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Friday, November 17, 2023
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Nov. 17: Death toll from Re’im massacre updated to 364 – almost 1/3 of Oct. 7 deaths
Biden presses Qatar emir on ‘urgent need’ to secure hostages’ release ‘without delay’ * Smotrich wants war cabinet seat after panel okayed fuel entry * 4 wounded in Hezbollah strike
White House security advisor discusses 'dire' Gaza situation with UNRWA head
Pro-Israel Democrat slams Israel's Gaza operation in potential sign of more to come
IDF suspends soldier who threw stun grenade into West Bank mosque
'I want her to know we are doing everything we can for her'
Angry hostage families march to Jerusalem, daring government to look them in the eyes
In a five-day trek from Tel Aviv that set out on Nov. 14, families draw strength and courage from each other, even as they still have no answer to when their loved ones will return
Screed is full of hateful references to Israel and Jews
Bin Laden’s antisemitic ‘Letter to America’ goes viral on TikTok amid Israel-Hamas war
JTA -- A 2002 essay by Osama bin Laden that says “Israel must be erased” and rails against the “Jews, who control your policies, media and economy” has gone viral on TikTok, with some users endorsing its message. The missive by the notorious leader of al-Qaeda was written...
NYU announces antisemitism center as Jewish students file discrimination suit
The Negev: Now and the Day After
A proactive response to the current crisis is a new vision for Zionism in the 21st century. This vision needs to transcend political differences.
Times of Israel in Gaza
In Gaza’s Shati camp, senior officer says ‘nothing’ can stop IDF advance on Hamas
Speaking to ToI in a crumbling school building converted into temporary army headquarters, commander of Nahal Brigade’s 50th Battalion says Hamas terrorists ‘fighting like mice’
Netanyahu: One of the reasons for raiding Shifa was signs hostages were held there
Touring south, EU foreign minister tells Israel not to act from ‘rage’ in Hamas war
Military recovers bodies of two Israeli hostages in area of Gaza’s Shifa Hospital
Yehudit Weiss was undergoing cancer treatment at time of Oct. 7 attack, when her husband was murdered; Cpl. Noa Marciano served at overrun IDF base, her death was confirmed Monday
Families of hostages meet with Marciano family, whose daughter died in Gaza captivity
‘Hamas did not murder your vision’: Fellow peace activists eulogize Vivian Silver
From the blogs
The disposable people of history
Both Israelis and Palestinians will need to to stop dehumanizing the other in order to build a shared future in a post-Hamas world
Poll finds Netanyahu would be trounced by Gantz were elections held today
Channel 12 wartime survey finds coalition would crash to 45 Knesset seats, opposition bloc would soar to 70; respondents prefer Gantz to Netanyahu, 41-25%
The people behind those uniforms
The matriarch Rebecca was right: Her son, and his generations after him, would rise to the call of duty, even when it was uncomfortable (Toledot)
Finding the good points: The leadership of Yossi Hershkovitz z”l
In his absence, his legacy of always striving to be a better person, and helping others do the same, continues to inspire
IDF drops leaflets warning Gazans to leave parts of south
IDF reveals entrance to Hamas tunnel, weapons cache found in Shifa Hospital complex
Troops also locate a Hamas pickup truck with weapons in it, similar to those used in October 7 attacks; Gallant says military has moved on to ‘next phase’ of operation
Army says it struck Hamas underground sites where senior commanders were hiding
IDF shares footage of rockets discovered under young girl’s bed in northern Gaza
US pro-Palestinian group blasted for map of Jewish groups with ‘blood on their hands’
New York Jewish Week — A US pro-Palestinian group that calls for “intifada” and Israel’s destruction temporarily posted maps online this week detailing the locations of Jewish organizations in New York City and saying they had “blood on their hands.” The posts drew the NYPD’s attention and sparked...
Demonstrators demanding ceasefire in Gaza block bridges in San Francisco and Boston
Official: Terror doesn't justify settler violence
Israel doesn’t feel US closing window of support for IDF’s Gaza offensive – official
While the Biden administration has gradually intensified its rhetoric about the importance of protecting civilians in Gaza in recent weeks, the impression in Jerusalem based off of conversations with US officials is that Israel's window to operate in the Hamas-run enclave with Washington's support is not closing. "There have been some public statements...
Residents of some Gaza border towns may be able to return in January, Gallant says
Daily Briefing Nov 17: Day 42 – IDF finds bodies of two female hostages at Shifa
IDF says 7 Palestinian gunmen killed in separate incidents in West Bank
The Israel Defense Forces said Friday that its troops had killed seven Palestinian gunmen in two separate incidents throughout the West Bank. The military said Palestinians opened fire on Israeli forces Friday morning from a vehicle at an intersection near the southern West Bank city of Hebron where...
ToI Original Video
First responders, together in hell
On October 7, 2023, United Hatzalah first responders were among the earliest emergency services to reach the massacred communities along the border with Gaza. A month later, two of these volunteers take us back to the destroyed communities in their ambulance as they retrace some of the steps from the most traumatic days of...
'Nobody who spoke was left of center on Israel-Palestine'
Liberal Jewish groups lament DC rally’s rightward bent, say progressives pushed away
The decision to allow controversial pastor John Hagee on stage without broader support reflected a more widespread bias, claim some participating organizations
'We've found the remains of some 60 people who were killed'
What Matters Now to Dr. Joe Uziel: ID’ing Oct. 7 victims via forensic archaeology
Head of Israel Antiquities Authority’s Dead Sea Scroll unit uses CSI techniques honed at destruction sites from thousands of years ago to find microscopic remnants of the massacred
Archaeologists sift through devastation to help families of Oct. 7 victims gain closure
Professor charged in death of Jewish pro-Israel protester at dueling LA war rallies
Loay Abdelfattah Alnaji indicted for involuntary manslaughter after causing ‘great bodily injury’ on Paul Kessler; additional charges for hate crime may still be considered
Health Ministry: We expect to need waves of volunteers
First wave out of 7,000 foreign doctors wanting to help amid war have come to Israel
With many Israeli physicians called to military duty, organizations in Israel and abroad work with the government to identify the professionals needed most by hospitals and clinics
Clashes outside Democratic HQ show divides in Biden’s base over Israel-Hamas war
WASHINGTON (AP) — US Democrats this year have insisted the party is united and ready to rally around US President Joe Biden heading into next year's election. But a protest outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters signals growing tension within the coalition that has propelled Democrats to victory in recent elections. Clashing with police Wednesday night were demonstrators calling for...
Polls: US Jews back Biden’s handling of Gaza war; Americans as a whole, less so
At NY ceremony, majority of National Book Awards finalists call for Gaza ceasefire
Outgoing Human Rights Watch senior editor blasts group’s ‘infected’ work on Israel
Quds Force chief: Iran will do ‘whatever it takes’ to aid Hamas war against Israel
Islamist-linked French comedian discusses Hamas war at Elysee, sparking uproar
Armenia opens probe into arson attack on synagogue
After Oct. 7 victim buried outside cemetery, fence separating non-Jews lowered
Police agree to Tel Aviv protest calling for ceasefire following High Court hearing
2 Iran-backed fighters said killed in Israeli airstrikes near Syrian capital
5 Israelis arrested for looting sound equipment of man murdered by Hamas at rave
Pro-Palestinian protester arrested in death of Jewish man during rival LA rallies
Ethics report: GOP congressman who lied that he was Jewish likely broke federal law
Former minister and Netanyahu loyalist says she has ‘burning anger’ against PM
Judicial Selection Committee sets out timetable for appointing new judges
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