigators and rioters."


Palestinian media: 4 killed during East Jerusalem clashes

Friday, July 21, 2017

Palestinian media outlets reported that at least four people had been killed during clashes with Israeli security forces in Ras al-Amud.


The Jewish, Israeli, Zionist identity in question

Friday, July 21, 2017
Will fear of world opinion, being hated and attacked, prevent Jews from making Aliyah?

Insurance companies to fly Israelis back from island of Kos

Friday, July 21, 2017

The⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Harel and passportcard insurance companies on Friday sent a special emergency plane to the island of Kos in Greece following the earthquake on the island on Thursday night.

The emergency flight is intended for Israelis who are insured under those companies who would be interested in returning immediately to Israel. Should there be room remaining on the planes, the companies noted, they will also bring home Israelis who are not insured under those companies.


Four policemen injured during Jerusalem riots

Friday, July 21, 2017

Four policemen were injured from rocks and fireworks that were thrown at them during riots in eastern Jerusalem on Friday afternoon.

Two Arabs were injured during disturbances in Ras al-Amud and were reported to have been evacuated to the Makassed Hospital. Later, it was reported that one of them had died at the hospital. Another Arab was reportedly injured in A-Tur.


5 students celebrate belated bar mitzvah at Vienna Chabad house

Friday, July 21, 2017

Chabad Vienna hosts belated bar mitzvah celebration for 5 students in business school.


Hamas: Israel is hiding information on missing IDF soldier

Friday, July 21, 2017
Hamas spokesperson claims Israel is hiding information on how murdered, missing IDF soldier Oron Shaul fell into Hamas' hands.

Zvhil Rebbe passes away

Friday, July 21, 2017

Rabbi Shlomo Goldman, the Rebbe (leader) of the hasidic Zvhiller sect passed away on Friday morning in the United States.

He did not have any children.

Rabbi Goldman's funeral will take place on Sunday in Israel.


Judea residents protest destruction of their homes

Friday, July 21, 2017
Residents protest homes' demolition, call on public to pitch tents outside Knesset.

Watch live: Police commissioner: We're ready for anything

Friday, July 21, 2017
Israel Police, Border Police station thousands of officers in Jerusalem, especially near Old City and Arab neighborhoods.

Security fence foils tractor theft

Friday, July 21, 2017
Arabs steal tractor from central Jewish town, then abandon it near border fence.

Man gets trapped under safe

Friday, July 21, 2017
Safe falls on Petah Tikva man, leaves him stuck for 16 hours.

Muslims to flock to Al-Aqsa

Friday, July 21, 2017
Al-Aqsa imams say prayers won't be held in mosque, call on Muslims to come 'as close as possible' to Temple Mount and hold 'day of rage.'

Lion kills child in Zimbabwe

Friday, July 21, 2017
Wild lion mauls local child, drags her body 1,000 feet.

Likud minister: We won't concede sovereignty of the Temple Mount

Friday, July 21, 2017
Likud minister says Cabinet, not police, decided to keep magnetometers at entrance to Temple Mount.

Peace with the Palestinians - mission impossible

Friday, July 21, 2017
Jay Shapiro thinks peace can only come when both sides want it; otherwise the effort is a waste of time.

Teens and mentors from Bangkok to Brazil at Poconos Retreat

Friday, July 21, 2017
A CTeen summer weekend retreat for leadership training united teens and Chabad emissaries from all over the world.

Theft ring targeting elderly busted

Friday, July 21, 2017
Crooks knock on doors of elderly and proceed to steal their money.

Israeli missing in Georgia identified as Yonatan Adler

Friday, July 21, 2017
Georgian authorities search for missing Israeli, find him lifeless in river.

Born after 2010? You may never be allowed to buy cigarettes

Friday, July 21, 2017
MK proposes new law banning those born in 2010 from buying cigarettes - even when they come of age.

Class action lawsuit against Facebook for privacy violations

Friday, July 21, 2017
25,000 users seek right to sue Facebook together in Europe for tracking them even when they used other websites.

Islamic 'charity' places pro-Iran professors in US universities

Friday, July 21, 2017
Alavi Foundation cost-shares with US universities in exchange for allowing pro-Iran professors to function as university staff.

Body of Israeli missing in Georgia found

Friday, July 21, 2017
Georgia authorities search for missing Israeli, find him lifeless in river.

ADL list of hatemongers highlights Alt Right, ignores US left

Friday, July 21, 2017
Coalition for Jewish Values criticizes ADL list for one-sidedness. provides list of Alt Left hatemongers.

New poll shows Jewish Home party gaining strength

Friday, July 21, 2017
48% of Israelis believe Netanyahu is corrupt, compared to 38% who believe he is not corrupt.

'South Korean authorities are nonsensical and acting deceptively'

Friday, July 21, 2017
South Korea offers peace talks with North Korea; unofficial response: South Korea must 'end confrontations and hostile practices.'

Jordanian MP praises soldier who killed Israeli schoolgirls

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Jordanian member of parliament has praised soldier Ahmed Daqamseh, who in 1997 shot dead seven Israeli schoolgirls, as a hero, i24news reported Thursday.

Dima Tahboub, a spokeswoman for the Islamic Action Front which is the political wing of Jordan’s branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, said Daqamseh was a hero because he was retaliating against Israel and the teenage girls were “enemies.”


U.S. lawmakers seek increased sanctions on Hezbollah

Friday, July 21, 2017

Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation seeking to increase sanctions on Hezbollah, Reuters reported.

The lawmakers accused the terrorist group of violence in Syria and amassing rockets along Israel's border.


UN envoy concerned over Temple Mount

Friday, July 21, 2017

The United Nations envoy on Middle East peace, Nickolay Mladenov, on Thursday expressed deep concern over a surge in tensions and violence around Jerusalem's Old City.

“I call on all concerned parties to de-escalate the situation and on moderate voices to speak up against those who try to fuel tensions,” Mladenov said in a statement published on his website.


Kuwait expels 15 Iranian diplomats

Friday, July 21, 2017

Kuwait on Thursday asked 15 Iranian diplomats to leave the country, angering Iran which threatened to reciprocate.

A senior Kuwaiti official had earlier told AFP that the 15 diplomats had been asked to leave the country.


President Trump's first six months: Seems Like Forever?

Friday, July 21, 2017
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Earthquake off Turkish coast kills two in nearby Greek island

Friday, July 21, 2017

Thursday night’s 6.7-magnitude earthquake, which struck off the southwestern Turkish coast, killed at least two people on the Greek island of Kos.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), said it was a very shallow earthquake. The epicenter was 10 kilometers south of the Turkish resort of Bodrum and 16 kilometers east-northeast of Kos.


Cabinet decides: Metal detectors will remain on Temple Mount

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Political-Security Cabinet decided on Thursday night, after a four-hour meeting, that the magnetometers will remain at the entrance to the Temple Mount as part of the new security measures at the compound.

The Cabinet also authorized the police to make every decision "in order to ensure free access to the holy places, while maintaining security and public order" on the Temple Mount.

"Israel is committed to maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount and the freedom of access to the holy sites. Israel is committed to protecting the safety of all worshipers and visitors to the Temple Mount," said a statement.

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