Mideast Report

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel has voiced concern after Iran successfully fired a medium-range missile.

Lt. Gen. Shaul Mofaz, Israel's military chief of staff, said Sunday that the Shahab 3 Missile is dangerous not only to Israel, but to any other country within its 800-mile range. The U.S. State Department also admonished the Islamic state.

Leader of torched shul begins pluralism tour

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The rabbi of a Conservative synagogue here that was set ablaze in June is touring the United States to raise money for a project promoting pluralism.

American-born David Bateman said Kehilat Ya'ar Ramot has received roughly $40,000 from U.S. Jewish groups to create a think tank advocating for all of Judaism's religious streams.

Many suspect that religious extremists were responsible for the non-deadly fire at the 100-family congregation.

Folk singer denied entry to Holy Land

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel refused to allow the musician formerly known as Cat Stevens to travel through its borders, charging that he is a Hamas supporter.

The musician, who changed his name to Yousef Islam when he converted to Islam in 1977, was detained at Ben-Gurion Airport on July 12 before being sent on a flight back to Germany.

Hamas militants from the Gaza Strip are undergoing Iranian military training to learn how to fire missiles and detonate explosives, according to Israeli news reports.

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