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Following 'incessant anti-Semitic harassment,' Tufts student calls on university to intervene

(JNS) — A Jewish student at Tufts University who claims that he has been the subject months-long campaign of anti-Semitic intimidation, harassment and discrimination is calling on the university to intervene. Max Price, a junior who is a member of...


With HIAS changing longtime focus, supporters question some of its priorities

(JNS) - The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, better known as HIAS, was for the better part of a century responsible for helping settle generations of Jewish refugees in their new homes in the United...

 By Sean Savage    News    September 11, 2020

Several left-wing Jewish groups seek to oust ZOA from Boston JCRC over opposition to BLM

(JNS) — Several left-wing Jewish groups have filed a petition to initiate the removal of the Zionist Organization of America from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston in the latest battle being waged between ZOA and liberal memb...

 By Sean Savage    News    July 10, 2020

Jewish think tank urges US to support Israeli sovereignty in Jordan Valley

(JNS) — As the debate over whether or not Israel should apply sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria intensifies as the proposed July timeline for instituting the decision approaches, a new report by the Jewish Institute for National Security...


Call to cancel SJP conference

(JNS)-Amid increasing concerns over Israel-related anti-Semitism found on college campuses, the anti-Israel group National Students for Justice in Palestine announced its upcoming national conference... Full story


At summer conference, pro-Israel students learn tools to respond to hostile campus environment

(JNS)-Universities have long been one of the toughest environments for pro-Israel students. They have battled stilted curriculums when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and more recently,... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    June 14, 2019

Massachusetts pro-Israel groups condemn state Democratic lawmakers for joint CAIR event

(JNS)—A number of Massachusetts Jewish and pro-Israel groups are condemning several Democratic state lawmakers for participating in an Eid al-Fitr event at the Massachusetts State House that was co-hosted by the Massachusetts branch of the Council... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    May 3, 2019

International funding platforms are severing ties with BDS-affiliated organizations

(JNS)—Several international funding platforms are severing ties with the BDS organization Samidoun after its purported ties to a Palestinian terrorist group. According to an email obtained by JNS from the International Legal Forum, PayPal said it w... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    April 26, 2019

SJP promotes Palestinian terror group's imagery at two colleges

(JNS)—The local affiliates of Students for Justice in Palestine at Cornell and Binghamton universities in New York state have been promoting images created by a Palestinian terrorist organization on their respective social-media pages. Ahead of an... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    February 15, 2019

How anti-Israel bias in a Boston suburb's public schools is a case study of emerging nationwide trend

(JNS)—Over the past decade, the Boston suburb of Newton has been beset by controversy over how the conflict in the Middle East is being taught in its public schools. The concern over anti-Israel bias in the school system began in 2011, when a... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    February 15, 2019

How should Jewish leaders confront challenge of BDS groups within their communities?

(JNS)-The decision last week by the Boston Jewish Community Relations Council to pass a resolution declaring that any member organization supporting the BDS movement could be expelled from the... Full story


Australian Jewish leader says embassy move to Jerusalem would 'right a longstanding injustice'

(JNS)-Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Tuesday that he would consider moving the country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would mark a major shift in policy... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    August 10, 2018

Legislation aims to make U.S. aid to Palestinian refugee agency contingent on reform

(JNS)-New legislation introduced in Congress recently is seeking to make American aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the U.N. refugee agency that is solely dedicated to the... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    July 27, 2018

Can the US and Israel rely on Putin to force Iran out of Syria?

(JNS)—U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin just concluded a bilateral summit in Helsinki, Finland, that proved to be one of the most widely anticipated meetings in years—or, at least, since the meeting with North... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    June 1, 2018

Shifting sands? Grassroots element in the Democratic Party moves away from Israel

(JNS)-A great deal of ink has been spilled writing about the growing partisan divide in Washington, D.C. In fact, one of the few remaining bipartisan issues has been support for Israel. But even so,... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    June 1, 2018

Deconstructing the complex, yet sanguine, relations between Israel and the Czech Republic

(JNS)-The transfer of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14 has spurred interest from several countries considering similar moves. Guatemala followed suit just two days later on May... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    May 18, 2018

Jewish and pro-Israel groups' reactions pour in on Trump's withdrawal from Iran deal

(JNS)—Reactions from American Jewish and pro-Israel groups poured in following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Tuesday afternoon to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. Among mainstream Jewish organizations... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    February 16, 2018

Why is Ireland the most anti-Israel country in Europe?

(JNS)-The Irish and Jewish people share a common history of suffering cruel persecution and achieving national redemption against immeasurable odds. But today, modern Ireland is one of Europe's... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    January 5, 2018

Five key moments in US-Israel relations in 2017

Love him or hate him, 2017 was a year dominated by President Donald Trump. The US-Israel relationship was no stranger to that, ranging from Trump's visit to the Jewish state in May to his historic... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    October 6, 2017

What are Trump and Netanyahu's options to 'fix or nix' the Iran nuclear deal?

In his first address to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, President Donald Trump made a forceful case against Iran’s behavior in the Middle East and the merits of the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama. As a... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    September 8, 2017

Upcoming UN 'blacklist' of companies tied to Israel invokes anti-Semitism

An upcoming “blacklist” of major international companies with business ties to Israeli communities in Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem represents yet another attempt by anti-Israel actors in the United Nations to single... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    September 1, 2017

With Kurdistan, Israel may gain 'stable, tolerant' ally in fight against Islamic extremism

During the last several years, Israel has witnessed the crumbling of its neighborhood as civil wars, internal strife and Islamic extremism have taken hold throughout the Middle East. As the Jewish state’s foes and allies alike face ongoing strife,... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    July 14, 2017

Latest developments in Saudi Arabia chart a course for Israeli ties with Arab world

Building off the last few years of rumors and reports regarding clandestine relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia, mainly motivated by their shared concerns over Iran's nuclear program and... Full story

 By Sean Savage    Features    May 26, 2017

Magdala Stone, known as Jewish-Christian 'crossroads,' gets its public debut

Described as one of the most significant archaeological finds in modern Israel, the Magdala Stone, unearthed in 2009 near the shores of the Sea of Galilee, has been unveiled to the public for first... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    April 14, 2017

Israel supports U.S. strike

Israeli leaders welcomed President Donald Trump’s surprise military action late Thursday to strike the airbase where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was believed to have launched a chemical attack resulting in the deaths of at least 86 Syrians,... Full story


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