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 By Ben Sales    News    June 23, 2017 

$125M Jewish international aid

NEW YORK (JTA)—Eighty percent of Jews live in two countries—Israel and the United States—but Jewish organizations are spending more and more of their money elsewhere. Jewish aid to the developing world—the impoverished set of countries your z...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 23, 2017 

A French Jew's killing provides a test for the new Macron administration

(JTA)-Before he threw Sarah Halimi to her death from a window of her third-story apartment in Paris, 27-year-old Kobili Traore called his Jewish neighbor "Satan" and cried out for Allah. These and...

 
 News    June 23, 2017 

Israel to reduce electricity supplied to Gaza at Abbas' request

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel’s security cabinet agreed to reduce the amount of electricity Israel supplies to the Gaza Strip at the request of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas said he would reduce by 40 percent how much money the...

 
 By Hillel Kuttler    News    June 23, 2017 

Robert Kraft brings football Hall of Famers to Israel

RAMAT HASHARON, Israel (JTA)-An Israeli soldier clapped football great and Vietnam War veteran Roger Staubach on the shoulder at a soccer field here, telling the 1963 Heisman Trophy winner and U.S. N...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    June 23, 2017 

Israel may ban political opinions in college classrooms-and professors are furious

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israel's minister of education says he wants to protect students from political coercion in the classroom. But critics of a new code of academic conduct he is proposing say it's a...

 
 News    June 23, 2017 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt returning to Jerusalem this week (JTA)—Two top advisers to President Donald Trump, including his Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner, will return to Jerusalem this week to push for restarted peace talks between Israel...

 
 By Adam Abrams    News    June 16, 2017

After London Bridge attack, UK and Israel pledge to fight Islamist terror 'trend'

Following Saturday night's terror attack that killed seven people and injured as many as 50 in London, British Prime Minister Theresa May said "enough is enough" and vowed to crack down on the "evil...

 

Abbas ready for peace talks?

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is willing to suspend his demand that Israel freeze Judea and Samaria settlement construction as a condition for restarting peace talks, a top adviser said. Abbas is also willing to...

 

'Wonder Woman' ban spreads

"Wonder Woman" may be a hit at the box office, grossing $228 million worldwide in its first weekend, but not in much of the Arab world. The reason? It's Israeli star, Gal Gadot. After being banned...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 16, 2017

Arab countries turning on Qatar-what does it mean for Israel?

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Five Arab nations cut ties with Qatar on Monday, June 5, escalating a long-simmering competition for preeminence in the region into actions that could set the stage for war. Saudi...

 

Senate passes legislation in support of embassy move

(JNS.org) The U.S. Senate urged President Donald Trump to fulfill his campaign promise of relocating the American embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, unanimously passing legislation in support of the move Monday. The Senate voted 90-0 in favor of a...

 
 By Nicky Blackburn    News    June 16, 2017

14 things you didn't know about Gal Gadot

1. In Hebrew, Gal Gadot's first name means "wave" and her surname means "riverbanks." 2. Gal Gadot was born in Rosh Ha'ayin, and her maternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors. 3. At the age of...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

‘Oslo,’ Bette Midler and Ben Platt take Tony Awards (JTA)—“Oslo,” a play about the 1993 Oslo Accords, won the Tony Award for best new play and its Jewish lead actor, Michael Aronov, was recognized as best featured actor in a play. Bette...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 9, 2017

Trump wants to sell lots of weapons to Saudi Arabia- So, why are Israel (and its friends) keeping quiet?

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The year was 1981 and the director of AIPAC was calling for a "showdown" with the Reagan administration, saying "This country is being held hostage to the whims of the Saudis." At...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 9, 2017

Israel's government is right-wing, but it's taking climate change seriously

(JTA)-One of Israel's strongest condemnations of Donald Trump wasn't about the peace process. It didn't concern Trump's broken promise to relocate the U.S. embassy, or his reported leak of Israeli...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 9, 2017

A government campaign against George Soros splits Hungarian Jews

(JTA)-On a recent Sunday, eight far-right activists filmed themselves on what they called a "raid" on the Aurora Jewish community center in Budapest. Sporting crewcuts and black clothes, the men affix...

 

Israeli start-up BiomX aims to eliminate need for antibiotics

(JNS.org)—The Israeli start-up BiomX, which last week completed a $24 million round of financing, is aiming to replace the need for conventional antibiotics by developing treatments that selectively eliminate bacteria. BiomX’s treatments are...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Argentine website’s analysis of Nisman recordings wins Google journalism prize   (JTA)—An Argentine news outlet’s analysis of secret recordings concerning the bombing of the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires won a national prize from Google A...

 

Trump, Netanyahu and Barkat receive 'Jerusalem Declaration'

JERUSALEM-Just prior to US President Donald Trump's whirlwind tour of Israel and the breathtaking and emotional 50th anniversary Jerusalem Day celebrations across the country, the staff of United...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 2, 2017

Manchester Jews prepared for attack

(JTA)-Britain's bloodiest terrorist attack in over a decade occurred Monday just two miles from Rabbi Yisroel Cohen's synagogue. Yet one day after the deadly bombing in Manchester, Cohen told JTA he h...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    June 2, 2017

Short on time, Yad Vashem packing emotion into Trump visit with story of one young victim

JERUSALEM (JTA)-President Donald Trump spent just 30 minutes at Yad Vashem on the second and last day of his visit to Israel, but the leadership of the Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem...

 

President Trump's visit to Yad Vashem

The President of the United States of America,  Donald J. Trump, participated in a memorial ceremony at Yad Vashem on 23 May 2017. Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev accompanied President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump while at Yad Vashem....

 

Rocket fired at Israel from Egypt on second day of Trump's visit

(JNS.org) During the second day of President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel, a rocket was fired at the Jewish state Tuesday from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.  The IDF confirmed the rocket landed in Israeli territory, but in an open area, causing...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 2, 2017

In Europe, Israel went from darling to divisive in 50 years

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-Shortly after the outbreak of the Six-Day War in 1967, Ronny Naftaniel was soliciting donations on the street and putting a lot of money into a box emblazoned with the words "for...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Israel’s defense minister: Israel tweaked intel sharing after Trump revelations to Russians WASHINGTON (JTA)—Israel’s defense minister said Israel made changes to how it shares intelligence with the United States in the wake of President...

 

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