Palestinian teen shot dead by IDF was U.S. citizen

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli troops in the West Bank is a U.S. citizen, according to the State Department. The teen, identified as Orwa Hammad, was killed Friday evening in the West Bank village of Silwad, located near Ramallah. The family of the teen said he was 14 years old, according to the Palestinian Maan news agency. Silwad residents said Hammad’s father lives in the United States, Maan reported. The Israel Defense Forces told reporters that the teen was shot as he prepared to throw a firebomb at cars driving on Highway 60. The soldiers opene read more



The Israel Defense Forces’ own little startup company – Haaretz

HaaretzThe Israel Defense Forces' own little startup companyHaaretzThe Israel Defense Forces' own little startup company. As fighting raged in Gaza this sumer, Yiftah – a small, low-profile army unit – was developing battlefield technology on the fly and delivering it to troops, sometimes within hours. By Inbal Orpaz ... read more



Jerusalem Forest

The Jerusalem Forest is one of the capital city’s most famous urban wildlife sites. Located in the Judean hills to the west of Jerusalem, this pine forest was planted around the city during the 1950s by the Jewish National Fund. At its largest, it extended over 4 square kilometers. Today, due to urbanization it covers only about 1.2 sq kilometers and — although plagued by frequent forest fires — still functions as a wildlife refuge for migratory birds, porcupines, hedgehogs and packs of jackals. Photographer Yaakov Israel, who is one of the last field camera operators in Isr read more

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