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Benjamin Kerstein is the Israel correspondent for The Algemeiner.

ARTICLES BY: Benjamin Kerstein

July 22, 2018 6:30 pm

IDF Soldier Killed on Gaza Border Laid to Rest; Father: ‘He Would Have Achieved Greatness’

Israeli Defense Forces soldier Aviv Levi, who was killed near the Gaza border on Friday by a Hamas sniper, was laid to rest in a...

July 22, 2018 12:05 pm

Fight Breaks Out in Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City on Tisha B’Av

A near-riot broke out in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday as tensions rose due to the large number of worshipers honoring Tisha B’Av, an annual...

July 22, 2018 11:58 am

Israeli Military Says Rifle That Killed Soldier on Gaza Border Was Iranian-Made

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) investigators believe the rifle that was used to kill Staff Sgt. Aviv Levi near the Gaza border on Friday was Iranian-made,...

July 14, 2018 9:37 pm

Three Civilians Wounded After Israel Faces 24-Hour Bombardment From Gaza

Israel has been the target of some 200 rockets and mortars over the past 24 hours targeting southern communities near the Gaza border. Three civilians were...

July 7, 2018 11:11 pm

Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Issues Ruling Against Egalitarian Prayer Space at Western Wall

The Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Shlomo Amar has issued a ruling forbidding the creation of a mixed-gender prayer space at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Amar’s...

June 29, 2018 12:28 pm

Leading South African Jewish Group Pursues Criminal Charges Against Three Online Antisemites

The South African Jewish Board of Deputies is pursuing criminal charges against three people who made antisemitic statements online. These included such sentiments as Hitler “should’ve...

June 29, 2018 11:12 am

Israel Anti-Boycott Act Approved by House Foreign Affairs Committee

The House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously approved on Thursday a bill targeting boycotts of Israel, setting the legislation on a path to a full vote...

June 28, 2018 1:02 pm

Iran Experts: West Can ‘Do a Lot’ to Help Anti-Regime Protesters

The West can and should aid the anti-regime protest movement in Iran, and Israel and its formal and informal Arab allies are working toward this...

June 28, 2018 12:14 pm

ADL Study: White Supremacist Propaganda on US College Campuses Jumps 77 Percent

There was a precipitous 77% increase in the dissemination of white supremacist propaganda on US college campuses this year, according to new data published by...

June 28, 2018 11:38 am

History in the IDF: First Female Tank Commanders Complete Training Course

The IDF made history on Thursday when its first female tank commanders finished their training course. The four new commanders were part of a pilot program...

June 27, 2018 4:32 pm

Analyst: Changes Make Polish Holocaust Law ‘Less of a Defeat’; Jewish Groups Hail Move

An Israeli commentator said on Wednesday the changes to the Polish “Holocaust Law” criminalizing discussion of Poland’s complicity in the murder of Jews during World...

June 27, 2018 11:23 am

Top Iranian Official: Israel Part of ‘Satanic Triangle’ Behind Anti-Regime Protests

A top Iranian official has accused Israel of being part of an international conspiracy behind the recent wave of anti-regime protests that rocked Tehran in...

June 27, 2018 11:06 am

New Survey: 88 Percent of Israelis Happy With Their Lives

Complaining often seems like Israel’s national pastime, but a new government survey shows that, in fact, 88% of Israelis are happy and satisfied with their...

June 26, 2018 2:31 pm

Israel to Establish Special Combat Unit to Fight Terror Tunnel Threat

The IDF is establishing a new specialized combat unit that will train specifically for underground fighting in an effort to counter the threat posed by...


A Brilliant ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in Yiddish

Why is this Fiddler different than all others? I’ll tell you. Fiddler on the Roof is arguably the most important Jewish contribution to musical theater....

Israel Gets Set to Land Its First Spacecraft on the Moon - "Houston, the Eagle has landed” will soon be a common refrain for Israelis. While famed entrepreneur Elon Musk sent...

The Integration Between Israeli and American Jews in New Jersey - Rather than a classroom setting, New Jersey middle and high school students participating in the Israeli-American Council’s (IAC)...


US Launches Campaign to Erode Support for Iran’s Leaders

The Trump administration has launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant...

Middle East

Jordan Takes in Syrian ‘White Helmets’ Evacuated With Israeli H...

Jordan said on Sunday 800 people including members of Syria's "White Helmets" civil defense group had been evacuated from southwest...