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Extremists see global chaos from coronavirus as an opportunity

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 20:49
Crisis presents a threat to both Islamic State group and al-Qaeda, but some of their fighters also see the upheaval as an opportunity

Global coronavirus cases cross one million, with more than 50,000 deaths

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 20:18
More than half of infected are in Europe; virus wreaks havoc on global economy, with US announcing a record 6.65 million workers who filed for unemployment benefits last week

Shaked: If Netanyahu breaks up bloc, we’ll be ‘combative right-wing opposition’

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 19:55
Yamina No. 3 says PM ignoring religious Zionist party in negotiations to form unity government; sources close to premier: 'no basis for hysteria'

Israeli coronavirus fatalities mostly elderly men, average age 79.8

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 19:31
64% of dead are male, only 6% under 60, in line with global averages; 50,000 now deceased worldwide, with nearly a million infections

Infected health minister accused of flouting rules, endangering Israel’s leaders

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 19:22
Yaakov Litzman's positive test has forced Netanyahu and most of the top Israeli officials tackling pandemic into quarantine; he denies claims he ignored ban on group prayer

IDF to send paratrooper division into virus-stricken Bnei Brak to help residents

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 18:54
Unit will not enforce lockdown, but rather provide food, medicine and other services; military says over 12,000 troops involved in national pandemic response

Coronavirus cases in Israel rise to 6,808; Jerusalem woman, 98, dies

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 18:25
Death toll climbs to 34 with 8 fresh fatalities and 640 confirmed new cases; authorities ramp up testing, with 6,169 checks on Thursday

Virus season brings rise in settler violence targeting Palestinians

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 18:16
Number of monthly attacks climbs from 9 to 16, despite restrictions that only permit Israelis to leave their homes to carry out essential activities

Consumer council finds massive price differences in Passover products

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 17:58
With large price gaps between supermarkets for matzah and Passover items such as potato starch, consumers advised to compare prices, which, overall, are similar to last year's

An olah’s Dayenu

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 17:56
You gave us the dream of return, the clarity to leave, the strength to cross oceans, the aleph-bet, family and a home -- dayenu!

Iran’s parliament speaker tests positive for virus, is in quarantine

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 17:43
Ali Larijani is highest ranking Iranian official to contract coronavirus; President Rouhani acknowledges severity of crisis, calls for adherence to health ministry protocols

Military to evacuate 4,500 elderly Bnei Brak residents to quarantine hotels

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 17:40
Ministers set to approve new emergency directives, including almost-total closure of ultra-Orthodox city hardest hit by virus; plan to go into effect on Sunday

80-90% of ventilators in West Bank and Gaza already in use, WHO official says

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 17:25
Palestinian Authority official warns of a 'disaster' if Palestinian workers do not abide by quarantine upon returning to West Bank

2021 Maccabiah Games postponed by a year amid coronavirus pandemic

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 16:51
'Jewish Olympics' for over 10,000 global athletes were scheduled to take place in Israel next June

Rabbi who spied on women taking ritual baths released from prison early

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 16:37
Bernard Freundel, sentenced to 6 years in 2015 for secretly filming some 150 women, let out amid virus fears, will not be required to register as a sex offender

Israeli labs said close to running out of reagents for virus tests

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 16:05
Medical personnel producing coronavirus testing kits reportedly warn authorities they can only keep up supply for 2 more days as officials ramp up checks

Ministers to discuss declaring Bnei Brak a ‘restricted zone’

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 15:57
New emergency directives to reportedly include further limitations on movement in the ultra-Orthodox city, moving quarantined residents to state-run facilities

Tmol Shilshom staff and friends crowdfund to save beloved cafe

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 15:54
'We were drawn to the place, and we won't let it go,' says one of the former cafe staffers behind the Headstart page that aims to raise NIS 250,000