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  • Palestinian human-rights activist sues Ben & Jerry's

    JNS.org|Dec 3, 2021

    Palestinian human-rights activist Bassem Eid filed a complaint in New York state recently against Ben & Jerry’s over the ice-cream maker’s decision to boycott Israeli territories. Eid filed the complaint last month with New York State’s Division of Human Rights against Conopco Inc., the U.S. division of Ben & Jerry’s parent company Unilever, reported the New York Post. Eid alleged in his complaint that Ben & Jerry’s announcement in July to stop selling its products in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] and parts of Jerusalem is “counterp...

  • Obama defends 2016 absention on anti-Israel UN resolution

    JNS.org|Feb 9, 2018

    Former President Barack Obama this week defended his controversial decision to allow a December 2016 United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s presence in eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria to pass in the waning days of his administration, blaming the “skyrocketing” pace of Israeli construction. “The pace of settlement construction skyrocketed, making it almost impossible to make any kind of Palestinian state,” Obama said during a talk at Temple Emanu-El in New York City on Wednesday, the Daily Mail reported. “Voting a... Full story

  • Ringo Starr to Israel: 'I want to hold your hand'

    JNS.org and United with Israel|Jan 12, 2018

    Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has announced that he will perform in Israel next June with his band as part of a 2018 European tour. Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band includes fellow rock legends Steve Lukather of Toto, Greg Rollie of Journey and Graham Gouldman of 10cc. The group will perform two shows at Tel Aviv's Menorath Mivtahim Arena from June 23-24, according to Starr's website. Starr's concerts come more than 50 years after the Israeli government barred The Beatles from performing... Full story

  • In landmark move, Florida village adopts State Department's definition of anti-Semitism

    JNS.org|Dec 8, 2017

    Bal Harbour, Fla., is best known as a popular destination for snowbirds. With a population ranging from 2,500-8,000, depending on the time of the year, it’s hard to believe that this small oceanside village, 30 minutes north of Miami, is now a national leader in combating anti-Semitism. On Nov. 21 in front of a packed room, the Village Council unanimously passed a measure that adopted the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism—creating a village code that will permit law enforcement to consider anti-Semitism as a “motivation for cri... Full story

  • Mexico to stop supporting Palestinians

    JNS.org and United with Israel Staff|Nov 24, 2017

    Mexico has reportedly announced that it will change its voting strategy at the United Nations (UN) and other international bodies by stopping to vote in favor of the Palestinians. According to Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth daily, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Figari contacted Israeli Ambassador to Mexico Yoni Pelad and told him of the shift in strategy for all upcoming voting procedures related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The report said that Mexico will change from voting in favor of the Palestinians to abstaining or voting for I... Full story

  • Refresh your Chanukah dessert table with pastry chef Paula Shoyer

    JNS.org|Dec 4, 2015

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that... we can never get tired of Chanukah latkes and sufganiyot (the holiday's deep-fried jelly doughnuts). But there's no harm in adding some culinary variety to this year's Festival of Lights. Pastry chef Paula Shoyer offers a doughnut recipe with a twist as well as two alternative recipes that are great for Chanukah and will satisfy any sweet tooth. All of the recipes are courtesy of Shoyer's "The Holiday Kosher Baker" (Sterling Epicure, November... Full story

  • Hold the champagne and say hello to these unique Rosh Hashanah drinks

    JNS.org|Sep 11, 2015

    Tradition dictates a glass of champagne on the secular New Year. But what can give you a nice buzz to celebrate the Jewish New Year? These Rosh Hashanah drinks from "Queen of Kosher" Jaime Geller's Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller Magazine could very well start a new trend. Spiced Spiked Almond Milk By Cheryl Heisler/JoyofKosher.com and Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller Magazine Spike your almond milk with spicy liquors for the ultimate comfort and buzz this Rosh Hashanah. Prep Time: 5 minutes... Full story

  • IDF responds to escalated attacks

    JNS.org and Israel Hayom|Jul 11, 2014

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza after at least 80 rockets and mortar shells were fired at Israel on Monday night. Above Netivot and Ashdod, the Iron Dome missile defense system shot down 12 rockets. In Ashdod, residents fled for shelter as rocket sirens sounded throughout the city, and eight people were injured. Beersheba-Israel's largest southern city-and Ofakim were also subjected to Gaza rocket fire, with most of those rockets either striking open... Full story