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Ilan Ben Zion

Ilan Ben Zion is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Ilan Ben Zion

Jewish prayers held discreetly at contested Jerusalem shrine

By Ilan Ben Zion — August 25, 2021
JERUSALEM (AP) — As police protected them, three Jewish men stepped forward, placed their hands out at chest level and began reciting prayers in low tones in the shadow of Jerusalem’s golden Dome of the Rock. Jewish prayers at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as […]

Israel’s Olympic gold victory raises Jewish identity debate

By Ilan Ben Zion — August 3, 2021
JERUSALEM (AP) — Artem Dolgopyat and his girlfriend have lived together for three years, but his mother says the state won't allow them to marry.

Politics foil replacing hazardous bridge to Jerusalem site

By Ilan Ben Zion — July 22, 2021
JERUSALEM (AP) — The tenuous state of the Mughrabi Bridge has raised fears of another disaster after a stampede at a religious festival left 45 people dead.

Mixed city of Arabs and Jews remains on edge after violence

By Ilan Ben Zion — June 8, 2021
LOD, Israel (AP) — The roots of the recent upheavals that racked Israel’s mixed Jewish-Arab cities during the war have not been addressed, leaving those communities on edge.
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