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Eight de-'light'-ful gifts for eight Chanukah nights

Chanukah is known as the Festival of Lights. On each night we light one more candle to remember the victory of the Maccabees over the Greeks and the rededication of the Second Temple. But there are...

 

Far-right AfD party's rise highlights a 'fine line' for German Jews and Israel

The rise of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in the country's recent election has been described as a "political earthquake," while Jewish leaders' immediate reaction was toexpress...

 

Dismissal of $655M judgment against PA sets bad precedent

An Israeli legal rights NGO and an attorney, who together won the largest judgment ever against the Palestinian Authority (PA) in America, say a U.S. Appeals Court decision to dismiss the judgment sets a bad precedent for future legal attempts to hol...

 

Russia, Israel and Iran: Syrian conflict creates adverse strategic triangle

Russia's unprecedented move last week of dispatching warplanes to bomb targets in Syria through an Iranian airbase may have Israeli officials worried. The move shows growing cooperation between...

 

Islamic terror presents clash of ideals for European media

Beginning with the bloody July 14 Bastille Day terror attack in Nice, France that left 84 people dead, Western Europe has seen an unrelenting wave of violence mainly perpetrated by individuals with connections to or sympathies with the Islamic State...

 

Israel, Iran, and terror: where Clinton VP choice Tim Kaine stands on Jewish issues

In the aftermath of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, Democratic contender Hillary Clinton tapped U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine...

 

Theresa May joins club of female heads of state embracing Jews and Jewish values

The names of former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher are familiar as prominent symbols of strong female leadership in times when women heads of state were...

 

Lauded by Jewish leaders, new British Prime Minster Theresa May takes office

British-Jewish and pro-Israel groups are congratulating Home Secretary Theresa May for winning the leadership of the Conservative Party and replacing outgoing United Kingdom Prime Minister David...

 

British Labour Party engulfed by convergence of the far left and anti-Semitism

Jewish leaders in the United Kingdom have voiced their displeasure with the Labour Party amid an anti-Semitism scandal within its ranks that continues to engulf the country's second-largest party....

 

Yom Hazikaron is over, but it's still important to remember the victims

In January 2016, an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Manpower Directorate report revealed that 36 Israeli soldiers died in 2015, marking the lowest single-year death toll the Israeli military has...

 

Syria sizzles, Lebanon stinks: another complex day in Israel's neighborhood

As untouched mounds of trash piled up on the streets of Beirut, Lebanon, in recent months, with no one coming to clean it up, a social movement began protesting under the motto “You Stink.” This “garbage crisis”—as it’s become...

 

Where BDS loses: unique steps in support of Israel on campus

Leading up to the 67th birthday of the State of Israel, more commonly referred as Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day), it may be difficult to stay upbeat given the rising anti-Zionism and...

 

Decision 2015: Israelis' choices

The leaders of the eight political parties running in the March 17 Israeli Knesset election participated in their first televised debate on Feb. 26, moderated by anchor Yonit Levi of Israel’s Channel 2 network. Absent from the discussion, however,...

 

Are anti-vaxxers' religious exemption claims grounded in actual religious laws?

As the debate on vaccination heats up again in the U.S., some “anti-vaxxers” are requesting exemptions from vaccinating their children on religious grounds. But what do their faiths, including Judaism, actually say about the issue? The recent...

 

After king's death, status quo expected for Saudi relations with Iran and Israel

The death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah last Thursday shouldn't change how the Gulf nation treats its relations with Iran and Israel, experts say. Saudi Arabia remains determined in its opposition...

 

The improbable romance between Israel and Azerbaijan

Since its founding in 1948, Muslim-majority allies have been hard to come by for the Jewish state. Yet an improbable romance continues to develop between Israel and Azerbaijan. Israeli Defense Ministe...

 

Iran nuclear talks extended threats against Israel continue

The Nov. 24 deadline for negotiating a deal on Iran’s nuclear program expired, as the P5+1 powers (U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China, and Germany) were unable to reach an agreement with the Islamic Republic. But the talks were extended to June 30,...

 

Scrutiny of American Studies group's over boycott of Israel

About a year after the American Studies Association’s (ASA) widely condemned vote to endorse a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, the organization’s policy on Israel is receiving renewed scrutiny over a practical application of that vote....

 

Taking on the terror trio: Israel's strategy vs. Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic State

Following Israel's Operation Protective Edge this summer, Hamas continues to control the Gaza Strip and openly considers any truce with Israel as a time to re-arm for the next conflict. Across...

 

The business of hiring and getting hired at Jewish non-profits

It has been six years since the economy crashed in 2008, and while finding employment has been a challenge, the tide may be taking a turn for the better-particularly in the non-profit sector. But...

 

Israeli college students wage a social media battle over Jewish state's image

Australia's Sydney Harbor is up in flames. Large letters superimposed on the scene ask, "How would they react?" That image and many others like it have been distributed by an Israeli student initiativ...

 
 By Alina Dain Sharon    News    July 4, 2014

Campus eviction notices are fake, but their anti-Semitism is real

The latest anti-Israel trend to gain momentum on college campuses has been the distribution of mock eviction notices in dormitories by members of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Whether or...

 

J Street rejected by umbrella group

In what many observers will see as the de facto expression of mainstream U.S. Jewry's outlook on J Street, members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations voted 22-17...

 

Bronfman haggadah enters the digital world in time for Passover

In the Exodus story, Moses decides to rescue his people after he hears God speak to him through the burning bush. But when New York City-based artist Jan Aronson imagined the famous episode in which...

 

IDF seizure of Gaza-bound missiles sheds light on Iran's strategy

While international attention continues to focus on the Iranian nuclear program and diplomatic efforts to address it, the Israeli Navy's March 5 interception of an Iranian ship full of Syrian-made...

 

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