Articles written by Josh Hasten

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 By Josh Hasten    News    February 9, 2024

At Kerem Shalom, protesters block aid to Gaza

(JNS) - Despite a military closure, on Monday a diverse group of hundreds of protesters from all over Israel gathered at the country's Kerem Shalom border crossing with Gaza for the sixth day in a...


These are the heroes of Oct. 7

(JNS) — Eran the potato farmer. Rachel the food hostess. Michaela the midwife. All three are residents of the northwestern Negev who were caught in Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre; all three are heroes...

 By Josh Hasten    News    December 9, 2022

A Zionist paragon is honored, four years after his heroic death

(JNS) - On September 16, 2018, Israel lost one of its fiercest defenders when a knife-wielding Arab stabbed Efrat resident Ari Fuld in the back at the Gush Etzion Junction, south of Jerusalem. Fuld...

 By Josh Hasten    News    August 12, 2022

NBA's 'Freedom' spreads message of peace through sports in Israel

(JNS) - "If you could change anything in this world, what would it be?" asked NBA star Enes Kanter Freedom, while seated among 30 Jewish, Christian and Muslim, children during a break in the action...

 By Josh Hasten    Features    June 3, 2022

NBA Hall of Famer Ray Allen experiences the Holy Land

(JNS) — NBA Hall of Famer Ray Allen wrapped up a whirlwind tour of Israel this week, taking time to speak with members of the press before heading back to the United States. Allen, a two-time world champion and team USA Olympic gold medalist, was...

 By Josh Hasten    News    March 18, 2022

Tour unpacks the complexities of life in Judea and Samaria

(JNS) - The Sovereignty Movement recently organized a tour of Judea and Samaria for public figures, journalists, social media influencers and others to explore the complexities and dichotomies of...


Religion meets the rink: Orthodox skater to represent Israel at Beijing Olympics

(JNS) - In a true "Cinderella story," 19-year-old Hailey Kops, a religiously observant athlete from West Orange, N.J., is preparing to take on the world's finest ice skaters while proudly...

 By Josh Hasten    News    August 20, 2021

How three Israeli filmmakers wound up becoming the story in Africa

(JNS) - Three Israeli documentary filmmakers arrived home safely from Nigeria at the end of last week, after what they described as 20 "hellish days" detained under inhumane conditions by the...

 By Josh Hasten    News    July 23, 2021

Countdown has begun: Israel redoubles efforts for second attempt to land on moon

(JNS) - SpaceIL, an Israeli nonprofit organization that strives to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and dreamers through innovative space missions, announced this week that it...

 By Josh Hasten    News    July 16, 2021

New government criticized for approving lackluster building projects in Judea and Samaria

(JNS) — At the end of June, the new Israeli government led by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett approved 31 new building projects throughout Judea and Samaria. The projects were green-lighted by the subcommittee on Jewish “settlements...

 By Josh Hasten    News    April 2, 2021

Parents of slain US teen want Jerusalem terrorist extradited

(JNS) - Frimet and Arnold Roth, whose 15-year-old daughter Malki, a U.S. national, was murdered in August 2001 in the Sbarro pizzeria bombing in Jerusalem, published a new video this week calling...

 By Josh Hasten    News    February 26, 2021

The ongoing battle over illegal construction in Judea and Samaria

(JNS) - According to Gabi Harow, a resident of the Israeli settlement of Nokdim in Gush Etzion, there have been massive changes in the landscape since he moved to the community with his family in...

 By Josh Hasten    News    February 12, 2021

Israel headed toward 1 million residents living in the West Bank

(JNS) - The latest edition of the "West Bank Jewish Population Stats Report," commissioned annually by former Member of Knesset and National Union Party head Yaakov "Ketzaleh" Katz, shows a 2.62...

 By Josh Hasten    News    August 28, 2020

Coronavirus chief: 'Israel has lowest mortality rate in world'

(JNS) — According to Israel’s Coronavirus Project coordinator, Ronni Gamzu, his main goal right now is to combat and contain the virus “without implementing a full lockdown on the country.” “I am not sure we will succeed, but I am...

 By Josh Hasten    Features    June 26, 2020

Two Jewish pioneers are building an oasis amid uncertainty

(JNS) - Atop a nearly barren mountain ridge at the tip of southeastern Gush Etzion, with breathtaking views overlooking the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea, two American immigrants are building an...

 By Josh Hasten    Features    May 15, 2020

When a saver of lives needs to be saved: Eli Beer's story

(JNS)-United Hatzalah of Israel, the country's largest independent volunteer emergency medical response organization, put on an online fundraising telethon on Sunday to support the group's...

 By Josh Hasten    News    March 13, 2020

Extension of high-speed rail to Old City Jerusalem expected to alleviate traffic, boost tourism

(JNS)—In what is being dubbed as a historical development, Israel’s Transportation Ministry announced this week that it is moving forward with plans to extend the new Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high-speed rail line in order to connect Ben-Gurion... Full story

 By Josh Hasten    News    January 24, 2020

As Israel baseball team preps for Olympics, it's soon to get its own field of dreams

(JNS)-Israel might be known globally as a high-tech juggernaut, but the "Startup Nation" is on the verge of being a superpower in diamonds as well. No, not the kinds that shine, but the kinds you use... Full story

 By Josh Hasten    News    December 6, 2019

Christian Zionist group dropped by Amazon, claims it is being targeted for pro-Israel views

(JNS)-Proclaiming Justice to The Nations, a Tennessee-based nonprofit evangelical Christian organization committed to standing with Israel and fighting anti-Semitism, has been removed from the... Full story


'We're here to save lives,' stress those associated with Israel's Rescuers Without Borders

(JNS)-It was the year 2000, at the beginning of the Second Intifada, and Arab terror attacks were being carried out against Israelis on a nearly daily basis throughout the country, and particularly... Full story

 By Josh Hasten    News    September 13, 2019

In remembering 1929 Hebron massacre, top Israeli leaders visit... and make history

(JNS)-"We are not strangers in Hebron, and we will stay here forever!" were the climactic remarks made on Wednesday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an official state ceremony at... Full story

 By Josh Hasten    News    June 28, 2019

Israeli youth discuss sovereignty, and future prospects in Judea and Samaria

(JNS)—Traveling two hours from Haifa to Ramat Gan, Liza Kouniavsky, 16, arrived at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan for the second “Youth Sovereignty Conference” to date on June 13, telling JNS that “I’m here because I love my country. I... Full story

 By Josh Hasten    News    June 14, 2019

DeSantis hailed for making the sunshine state 'most pro-Israel' in America

(JNS)-In the midst of his whirlwind week-long Florida governor's business development mission to Israel with more than 100 delegation participants, Gov. Ron DeSantis visited the Gush Etzion region, ju... Full story

 By Josh Hasten    News    January 4, 2019

Is Israel's security barrier a terrorism deterrent or political tool?

(JNS)-Many have pointed to Israel's security barrier in Judea and Samaria as being one of the primary contributors to the reduction in Palestinian terrorism since the years of the Second Intifada, fro... Full story


"We need to talk..."

Observers lament lack of wide-ranging views at Federation's General Assembly in Tel Aviv (JNS)-The 2018 annual General Assembly, held this year in Tel Aviv, took on a decidedly different tone to... Full story


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