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 By Mike Wagenheim    News    May 3, 2024

Reported antisemitic incidents up 140% in 2023, shattering records

(JNS) — In part due to the unleashing of Jew-hatred in the aftermath of Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre, antisemitism in the United States spiked by a record 140%, according to figures released by the Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday. Nearly 9,000 inc...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    May 3, 2024

UN Security Council committee doesn't recommend Palestinian membership vote

(JNS) — The U.N. Security Council’s committee on new members reported on Tuesday that it could not reach a consensus on the revived application for full Palestinian U.N. membership. Algeria, the Arab world’s de facto representative on the counc...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    April 26, 2024

Forty-eight countries condemn Tehran for attack on Israel

(JNS) — Forty-eight countries condemned Iran and its proxies for the Apr. 14 missile and drone attack on Israel in a joint statement issued on Wednesday evening. “We unequivocally condemn” the attacks, read the statement, specifically naming Iran...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    March 8, 2024

UN head pushing back on US efforts to replace UNRWA in Gaza

(JNS) — The Biden administration is privately pressing several United Nations agencies to take over the responsibilities of the beleaguered UNRWA but is being rebuffed by U.N. chief António Guterres, according to a report by Devex. Anticipating th...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    March 8, 2024

Security Council members agree Gazans are malnourished, disagree on blame

(JNS) — While a senior U.N. aid official said on Tuesday that a quarter of the Gazan population is one step away from famine, Israel and the United States laid blame at the feet of the United Nations and Hamas, respectively. The U.N. Security C...

 

The 'one-state reality' is disappearing, UN Mideast envoy says

(JNS) — For the United Nations’ point man on the Middle East, all options are on the table when it comes to the future of Israel and the Palestinians. “I am very sure of one thing: The divide and the distrust that has come out of this conflict has m...

 

UN had no indication Hamas was building elaborate tunnel system

(JNS) — Despite the presence of a Hamas terror tunnel system in the Gaza Strip now thought to be larger in scale than the London Underground, the United Nations insists it had no idea the tunnels w...

 

UN chief to meet with major UNRWA donors

(JNS) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was set to meet on Tuesday with major donors to the embattled U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, the United Nations’ Palestinian-only refugee organization. A num...

 

How morally bankrupt has the UN become?

(JNS) — Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan ripped the U.N. General Assembly during a Tuesday morning meeting, while holding up a cake with the face of Kfir Bibas, who will turn one year old in the coming days. Bibas, along wit...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    January 5, 2024

Israeli hi-tech may hold key to draining Hamas's finances

By (JNS) — An investigative report published earlier this month purports to show that senior Israeli and American officials had in hand financial intelligence showing the flow of tens of millions of dollars to Hamas and failed to act on it. That f...

 

'This administration has an Iran policy problem,' says Congressman Mike Waltz

(JNS) — Rep. Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) sits on the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Armed Services Committees, giving him a 360-degree perspective on both the context surrounding Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre in Israel and its aftermath. “At the end o...

 

Emergency session after hospital blast

(JNS) — The United Nations Security Council was scheduled to hold an emergency session on Wednesday morning following an explosion at a Gaza hospital that has set the Middle East on edge. Russia and the United Arab Emirates called for the open m...

 

After brief condolences, UN head chides Jewish state, notes 'legitimate' Palestinian grievances

(JNS) — In January, Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, said during an International Holocaust Remembrance Day event that the international body was “founded upon the ashes of the Holocaust. It was established to ensure such...

 

Israel supporters drown out Hamas backers at rally outside Israel's New York City consulate

(JNS) - It was partly a celebration of life and partly an outpouring of anger. Several hundred Israel supporters-religious and secular, Israeli and American born-joined together in tight, barricaded...

 

US calls for full backing of Israel at UN Security Council

(JNS) - "The era of reasoning with these savages is over," Israel's ambassador to the United Nations told an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting on Sunday, referring to the Hamas terrorist...

 

Lipstadt: No bias in State responses to Abbas, Israeli ministers

(JNS) — Nearly every notable U.S. State Department official is on pilgrimage to New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly’s annual general debate. Barbara Leaf, the Biden administration’s top diplomat for the Middle East, and Dan S...

 

At UN Security Council meeting, DC, Moscow and Paris take aim at Israel

(JNS) —America’s ambassador to the United Nations emphasized at Monday’s U.N. Security Council meeting last week, the Biden administration designated a Hezbollah-linked group—one that purports to be an environmental organization—a terror group. Li...

 

First-ever 'Borscht Belt Fest' brings bygone era back to life, if only for a day

(JNS) - A deli chef prepares roast pork sandwiches as a museum official quotes from the Mishnah in Pirkei Avot, often translated as "Ethics of the Fathers." Saturday's Borscht Belt Fest was decidedly...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    August 11, 2023

Erdan warns UN Security Council of 'powder keg' on cusp of Hezbollah ignition

(JNS) — The Israeli ambassador to the United Nations implored its Security Council to help clamp down on Hezbollah’s repeated provocations along the Israeli-Lebanese border. “The Middle East is a powder keg on the cusp of being ignited” due to “Hez...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    July 28, 2023

Herzog crafts a story of partnership to survive toughest of disagreements

(JNS) - Just as Israel's president was settling in following a busy day in Washington, a gift came his way from the Capitol, courtesy of the Jewish state's opponents. Less than 24 hours before he was...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    July 28, 2023

Haley slams Biden: 'Acting just like Obama did when it comes to Netanyahu'

(JNS) - Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, took to the stage on Monday evening at the annual Christians United for Israel Summit in Washington. The former governor of South Car...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    July 28, 2023

Herzog, Harris unveil $70M climate-tech partnernship

(JNS) — Ahead of a one-on-one meeting on July 19 at the White House, Israeli President Isaac Herzog and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris unveiled a new climate technology partnership, which will draw up to $70 million of U.S. and Israeli i...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    July 14, 2023

Morningstar whittles Israel company blacklist from 26 to seven

(JNS) — JNS reported last April that Morningstar and its subsidiary Sustainalytics had flagged 26 companies for doing business beyond the so-called Green Line in Israel. Its “controversy ratings” could dissuade socially-conscious investors from...

 

Israeli-invented Hibuki therapy doll introduced to Ukrainian refugee children in New York

(JNS) — Sometimes, kids just need a hug. That’s especially true of children who have endured the horrors of war. In 2006, Israeli psychologists invented a plush dog called Hibuki—Hebrew for “hug...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    June 9, 2023

At Jewish Heritage Month event, mayor rails against antisemitic CUNY speech

(JNS) - New York City Mayor Eric Adams made the controversy surrounding a law student's antisemitic remarks in a May 12 CUNY commencement speech his first order of business in his remarks at Gracie...

 

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