Jordanian police threaten to jail Israeli pilgrims for praying

Aaron's Tomb near Petra, Jordan. (CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikipedia)

Aaron’s Tomb near Petra, Jordan. (CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikipedia)

Warning to visitors at Aaron’s Tomb comes as tensions between countries skyrocket over stabbing at Israeli Embassy

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The silence of prayer, shattered in a synagogue bloodbath

An Ultra-orthodox man prays at the scene of an attack in the ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem on November 18, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/ JACK GUEZ)

An Ultra-orthodox man prays at the scene of an attack in the ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem on November 18, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/ JACK GUEZ)

Congregants and eyewitnesses describe the attack in the Har Nof synagogue, as congregants were jarred from the silent Amidah prayer into a scene of carnage

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Thousands of Christians voice support for Israel in Jerusalem

Christian pilgrims at a Feast of Tabernacles event at Jerusalem's Pais Arena. October 13, 2014. (Courtesy ICEJ)

Christian pilgrims at a Feast of Tabernacles event at Jerusalem’s Pais Arena. October 13, 2014. (Courtesy ICEJ)

Feast of Tabernacles pilgrims gather at new arena; rescued Fijian UN peacekeepers, IDF paratroopers in attendance

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Where is the outrage over the bombardment of civilians in Israel?

Israel refuses to rule out Gaza ground operation following rocket attacks

A trail of smoke is seen as a rocket is launched from the Palestinian Gaza Strip towards southern Israel Photo: Jack Guez/AFP

Hundreds of rockets have been fired and a million citizens are forced to run for cover. Imagine if London suffered this bombardment

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Moroccan parliament moves to outlaw contacts with Israelis

Moroccan Parliament building in Rabat (photo credit: Treasury Tag/Wikimedia Commons)

Even private dealings would be punishable by imprisonment; local NGO calls bill ‘inhuman’ and ‘influenced by Nazi tendencies’

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Long-Delayed Biometric Database Pilot Program Gets Underway

Despite security scandals, court petitions and popular opposition, some Israelis can now receive a ‘super-safe’ ID card — or so they’ve been told

A sample ‘smart’ biometric ID card of the sort that will be issued to replace existing cards in the coming years (photo credit: Lior Mizrahi/Flash 90)

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Nearly four years after the Knesset passed a law authorizing it, a public “beta test” of Israel’s biometric database system was launched on Monday.

Residents of the central Israeli town of Rishon Lezion were invited to trade in their current Israeli identity cards for a new “smart card” that will digitally encode not only their personal information, but also their fingerprints, photo, and facial profile (the contours and other details of the face). The government will study the results of the voluntary pilot program, searching out glitches and problems in the system before it becomes mandatory — according to plans, in two years.